Tips for choosing the right luggage

Luggage is more than just picking a bag..

Your Luggage can be the difference of your travel “Rolling Along Smoothly or being a Drag”…

Size

You must consider size it it the most logical starting point. Most U.S. airlines will have strict rules about the size, and the amount of carry-on luggage a traveler can have with them. Items that are too large, too heavy, or restricted won’t be allowed to travel with you, and will need to be checked instead.

Every airline is different, but as a general rule you’ll be allowed the following per passenger:

  • 1 small purse or laptop bag
  • 1 small cabin bag measuring no more than 22 x 14 x 9 inches (some airlines have even tighter restrictions, so check with you airline before traveling)
  • You may also carry-on Medical devices such us C-pap machines, these are not counted as your Carry-on items

Weight

Yes Weight of Carry-on luggage is a thing, and more and more airline carriers are beginning to weigh bags. The usual rule for carry-on luggage is that it must weigh less than 40 pounds, including the weight of the bag itself. If you want to be sure before you fly, weigh your bag using a good scale before you leave home. If your bag is too heavy, it will be stowed in the hold. Carry-on luggage is placed in the overhead lockers — too heavy and it’s a safety risk since too many heavy bags make for a dangerous flying environment.

Hard or Soft Luggage

This is another decision that should be based on personal choice. Legend has it that hard-shell luggage is more durable than softer cases, but in reality, this is not always so.

While hard cases do offer some extra protection, they can be heavier, and space may be compromised by the design of the shell. Soft suitcases are more flexible in terms of shape and generally lighter. That said, they could also be more prone to splits or tears.

It’s a personal decision, but they are a great option and Hard side luggage offers many more colors, and flashy graphic colors especially for kids.  One thing to remember that many Hardside bags don’t have any extra pockets or compartments on the outside of the bag to store small things, this could be a hassle.

Guess what we’re going to say next? Yep — whatever you choose, quality is key! Pay for well-manufactured, lightweight hard shell cases or strong nylon soft cases to ensure your cabin luggage lasts you for more than 1 journey.

Material and Durability

Unlike your checked luggage, your carry-on bag will stay close to you for the duration of your flight. Think Soft-side but choose wisely.  For many this means many travelers think it doesn’t matter, the figure they don’t need to pay for super tough materials since it won’t be thrown around or battered by luggage handlers.   That sounds great until you have to gae check your bag becasue the plane is full and there is not space left to store bags in the overhead bins..  Also bett material means you are getting a quality bag that will last.

You need to carefully consider the weight of the luggage you choose to use on board. Since you only have up to 40 pounds to play with, lightweight but durable nylon bags or similar are usually the most practical option.

There are thousands of small cases, bags, and even rucksacks that are designed to meet the size and weight restrictions of most major airlines, so finding one should be a cinch.

Carry-on Backpack vs. Carry-on Suitcase

As the battle between backpack and suitcase rages on, travelers usually come to a conclusion based on their individual travel needs. While a cabin bag usually comes with wheels and is easy to pull around the airport, they can have limited access and may hold less than their counterparts.  Backpacks are very popular with young more agile travelers who want to be on the go..  This also isn’t surprising as younger generations of travelers have been brought up with carrying a backpack to school since they were young and are use to traveling this way.

Before you decide to go with a Backpack, remember they need be carried at all times,.  Yes we know there are some who have wheels but most people don’t spend the time to find these specialized bags.  Backpacks do offer plenty of hidden compartments for handy travel accessories — and using one will keep your hands free while you fumble for your tickets at check-in.

Which is best? Both work well, and your choice should be based on your own personal preference.

Wheels

Wheeled cabin luggage is perfectly designed to let you pull it around the airport — when the wheels are good, that is! Complete with pull-up handles and different types of wheel options, these types of cases are now the go-to accessory for savvy travelers around the world.

Standard 2-wheeled versions are perfect for pulling behind you or pushing in front when you have to. They are practical and affordable. The design also usually mean the actual storage part of the bag is slightly larger, but wait there is more., the 2 wheel design also means there is less things hang of the bag for the Luggage Handling Gorillas to break off.

If you want something that offers even more maneuverability, opt for spinner wheels that allow you to wheel your case sideways next to you as well. Spinner wheels are much more practical when it comes to pushing your case down a busy airplane aisle where space is limited.  Make sure the bag rolls smoothly on different types of service and know that not all spinner wheel system are created equal.  I recommend looking for spinners wheels that are in pairs ( two wheel on each corner of the bag.  These bags are more stable, roll better and overall mean a better wheel system.

Either way, quality counts. Pay bargain prices and you can expect a wheel to pop off here or there, or a broken handle that will render it useless halfway through your trip.

Handles

If you are pulling, pushing, or even carrying your luggage, you want to be sure the handle will withstand the journey. Cases often come with collapsible, extendable handles that stow away in the body of the case when not being used.

Backpacks, on the other hand, need handles that are strong and durable but are also easily flexible when it comes to storing your luggage in the locker.

Much like wheels, quality is key. A badly built extendable handle may snap or come out of its housing, while a backpack or bag with inferior handles can break and leave you cradling it like a baby.

Laptop Compartment

If you’re taking your work with you, you need to ensure that your laptop is well-protected while you fly.

Carrying laptops on board has its own intricacies, and you’ll usually need easy access to remove it for airport security. After that, you need practical, secure storage for the duration of the journey.

Some cabin cases are designed with laptop users in mind and have their own laptop compartments fully padded for extra protection. Other travelers choose to take a separate laptop bag with them, but you would need to check with your carrier to see if this is allowed within your onboard baggage limitations. in either case you may want to consider to also have a TSA approve compter sleeve that allows you to not have to subject you computer to direct contact with anything. This can not on save scratches and dent’s but also keep germs off too.

Smart Luggage

These days, everything is getting “smarter” — from our phones to our homes…and now even our luggage. Smart luggage offers fancy extras like power banks to charge your devices, electronic baggage tags, GPS tracking, and TSA-approved locks.

Bags like this may cost more than regular luggage, but they’re totally revolutionizing the way we travel.
Smart abgs can now help you locate lost luggage, charge your devices, automatically weigh itself, and keep your belongings safe from theft or damage as you go.

These additional functions are priceless for anyone who wants to enjoy fuss-free travel in the digital age.

Turns out some things really are too good to be true and don’t often work as good as we wish, just like cells phones when they first, it may work but it might be worth making sure first.

While smart luggage may seem like the perfect solution for connectivity problems of the modern-day traveler, Remember it that it call also cause major problems for the airlines. The lithium-ion batteries found in these cases aren’t allowed in the cargo hold, and uninstalled ones can only be held by the passenger in the cabin during transit.  If you opt to get a smart bag or pack a charging brick, always remember these are dangerous items and must be never be checked carried on.

Still Have questions? Stop in to Traveling Bags any time and let us help you find the perfect bag for you travel needs.

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