Delsey Helium Cabin Case SFO
I travel frequently: usually at least one long haul trip a month, and several hops here and there. This year already I’ve been to Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Peru, Milan, Paris, and, erm, Thirsk.

Last week I returned to California with my friends at Ferrari to test drive the California T, a kickass roadster with all-new twin-turbo V8. The trip was short: travel out on Wednesday, drive Thursday, fly back on the red eye overnight on Friday. Obviously this was going to be a hand baggage only trip.

So I took my new  super lightweight polycarbonate Delsey Helium Air 2 case with me: it’s a special limited edition version of Delsey’s iconic best-selling case released to celebrate their 70th anniversary. (And we’re giving away a Delsey Cabin case at the end of this post)

Ferrari California T trunk Delsey Helium Cabin Case

The House of Delsey was founded in Paris in 1946 to produce leather cases for digital cameras and devices, and it wasn’t until 1970 that the brand launched Delsey Airstyle, the very first line of hard-shelled luggage, and invented the Trolley System. (I remember very clearly that my parents had an entire range of the iconic hard shell Delsey luggage in the 80s.)

These days a Delsey bag is sold every 10 seconds, and the heavy hard-shell cases are a thing of the past: these days it’s all about superbly constructed, lightweight and durable luggage. They’re subjected to an extraordinary range of tests: from 5000 pulls of the zipper fastenings, to 7500 pulls of the integral trolley system.

Ferrari California T footwell Delsey Helium

Ferrari California T trunk Delsey Helium Cabin Case
So, is it possible to fit everything in this compact cabin case? Well, yes, as it turned out. Instead of taking a large handbag for my laptop, snacks (vital), magazines, water bottle, headphones and make up bag, I took my Vuitton carryall  (which is just under cabin size, and fitted neatly on top of the Delsey for wheeling) in case I wanted to bring anything back with me, or bought any duty-free, and the combination of the two was perfect. It also meant that I didn’t need to unzip my Delsey at security  – or at any point on the flight.

Delsey Helium Cabin Case interior empty

I really like the mesh cover on one side of the bag, which kept my clothes separate and flat. So on that side, I managed to fit jeans, underwear, bras & socks, leggings & gym vest, a large Breton sweater, silk scarf, five pretty tops, a cocktail dress, slip, nightie, and a swimsuit. (I pretty much packed everything in navy and white so it all went together.)

Delsey Helium Cabin Case interior packed

On the right, I fitted my  multi-tasking grey Nike trainers (good for gym, light hiking and driving), Gucci loafers – they go with everything, silver evening shoes (similar here), a clear plastic cosmetic bag with contacts, cottonwool and cotton buds, and my padded Eagle Creek tech box containing a huge array of chargers, cables, spare phones, headphones etc etc.

Delsey Helium Cabin Case interior packed

Delsey Helium Cabin Case exterior 55cm
To give you an idea of just how compact the 55cm case is: here it is next to my town car en route to SFO airport last week.

lincoln town car delsey helium

If you’d like to be given your own Delsey 55cm Cabin Case, just leave a comment below telling us whether you are a light or a heavy packer! And why! The terms & conditions for the giveaway can he found here:  www.libertylondongirl.com/competitions

Delsey Helium Cabin Case Virgin Revivals lounge

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. RECIPIENT TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY

The Delsey Helium Air2 Cabin Case sitting pretty in the Virgin Revivals Upper Class lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 3

For its 70th anniversary, DELSEY has chosen Paris for the launch of its first Pop-Up Store, an elegant setting for its birthday celebrations. The Paris retail experience, which is open from May 21 to June 19, marks the highpoint of a special year, punctuated by events and innovative launches that recognise the brand’s importance.

The Helium Air 2 will be available in five sizes : Cabin Slim 55 cm , 55 cm Cabin , 64 cm, 70 cm and 76 cm; and in three colors: grey, purple and light blue, and with an exclusive 70’s style lining.

This post was written in association with Delsey. Sasha was a guest of Ferrari and Visit California in California in May 2016.

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586 comments

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I am a heavy packer, but am making a concerted effort this year to be a light/more streamlined packer as it just doesn’t make sense to lug around so many unnecessary items on work trips or holidays! This case looks fantastic, and would definitely help me cut down on what I pack. Fingers crossed!

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@Neha:

Hello Sascha!

Ok, so I used to pack everything, the kitchen sink and then some.

8 pairs of shoes, 18 tops and 9 pairs of jeans (was the average for week long trips!). Now, I’ve honed my packing skills down (especially when travelling to Europe and I only have hang luggage and I’ve definitely improved, but hopefully the Delsey will make it even more of a cinch!

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I like to think I’m a light packer but then those ‘just incase’ items creep in and the next thing I’m sprawled on top of the case trying to close it!

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Oh there is absolutely NO doubt I over pack every time! Before I begin to pack I start with a huge pile of stuff, then convince my self I am editing it as I go. However I still end up with way too much stuff that I never use…
This case would hopefully help me solve this problem and vastly reduce my checked baggage fees I always have to pay!

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I am sadly a heavy packer as I like to have choices. Of course I often end up not wearing a third of what I have hauled with me! Looks like the Delsey cabin case could help me be compact but bring enough along.

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Me, me ,me! I love a give away especially for something I not just want but need as my large son has just nabbed my on flight case. I myself am a reformed and in remission heavy packer. I have donated my large suitcases to my husband and now try to travel hand luggage only. That being said my husband can always fit any overflow in his(mine) large case. Win win.
Also loving the new look LLG.

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I’m definitely a heavy packer, but in the smallest space possible. It’s a fine balancing act managing (1) the joy of skipping off with my hand luggage as soon as the flight lands and (2) the utter horror of not having quite enough clothes to see me through a trip.

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Light packer! Went on lots of long road trips with my ex on his motorbike, learnt to pack a capsule wardrobe into just one small bag.

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Light is clean
Light is bright
Light is pristine
Right for a flight!

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I pack light. A pretty dress and comfy boots are perfect for most adventures, whether it’s zooming around Saigon on motorbikes, antique-hunting in New Orleans or crab-fishing off the Cornish coast.

A dash of red lipstick and I’m ready for the evening. I save luggage space by trying local beauty salons instead of packing heavy products. I had doll-like false lashes glued on in Tokyo (which my brother unkindly described as “camel’s eyelashes”).

And what do I do with the extra space in my suitcase? Gifts for my friends… and for myself!

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Oh I would so love to win this. Is it open to readers in the USA?

Why would I love to win this? I am currently still packing my 20-year old Hartmann softside, and the wheels are total crap. To put it politely. The case has been with me to Thailand, China, in a private jet around Europe (work, it was for work), and all kinds of other places but it’s finally ripping at the zipper and the time has come.

I pack lightly. Except always too many pairs of shoes and an extraneous Dries van Noten seems to slip in just in case I, well, I don’t know what.

Also I live in Northern California and have been to the Post Ranch Inn 3 times, so, brand synergy points? If not, can we at least agree the place is bliss?

I believe I have exhausted all my Choose Me points. So, thanks for introducing me to Delsey. xoxox. Long-time reader and fan waving across the pond.

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