For years I’d been steadfast against using any type of roller suitcase. “Thou shalt not roll,” I maintained, believing full-heartedly that I’d forever be the strapping (literally) young vagabond who scoffed at the idea of putting wheels on the ground en route to wheels-up journeys.
Then, in October 2021, I became a dad.
The arrival of our little towhead marked the end of my days of loose trip planning and minimal accouterment. Suddenly, to the chagrin of a dude who’s spent much of the previous decade gallivanting the world with a backpack, there was more to consider when traveling than my own simple tastes. And when a small child is involved, those considerations tend to involve a lot more stuff.