A suitcase is a valuable item that everyone should have. But, with a plenty of never-ending styles, shapes and shades, selecting the right suitcase for your traveling needs may seem tough. The days of airlines offering free checked bags have gone, so now it is time to invest in the best carry-on luggage that meets the size and weight requirements, and especially your needs. That´s why we are here. To help you identify the real selling points of your potential luggage.
We have listed several topics that need your attention.
Without further ado, let’s dive in!
Think of how you travel.
What are your luggage options?
Checked bags or carry-on bags?
Checked Bags: Pay attention to weight limits for your checked bags. Each carrier has different weight limits and will charge an extra fee if it weighs more than they permit.
Soft bags can be a better option if you will not be carrying any fragile items and can still protect your personal valuables like cell phones, tablets, or jewelry. Many pieces have pockets on the front of the luggage itself; a perfect place to keep essential travel items that you might need in a hurry. Having a soft bag can make it easier to "stuff" the item underneath your seat or in the overhead compartment.
Clearly, hard-shell luggage offers more protection for valuable items than any other form of luggage would. This kind of luggage is mostly made out of polycarbonate, or other material that can absorb much of the force of an impact if dropped or handled roughly. The contents inside will be far less vulnerable than with soft-sided luggage. Although, if you are going for the backpacker adventure, a soft side bag may be what you are looking for.
To get a true feel for how the luggage rolls and weighs, you must go to a local store and test them out. Take a few minutes to walk up to see how it rolls and sways.
You will want to make sure the wheels and handles can actually assist you in sprinting from Terminal A to Terminal B. And also that the bag isn’t constantly trying to “eat your shoes” every time you walk. You might try looking luggage that you can push, instead of pull, to avoid those nuisances and still keep the weight off your back as you navigate the airport.
For bags that you will carry by hand or on your back, try out the straps to make sure they comfortably distribute the weight of the bag.
Every decision depends on how you travel and which type of luggage is more suitable for your lifestyle.
Stitching of the luggage: Examining the stitching is a simple way to determine the quality of luggage. The more stitches there are in an inch the better constructed the bag may be. Look for a piece of luggage that has double or reinforced stitching. Stitches should look uniform, neat and clean. You do not want sloppy stitches that will easily come apart.
Pay attention to how the rivets are attached and how the tension points look when the luggage is held up.
Examine the zippers: The zippers are another element to pay close attention to. The zipper itself must be of excellent quality and free from any gaps or holes, and be easy to close and open. Opt for durable metal or plastic zipper chains versus coil zippers.
Wheel ability: A must for any traveler, 360-degree spinner wheels help you avoid awkward bag topples while making turns and maneuvering through crowds. A four-wheeled spinner carry-on also allows travelers to turn the bag sideways for trips down those narrow airplane aisles while boarding and exiting.
Handle comfort: Some luggage companies also offer ergonomic handles in both one- and two-bar constructions. Carry-ons are also available with handles that are built to rotate to avoid hand and wrist strain.
Brand and warranties
Pay attention to this topic but don’t let it be the deciding factor. Some brands have a reputation for standing behind the quality and durability of their bags. When the process of buying luggage it is an important point to consider. Make sure you read the fine print because some brand has lifetime warranties; others only cover for original defect and not for when a wheel popped off during travel or for damage from baggage handlers.
Customer services: pay attention to how the luggage is priced.
Price is often the reflection of quality and that is very important. The main thing to remember is that the price of the luggage can be justified by how long you will use it, how often, and its style.
For some people, the price is the final (and sometimes the first) factor for the decision. It depends on how do you want to use and how often do you travel. If you get a bag that you end up using for 50 years but you love it every time you use it, then that is a justifiable way to spend a thousand dollars. If you compare that to a cheap suitcase that rips in half the first time you use it, and you will probably have to keep on replacing then this suitcase may be cheaper upon first purchase but it won’t be long until the expenses catch up with you and you could end up buying and paying more.
As there are only so many different brands of luggage, you are bound to find identical baggage if you travel frequently. To avoid walking off with the wrong bag, you might choose a unique color or design pattern to distinguish your bag from the rest.
Of course, you can also add a personal touch to your bag after you buy it by putting on a personalized luggage tag or piece of cloth that will make it easy to spot as you deplane or watch bags come to appear on the baggage claim turnstile or even amongst a group with other bags and suitcases.
There’s something extra special about luggage that can be personalized. It elevates a simple thing into something that is truly your own. Personalizing something also means you are more likely to take care of it, immediately extending the life of that object.
Additionally, having something personalized automatically makes for a great story. 20, 30 or 50 years from now, you could pass on the luggage to a son or grandson with the same initials and it could potentially become a family keepsake.