Luggage is an essential when traveling, and the different airlines’ policies as well as your needs and purposes for travel all influence your luggage decisions.
What type of luggage do you need?
Are you going on a short or long trip? Do you want to save time and money with a carry on or go for a checked bag? Are you flying solo or is this a whole family affair?
There are many things to consider when choosing luggage. Perhaps you will want multiple types in order to be prepared for many different traveling adventures. I would say having a good carry on suitcase and a larger suitcase for when you need a checked bag are essential. However, there are many different types of luggage for more specialized purposes.
Hardside vs Softside Luggage
Hardside luggage has a tough shell to protect your things and has 2 halves for packing. Softside luggage has outer pockets and an inside main compartment. These are just a couple of their differences. To decide whether you want to purchase hardside or softside luggage, check out this article to read more about what makes each kind unique.
Spinner vs Roller Luggage
Spinner luggage have 4 wheels that spin all the way around, in any direction. This eases strain by being able to roll the luggage upright and creates a greater maneuverability. Roller luggage have 2 wheels, travel in more of a straight line, and tend to be sturdier. Check out this article to read more about both options and to help you decide which version you would prefer.
What mode of transportation are you using?
Road trips have many advantages when it comes to luggage. There is no limit to weight or amount, but if time and/or distance is an issue, flying is a good solution. When flying, you need to consider the size limit of your luggage as well as weight with the particular airline you are using.
Click here to see a chart of airlines and their carry on dimension limits, and see what else you can carry on with you based on airline.