If you’re thinking about buying new luggage, then there are a few things that you should take into consideration. The range of luggage and travel bags available today is massive, and making an informed decision is no easy chore. Below are quick tips of some of the different factors to consider when picking a travel bag:
Types Of Luggage To Be Packed
The sheer amount of different models of luggage available to buy is well beyond the scope of this article to describe. There are, however, some key types of bags that offer features over and above the typical single-compartment “wheelie” suitcase. First off, convertible bags are widely manufactured. These travel bags can be carried or rolled along but also double-up as a backpack, which can be especially useful if you’re moving over bumpy terrain.
Weight And Size
The capacity of a bag is measured in liters, and you can buy anything from 10L to 100L bags and above. If you’re only going to be making quick business or weekend trips, then there are lots of bags that are not only ultra-lightweight but also include some fantastic organization features. If you want a removable clothes organizer, toiletries, and wash-bag, etc. then it will be worth researching some travel bags designed specifically for short trips.
Finally, if you’re not bothered about swanky features and tons of pockets for the organization then consider a simple “gear-haul” bag. These bags are made to be extra durable for long and often rough periods of travel and also maximize on space by having stripped-down organizational features. Make sure to look for padded interiors to protect your contents and external straps that can be tightened for extra compactness.
Type Of Material
There are, generally, two types of travel bags: soft-sided and hard sided. Soft-sided bags are made of polyester, nylon or thickly woven cotton. Out of the three, nylon is the most durable and least prone to tears and scuffing. Leather suitcases can also be bought but tend to be very pricey and require a lot of care. Hard-sided suitcases will usually be made out of either polypropylene or ABC plastic. ABC plastic is the smarter-looking of the two and can be finished to a beautiful shine. Although polypropylene is stronger and less prone to cracks, scratches, and dents.
Quality Of The Fabric
The measurement for fabric strength is the denier. In practical terms, 600 denier is the minimum strength of the material that you should accept when buying a bag as anything else will be of poor quality. With a lot of light-weight bags, however, the denier may be much lower than this. In these cases, focus on the quality of the brand and the actual material used.