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Why the Ricardo Elite Roxbury 2.0 Needs to be your Next Bag

This is my Ricardo Elite Roxbury's maiden voyage. A quick trip to San Antonio for the weekend. Ricardo Roxbury
This is my Ricardo Elite Roxbury’s maiden voyage. A quick trip to San Antonio for the weekend.Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

For Mother’s Day, this traveling mom got a present especially designed for  traveling professionals that need a mobile office on-the-go. As a former flight attendant, I know luggage and I’m not easy to impress. As a travel writer, I’m always packing a lot of gear, a full-size laptop, a iPad, a couple of cameras, extra batteries and all the cords and chargers. Here’s a review of the Ricardo Elite Roxbury 2.0.

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Hits of the Ricardo Elite Roxbury 2.0

I’ve wanted to try out a piece of polycarbonate luggage. I like the added durability when you check your bags. As former flight crew member, I know how hard air travel is on luggage.

The main compartment of the Ricardo Elite Roxbury 2.0 has plenty of room. luggage review,
The main compartment of the Ricardo Elite Roxbury 2.0 has plenty of room.Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

The Ricardo Elite Roxbury has an external strap so I can attach more luggage. As a mom with three kids, I’m always hauling more luggage than I should.

I like the adjustable tie-down straps to keep my clothes in place. This is a great feature when my bag isn’t packed to capacity.

I like the way the Ricardo Elite Roxbury uses mesh and solid pockets. Great to keep undies hidden in case my bag gets inspected at security.

The padded electronic sleeve adds another layer of protection for my laptop though it was a tight fit for my full-size laptop. I also appreciate all the zippered pockets. I love the organizer pockets for my smaller items, like extra business cards and sticky notes.

Misses of the Ricardo Elite Roxbury 2.0

I just don’t like luggage with four wheels. I find that it’s easier to pull luggage and not push. I think of my luggage as a little wagon following behind me. I pull it on the escalator and under the turnstiles at metro stations.With four wheels my luggage tends to wander and it’s not as easy to control especially when stopping suddenly.

The new Ricardo Elite Roxbury 2.0 has a mobile office with traveling professionals in mind. review of Ricardo Roxbury 2.0
The new Ricardo Elite Roxbury 2.0 has a mobile office with traveling professionals in mind. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

While I love the purple color, I would choose black for myself. I know it’s easier to spot on the luggage carousel, I like to have a put together look. When I’m traveling on a longer trip and I have several pieces, I want a unified color of luggage.I prefer black. Since I travel for my job, I don’t want to have my outfits clash with my luggage.

I like the mobile office feature, I really do, except when I don’t need to work. I don’t like giving up the space for the mobile office when I need more space for clothes. I would have preferred the mobile office to be a zip-out feature so it could be removed when not in use.

Do you need dedicated mobile office space in your luggage, Ricardo's Roxbury 2.0 has it. Luggage review
Do you need dedicated mobile office space in your luggage, Ricardo’s Roxbury 2.0 has it.Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

I missed having an external pocket. I use it to stash items I need like boarding passes and magazines.

The polycarbonate shell scuffs faster than fabric soft-faced luggage. After one trip I have scuff marks on the exterior.

Packing List:

For my recent weekend away to San Antonio, I packed the Roxbury on the light side.

Clothing:

  • 2 pairs of sandals, one of them hiking sandals
  • 1 pair of flip-flops
  • 1 pair of nude flats
  • 2 belts, I like to match
  • 1 nightie
  • 3 pairs of undies with an extra bra
  • 1 knit dress just because
  • 1 cardigan sweater
  • 3 pairs of shorts
  • 1 short-sleeve tee shirt
  • 1 long-sleeve cotton shirt
  • 2 tank tops
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 1 cover up
  • 1 make-up bag

I pretty packed for the picture. I added some more stuff before I zipper it up. Luggage review, Ricardo Roxbury 2.0

I pretty packed for the picture. I added some more stuff before I zipper it up.Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

My Mobile Office

  • Apple Macbook Pro
  • iPad
  • Laptop charger cord
  • Surge protector
  • Notebook
  • Extra pens
  • Extra business cards

As you can see, there are many features of the Ricardo Elite Roxbury 2.0. I was able to pack all the clothing I needed for a weekend away and still had room for more. I wasn’t able to pack all of my equipment in my luggage and used my backpack to store my camera.

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