Buying the right suitcase can help you avoid damaged luggage, airline baggage fees and other travel woes. Here’s how to choose luggage that’s right for you the first time along with Bags Only’s travel tips.
Start by choosing your luggage wisely. While expensive leather cases may look and feel marvellous, they will leave you with less travel-spending money and, moreover, will be trashed by baggage handlers the first time you check them. Stick with durable, lightweight luggage.
Expandable, soft-sided luggage is a good choice if you will be adding souvenirs and other purchases to the items you originally started with. Hard-sided luggage is a good choice if you do not plan to bring back more than you left with, and have delicate items that require a sturdy container.
Bags with wheels are very convenient and can save your back from undue stress. Do keep in mind, however, that airlines disclaim liability for wheels that get damaged or lost during the handling of baggage.
Make sure each bag is clearly labelled – inside and out – with your name and other identifying information. Some people prefer to use their work address and phone number instead of their home contact information for security reasons.
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Start by placing the heavy or bulky items at the bottom of the suitcase, including shoes, alarm clock, hair dryer and travel iron. Protect fragile items by putting them inside socks or other thick clothing and placing them in the centre of the case.
To keep clothes wrinkle free, place all articles inside plastic bags or wrap them in tissue paper. Rolling them into cylinders, instead of folding can also help. T-Shirts, sweatshirts and jeans can also be rolled into cylinders and wedged into corners to keep other contents from sliding around.
Extra plastic bags come in handy when transporting wet bathing suits and soiled clothes. A needle and thread, a compact umbrella and extra hangers can also prove to be useful.
Pack only things you wouldn’t mind losing into luggage that will be checked. Carry-on bags are the place for valuables, travel documents, medications, keys, cameras, mobile phones, cash, travellers cheque’s, credit cards and photos and inventories of your luggage.