Choosing the right carry on luggage can make all the difference on your next travel adventure. Here are some tips for making the right choice!
Choosing the right size
If you’re anything like me, packing for a long-weekend trip can be daunting. You have to choose the right outfits, account for changes in weather, and make sure you have all the right electronics and bathroom accessories, etc. Longer trips can be even more of a challenge when you’re limited by the size of your luggage. Having a suitcase with expandable storage compartments can make a big difference. If you’re challenged by always packing ‘too much’ for a short trip, look for luggage with the ability to expand based on your needs for the trip. Sizes typically range from 18″ to 32″, choose what’s best for you or consider buying a luggage set so you have different matching options.
You’ll also want to be cognizant of the luggage allowance/weight limits if you’re traveling by air. Nothing worse than being caught at the ticket counter with an over-packed bag and making hard choices about what to do next!
Choosing the right wheels on your suitcase is a bigger deal than you think. I prefer 4 wheel arrangement that allow 360 degree rotation and the suitcase can be walked standing up, as opposed to always dragging it behind you with 2 wheels. Choose your wheels wisely.
Choosing the right material for your suitcase is a lot about personal preference. Hard-shell suitcases are great because they offer the highest level of protection for your belongings against bumps, scrapes and being smashed underneath everyone else’s luggage. The potential downside is that these can be a little bit boring if you like to make a statement with the patterns or fabric while traveling. Choose what is most practical and works best for you!
I hate compartments on luggage. Some people love them. Ever since I had a small electronic stolen from an outside zipper compartment, I just don’t care for luggage with these compartments. However, many people find them practical and helpful, especially when limited on interior space.
We’d all prefer to have the best, most stylish luggage out there but price is also a consideration. As you consider your options, think about the points made above and also about how much you plan to travel and how you’ll be traveling (airline vs. train vs. car). This may influence points about durability over style, luggage size and so on.
Choosing the right luggage for you doesn’t have to be overwhelming of difficult. Find what works for you and your plans, get that travel checklist ready and have fun!