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How to Choose the Perfect Travel Luggage?

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Picture this scenario; you are at the airport terminal, eagerly waiting for your luggage along the long conveyor belt filled with lots of luggage. You are very keen, searching for your own bag while dreading two disappointing possibilities. Your bag could either turn up with your underwear and other personal items hanging out of a gaping tear; or it could simply fail to show at all, just like a blind date gone wrong.

Choosing the best travel luggage can go a long way in preventing such inconveniences. Moreover, it will save you the embarrassment of trying to fit your large suitcase on the overhead compartment, or save you from paying the additional luggage fees at the airport. To avoid such hassle and inconveniences, here’s how to select the right travel luggage:

What factors should I consider when choosing a travel bag?

The nature of the items you plan to carry will be the core guiding principle of the bag you settle for. Business people will likely need a bag with a laptop and electronics compartment. Backpackers need bags with pouches or straps for tents, sleeping bags, hiking poles, etc., while fashionistas will be looking for meticulous design and straps that can hold clothes and items in place.

The other important factor to consider is where you are travelling to. if you are travelling for business purposes or going camping or on a hike, you will need to settle for a different travel bag in each case.

What luggage options do I have?

Almost all types of travel bags currently in the market can be purchased with back straps, wheels, and retractable handles. The back straps and handles are very important features for any travel bag. Wrong fitting of the straps or having stiff luggage wheels can make your journey very frustrating. Thus, settle for bags with spinners that can turn 360 degrees, to allow for ease of movement and greater control. Here are some of the luggage options:

Suitcases 

The first option is a Suitcase. They are very suitable due to their numerous benefits. First, they are convenient to use because they come fitted with wheels thus making them easy to maneuver around. Suitcases also facilitate organized packing, where you have a clear view of all packed items. Moreover, suitcases have hard covers that not only protect the contents inside the bag but also ensure the contents don’t get mangled. Finally, a suitcase is more suitable for business travel because it portrays a more professional image.

Backpacks

Backpacks come in all sizes and shapes with some having frames while others don't. They are a suitable option for those planning to take part in outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, among others. They typically have soft cover to enable them rest with ease on the back, and straps to be fixed around the waist to ease pressure on the back. You will be surprised to note that, even large luggage pieces can be converted to become backpacks by adding back straps.

Duffel bags

Traditionally, Duffel bags were mainly used to carry light items for instance your sweats to and from the gym. However, the modern duffels have seen much more use with some being fitted with retractable handles and wheels to become “travel duffels.” They are not suitable for carrying very heavy luggage because they are mainly made of light material.

Should I settle for a soft or hard bag?

Soft bags are more widely available than their hard counterparts. They can absorb shock better enabling them to last longer and can also be easily squeezed in the overhead compartments. They are made of fabrics such as leather, microfiber, nylon, polyester or PVC. Some are expandable to accommodate up to 2534: more luggage.

The hard bags are created from hard plastic like materials such as polycarbonate and polypropylene. This hard shell makes them heavier than the soft bags. However, their greatest advantage is that they are easy to clean and offer superior protection to the items in the bag better.

Which is the right size for me?

Generally, the standard size in most major US. airlines is a maximum of 62 inches in terms of {height plus length plus width) for a checked bag and a maximum of 45 inches (height plus length plus width) for a carry-on bag. The point is that if you can't lift your bag above your head, you will have problems placing it in the overhead compartment in the plane and have to pay extra fee for it.

Which is the right color for me?

A bright colored bag is a more suitable option because you will able to easily spot it on the luggage carousel. Avoid light colors such as cream and white because they dirty easily and are difficult to clean.

What accessories and features should I look for?

This depends on your needs, tastes and preferences. The best option is to compare a number of luggage exteriors and interiors to find what suits you. These features can expand the functionality of the bag such as belts, extra pouches, and expandable pouches. For instance, having a plastic waterproof pouch can come in handy when carrying leaky shampoo bottles or wet swimsuits. On the other hand, too much accessories may make the luggage pack more bulky.

How do I ensure am getting the right quality?

Having settled for a particular travel bag, the only way to guarantee you the right item is to test the bag thoroughly and numerous times. If it is a suitcase, walk around while pulling it from the handle to check whether the wheels are stiff and or whether it does hit you on the heels as you walk due to a short handle. In the case of a backpack or hand-held bags, hold it by the straps to establish if they are fastened tightly, feel if it is comfortable on your back or if you like the feel of the fabric. If you opt to buy a bag online, order it early enough to allow time to replace it in case you find out that it is not the right one for you.

How much should I spend on a bag?

This depends on personal preference; however, quality should be the first priority. Duality doesn't always mean the most expensive. Designer luggage though fashionable may cost you $1,000, but you can as well get a good-quality travel bag that may cost between $200 and $300.

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