Luggage Top Six: Best Luggage for Different Travelers
Travel is a topic that lends itself to a variety of exciting tales, from the latest undiscovered paradise location to the mystery dish you sampled on your last trip. One all-important aspect of travel that’s often left out of the conversation is luggage.
The perfect luggage is convenient enough to erase itself from the traveler’s mind: it makes everything easier, allowing travelers to focus on what matters -- their fantastic journey. Bad luggage, meanwhile, can make it difficult to enjoy traveling, even if it’s only with us on our way to and from the airport. Handles break, fabric tears, space runs out… I even had a wheel melt off during my first use of a cheap, shabbily constructed piece of luggage.
How to find the perfect luggage and avoid these headaches? GoNOMAD presents the top five luggage for five different needs.
1.Keep on Rolling
Mankind invented the wheel in ancient history, but it took luggage makers 5,000 more years to put wheels on luggage, said William McDonough at the Fortune Innovation Forum in 2006. Now, Briggs & Riley is set to revolutionize the world of wheeled luggage by reintroducing four-wheeled pieces. Briggs & Riley boasts a proud history in this sector, being the first to put wheels on luggage in 1970 and bringing the luggage industry out of the Stone Age.
In addition to the additional wheels, the Spinner luggage features a handle that provides a flat surface on the inside of the piece, allowing for more space; a pocket for quick storage of items at security checkpoints; durable, dirt and abrasion resistant ballistic nylon outer fabric; and a lifetime guarantee.
The dry air, cramped spaces and long hours of flying don’t exactly lend themselves to looking great while traveling. However, with the right luggage, even a worn-out traveler can inject style into their journey.
DVF features a full range of luggage in colors that vary from practical black to girly lilac with a modern print, sure to upgrade the style-factor of your luggage into first class.
“I bought the set a few years ago and can't even begin to express how much I love them! They are the perfect size, durable, and chic! I receive compliments wherever I go. These items have been everywhere with me a still look great!” said username jb10 from Houston about DFV’s “Color on the Go” collection.
DVF luggage comes with a 10-year warranty, and most of the pieces are constructed of a wear and stain resistant polyester or nylon fabric.
Victorinox supplies famous knives for the Swiss army, but did you know they also make luggage? For rugged travelers who crave quality they can trust during their globetrotting adventures, Victorinox offers a line of durable travel gear.
Although the price is hefty on most of their items, Victorinox luggage comes packed with features almost as numerous and versatile as the knives themselves. A Travel Sentry® Approved luggage lock enables security screeners to open the lock for inspection and relock it after without breaking it, but it also protects your belongings. The line features suitcases constructed from durable polycarbonate with aluminum handles, like the eight-wheeled Spectra 26.
If your piece of Swiss Army luggage were to get lost during your travels, fear not: select pieces are eligible for the Swiss Tracker™ Bag Tracking Program, which will reunite you with your luggage anywhere in the world.
Even if the prices in the previous categories feel a bit too staggering, there’s no need to resort to cheap, poor-quality convenience store luggage. Samsonite’s five-piece travel set costs only $103.99 on Amazon, but it won’t let you down like many cheap brands.
The set, voted best budget luggage set by Bestcovery.com, includes a checked suitcase, a carry-on suitcase, a travel duffle, a travel tote and a toiletry bag. Choose between two colors: sleek, timeless black or vibrant, eye-catching red.
5.A Tall Order
For a carry-on, Briggs & Riley also offers a sturdy bag with a 42” extendable handle.
Travelon’s alternative, or addition, to extra-long handles is their luggage handles, which extend the handle height of wheeled uprights and briefcases for up to 8 inches.
I usually travel with a 26’’ bag. Although the Crew 8-24” was two inches shorter, the added depth of the bag ( 24”x16”x10.5”) and its two-inch expandable main compartment gave me far more room to pack. Two mesh pockets on the inside were perfect for shoes, and there is a “secret” pocket for valuables. A suit sleeve on the inside of the cover held my jacket relatively wrinkle free and can be removed to hang on the road or for extra room if you do not need to bring it.
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