Travel Luggage – What Features Should Travelers Look For?

Almost all travelers have at one time have bought cheap travel luggage that literally falls apart after only a few years of travel and vacations. Most times in life you only get what you pay for, so it usually makes sense to invest in a more expensive, but extremely durable set of luggage. In the long run quality counts you can save a significant amount of money by not continually having to buy inexpensively made luggage.

It makes sense to always buy wheel-equipped luggage, including your carry-on. You should make sure that the telescopic handles will lock in both low and high positions. The reason for this is that if you are a tall person, you don’t want to have to stoop just to pull your luggage along.

Two of the top-of-the-line, wheeled, nineteen inch roller board carry-ons are TravelPro’s FlightPro4 and the Tumi.

Always take luggage bungee cords with you so you can tie down and piggyback your luggage if needed.

What features should you look for when purchasing larger-sized luggage?

Look for soft-sided luggage as it is superior to hard-sided suitcases as the locks on the latter can easily break open when your luggage is thrown around. Most luggage handlers are famous for not being gentle when it comes to transferring luggage from place to place. It is advisable that the luggage be made of strong, durable, 1,000 denier cordura nylon or polyester, and have double or triple stitching as well as extra reinforcing at all stress points. Every piece should have a padded, expandable handle that locks into both short and long handle positions. They should also be light-weight, expandable, and have outside pockets. Choose brightly colored luggage as it is easier to pick out as it circles around on the carousel. Last but not least, your luggage should have large zippers and wide, rubber, recessed wheels.

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Please note that if you purchase luggage that has detachable handles or straps, it is advisable to take them off as they can easily get hung up on airport conveyer belts.

What are the features that you should you look for when buying a backpack?

When shopping for a backpack, it should be lightweight and feel comfortable while you are wearing it when it is full. Gender-specific design and a built-in lumbar support are two important features that will greatly increase your comfort. The backpack should also have a weather resistant polyurethane coating, a zip-off day pack, outside and inside pockets as well as a hip belt with pockets, and adjustable, padded, wide straps. The backpack’s carrying capacity should be approximately 4,000 to 5,000 cubic inches.

A neat feature of some backpacks is a light-weight steel mesh sewn inside them to help prevent valuable items from falling out if it is slashed by a robber while it is being worn.

A few of the top-of-the-line backpack brand names are ArcTeryx, REI, and GoLite.

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