Luggage Buying Guide
So I wanted to buy a new suitcase, and I started doing some basic research. However, it turns out that luggage industry is much more complicated than I thought in the first place. They are different by many, many details, from size to wheels and many, many other things.
I don’t want you to get as confused as I was, so I have prepared a little buying guide to help you pay attention to more important things. Of course, at the end of the day, you’re going to choose a suitcase which suits you best, and these are all just starting points. So, let’s begin.
Different Ways to Move Your Stuff
When you’re trying to find the right bag to pack your stuff, you probably don’t know that you should consider such thing as luggage categories. There are five of them:
Carry-On Luggage – Small, Trusty and Never Out Of Your Sight.
As you probably know, carry-on is that small bag you can take with you and put it under your seat, next to you or somewhere else near you. Most of the time, people don’t even check a bag, they rather take this one and they consider their job finished. Usually, a bag need to be less than 21 inches in height, in order to be classified as a carry-on. Something like Travelpro Luggage Maxlite (check out the review).
Suitcases – For When You Have A LOT To Bring
There’s a possibility you got your carry-on as a part of the set. In that case, the other bags are probably bigger, which classifies them as regular suitcases. Although they come in many different shapes and sizes, they are usually larger then 21 inches, and they need to be put in the baggage are when you travel by plane. They are much often used when people carry a lot more things than usual.
A lot of modern they suitcases include wheels so you don’t have to carry them around, and their exterior can be categorized as hardside or softside luggage. If you’re looking into buying a lightweight suitcase, then you should probably consider expandable (from 25 to 29 inch) Samsonite Lift Spinner.
Travel Duffel Bags – Not As Classy But Incredibly Versatile
If you think that duffel bags look a bit like gym bags, then you’re probably right. However, many of them today have very wide area of use, featuring wheels and a lot of exterior (as well as interior) pockets. for some examples, check the Samsonite Tote-A-Ton Duffel or the Olympia Luggage 8-Pocket Rolling Duffel Bag.
Garment Bags – The Key To Keeping Your Threads Spiffy And Pressed
In case you have some nice tuxedo in your suitcase, you surely wouldn’t like to get it all messy when you take it out. Because of that, you should use garment bags, which feature hangers. Yeah, that’s right, hangers. That means you’ll never have to worry again about your clothes getting wrinkled.
There are a lot of different models to choose from, but I have decided to pick two: the Wally Bags (without wheels) and the Samsonite Hyperspace Spinner Garment Bag, featuring wheels. In case you need your bag to be opened, no problem. Just hook it on the rolling handle.
Luggage Sets – Bringing It All Together And Saving A Few Bucks
Of course, all of these different suitcase types can be found in one set. With only one purchase, you could have a lot of different options to choose from, and that’s the main advantage of luggage sets. they can vary from two to eight cases, but most often they contain between 3 and 5 cases. A nice example for luggage set is Hills Club Malibu Three-Piece Set (don’t worry, I have reviewed it completely).
Buying each of the pieces individually can be much more expensive than buying a luggage sets. Also, sometimes manufacturers offer certain kind of bags only in different sets. Also, most often suitcases found in sets are made for “beginners”, while “pro” cases are sold individually.
So What Do You Want To Put Your Stuff Into?
I know that all of this seems like a lot of information at one place, but it’s really better to be safe than sorry. Now that you’ve seen different categories of suitcases, I hope that things are a bit clearer. Remember – choosing wrong luggage can lead you to spending a lot of money and time unnecessarily. Because of that, choose wisely!