Luggage Buying Guide
If you are travelling for business abroad or a weekend getaway, you are going to need something in which to stash all of your stuff. Luggage nowadays comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes with so many different manufacturers from which to choose. To start your selection process, it is important to evaluate your travel needs and then select the type of luggage that works best for you.
- Those travelling once or twice a year will want to look for something with long-term durability (preferably a life-time guarantee) and affordability.
- Those travelling several times a year or even several times a week will want to invest in a very durable piece of luggage; expandable luggage is the most flexible for various needs.
- Commuters looking for a bag to in which stash their stuff will want to find something lightweight and durable, with compartments or pockets for cell phones and other personal items.
Evaluate the Details
- Fabrics- Quality luggage should come with a tag describing the outside fabric's resistance to abrasion and tearing. "Denier" is luggage lingo for durability, and basically, the higher the denier, the better off you are.
- Frames- The stronger the frame, the longer the luggage will survive years of rough handling. Most quality frames have a honeycomb composition to create the flexibility needed for the frame to bounce back into shape after enduring impact. With suitcases being thrown around, you want the sturdiest frame possible and will want to look for this design.
- Zips- One of the easiest ways to test the quality of the luggage is to evaluate the zip. Size does matter, and it's best to have larger "teeth." Make sure that the luggage has multiple rows of stitching and off the corner of the bag. This is a tell-tale sign that the luggage will not wear out in a short period of time.
- Wheels- Wheels mounted to the case with screws are much stronger than wheels held in with rivets. Also, look for a full-corner wheel protector, and keep in mind that wheels composed of high-tech resin are built to last through hundreds of miles on the pavement.
- Handles- Top quality handles are screwed into the frame of the bag and stow with the luggage. Try a handle that expands higher for taller lengths.
- Pricing- A good tip is to divide the number of trips you hope to make with this luggage by the cost of the bag.
- Warranty- Luggage is on warranty against defects in the materials for the duration that the manufacturer declares. This does NOT include damage caused from the mishandling at the airport, etc.
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We know that you have many travel needs and concerns. Explore our guides to help you plan.
- LuggageGuides.com: A comprehensive review of every piece of luggage out there.
- RoadandTravel.com: Smart packing tips and advice for packing luggage.
- TSA.gov: Stay updated on the latest travel safety rules and regs.