Whether you frequently take flights, or just enjoy getting away on a weekend break, it is very important to choose the correct travel bag for your trips away. The worst thing you could possibly do is get stuck with a poor quality bag that is unfit for purpose and could potentially spoil the trip.
Depending on the trip you are taking, the type of bags you need will vary wildly. How much you pack and how long the trip is will help you to easily choose the type of bag you will need in addition to some bag features such as handles, wheels, straps and additional pockets.
This guide will help you to make a decision on the best bags for all of your travel needs.
- What mode of transportation will you take?
The method of transportation and length of the journey to your destination will impact on your decision making for choosing the right baggage for you. For budget flights or flights with multiple layovers, opting for a light-weight carry on with wheels is a good option for you. These types of bags are light to carry, will offer good compartments, and will be easy to fit into overhead lockers, and across airports for flights with stopovers.
For longer trips with a larger luggage allowance, a durable hardshell suitcase will do the job- ensure that it is of good quality, as these cases can be knocked and cracked in transit.
- What type of trip are you taking?
The type of bag you will need will also highly depend on the type of trip you are taking and the activities you will be doing once you arrive. If you’re staying at a hotel where you can securely store your luggage and possessions away from the elements, any suitcase will work well. However, waxed canvas bags or backpacks will secure your possessions against the elements if going on a camping trip.
Staying in a hostel will also require an element of security, a bag with a lock and small enough to fit into a locker will ensure all of your belongings are kept as safe as possible throughout your trip.
Practically speaking, a rolling suitcase will be beneficial if staying for a longer stretch that will hold more and be easier to transport to and from your destination. For outdoor adventures, a lightweight backpack will give you all the space you need, without compromising on transportability.
- How long will you be traveling for?
The length of your trip will also impact on the baggage you will take. Weekend trips may only need a backpack or small carry on. Longer trips may need a larger piece of rolling luggage to contain all of your belongings. If flying by air, make sure to check your baggage allowance as well as the dimensions for any carry-on luggage- some airlines may insist on paying a fee for additional check-in luggage if your carry-on bag is too large to stow in the overhead compartment on your flights.