Selecting the Right Luggage
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Choosing the right luggage is important. A smart traveller would want a luggage bag that is portable, secure, and suitable to his needs, purpose and utility when travelling overseas.

Read on to know more about luggage essentials.

 

Luggage Essentials

There are different types of luggages for different purposes.

For example, the wheeled trolley case (21") is usually used for business and other short trips. The wheeled 29" suitcase is used commonly to store clothes lasting for more than 10 days. A small and lightweight duffel bag is worth using as it has multiple pockets for carry-on or overnight stays.

 

Hard-side vs soft-side

These are available in different materials ranging from nylon, polyester, leather or mystery fabric canvas. Soft-sided luggages are more expandable and are lighter to carry. They are easier to break into, but getting one made of a heavier material like polyester will make it more secure compared to nylon.

Hard-sided luggages might be more secure and can protect fragile items, but are heavier and may crack or shatter when handled improperly.

 

Construction

Lightweight and expandable cases with outside pockets make it easier when travelling. For added convenience, get those with large zippers and wide, rubber recessed wheels, or spinner wheels on each of the four corners of the luggage. For a less pricier alternative, having a luggage with two wheels spaced apart gives more stability to the bag.

 

Handles and Grips

Ensure that the pull handles work smoothly, are padded and have good length. Ideally, it should lock into both short and long handle positions so you can adjust them easily into your desired length. Having multiple hand grips allows for easy lifitng and carrying of luggage.

 

Carry-on Considerations

Some 21" trolley bags, with its extension pockets fully loaded, may exceed the airline size restrictions for carry-on luggage. It would be best to find out the carry-on restriction size from the airlines first.

 

With these tips in mind, choosing the right luggage bag for your next trip will be simpler. Happy shopping!


This travel advisory is brought to you by the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS). NATAS is a trade association representing the travel agency community in Singapore. ©NATAS 2012.

 


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