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Luggage Buying Guide
You Can Take it with You: a handy luggage buying guide
If you’re an
infrequent traveler, you might be tempted to purchase the most
set you can find. Don’t give into temptation! While the most expensive
doesn’t necessarily mean the best, you will want to invest in suitcases
and travel bags that will go the distance. Whether you use your baggage
just a couple of times a year or end up traveling a lot, selecting
luggage that is well-constructed and durable while being lightweight,
will give you peace of mind knowing that your possessions are protected.
to Look for in a Suitcase
The frame of
should be made of a strong, durable material that is lightweight.
thought to what kind of “shell” you want your luggage to have.
Hard-sided suitcases are typically made of molded materials like
plastics and metals. Semi-soft sided suitcases are constructed with
partial frames and offer some protection to the bag’s contents.
Soft-sided suitcases are the most expandable. While they don’t have an
interior frame, support comes from construction methods such as
reinforced edges, layers of padding and “high tech” materials like
nylon that are durable and long-lasting.
For luggage to
be well-constructed, it should have the following characteristics
Joints on the
outside of the suitcase should be covered with welts and/or piping
taped or reinforced seams to make them stronger and prevent fraying
strength and to prevent unraveling, seams should be reinforced and
When baggage is
made of leather, nylon or materials assigned a grade, choose the
highest grade available
Make sure that
hardware is easy to use and that it operates smoothly (wheels roll
easily; metal catches lie flat without snagging)
luggage is available in many styles, types and configurations, consider
what kinds of features you would like your luggage
set to have. If you’re a business traveler, a carry-on
with a laptop compartment will be an important feature for you to have.
On the other hand, if you will be regularly taking trips with the kids,
suitcases and travel bags with wheels and wet compartments will be high
on your priority list. Some common suitcase features are:
compartments or wet packs
straps and/or removable straps
for Buying Luggage
Buy luggage to
match the trip you are embarking on. A hard-sided
luggage set might not be as useful as a medium or large sized
backpack when you’re on a tour of Thailand.
If you take
frequent trips and are tired of mistaking someone else’s luggage for
yours, choose a color for your travel bags that is bright and bold.
if you will be traveling overseas on a regular basis, select a luggage
set that includes at least one suitcase or travel bag with exterior
pockets. This will eliminate the need to go digging for your passport
or other important papers.