What to consider when
buying luggage online
The right piece of luggage can last you a lifetime, and take you from the south of France to South America. But there’s more to buying your perfect suitcase online than you might have thought.
5 reasons you need to pay attention
to when buying a suitcase
First up, you need to ask yourself: “how far am I going, and what am I doing when I get there?” If you’re flying halfway around the world for a city break in New York, then you’ll probably need a hard-sided, wheeled suitcase that’s easy to carry and robust enough to keep your belongings safe. If you’re jumping in the family car and heading to the seaside, a lightweight suitcase or duffle bag would be ideal.
It seems obvious, but in fact it’s all too easy to overlook the length of your trip and invest in a piece of luggage that’s completely inappropriate for your needs. The best luggage for international travel is likely to be much larger than the ideal bag for a spa weekend, for example. Large suitcases (75cm) are ideal for two-week breaks, whereas medium suitcases (68cm) tend to be the perfect size for weeklong vacations.
Budget is always a consideration. Luggage ranges from less than £80 to well over £1,000, so a lot will depend on the kind of features you’re looking for. The best suitcase brand for you might not be the most expensive one – there’s a piece of luggage for every budget, so decide how much you’re willing to spend in advance and then look for a bag within that price range.
Size matters – especially in the days of budget airlines. Cabin baggage allowances are often very strict – a fact that should be taken into consideration when choosing your suitcase sizes. Remember that a larger suitcase will also be much heavier once it’s packed full of your holiday essentials, so biggest isn’t always necessarily best.
Soft-sided or hard-sided? Zip closure or three-point lock? The luggage you choose will have different strengths when it comes to keeping your belongings safe. If you’re travelling with a lot of valuables or staying in shared accommodation (hostelling, backpacking etc.) then you might want to think more carefully about the safety features you choose.
American Tourister Lock'n’Roll Spinner
This sturdy four-wheeled suitcase features a three-point lock to keep your belongings safe, and a fun, colourful design you can’t help but spot on the baggage carousel. The Lock’n’Roll comes in three sizes: 55cm cabin baggage, 69cm for weeklong trips, and 75cm for two-week getaways.
Samsonite Uplite Spinner
The Samsonite Uplite Spinner is a lightweight, soft-sided suitcase featuring an expandable design that adapts to your travel needs. You’ll be thankful for the well-organised interior when it comes to unpacking, while a TSA lock helps to keep your belongings secure.
Hartmann 7R Spinner
The Hartmann 7R Spinner combines style, durability and practicality in the ultimate go-anywhere suitcase. A lightweight, scratch and impact-resistant outer shell, resilient dual-tube aluminium pull handle and recessed TSA lock make this the perfect blend of form and function.