Your luggage is your most important travel essential. But there are so many types of bags available these days, that making an informed decision can be the most difficult part of your trip!
Whether it’s trying to lug a suitcase through the jungle and beating the crap out of your wheels (been there), or throwing everything into a hiking pack for a stay at a luxury hotel, a travel experience is often about choosing the right kind of bag.
The most important thing to remember is that different types of luggage will be suitable for different types of trips. So don’t fall into the trap of thinking any bag will do, because you just need something which will transport your things.
The right bag should fit with your travel preferences. So the following are things to consider when choosing the best suitcases, bags and carry on luggage which matches your style and needs.
Key Things to Consider When Buying Luggage for Your Next Trip
What Type of Luggage Are You Carrying?
When you’re choosing a bag to travel with, ask yourself what type of luggage you will be carrying. A bag should protect its contents, so you need to consider what you’ll be packing, and choose a bag accordingly.
For instance, delicate items like wine glasses, or fragile products which break easily might require you to choose bags that have a padded surface on the inside, and a hard shell on the outside for maximum protection.
Knowing how much luggage you plan on carrying is an important thing to consider as well. Bags with a soft exterior increase your capacity to add more stuff since they are able to stretch, where-as hard shell cases mean you can’t stretch your packing capacity.
The Intended Use of the Bag
The next question you should answer is the indented use of the bag / your type of trip. Are you trekking through the jungle? Will the bag be getting wet? Are you heading out on a business trip?
For instance, if you’re traveling on a business trip, you need a small bag that will carry your essential stuff. Packing for a business trip does not involve flare or a lot of stuff, so your packing will be precise. You can choose something that is professional, plain, and has pockets for storing your electronics.
Packing for a vacation on the other hand might require a larger suitcase for things like beachwear, dinner wear and party wear. And if you’re the type of person who is inclined to shop on vacation, you’ll need something with the capacity for extra space.
Going hiking requires the type of bag that accommodate your hiking gear; perhaps you need to strap a tent, or walking poles to the back. You’ll be looking for something you can go hands-free with, and won’t get tired carrying on your back.
Your Style Specifications
The term quality differs from one individual to another. What you might be excited to carry won’t always be the same for somebody else. So you should have an idea of the type of style you like to travel with.
For instance, some people prefer to carry their luggage in backpacks while others prefer pulling suitcases to the airport. Or if you enjoy the benefits of both suitcases and backpacks and want the best of both worlds, you could opt for a backpack with wheels.
Lack of color choice shouldn’t put you off buying a bag which has all your boxes for comfort and technical aspects ticked, but can certainly reflect your style. If you can avoid a plain black bag, and choose something which is easy to identify on the luggage carousel, we recommend you do.
Security should be another main consideration when you’re looking at new luggage, and you need to make sure you’re getting a bag which is secure. Something strong and durable which isn’t going to tear or break, and something which thieves can’t get into.
Many suitcases these days come with built in security locks, though for those which don’t, make sure that you at least have a place where you can place your own lock.
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