One might say that as a travel agent, I have a few insights on the best/worst aspects of luggage.
I’ll never forget my first trip to Turks and Caicos with my new job as a villa specialist! I had just been given a vintage box suitcase and thought it was super trendy and the perfect way to show off my cool style on my work trip.
–>Cut to me lugging my overstuffed suitcase through the airport while my arms slowly lost all feeling and my back screamed in protest. Finally my colleague felt bad enough for me that he helped carry it!
Suitcases with wheels have become so popular for a reason; they make traveling so much easier for those long hauls through the international terminal. After that experience with my trendy yet completely impractical suitcase, I vowed to only use the suitcases with wheels for work trips! Finding the perfect luggage fit for your vacation is easy if you follow the following considerations:
Will you carry on or check luggage?
If you are a great packer with little liquids, you may elect to only check a bag. If your bag weighs more than 20 pounds, it may be worth while to invest in a carry-on sized wheeled suitcase. Just make sure that the suitcase you pick is within the size restrictions of your selected airline!
What is the destination like?
If you’re checking luggage, you may want to consider your destination. If you are traveling to a cobble-stone street European destination or a place where you will traverse a lot of outside terrains, you might consider a backpack or duffel bag. If your destination requires minimum walking with paved roads and sidewalks, a nice wheeled suitcase is ideal.
Is it possible for your luggage to be opened or get wet?
If you’re traveling to a tropical destination or one in which the airports are small, it may be prudent to purchase a water-proof suitcase with locks. I have had items stolen from my bags in Mexico and had a suitcase completely soaked through by a pop-up shower at the Miami airport.
As a final tip, I absolutely love my leather suitcases with 4 wheels that easily stay upright. I have had 2-wheeled suitcases that fell over all the time and now prefer the 4-wheeled variety!