Do you always find it difficult to pack your luggage? Do you often leave some of your favorite clothes just to save extra space in your suitcase? Well, in this guide we will go over important tips about different types of luggage and how to choose the ideal one for your next trip.
The Nature of your Trip Decides the Nature of your Luggage
Before you start packing your old suitcase, take a moment and think about where you are heading, which means of transportation you will use and where you are going to store your luggage after you reach your destination. The answer to these questions will make it clear and easy for you to decide which luggage to take.
Carry-on luggage can easily fit in your overhead bin in case you are traveling by plane. However, you need to make sure you respect the airline carry-on luggage dimensions and criteria. For example, US. carriers allow 22 inches height, 14 inches width, 9 inches depth.
A personal Item can easily fit underneath your front seat on a plane. A personal item could be a laptop bag, tote bags or a briefcase. However, there are always dimensions that you should respect. Thus, before you go shopping, check the carrier’s specifications and dimensions.
If it’s larger than your carry-on luggage, it’s a large luggage. As their name suggests, Large Luggage allows a large storage of your personal items; therefore, you need to check the size and weight the carrier allows and the fees you pay in case you exceed the allowed weight. You don’t want to get shocked when checking your bill.
Hard-sided Luggage Vs Soft-sided Luggage
Hard-sided or Iron-sided luggage is getting popular world-wide due to the light and compact material used in it. Let’s take a close look at both types.
When talking about hard-sided luggage, it is important to mention their number one quality – hard and durable. The fact that high-quality plastic such as ABS and polycarbonate are used in making hard-sided luggage gives this latter long durability and high shook resistance, you don’t need to worry about getting your fragile items broken.
The hardest and most durable hard-sided luggage is the one made of Aluminum despite being a bit heavier than plastic ones.
Hard-sided Luggage fits perfectly in storage bins; however, it’s flexibility is low, you cant just stick in extra items and expect your luggage to close.
Hard-sided Luggage offers more security as it is difficult to open without a security pin and it can’t be sliced with a sharp blade.
This type of luggage is made of flexible fabrics such as nylon. Soft-sided luggage is best for its flexibility, it can easily get packed in small spaces such as your car trunk as well as you can squeeze in extra pieces of clothing with no problems.
On the other hand, soft-sided luggage is prone to get damaged or torn during your trip, either unintentionally or on purpose, thus, you need to go for high-quality fabric.
Did you know that wheeled luggage make two-thirds of luggage sales? Thus, if you plan on pulling your luggage, you have to choose between two-wheel luggage or four-wheel luggage.
Two-wheeled luggage or rollers are equipped with two wheels that roll both forward and backward as you pull it behind you from its extended handle. The two wheels are recessed firmly at the base of the suitcase which guarantees a strong fixture.
On the other hand, the recessed wheels take space from the internal suitcase storage which prevents you from an extra space. Two-wheeled luggage is not practical on crowded streets as they require extra space to maneuver. They are not suitable for uneven surfaces as they make the pulling much difficult which may cause fatigue and shoulder pain.
Four-wheeled luggage, known as spinners, are equipped with four wheels that are not recessed, therefore, they risk getting snipped off if mounted by rivets instead of screws. The four wheels roll in all directions which allow precise and good maneuver in crowded places. The four wheels also make the task of pulour shoulders and joints.
In case you want to take full advantage of the interling your luggage easier even when carrying heavy luggage which puts less stress on ynal space of your luggage, you might opt for no-wheeled luggage as you get rid of space taken by the wheels and the handle frame. For instance, if you expect a place with bumpy, icy or sandy roads, wheels won’t be of any use. Last but not least, if your luggage is going to be taken care of by a third-party such as on a luxury tour, you won’t need wheels.
Practical Buying Tips
Now that you have decided which luggage you need for your next trip, it’s time to hit the road to the store. However, before you go, take these tips into consideration.Measure it before you buy it
It’s a good practice to bring a tape measure when buying a suitcase; don’t trust labels, tags or promotions. Measure all the dimensions, check if they fit to the standards you need such as the airplane carrier or your car trunk.
Check the Handle
Let’s important to take hold of the handle, feel it’s comfort and strength, pull it up and down and check if you hear any sounds as well as see if it’s shaky or it rattles.
Take it on a Ride
You can pull the suitcase around and see how it rolls, does it make any noises, does it roll in a straight line, it shouldn’t wiggle. You need also to grab the wheels and shake them to see if they wiggle which means they will easily snap off.
Measure Interior Space
Outer space doesn’t automatically reflect interior space. Therefore, you need to check how much room does the suitcase offer. check if the handle frames and wheels take up from the interior space or external space.
Check for Warranty
Companies that believe in the quality of their products usually provide long-term warranties. Therefore, you need to opt for these companies and check the warranty they provide such as bag repair or bag replace. Make sure to read the warranty statements as there are some companies that exclude damages caused by airplane handling.
All in all, packing for your next trip will be an enjoyable experience as you have gone through all the tips and tricks of luggage, suitcases, and carry-one. Remember to take the most out of your next trip and get back home safe!