Summer is almost here, and for sure many of us have already chosen where they plan to relax. Whether it’s sunny beaches or castle ruins, one thing is clear — not only will you have to carefully plan your trip, but also purchase everything you need. Well, let’s talk about the main accessory for travel — luggage. So what is the best luggage to choose and why?
Suitcase or bag?
Let’s start with the most fundamental question, should you choose a suitcase, bag or backpack for your trip? Everything, of course, depends on whether you prefer to travel light or with a lot of luggage.
If a couple of T‑shirts or light dresses are enough for you on a trip, then it is quite possible to limit yourself to a fabric travel bag. It will fit in hand luggage or in the luggage compartment under the shelf. Everything you need will be at your fingertips.
Another convenient option is a travel backpack. If you choose the right roomy and comfortable to wear model, then you can put a laptop and other things in it.
Also, do not forget about whether you plan to make purchases. Always take extra luggage if you intend to go shopping and bring souvenirs from your trip to friends.
Be sure to decide what will go in your hand luggage and what will go in your luggage. Sometimes just a small suitcase is enough, and sometimes a bag and a suitcase are required.
If you prefer to travel with a travel bag, first decide how big you need. For short trips or business trips, for example, these bags are often enough. Wenger 15” is a classic example of a travel bag. It accommodates a laptop up to 15 inches, and you can dispose of the rest of the space as you like. It is also suitable for hand luggage, as it is conveniently attached to any suitcase. The bag is made of reliable polyester, which protects the contents of the bag from moisture and dirt. The capacity of this bag is 15 liters.
For those for whom this is not enough, the Wenger collection has a successful alternative — a sports bag with a capacity of 39 liters. It is made of the same material, but has an oblong shape. The bag is equipped with both side handles and a shoulder strap. It is suitable for both transporting sports equipment and traveling.
For travel, you can pick up a small backpack. Not the one that hikers usually choose, but the urban model. This solution is ideal for tours where you plan to visit as many countries as possible, staying in hostels, or for couchsurfers. You can keep things with you at all times, even on walks. The Solaris backpack has a capacity of 40 liters and has enough compartments and pockets for all your belongings. Of course, the material from which the backpack is sewn repels water and protects the contents. A convenient Wenger 3555247416 travel backpack is designed for 20 liters. It is presented in several bright colors and, in addition to things and documents, can accommodate a laptop with a screen diagonal of up to 15 inches. As expected, it is equipped with comfortable handles and a coating that provides ventilation on the back while wearing.
Most airlines allow you to use a 55x40x20 cm suitcase as hand luggage. This means that you can get by with one single suitcase, such as the budget model Wenger Arosa or the more expensive Victorinox Connex.
Wenger is made of polyester, equipped with 4 wheels, carrying handle and telescopic handle. Thanks to the design, the capacity of the suitcase can be increased by 4 cm. Inside, of course, there are special compartments and pockets. Also, the suitcase is pre-equipped with a card for the owner’s data in case of loss of luggage.
The Victorinox is a Markolon polycarbonate suitcase designed specifically for short trips or traveling light, as it meets the carry-on requirements of most airlines. The wheels are recessed, and the luggage space itself can be expanded by 4 cm. To secure things inside, special belts are used, and there is also a dividing wall inside. In addition, the built-in set has a USB port, a SIM eject tool, a ballpoint pen and an owner data card. In a word, the suitcase provides for almost everything.
It is convenient to travel with suitcases of this size.
There are lucky ones whose vacation lasts not one or two weeks, but, for example, a month. If you are one of those, then you need a larger suitcase for your travels. It is desirable that everyday items and hygiene items, clothes, appliances and much more fit into it. For such cases, a suitcase such as Victorinox Connex with a volume of 107 liters is suitable. The dimensions of this suitcase are 52x32x74 cm, which definitely exceeds the cabin baggage allowance. But this suitcase is clearly not designed for that. Inside, like the miniature model from Victorinox, there is a similar travel kit for all occasions. By design, the suitcase is also made in the same way — inside there are fasteners, a dividing wall with a mesh pocket, etc. The suitcase is equipped with convenient wheels that rotate 360 degrees, due to which you get maneuverability and ease of control. The telescopic handle, as well as the frame, are made of durable aluminum, and the body itself is made of the highest quality PC plastic. The suitcase will withstand the load, and it weighs 5.7 kg without filling.
Do you take your equipment with you?
On a trip, in addition to a laptop, which is traditionally included in hand luggage, some people prefer to take a camera with various accessories. Of course, you can’t pack a camera in an ordinary suitcase, so you need a special camera bag or backpack for it. A backpack is a better option for traveling, as it can fit both a laptop and a camera. A good example is the Manfrotto NX-BP-VGY backpack. It holds a camera with a lens, plus two interchangeable lenses and a flash. In addition, there is enough space for a laptop with a diagonal of no more than 15.6 inches, and for personal items. The backpack has many convenient zippered pockets and Manfrotto branded protection. It will protect both the camera and other items.
A case for documents
On the road, no matter where and for how long you are going, it is best to have another small bag for documents, money and tickets. You should always have it with you in order to get everything you need at the right time and be ready to go through border control or present documents. In addition, even if something happens to the rest of the luggage, all the most important things will remain with you. Pacsafe Dry Stash bag is a waterproof 4 liter bag for documents and gadgets. It is suitable for both ordinary travelers and adventurers or hikers. All your devices, smartphone or action camera, documents, money and cards will be completely protected while traveling. Thanks to a convenient zip lock, you can always quickly access them, and the main strap can be attached to your hand. By the way, steel slings are built into it to prevent cutting. If desired, you can lock the zippers with a padlock. The fabric is also protected from RFID vulnerabilities. The bag is presented in several colors, bright and neutral.
We never know what can happen on a trip, but with the right luggage, you can protect yourself from loss and robbery. Therefore, it is important to know exactly how to distribute things. And do not forget the main secret of travelers — never keep all your money in one place, it is better to separate it and distribute it among several bags.
Otherwise, rely on your own instinct and enjoy a wonderful summer holiday!