This article was published on January 28th, 2018
The days of alligator bags and toting heavy luggage are gone. Now anyone can travel with the most up-to-date baggage that suits your lifestyle best. If you are still lugging around the same heavy totes you’ve traveled with for over a decade, then it’s time to update your gear. Step up your baggage game with a few pointers as to what to look for and think about when buying new luggage.
Quality over quantity. Nice luggage is almost always worth the price tag. Get high quality pieces that are going to withstand being transported all over the world. A suitcase that will last without falling apart. Quality luggage will come with a warranty and should be able to withstand years of accompanying you on your journeys as a travel buddy.
Obtaining a warranty on quality luggage is recommended. Most companies will repair or replace your bag for free, if there are manufacture defects, should any arise.
Good zippers are a sign of quality and are essential for keeping your personal items secure. Look for good metal, thick sturdy teeth, and a solid zipper handle that won’t break off during your ownership.
Having a solid interior might also help you decide what type of luggage to buy. A good bag will have several interior zipper pockets, ample room that uses all the space of the bag, and maybe even a built-in luggage tag, which also is highly recommended.
Some shades and patterns may be harder to come by depending on brand and what specific type of bag you want, but choosing a unique color will make it easier to identify your luggage in a bag claim at the airport, bus depot, or hotel bell desk.
A suitcase with spinner wheels is the way to go. Luggage should be as light, durable, and effortless as possible. Spinner wheels on a bag help making hauling it everywhere that much easier because it can turn and twirl in all directions, especially handy for navigating busy sidewalks, aircraft rows, and airports bustling with people in a hurry.
Luggage comes in both hard shell and soft shell exteriors. Hard shells are more durable and lighter, while soft shells are more flexible and expandable. A hard exterior, be it plastic or thick fabric, is made with a solid exterior texture to reduce dings and scratches. Soft shell luggage can easily get ripped or damaged.
Having a bunch of suitcases in your closet can clutter up your life, so make sure if–if you are buying a luggage set that each stores inside each other when not used.
Want that extra bit of security? Look into getting luggage with TSA locks. Also, be careful when purchasing luggage with a GPS device built in; some are not allowed to be taken on aircraft.