On Buying Luggage:
- Look for something that is light weight. This helps a whole lot, not only with ease of transportation, but also with seeing now, how much weight is a factor with airlines.
- If you don’t mind the price buy TUMI. It is sturdy light weight and the service from #TUMIluggage is just exceptional. Your purchase comes with a warranty and they do stand by it. Keep your invoice- should the airline loose your luggage its good to have your proof of purchase and price for your claim.
This is what I use – The TUMI V3- worldwide trip packing case-
Weight 12.3 lbs
Primary Material Polycarbonate
- Get luggage that has 4 dual wheels- its just soo much easier.
- Expandable luggage comes in very handy as well- great for when you have bulkier items that wont make the overall weight any heavier. Lets say a bulky lightweight winter jacket for instance.
- Look for a color, fabric and or texture that wont look too bad if its gets wet or banged up- which is most likely will get. The great thing about this TUMI luggage is that scratches don’t show up too badly and its easy to wipe and keep clean.
- I have actually gotten a really great piece of luggage from Marshall’s its was pretty inexpensive, a great teal color which is easy to detect, its expandable and it has dual wheels as well. So far so good!
BE SURE to mark your luggage- Black luggage especially is SUPER SUPER common- you do not want to end up somewhere and have someone else take you luggage and go off on another flight! It will take days or weeks to sort that out.
Here are some ways to do that:
- A ribbon is the quickest and easiest way- we almost always have some available –
- A colorful luggage belt-
- A colorful hand grip-
- A luggage tag (Also important to have this with your name and phone number on it- if your luggage should get mixed up- they can call you right away)-
- Fun adhesives- places you’ve been etc. or maybe your initials-
- If your luggage is made of a fabric that you can sew on- You can maybe try to sew your initials on it or anything that’s unique to you-
I also went ahead and got a TUMI carry-on, for all the same reasons I chose my luggage- When I can, I travel with my carry-on and a smaller handbag or tote bag-
For handbag type carry-on’s- Look for:
- Bags with a zipper, so if you have to put it in the overhead bin nothing spills out.
- Look out for metal or some type of leg-if you will- (not sure what its called) at the bottom of your bag- this helps to protect the bottom of your lovely bag-when you have to place your bag under the seat in front of you. A little ***tip*** I usually out one the the magazines that you get on the aircraft on the floor and rest my bag on it.
- Some bags also have a little flap- trolley sleeve- at the back that allows you to slide it into the handle of your suitcase- also very useful.
- On an aircraft, its a good idea to have a bag that’s easy to get things in and out- so for instance- you don’t want to have to get something out of the inside of a zipped up carry-on or any bag that opens that way- you want a bag that has sections – lightweight- and easy to get in and out of. Here is a fantastic looking one- I see it on pinterest all the time I don’t own one- but it looks really thoughtfully made.
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