If you’re planning a summer trip and are in the market for new luggage, take a moment to consider all of the available options. Not all trips require the same type of suitcase and certain styles may be better suited for certain trips.
Read this guide to discover the pros and cons of different luggage types and to determine the best choice for your summer vacation.
Here are some key questions to ask when shopping for a suitcase:
What size bag should I buy?
Ideally, decide which items you need to bring on a trip before buying a suitcase. You may not need as much space as you think. The more empty space you have in a suitcase, the more likely you will be to over pack and take unnecessary items.
Tip: follow the advice outlined in this post to learn how to avoid over packing. You may be surprised: with the right planning, all you need for most trips is a carryon suitcase.
Airlines are constantly changing their baggage allowances, so be sure to check your airline’s website in advance to ensure your new suitcase meets their guidelines.
Consider whether the suitcase is small and lightweight enough for you to lift and carry on your own. A case that is very large and cumbersome is difficult to carry upstairs, for example. Also, if you're planning to use public transportation, there may be limited storage space.