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I bought the 18inch red and black version of this suitcase for a 3 night trip to Barcelona with Easyjet, my first excursion abroad without any hold luggage. It arrived the day after ordering it, and is very lightweight. On opening the case, my heart sunk somewhat because it looks so tiny inside, with the fold away handle looking rather obtrusive inside the case. Side by side with a smaller case I'd bought years ago from Argos, the Argos one looked bigger inside, with deeper sides. As I'd bought the 5 cities case for the trip though, I decided to give it a go, and I'm glad I did. Everything fitted in this case perfectly - 4 shirts, a pair of trousers, all the underwear I needed, my shaver, adaptors, and sweets. My 2 boxes of pills fitted into the built-in bath bag at the foot of the case, together with my toothbrush etc. The two large zipped compartments in the lining at the bottom of the case held other oddments really well. I had my kindle in the lower of the compartments on the front of the case, and in the upper part I put the enclosed plastic zip-up wallet for fluids like toothpaste. This was handy at security, where I took the wallet out and handed it to security control, zipping it back in after I'd gone through. The suitcase zipped up easily, and the handle was fine. The case doesn't fall over, and it is very stable on its wheels and supports. There's even a little handle at the bottom of the case for easy carrying, which doubles as a stabiliser. Compared to my argos case, the one runs very quietly and smoothly on its wheels - one red and one black, which helps identification. There were no problems loading the case into Easyjet's overhead cabinets on the plane, and there was room to put my thick coat in front of the case also. In Barcelona I bought some gifts to bring back, including 3 thick woolen hats, which fitted into the zip up compartment inside the lid of the case. It was going to be a tight squeeze, so I unzipped the expansion zips in order to zip up the case. As it looked a bit bulbous closed, I zipped the expansion zips back up again without much difficulty. I could do this because the hats were wool, but if I had put something harder in the case lid, this wouldn't have worked. At Barcelona airport, a lady with a measuring box patrolled the queue of passengers to ensure no-one had an over-sized case with them. This hadn't happened in the UK airport, and people were looking a bit nervous. My case went happily through with no problems. I had enough clothes to wear for the 3 night/4 day stay in Barcelona, and I think the case would probably have managed a couple more shirts, for a 5 night stay, had I wanted to stay longer. This is a deceptively well thought out suitcase, in strong but lightweight material which will expand if necessary. It does look impossibly small when empty, like some kind of toy case, but it holds more than - for instance - my argos case which - empty - looks like a larger and better design. Recommended.