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Luggage Buying Guide – Travel Tips

The right luggage helps make travelling easier and more enjoyable. Learning about luggage is the first step towards a trip you won’t forget.

 

Travel Tips

Best Luggage for the Trip

Choosing the right luggage is as important as bringing the right clothes. If you’re backpacking, you need a lightweight, waterproof pack with straps to support the weight of its contents. For business travel, garment bags and tech accessories are strongly worth considering. For vacationers, structured suitcases with wheels are ideal for getting around airports and resorts, while unstructured, soft-sided luggage is easier to cram into a small space, such as the trunk of a car.

Consider Unique Luggage

Unique-looking luggage is less likely to be taken by someone mistaking their luggage for yours. Also, baggage that stands out is much easier to spot when on a conveyor belt or when grouped with other pieces of luggage.

Bring Empty Luggage

If you think you might bring home more than you depart with, consider taking an empty duffel bag or knapsack in your suitcase or with you on the plane for use on your return trip.

Travel Light

A week’s supply of undergarments and clothing is a good guideline to keep in mind for trips lasting 7 days or longer. For longer trips, two smaller bags with shoulder straps are more manageable than one large suitcase.

Necessities Only

Limit yourself to one week’s rotation of socks and undergarments. Avoid bringing “what if” clothes – only pack things that are versatile enough to be worn more than once, in different combinations. If you somehow receive a last-minute invite to a formal event, chances are you’re travelling someplace with stores.

Research Your Destination

Research is key to lighter packing. Find out what kind of weather you can expect, and pack accordingly. Also, learn about your destination’s geography (e.g. rougher terrain or long walks might warrant hiking footwear), local customs and etiquette to see what kind of clothing is appropriate.

Pack Appropriate Clothing

Bring clothes that help you blend in with the local population. If possible it is best to avoid looking like a tourist so as to not be taken advantage of. Some resorts and restaurants observe dress codes that frown on clothing that is considered too casual. Pieces like a pair of long pants, shirts with collars and sleeves and a below-the-knee skirt for women are safe and versatile travel choices.

Sensible Shoes

For men who must pack dressier shoes, Oxfords with a supportive sole for walking are a good choice as they are suitable for more than just a formal occasion. While women might opt for a low-heeled mule or slide – good for both formal and more casual wear. Three pairs of shoes should be your maximum for any trip.

Pack Strategically

Packing loosely wastes space and causes clothing to wrinkle. Use ‘wasted’ space, such as the insides of shoes, to store socks or underwear. For carry-ons, pack small items such as toiletries or jewellery in see-through containers or bags. Be aware that your bag may be inspected at border crossings or airline check-ins, so you’ll save time with security if your luggage isn’t overstuffed.

Know Airline Rules

Call your airline (or railway or bus company) or visit their website to find out how many pieces of luggage you are permitted to bring without incurring extra fees, as well as the maximum allowable sizes and weights for luggage. Find out the allowable dimensions for your carry-ons (many airlines allow carry-ons with measurements of
24 x 14 x 9” or 61 x 35.5 x 23cm) and get a list of prohibited items. Also, be aware of the limits and restrictions for liquids and gels packed in carry-on luggage. All of these tips can help ensure a smoother trip.