My Luggage Quit Me in the Airport: These Bags Ain’t Loyal

I’ve been on about 10 trips this fall (since September 1) and I usually carry my trusty red 20-inch California Pak carry-on. These last 2 weeks have been especially nomad-y and I’ve gone to NYC twice and then ended up in San Antonio. I’m TAHD and I guess my luggage is too because it quit me right in the middle of the airport.

I was switching terminals and going to my connecting flight when I pulled on my handle and looked down to see one of the screws was gone. I pulled up one good time and the handle just came un-done on one side. So damb petty, yo. Here I am, standing in front of Popeye’s, looking like WTF? I musta looked especially pitiful because this woman walked passed me and said “Aawwwwww.” I KNOW, LADY! I KNOW!

CalPak broken

Disloyal ass luggage, man. Did it have to act up like that right there? NO damb behavior to be had. This is my 2nd CalPak luggage to break this year too. In February while I was in LA, my first one just cracked when I was going down some stairs. Cracked like Humpty Dumpty. Disrespectful.

I posted on it on the Awesomely Luvvie Facebook page and y’all know the only people who lack as much chill as this bag are my readers.

“Complete disrespect lol Don’t that bag know it can be replaced? You can have another one in a minute? To the left, to the left!” – DH

“Your luggage just straight kicked rocks. Didn’t even throw up deuces.” – KM

“Your luggage said welp I’m unable to can, leave me here to die.” – MM

“Well, your luggage does belong to the Queen Giver of No Dambs….lol” – LDG

“Your luggage was singing “I get wearyyyyy, and sick of tryinggg!!!” LOL’ – QDB

“Your bag said “I Can’t!” – JC

‘Luggage acted like Tamar and said “this is my last scene and season!”‘ – DR

“Aww that luggage said f-it! Hold me or go on without me!” – DW

“A moment of silence for luggage. It had a good life carrying beautiful shoes and traveling the world.” – SRM

“Luggage started singing Take me to the King…..truth is I’m tired. Right at the airport tho. Now that’s just showing out.” – DR

“Luvvie don’t just stand there taking pics. Grieve properly! Put on your bathrobe. Put on your Ugg boots. Grab some fried chicken. And just sit down in the middle of the airport. Then send a TSA agent to find you some chips. Smellie Mellie done taught you how to grieve. Do it right.

Will there be a fune? Is your mom gonna make rice for the repast?” – JCA

LMAO! Yall ain’t shit. Some people felt my pain cuz they had been there too.

“My suitcase’s wheel decided to break after the cruise so my daughter is pushing it on 3 legs lol!!!” – JW

“LOL I had a disloyal wheel on my suitcase once. I was too broke to replace it, so it had to last three more trips.” – TW

“Still not as bad as a wheel flying off in a crowded terminal while you’re rushing to make a connection, shaming you the entire way, as the bag makes a sound akin to a prolonged fart in protest as you try to navigate your way through a sea of people.” – DG

“The zipper on my luggage broke as I was boarding a flight. The Delta ground crew was like “don’t worry, we got you.” Got it back and it was duct taped like a crazy person at a fun house. At O’hare, the cab driver snatched it from me and threw it in the trunk with the quickness. Once inside the cab he said, “Sorry if I was a little rough with your bag, but I didn’t want you to be embarrassed anymore by standing with it.” – LE


Ennehweighs, I’m done with CalPak because this wheelie is only like 8 months old and it was the replacement to the broken one from February. WOMP. I’m on the hunt for a new carry-on. Thankfully, I’m grounded for the next 2 weeks so I have time to research and pick some new gear. This is my 2nd broken CalPak luggage this year so dassit for them.

I need luggage recommendations, yall. What brand do I get? Do they have red bags? I only carry red suitcases because that’s my signature color and they’re easy to recognize. And I prefer hardsides. I only need a 20-22 inch carry-on cuz that’s my go-to since I don’t check in luggage unless I’m going international or unless I’m gone for 1+ week (plus I have a LOT of other luggage that’s big).

Lemme know, my peoples!

P.S. I am just getting home and I am just about to watch last week’s Scandal episode. Recap soon come!

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  1. November 9, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Your bag straight pulled a Tamela Mann and said, “Truth is I’m tired.”

    Last fall, my bag decided to let me know it was not the one in the Indianapolis airport by giving up one of its wheels. I was just strutting along and then my bag made a weird “thunk” and the wheel disrespectfully rolled away in another direction. It apparently had ZERO dambs left to give.

  2. Kiana H
    November 9, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Try Rockland.

  3. Nay
    November 9, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Samsonite. Best bag I’ve ever had. And I got it from TJ Maxx.

    • PoetrysTruth
      November 9, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      I 2nd the samsonite! YES. I have lived in Japan, Saudi Arabia, the midwest, the south and the northeast. Samsonite be sturdy like a strong island man and “strong like bull” LOL. I just upgraded to the 4 way wheel carry on. Love that thing…Been on 3 trips since May and it ain’t no ways TAHD!

  4. minus
    November 9, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Samsonite is the shit. Had one that survived about 7 years of Nigerian boarding schools…it was passed on from sibling to sibling and it’s still alive!

  5. November 9, 2014 at 3:42 pm luggage. Any of it. I’ve had several sizes and they all know how to act in public. Zippers stay zipped, wheels keep it rolling and quiet. I sent my daughter on a tour of Europe with the larger bag and it came back in good condition after three flights, several tour buses and a train. I love the hard side carry-on spinner. My color is blue, but they do have red.

    • Mobaygurl
      November 10, 2014 at 1:50 pm has a large selection of brands. And if you can wait til Cyber Monday, they will offer 20-30% off + free shipping.

  6. Kiki
    November 9, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Samsonite, Samsonite, Samsonite. I have a lime green/neon one and it’s amazing.

  7. Christy
    November 9, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I vote Samsonite, and red is my color, too! Here is a link to a red, hard-side, 20″ Samsonite carry on…

  8. Mellie
    November 9, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    You need to write a letter to CalPak. Two suitcases, one year? Nope. Write. The. Letter.

    • Rickysyfee
      November 9, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      …..and don’t forget to mention that you have one of THE MOST POPULAR HUMOR BLOGS IN THE UNIVERSE and they might need to do something spectacular, so that you MIGHT take back the things you said about their awful product.


      Ur bff

  9. Gina
    November 9, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    TravelPro is the BEST! I have been with several airline since I graduated from college and they all roll with TravelPro. They have an excellent repair/exchange record also. 10

  10. Cashmere Pink
    November 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    complain to the company & get another one

  11. Scandal/LuvvieFan
    November 9, 2014 at 5:35 pm


    Sorry about your luggage and glad that you have surfaced. Going into day three without your Scandal recap was literally taking its toll on me.

    BTW, I too am a fan of red Samsonite.

    I will be checking throughout the evening for your Scandal post…

  12. Milaxx
    November 9, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Samsonite, Swiss Army, Kipling or Tumi. They ain’t cheap, but they are quality cases with long term warranties.

  13. Cicely
    November 9, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Well I thank ya for the death of your luggage because I’m researching to buy and just got some great suggestions.

  14. Timika Hite
    November 9, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I agree with my fellow brethern….Samsonite. Check Kohl’s, TJMaxx or Marshall’s to get a better price. I bought Samsonite 18 years ago. Still have it (technically my sister has it as it travels between houses).

  15. Jackie
    November 9, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Girl, Samsonite ALL THE WAY!!! DO IT…one of us, one of us, LOL

    Seriously though, I have a hard-case purple one and it has survived multiple trips to the Caribbean and back to O’Hare/Midway…and you know the baggage handlers here in our city are all out of damns to give when tossing your luggage. That bag makes me proud every time it survives.

  16. Joy
    November 9, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Everybody’s already said it… Samsonite. Or Tumi. It’ll last a long, long time.

  17. Chamie
    November 9, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Hi Luvvie!
    I rarely comment on anything, but I was looking for the Scandal recap and I felt compelled to, on this post. I travel weekly as part of my job (read, live out of suitcases), and I use Tumi and Eddie Bauer.

    I swear by my Eddie Bauer luggage. I know you love hard sides for luggage, but you should try them out. They can fit soooo much and are just really well constructed. You can tell how much faith a company puts in their product by the warranty they give. Eddie Bauer gives a lifetime UNCONDITIONAL warranty.

    After 9 years over use, one of my bags started to fray and the zipper kept getting stuck. I called the store and they said, “just bring it in.” The sales associate looked up the model number and told me how much it had cost almost a decade ago. She then had me pick out a new bag and deducted the cost of the old one from it. I ended up paying a $39 difference for a $250 suitcase, with zero hassle, and this all happened in less than 15minutes.

    Look up their warranty, look up reviews, Try them out. All the best with your search.


  18. Traci
    November 9, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Costco has a red, hard case that is SUPER light!

  19. OrganizedChaos
    November 10, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Samsonite and if it breaks on you they will replace it. i got mine from tj maxx and ive had it for about 5 years and it still looks new. Also I travel about 8-10 times a year if that helps!

  20. November 10, 2014 at 8:58 am

    samsonite. completely loyal. i’ve had my carry-on roller for 15+ years and it has *never* quit on me.

  21. Marcelo N
    November 10, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I’ve only had a Samsonite item (a quite unpretentious medium-sized backpack), but hey I have to say it has survived 2 backpacks and several cheap cases. Several. Something in the lining of the front pocket (the smaller one) came undone, like it was not very well sewn, as early as some 6 months after I bought it. I thought Nah, it won’t last that long. But after 8-9 years, countless trips (at least 5 transatlantic, 30+ over the past 5 years between neighbouring countries, 5 times a week to work almost unfailingly, and innumerable bike trips to the grocer’s suffering all manner of content abuse) it it still here by my side. Only the bottom of the in-between lining has recently given up the ghost.
    I can only imagine how sturdy a Samsonite case can be! And, mind you, they are not pricey if you look at the average figures (a teacher writing here, just figure I am careful with the money).
    Best of luck on your replacement!

  22. ZeniaMc
    November 10, 2014 at 11:32 am


  23. MotownMusicLvr
    November 10, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Samsonite…. all the w-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-y!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. pup
    November 10, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Samsonite is no damn joke.

  25. Wenona Wynn
    November 10, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Maybe a Delsey? or a Andiamo (if you’re willing to shell out the big bucks) I’ve had my Andiamo FOREVER!!!!

  26. sunshine74
    November 11, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Samsonite all the way! My mom has a set that’s from the 60’s, still rocks HARD and looks good – even the locks (do they still do that?), work.

    • sunshine74
      November 11, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      …But no, we don’t take it anywhere now because the set is powder blue….and from the 60’s. But it COULD still seriously travel.

  27. lucinda
    November 16, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    OMG…you were in SA? I traveled for years and samsonite is prob the best. costs a little more but its worth it.

  28. Vaguely Irresponsible
    November 16, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Zero Halliburton. I have the red 22″ and it’s amazing!