Whether you travel for business or pleasure, investing in quality luggage is a must. You may use your baggage once a month, or once every five years: but a good piece of luggage will be able to withstand the wear and tear of airport, train, bus, or road travelling. Where do you even begin when shopping for high-quality luggage? Here are some tips, to help you along:
Functionality: Determine what you need the luggage for. If you are accustom to air, train, or bus travel, think about finding a piece that has wheels; it will be easier to roll around the airport or station. On the other hand, if your travel involves driving; those rolling wheels can and will be a nuisance when carrying your bag around, or trying to store it in your trunk. Think about the functionality of the bag before you go shopping.
Space: Do you travel for weeks on end, or are quick getaways your thing? The last thing you want to do is purchase a clunky, larger than life bag when travelling somewhere for two to four days. Alternatively, a cramped bag will not be able to accommodate outfits for travelling more than a few days. Sometimes, size does matter.
Manufacturer: When luggage shopping, consider the company you are buying from. How long have they been in business? Are they reputable? Do they offer solid customer service? What are their refund and exchange policies? These are all things to think about. The last thing you want to do is purchase a high-priced piece of luggage, only to have zero support if something goes wrong with it.
Warranty: What kind of warranty does the piece offer? Some baggage companies stand by their product by providing a lifetime guarantee, with options for the company to repair or replace should something go wrong. Regardless, ensure that there is some sort of warranty (even if it is simply one year), so that you have something to fall back on, if and when the piece falls apart.
Material: You can purchase luggage in a variety of materials, depending on your needs. Three most popular options are: leather, nylon, and metal. While expensive, leather can be quite stylish and durable – but often is easily scratched. Alternatively, nylon can handle the wear and tear of travelling, and is often the luggage of choice for those who vacation extensively. Lastly, those who travel with expensive or fragile items, tend to go for metal. While it protects your items well, metal can be heavy; and for those who like to you fly, this can be a downfall when having your luggage weighed at the airport.
At the end of the day, the best tips for buying quality luggage is conducting due diligence and doing your research. Don’t simply run into the first luggage store you see, and buy the item that may look the most appealing. This about your travel needs, the items going into the bag, and your frequency of travel before you make any decisions.