The Art of Luggage: What to Buy for Any Trip

When it comes to travel, choosing the right luggage can make a big difference in ease and comfort, regardless of the type of trip you’re taking. There’s a lot to be said for packing light and not overburdening yourself with a dozen bags and suitcases, which makes choosing the right pieces all the more important. If you’re equipped with three essential luggage must-haves, it won’t matter whether you’re planning a weekend road trip or going abroad for a month. You’ll have a handle on your luggage needs. If you think that you’ll need more than this, remember that almost anywhere you go you will be able to find facilities to wash your clothing, and if you find yourself in need of extra toiletries or self-care items, you can usually purchase more once you get wherever you’re going. You really don’t need to pack like you’re moving in order to be well-prepared. When it comes to travel, less is more. Check out these three Essential Luggage Must-Haves:

  • The Backpack – A durable backpack is the most versatile piece of luggage you can buy. It can take you from camping to sight seeing in a crowded city. Ladies can ditch their purses and shove essentials into their backpack with room to spare for small purchases. If you have mastered the art of packing light, you might be able to get away with using only a backpack for weekend trips.
  • The Carry-On – Keep it small. The maximum size is 45″ linear,and if you go over, you’ll find yourself having to pay to check your bag. Soft bags are easier to fit into overhead compartments, so they might be a better option for carry-on than those with hard shells. Pick a bag with lots of internal compartments to make organization easier.
  • The 25″-27″ Suitcase – If you’re taking a longer trip and need to pack more than will fit in your backpack and carry-on bag, this is the optimum size for checked luggage. If you go any larger, you might find yourself in violation of the airline’s size and weight limitations. Look for a suitcase with a hard shell that will withstand being tossed around during loading and unloading, a lock to cut down on the chances of having items stolen (also useful when leaving your belongings in hotel rooms), and swiveling wheels and a pull-out handle to make transport easier.

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When packing, it’s important to remember to leave a bit of spare room in your luggage for souvenirs and gifts. However, with the astronomical baggage fees airlines are charging, if you plan to do a lot of shopping on your vacation, it could be considerably cheaper to use other means to get your goodies home. Even when packing supplies and shipping and handling are accounted for, it’s usually the more economical option. Plus, you won’t be stuck lugging your unwieldy haul on taxis and through airports. It’s better to choose luggage that can handle your essentials with a little extra space than to use your suitcases as shipping containers. Keep it light, and your travel plans won’t be weighed down by extra baggage.

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