How to Choose Luggage & Packs
Part of planning a successful trip is choosing the luggage or pack you need for your journey. Poor choices could result in disaster, such as being under-prepared or over-laden with things that are unnecessary. The result could ruin the trip of a lifetime.
Decide on what your traveling needs are. Do you travel often or just once every few years? Is it a short trip or a long trip, by yourself or organized with a group (see Resources)? Ask yourself what you can afford or are willing to pay for the luggage or pack.
Choose the type of materials you want. For transporting fragile or breakable things, hard luggage is ideal. Opt for soft luggage (either leather or water-resistant cloth) for more packing space.
Remember, the less luggage you have, the less overall cost and time. Check with airline regulations for carry-ons and weight-limits of luggage or packs. You can also avoid theft (the more you have, the easier it is to steal) and damage (from transport) or loss if you can travel lightly (see Resources).
Think about the duration of your trip and the probable time period you'll spend hauling your luggage or pack around. There are now models of both that come equipped with wheels for easier handling and less hassle.
Pack an extra empty bag along with you, if you plan on shopping or picking up souvenirs.
Shop around in local travel or sporting goods' stores and compare prices. Look for discounts and sales that meet your budget and travel needs for luggage.
Mel Candea has been writing for 15 years, with a B.L.A. acquired in-between. She has been published in several magazines, including "Harriet" and "Everyguys." Her online work has been extensive, with experience in copywriting, creative writing and researching.