One of the most important things in preparing for your trip is deciding on the perfect suitcase to bring. With a range of styles, options and brands, this task often becomes an overwhelming one you’d rather not deal with. To make it less of a task and more of a fun activity, here’s a handy […]
November 13, 2019
One of the most important things in preparing for your trip is deciding on the perfect suitcase to bring. With a range of styles, options and brands, this task often becomes an overwhelming one you’d rather not deal with. To make it less of a task and more of a fun activity, here’s a handy guide to help you in your suitcase shopping:
Decide what kind of luggage you want
These days, travelers have a wide luggage option that covers different travel styles and price points. Those who are going on a backpacking, camping or hiking adventure will find that a backpack, will suit their needs; while those looking for ease of movement and control can go for a four-wheeled spinner luggage with retractable handles. A typical four-wheeled luggage will also come in in two options: a hard shell bag made from materials like polypropylene and polycarbonate; versus a soft bag made of microfiber, leather, or nylon.
Choose if you’re traveling light or traveling with a set
If you’re going on a short trip, perhaps a travel backpack, a duffel bag, or a small wheeled luggage will suit you best. Not only will it help you save on checked baggage fees, it will also help you go through security faster. For those planning on a longer trip that will require more luggage, a travel set can help you quickly identify which suitcase is yours on the luggage carousel.
Know the size requirements
Keep in mind that most airlines have different size requirements for both international and domestic flights. They also have rules on what size bags you can bring on board, and how many bags you’re allowed to check. Research the allowed baggage weight and size requirements before you purchase your suitcase to avoid unnecessary baggage fees later on.
Compare your choices
There is not a one size fit all suitcase, you need to go out there and check which one suits you and your travel style best. Sure, it’s going to be time-consuming, but it will also allow you to test the suitcase or bag before you hand over your hard-earned money. Most local malls will have a selection of luggage retail shops such as The North Face, Samsonite, Delsey, Rimowa, Tumi, Deuter, Herschel or Lipault. You can also drop by the department stores for a range of brands.
It’s not about the brand, it’s about the quality
That said, it’s easy to get drawn to specific designer brand names. Don’t get swept away by advertisements and sales talk. Keep in mind that it’s not the name that matters, it’s about the quality. A P3,000 suitcase brought from a department store can just be as sturdy as a P12,000 suitcase brought from an international retail brand. This is why it’s handy to visit the stores and check how the suitcase performs. Test the way the handles, straps, zippers or wheels work; if they are durable and if they feel right for you.