THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN BUYING A SUITCASE
Most people don’t really put in too much thought when it comes to buying a suitcase, but those people tend to forget how much time you actually spend with your luggage! The big spenders buy the biggest cases to fit in all their luxury items and every last shoe that fills their closet and the business man opts for the black standard business case…Both of which are the wrong choices when it comes to traveling, although these choices might work for some people, it’s more likely that by choosing the bulky case or the standard black case that you will run into many troubles.
For Example by choosing the big bulky suitcase you might run into the following problems..
- Overpacking, which in theory might sound good to the girl who wants to bring her entire closet, but the reality is you might end up paying more because of it. Many airlines have weight limits for your Check In baggage and will charge a fee for heavier baggage. (Especially traveling in Europe! Ex: RyanAir)
- Just because it has wheels doesn’t mean you won’t be carrying the weight! Believe me within minutes you will feeling the pull of those 4 inch wedges and extra pairs of jeans you decided to pack in your case. And if your behind on your schedule that extra weight is going to tire you out before you even start your travels!
- Heavy bags are not only a bad idea for traveling by planes, but also taxis and trains as well because most taxi trunks are not an ideal size for your oversized bag and trying to drag your suitcase down the aisle of a busy train is a nightmare without your bag getting stuck on ever seat on your way to the last car on the train. I’ve been there I promise it’s not fun and no one likes to be bruised by your case.
Now you might be thinking what’s wrong with the business man’s suitcase choice? Well let me tell you…Have you ever watched the baggage claim round-abouts? All those people squishing as close to the machine as they can, dozens of bags circling around and there will always be those people who chose the most unoriginal suitcase in the store who is picking through every black suitcase that travels their way, checking tags and unzipping bags to find their own. You Don’t Want To Be That Person. Finding your suitcase shouldn’t be that difficult! Pick a bag with a design or a more original color like a neon yellow or lime green, sure you’ll be easy to spot out, but so will your bag! And if you can’t find a colorful bag, go for the generic colored case and decorate it in whatever way you want so you’ll always be able to spot it as soon as the round-about turns on.
Two More Tips!
1) You will never regret buying a suitcase with wheels that spin completely around, it may sound silly, but after years of having my bag flip on the wrong side or fall over as I ran through the airport late for a flight, I really appreciate my current rollie suitcase, you can pull it while it’s standing up, making it less heavy and easier to balance your carry on items on and getting through an airport, an airplane or train is a lot easier when you can pull your suitcase by it’s smallest width.
2) Buy a suitcase with an outer pocket, this makes it really easy to access your liquid items that you will be asked to take out at airport security, buying one with two pockets is even better! Use the big pocket for your laptop (till you get through security) And the small pocket for liquids.