The stylish beginning of a stylish journey is a stylish suitcase.
A suitcase is so much more than just a container for your personal belongings when you travel. It is the foundation to your mobile closet und can have quite an affect on your clothing and travel style.
Often times it is not what you want, but what you need. The first step in determining which suitcase you should use is to understand the elements of the journey: how will you be traveling? (air, land, sea)
How long will the trip take? Are you traveling on business, pleasure or both? Are you planning to come home with souvenirs or gifts? Will you be transporting something in one direction only? Will you need to deal with immigration, the police or customs? What are the weight and size restrictions of the airline? Are there additional luggage charges? What are the restrictions and laws of the region you will be traveling to or through? Will you need access to your luggage while traveling? Depending on how long you will be traveling and the purpose of your trip, here are some ideal types of luggage that will take you and your laptop where you need to be.
How to buy a suitcase?
In most cases, all luggage basically looks the same, although there are, of course, different types and styles. "Spinners" or "carry-on" luggage fall into the same category and are quite similar. The only noticeable differences to the untrained eye are the color, pattern and soft or hard shell. The problem is that not all cases are as good as others. In fact, some are downright terrible. And the saying "you get what you pay for" does not always apply when it comes to luggage.
Hard or soft cases?
The two standard luggage types are hard or soft-shell suitcases. Here are the pros and cons of each one:
flexible material allows for extra room
easy to gash open
usually much heavier than polycarbonate spinners.
Tips and tricks
If you choose a soft suitcase, you should purchase one of high quality material that is less in weight, but not quality. You'll find that soft-shells work best as carry-ons, but can easily go beyond the weight and size limits of the airline.
durable, but not as durable as soft-shell
Do not tear or rip.
can not be cut open with a knife.
can be very lightweight
easily shows scrapes, marks and bumps.
not so much room for extending space
Tips and Tricks
If durability is your biggest factor in deciding which suitcase you should buy, think of aluminum. Although it is the heaviest material, it is also the toughest.
Suitcase DOs and DON'Ts
- DON'T buy bags in black or navy, so they can easily be found in a crowd.
- DO tie colored ribbons or place indistinguishable markings on black or generic luggage that might otherwise be accidentally mistaken for someone else's.
- DO use a slightly larger bag than you need to make room for dirty laundry, gifts or souvenirs.
- DO test the luggage before purchasing to see how easily it moves and turns.
- DO test the luggage before traveling on various flooring such as wood, carpet, grass, etc. to see how they move.
- DO NOT listen to the claims on labels or promotions when buying luggage, especially in relation to the size of the carry-on. There is no one "official baggage" and the restrictions are set by the individual airlines and often change depending on the aircraft. A Consumer Reports survey in 2015 revealed that nine out of eleven measured models were larger than claimed by the manufacturer.
- DO NOT buy second-hand bags unless you can confirm that they are in good working order and have no damage.
- DO NOT buy a suitcase based on looks, but materials and usability.
- DO NOT buy a suitcase from a nameless brands that you have never heard of. They can be cheap replicas.
- DO NOT borrow luggage, if possible; Borrowed luggage can contain something you do not want to be found with or still carry the odor of an illegal substance. Sniffing dogs and the technology used in customs and security can detect small traces of illegal substances up to a year old.
There are many types of suitcases and new styles on the market all the time.
If you bring hand luggage on a flight, we recommend a solid, upright wheeled suitcase and a messenger bag or laptop bag. We do not recommend backpacks, unless you are going on a trip that requires a backpack, such as a backpacking trip, camping or hiking. Otherwise, backpacks are for schoolboys. Not a joke; they make you look like one!