5 questions to help pick the right luggage for your trip

Most travelers have a Nightmare Luggage story. Do you? 5 questions to help pick the right luggage for your trip

You spent a lot of money on a fancy brand-name bag that broke on the first leg of the trip. Or you skimped on the spending and got exactly what you paid for. Or the bag that you thought would be comfortable and versatile turned out to be neither as you dragged it over the cobblestones of Florence.



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Choosing the wrong luggage can waste precious travel time and energy and can cause a lot of aches and pains. Choosing the right luggage will free you up to enjoy your trip without any unnecessary aggravation. Want help picking the right luggage for your next excursion? Here’s five simple questions you can ask yourself to help you decide which type of bag is best for you.

What are the baggage restrictions and limits of all the airlines I will be traveling on?

Some airlines/countries stringently enforce more restrictive guidelines. But, smaller airlines in Europe, for example, require smaller and lighter bags than in the US. (Flights from Cape Town, South Africa up to the Safari camps may have very tight baggage requirements.) Research your airline’s requirement’s and don’t pay hefty fines.  And, or finding new luggage at the last minute.  I’m happy to answer your questions regarding airline baggage and will advise you on the requirements of all the airlines you fly.

Am I an over-packer or a shopper?

If you know that you tend to bring more than you need and buy when you get there, opt for an expandable bag as your carry-on. Then, slip in an empty, durable nylon bag to bring back new things with you. (Note: Prepare to pay any additional fees that might apply for additional bags, or if your bag becomes too large/heavy as a result of over-packing!)


How much attention do I want my luggage to get?

Yes, sometimes it’s tempting to get the stand-out, fashionable luggage but is that how to pick the right luggage? If you’re heading to a destination that’s known for theft, sometimes the better option is to pick a suitcase that blends in with the crowd. There are always things you can do to help with identification — a colorful ribbon, a sticker, a unique tag — but if you don’t want your luggage to be a target for opportunistic thieves, just opt to keep it simple.


Pick the right luggage Photo by David Clode on Unsplash

Pick the right luggage Photo by David Clode on Unsplash



How much transferring will I be doing on this trip?

Are you heading to one main location that will be your “home base” of travel operations? Or will you be constantly on the move from city to city, hopping trains, getting taxis, taking buses? Will someone be available to help you lift your bags if you need assistance (partner, children, tour assistant), or will you be the one fully responsible for handling your luggage at all times? The more you’ll be moving and hefting, the more you should aim for simple, lightweight, durable, and versatile. Pack only the essentials, and look for bags that offer more than one transport method — for example, a carry-on with hidden pull-out straps and can be transformed into a comfy backpack for hands-free movement.

And in that vein of questioning: Does my luggage match the type and terrain of the trip I’m taking?

Wheeled suitcases are great — if you have lots of flat floors and smooth sidewalks along which to roll them. But after two days of lugging a heavy suitcase through bumpy streets, broken sidewalks, dirt paths, or up endless flights of stairs in old, gorgeous elevator-less buildings, you’ll rather have something lighter.


Don’t focus on some annoying, avoidable luggage irritation while you’re on the trip of a lifetime. With a little investigating and preparation ensure you can make sure your luggage fits seamlessly into your travel plans.

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