Travel is stressful enough without taking the wrong luggage. Here is a quick guide to help you find the right luggage for your next trip, so you can arrive at your final destination relaxed and ready to order a chilled beer from the pool bar.
Nobody wants to be the person who owns the broken suitcase going around in circles on the luggage carousel at Malaga airport. Choosing the right luggage, preferably something high quality from Charles Ford London is important.
Airport baggage handling systems are insanely busy during summer holiday season, so it is hardly surprising that suitcases and bags are treated with a lack of respect. A cheap suitcase might look great, but it won’t be long before it starts to fall apart at the seams. So buy the most expensive pieces of luggage you can afford, ideally from a good quality brand. It will be money well spent.
There was a time when a classic suitcase was pretty much the only option you had. Nowadays, there are plenty of different types of luggage, from backpacks to carry-on cases, to holdalls or even a ‘bag for life’ if you are really travelling on a budget.
Rucksacks are great for backpackers or hipsters, but they have their limitations. There is only so much you can squeeze into a backpack: a few items of clothing, a washbag and a pair of shoes. That’s it. If you are travelling light, great; otherwise take a suitcase.
Suitcases design has come on leaps and bounds in recent years. Most decent cases have wheels these days, so you can roll your case through the departure lounge without breaking into a sweat. Look for hard-case suitcases with sturdy locks, as these are more secure and less likely to burst open en-route. Telescopic handles and expandability are also useful features.
Airline Baggage Allowances
Different airlines have different baggage polices and some are more generous than others. Budget airlines are usually the least generous and the most likely to charge you extra for exceeding your allowance, either in weight or dimensions. Always check your airline’s policy before you travel, or you could end up paying a big excess luggage penalty at check-in.
Think carefully about how much you need to take before you travel. You won’t need too much for a short break in a beach resort, so this could be a great opportunity to take hand-luggage only. With hand-luggage only, you can skip out of arrivals in record time and check-in at the last minute when you head home again. Remember, you can squeeze a lot into a cabin bag if you pack sensibly and don’t exceed the weight allowance.
Never pack anything valuable or important in hold luggage. If your case goes AWOL, it might take a while to be returned, so put essential items in a carry-on bag, where you can keep a close eye on them at all times.