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How to Select Luggage when Travelling Overseas

Updated on August 28, 2013

It is important to know how to select luggage when travelling overseas. You will need luggage that can survive baggage handling at airports, offers protection, is practical and comply with the airline baggage policies. Airlines have different baggage policies. Most airlines have weight restrictions on baggage and will most probably charge you if your luggage exceeds the weight. It is important to remain realistic in selecting luggage when travelling overseas. The type of luggage you will need depends on your situation.

Tips on how to select luggage when travelling overseas:

First, you have to determine what type of traveller you are. Are you strong enough to carry your luggage? Are you going to stay in one location most of the time? Will you often make use of public transportation from one location to another? Once you reached your destination, will you go backpacking? Are you travelling for business purposes? Travellers often have to multi-task when they find themselves in unknown territory. Looking at maps and street signs can be very frustrating if you have to put your luggage down to free your hands. Carrying heavy luggage in your hands can also become challenging after a while.

The following guidelines on how to select luggage when travelling overseas can help you decide which luggage will suit your needs best:

  • Choose the material that will suit your needs. You can buy a suitcase with a hard shell which offers great protection. Fragile items are more protected in a hard case. Be careful with plastic or material that can crack or dent. Airline workers tend to pick up suitcases by the handles in order to throw it onto the carriages. Broken handles on suitcases are quite common. A two-bar handle is better than a one-bar handle.
  • Zippers are vulnerable to water-damage and often do not hold up. Think about the weather conditions and if you will need weatherproof luggage.
  • You can choose between a two-wheeled suitcase and a four-wheeled suitcase. A two-wheeled case can only be pulled in one direction and places the weight on your wrist when towing it. A four-wheeled case is easier to manoeuvre with one hand and can be pushed in front of you, pulled behind you or beside you.
  • Backpacks are easy to carry on your back and perfect for casual travellers.
  • Select a colour that can help you spot your bags easily. The colour of your luggage can even help prevent it from getting stolen. Thieves usually steal baggage that is unnoticeable.
The type of luggage you will need for your trip will entirely depend on your situation. The weight and durability of your luggage are key factors to consider. It remains important to know how to select luggage when travelling overseas. You will need luggage that can survive baggage handling at airports, offers protection, is practical and comply with the airline baggage policies.


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