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Travel Luggage: Essentials to Know When Shopping for Luggage Bags

Updated on July 14, 2011

The Right Travel Luggage for You

The type of travel luggage you use can have a big impact on your travel plans. This is where all of your belongings will be, so you want well made bags or suitcases that are easy to transport.

You want your travel luggage to be large enough to fit everything, but no heavier or bulkier than is necessary. I will walk you through the different measures for picking the right luggage bags for your travel needs.

Carry On Luggage or Hand Luggage

We all know it's more convenient to fly if you can just take one carry on bag. This is of course only possible if you intent to travel for a short time. A lot of travelers end up taking more luggage than they really need. For most short trips it is possible to take only a small hand luggage if you plan carefully what you will take.

You can find carry-on bags in many styles. Like larger travel luggage, it's available in soft, semi-soft or hard varieties. The exact restrictions for carry-on luggage vary from one airline to another, but it generally has to be 40 pounds or less and small enough to fit in the overhead compartment.

Travel Business Cases and Business Laptop Bags

If you are traveling with a laptop or have documents or paper you don't want damaged, the best type of luggage is a travel business case or a business laptop bag. If you are only traveling overnight you might even be able to get away with nothing more than a briefcase and a change of clothes inside! You can find business cases and laptop bags that are specially made for the overnight business trip with special compartments built in.

You don't need a travel bag made for week long trips if you are a frequent short business trip traveller. You will find travel business cases and business laptop bags in a variety of sizes and a lot of the larger ones have wheels for ease of transport.

Wheeled Luggage

Easy transportation is the name of the game with most travel luggage styles having the convenient idea of wheels for a good reason. Traveling through airports or city streets with large luggage and no wheels will tire you out rather quickly. You will find that mobility is easier with the well constructed wheels on your luggage.

You can use the luggage that does have wheels to help you haul aruond other baggage that doesn't. When it comes to wheels on luggage, you want to make sure that they aren't easily damaged and won't fall off, as this can be worse than having no wheels at all. In general, recessed, wide-track wheels are the sturdiest kind. You will want to have a handle that locks into place for your wheeled luggage.

Good Travel Luggage Serves You Better

Your future needs are as important as your short term needs when you are looking to buy travel luggage. You won't need to worry about getting new travel bags for a while if you purchase good luggage now. Different destinations will need different luggage, so consider this also while shopping.

If you keep the above principles in mind, you will be able to find the best travel luggage for your needs and you can consider yourself a sophisticated traveler.


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      lorbennventures 6 years ago

      This is a unique hub on luggage and what to look for when buying it. You are so right when you say that you can buy luggage with your immediate needs in mind as well as your future needs.