As exciting as traveling can be, it also comes with some stressful aspects. Carrying luggage from one place to another can be a breeze, or it can cause tension in your travel experience. The first thing you should do is consider your travel style and specifically meet those needs by choosing the right travel luggage for your vacation. With this in mind, we have compiled a list of some important things to consider beforehand.
Suitcase or backpack?
We focus mainly on the suitcases instead of the backpacks in this article for the following reasons:
Maneuvering in airports with a lot of people and traffic, while carrying a large weight on your back is not easy. Suitcases are much easier to maneuver in traffic with ease.
Simply roll your luggage with ease. This is our main reason to choose a suitcase.
A backpack does not give much freedom of organization. You will only have access to a top-loading packaging mechanism where you will be forced to remove everything to reach an item at the bottom. A suitcase gives you a clear view of all your belongings as soon as you open or open it.
Carrying a backpack really does not look good.
Hard or soft?
You should choose your travel luggage according to your travel needs. For example; Are you traveling for business or for fun? Are you planning to carry expensive items that could easily break? A hard hand bag is perfect for anyone who carries items like an expensive camera, or if their vacations are going to be in areas with adverse weather conditions. The hard cover will offer protection to any item prone to breakage.
The soft luggage is perfect for anyone looking for additional storage. These bags can be expanded, which makes them ideal for those who wish to take with them some memories. In addition, soft hand-held cases are easy to put in a higher compartment.
One important thing to keep in mind is to never buy a carry-on bag that is larger than you can actually lift over your head. Next, how long will your vacation last? Many people can survive with fewer elements than others, but when visiting a place abroad, a smaller hand luggage is more ideal. Before buying a carry-on, ask about the international and national size requirements of that specific airline.
Some airplanes allow for smaller hand luggage, so it is best to always limit yourself to buying a suitcase that is approximately 21 x 13 x 9 and target a weight of 15 to 20 pounds.
Here is a breakdown of some popular hand luggage sizes:
The size of international hand luggage is mainly 18 to 20 inches
The most popular size of a hand luggage is 21 to 22 inches: this is a large size, which offers ample space, but light enough to lift it. You can travel for a month without much hassle.
If you are traveling with a loved one, a medium size would be perfect. Therefore, consider purchasing a carry-on luggage of 23 to 24 inches.
For those who love to have extra space, then 25 to 27 inches will give you plenty of space to carry your memories or your clothes. In addition, if you are on vacation with your family, you can easily accommodate everyone's belongings in just one of these suitcases for easy handling.
A size of 28 to 32 inches is simply too big for a travel suitcase. It is very bulky and can be very difficult to maneuver. This size is simply the most suitable for anyone planning to move abroad or for anyone thinking of moving to another country for long periods of time.
Sometimes it may be better to buy two smaller suitcases than to buy a large and heavy one. Of course, you will have to pay a supplement, but it will be worth it because you will not have to worry about keeping everything in a bag or incurring overweight expenses when you travel home with some memories.
It is best to buy a bag with unique patterns and colors. This way, you will find it easy to find it in the baggage carousel. Also, you will not accidentally confuse it with someone else's bag.
The options of wheels come in two options; two or four The two wheels are the most common, as these bags tend to be lighter and easier to use. You can also throw your bag down the stairs easily without having to manually lift it. However, these types of cases tend to tip over easily.
The four wheels are placed in a vertical position, which allows you to easily roll them sideways on full or shallow roads, such as inside an airplane.
Look for bags with locking wheels; this will prevent the bag from moving.
Always make sure your luggage has water resistant materials or that, at least, it has been treated with a sealant on the inside to keep your belongings dry. This is very important since sometimes your luggage could be placed on wet, sticky or dirty surfaces by baggage handlers.
If your bag does not have a moisture resistant sealant, simply cover the top and bottom of your suitcase with plastic bags (a garbage bag or dry cleaning bag will work well). This simple trick will keep your clothes dry even if your suitcase gets wet on the outside.
Buy a suitcase that comes with adjustable straps. These straps will help keep your belongings secure and compressed.
Piggy Back clip
Have you ever seen those clips placed on top of some travel bags? They are called piggy back clips and allow the traveler to cut a second smaller bag over the larger one, in this way, their items will be kept together during their trips.
If your carry-on bag does not come with a piggy back clip, you can connect and buy one for a reasonable price.
The compartments are useful when you want to organize your belongings. For example; Instead of storing your small shampoo or fluids with your clothes, store them in an external pocket (this will prevent your clothes from getting ruined in case of spillage). In addition, they will be easy to locate when the need arises.