When preparing for a trip it is easy to get carried away with oneself. We never want to pack and then realize you are MISSING things you should have brought? The length of the trip and the size of the luggage do not always determine a good outcome!
The location of the travel will narrow down certain aspects of your attire;
- What is the weather?
- What are some events you wish to see or partake in?
- Who is going?
These factors play a key role in determining what things you will need and thus what luggage works best? I try to travel as often as time and money allows, as there are so many things to see out there. Obviously time and money do not always allow me to do the things I wish to do.
So may times I just take short weekend trips and try to get away from the RAT RACE that seems to be a constant thing these days? It is surprising that just this short and most times inexpensive BREAK can bring a calming effect over me. The saying goes “It’s the little things” has never meant more to me then NOW.
Hard Shell versus Soft Shell
I myself like my things to remain undamaged when traveling. I have also worked at Airports before so I have a little inside knowledge. I am not trying to BASH the airport baggage handler here!! They have a very difficult job and to be honest I would not want to be required to work in 100+ or -30 degree temps on a daily basis! Not to mention they have very little time in between flights to get things organized and unloaded/loaded to begin with.
Although Soft shell luggage may be easier to handle at times it doesn’t provide the PROTECTION that a Hard shell does for obvious reasons. There are so many types of both it can seem overwhelming. You can research till your hearts content and still not understand which one is best for you as I did? I also found that in my youth carry on luggage was not that big of a thing. Then time takes its toll on us and WHEELS were made for a reason!
So I concluded that the Hard shell with Wheels was the way to go for me. Here comes the mass amount of information stating one brand or style is better than the other research journey. I spent a lot of time digging into this, and actually trying different types and brands to see what worked best for me. Here is a link:Luggage
Although Brand names are great as it shows they have been around for a long time and thus can be trusted, it was just one of the factors I included in my research. I needed longevity as money does not grow on trees, I do not have a problem PAYING for something but I expect it to LAST as long as it can! I really don’t want to have to FIX anything that should not need fixing in the first place.
Most times I travel with two people, Angie and I. I am a Marine so I know how to get along with pretty much NOTHING but now I should not have to! She has come a long way from the time we met 7 years ago to now I have to admit, (plus she may read this). I know Women are very particular about certain items and such and I too have come along way (see you can teach on OLD dog new tricks).
It did hurt a little to find I really didn’t want to CARRY our luggage whatever type it was around the airport. Often times around and around the airport seems more like it? But I realize all good thing come to an end so Wheels it was. Here two comes another issue. What type? How Many? Really! How about ones that work and go where I pull the luggage, let’s start there. I found FOUR, MULTI-DIRECTIONAL OVERSIZED SPINNER WHEELS created effortless mobility and they are re-engineered to be lightweight to be the best for me. Luggage
Ok so now I have determined which direction I want to go now how many do I need? This will again reflect back to your Determining Factors part. I travel with two people so depending on the other factors I usually can get away with two pieces of luggage maximum for extended trips most times one for all others. How you pack is another important part of the equations. There are many ways to fold your clothes and how many and what kind can play a factor in deciding? When I am on the motorcycle I find Rolling will allow you to pack more and the ever important issue WRINKLES are a non factor if done correctly. Here are a couple links on how to: Bundle Pack :Rolling versus Folding
There is also a need to ensure thatt least one bag fits certain requirements at the airport such as (meets carry-on size restrictions for those traveling domestically and looking to stay light). I also found it beneficial to have whatever luggage you have be secure or able to lock, not that I don’t trust people but things happen. It is always better “to have and not need then to need and not have so the luggage should also have EXPANSION capabilities to allow you to pack more items and compression which keeps clothing neatly pressed.
After research and of course trial an error I believe I have found some luggage that will not break the bank, provide the longevity that I require as well as have style. I hope this helps you on your journey to explore the places you have always wanted and allows you to bring the necessities you will need! If you have any other suggestions, ideas or comments please feel free to let me know as this is an ever developing product and Knowledge is POWER. Take a look at my findings.
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