Suitcases and travel bags are essential tools for any traveller. Whether you’re going the distance or simply visiting your family over the weekend, great quality luggage will make the transition from your home to your destination a smooth one. The main characteristics that you should look out for when purchasing luggage are: durability, ease of carriage, spaciousness, and security. However, not just any item of luggage will make the grade; the best one for the job depends on both the journey and the traveller.
How to choose the right luggage for you?
Firstly, you should consider how long your journey will be. If it’s just a short trip, it’s best to use a weekend suitcase that you can easily carry by hand (or if you’re a lady, a women’s travel bag). If the journey’s more ambitious, then perhaps rolling luggage with harder, more protective sides would be better suited. Are you travelling by plane? Coach? Car? If you’re going to be travelling on the road, it’s best to carry something light and unstructured (like a duffel bag) so that you can squeeze it into tight spots. Finally, ask yourself: what activities will you be partaking in? Your suitcase needs to be suitable for the storing of the equipment that your activities will require. It may be obvious, but going shopping in the city and going mountain climbing will most likely require completely different gear.
How to maintain your suitcase whilst travelling?
• Protect the fabric of the suitcase with fabric protector spray to fortify it against spills and water damage.
• Protect the metal hardware of your suitcase with lacquer or nail polish to prevent scratches.
• Store your suitcase away safely, making sure that there aren’t any leaks or mildew in the storage area that could cause serious damage to it.
• Refrain from placing anything heavy on your suitcase as it may become warped over time.
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