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Selecting the right luggage for you

Selecting the right luggage for you

Preparing for a holiday can be a stressful process; especially the closer it gets and you start to think about packing. Whilst you are running around getting the last minute essentials, it is easy to let your suitcase choice fall to the last minute, meaning you may not get the best one for your intended travel. For example, if you are planning on visiting a lot of countries or cities, you will require a different case then if you were going away on a business trip.

The first thing that you have to bear in mind when travelling anywhere on a plane, is the baggage restrictions of all the airlines that you are travelling with. The last thing that you want to do is get all the way to the airport only to find that your luggage is too heavy and you are forced to make a quick decision on what to leave behind in the airport, or having to have a reshuffle, sharing out your excess possessions between the group that you are travelling with. Different airlines have different restrictions, so don’t assume that once you have found, it will be the same for all of them. This is particularly apparent if you are getting several plane journeys throughout your trip. Make sure you have packed only the essentials to ensure that you will not be over the weight limit. Remember as well that the chances are that you will purchase gifts for both yourself and love ones during your travels, particularly if you are away for a longer length of time and you will need to ensure that you either have enough room in your luggage, or you have the means and allowance to purchase a new case whilst you are there solely for your gifts and overseas purchases. Even if you are not travelling on a plane, you should check whether there is a luggage restriction to avoid disappointment.

Consider your reasons for travelling. Is it for a holiday, where you will not need to move your luggage once you have reached your destination? Or will you be moving around, and needing to move your luggage with you? Secondly, think about how far it is from the airport to the hotel and how you will be making this journey. If you are hiring a car and getting yourself to the accommodation, it is not so much of a problem what luggage you are using; however, if you are relying on public transport and have to take a bus for example, you would be better off with one case, rather than several bags. Although it is ultimately down to personal choice which luggage you use, but a lightweight backpack may be better suited to those who are travelling around more as opposed to a wheeled suitcase for those who are staying in one place for the duration of your trip.

When selecting the best luggage, it is also important to consider the weight of the suitcase when it is empty. You do want to be carrying around a lot of excess weight with you. Many luggage providers do specialise in lightweight luggage, meaning that you can pack more essentials as you will not be carrying around any extra weight. This applies to both your luggage case and your carry on case. Although your carry on is normally determined by its size rather than weight (although some budget airlines do set a weight limit for carry-on bags as well, so do check prior to travelling), you will be carrying this around with you all of the time. Because of this, it is silly to carry around extra weight with you. Not only will you prevent yourself from developing an injury your travel, you can also avoid being charged a fine if your luggage is overweight.

One of the most important factors that you need to consider regardless of where you are going, how long you are going for, and whether you are travelling around or staying in one place, is how secure your case is. Wherever you go, you are a potential victim for thieves, and if your case and luggage looks appealing due to poor security measures you can become more of a potential target. Also consider the appearance of your bag. If your bag stands out, due to its garish patterns or material, it is going to look more valuable and appealing to thieves than a plain one that can blend into the background. There are both plus and minus points to having a plain bag. You aren’t as appealing to thieves, which is obviously a good safety point, particularly if you are travelling around and not staying in one place; however, your case is obviously a lot more easily identifiable if it stands out. It is a double edged sword, but if you are travelling in more than one place, it would be recommended to put your safety first, over the appearance of the luggage.

Think about the practicality of your luggage. Once you have decided on the best type of bag for your travels, you can concentrate on the
finer details of the luggage. For example, can you organise your luggage in such a way that it is easily accessible wherever you are. If you are travelling with luggage, and you need to access a map for example, it would be incredibly inconvenient to have to keep placing your bags done every time you needed to look at it. So, keeping your hands free if you are travelling would be advisable, and therefore a back pack with several side pockets and compartments may be a better option than a suitcase.

If you are using an existing piece of luggage for your travels, be sure that you have examined it before you go. Check that it is still of a quality that will see you through your trip. This is particularly apparent if you are travelling around several countries as any damages to the bags can cause you stress and potentially some injuries on your holiday. It also means that your luggage will no longer be secure, which could leave you open to the risk of thieves. Think of your luggage as an investment piece, particularly if you have the travelling bug. Although a budget case can seem like a good idea as a quick fix, for a short holiday, as a long term measure do not expect it to last. Also, when checking your luggage for any damages, it is important to consider what it will be used for. For example, if you are going on a very active holiday, where extreme sports are involved, you will need a bag that is made from incredibly durable and tough material, to see you through the holiday. There is no point taking a bag that will not stand up to the demand of the holiday and will become damaged two days in.

Finally, consider what it is you are looking to take. Consider how long you are going to be away for, the type of holiday and access to washing facilities. If you are staying in a hotel, the likelihood is that they will have a laundry service and you can therefore re-wear outfits, cutting down on the amount that you need to bring. If you are travelling, you may not have such easy access to laundry facilities as you may be staying in more budget accommodation, or it may be that you are simply not in one place long enough to use the facility. This would imply that you needed to bring slightly more with you; however, on the flip side, you do need to consider the fact that you will be carrying your entire luggage around with you, and therefore, over packing would not be sensible. It is worthwhile writing a list of everything that you believe you will require prior to packing and then eliminate some. On average, you will only wear two thirds of what you actually packed, meaning you can afford to get rid of some of your luggage! Consider the size of luggage that will be best suited to your needs, for example, you are obviously going to need a much larger suitcase if you are going away for a month, as opposed to a weekend trip. Make sure you have all of the essentials that you will need during the flight and immediately afterwards in your carry-on luggage. Take into consideration any potential delays and cancellations and illness and ensure that you have your valuables safe and secure.

There are so many different styles of luggage available and different brands, it can be incredibly hard to know which one to get and what will be best for you and your adventure. Just consider its use and see it as an investment piece. Consider the type of holiday you are most like to embark on and let this be the deciding factor. Don’t let packing become stressful. Be organised and know what you want to take and where you want to pack it, and then, simply relax and enjoy your break ahead. 

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