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Great Examples of Top Luggage 101
- Rolling duffle
- Excellent warranty
- Top rated durability
- Intuitive organization
- Carry on Spinner
- Excellent Premium warranty for Platinum line
- Top Rated Durability
- Easy navigation
your Quick and Dirty Luggage 101 Buying Guide!
n the surface, there are loads of different types of travelers. To name a few, there are business, luxury, leisure, adventure, and discount travelers. But, when it comes down to it, there are only two types. There are the fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants and the pro cool, calm, and collected traveler.
For the most part, everyone falls somewhere between these two categories.
When I first started traveling, I was the former. This whole travel strategy is far from desirable in my opinion, and you can read more about it here!
( Note: we’re leaving out the hyper type A, nervous, traveler off this list. If you’re one of these types you’ve probably got most of these details covered. But read on, we’ve got resources in the works for you! And we’ll have resources f
How you arrive at your destination is the summary of how you prepped before.
Traveler A tends to arrive desperately needing a drink and a nap. And Traveler B arrives at their destination ready to go! Wouldn’t it be nice to get the most out of your time away from home every time
If you want to get the most out of your travel, you’re in the right place! The Urban Wayfarer is here to get you from points A through Z in your journey 😉
Let’s get started with the basics then.
Assuming that you haven’t skimped out on your airfare (or know how to navigate cheap travel) it’s time to talk luggage.
When was the last time you thought about those bags?
If it’s been a minute since you took a good look at them, you might want to double check. Faulty luggage is a royal pain if it breaks while on the go.
Also, luggage ages like crazy if you leave it in a dusty attic or mildewy basement. Alright then, so what should you look for to make sure your luggage is jet-set ready? And, what should you consider when buying new luggage?
If you’re in the market for new luggage what you should look for changes a bit depending on what type of luggage you are looking for. But, the basics are the basics.
1. Luggage 101: Design and Style
For starters let’s think about what type of bag you need.
Before you get lost in a sea of options, take a step back. The first step is to ask yourself how and why you travel most.
When thinking about the type of bag you want or need, it comes down to how you are traveling and for what purpose. If you drive most of the time, you have more leeway than with any other type of travel. While if you are traveling in coach, you have the least freedom of choice
When we talk about the type of bag you want we are really thinking about categories like:
- A tote
- Duffle bag
- Rolling duffle
- Mobile office
.. and more
If you already have a general idea of the type of luggage you’re looking for but aren’t certain about what type of style you want, look at our brand review guides.
You also might want to think about how light you need your luggage to be. For the real lightweight luggage of 2017 take a look here!
2. Luggage 101: Check the Handles
To tell if your bag’s handle is quality, you should test how the grip feels. A bag’s handle should feel sturdy and be comfortable to hold. If you are purchasing a bag online, spending a bit of time reading reviews is well worth it!
Sigh, unfortunately not all bags are made equal. The following two luggage 101 categories including the handles, truly show the quality of your bag. The difference between cheap, “value” and premium bags is clear when it comes to the details.
3. Luggage 101: Think Size
If you are going off for a short trip, you might be able to get away with a carry-on only. However, as a word of caution, if you
For example, we don’t tend to recommend carry-on only business travel but there are some times when it can work! Take a look at the best carry
For more details on luggage sizes and the types of travel they are ideal for look here!
4. Luggage 101: Closure
How a bag closes is a surprisingly clear way to tell the quality of luggage. Although zippers are the most popular bag closure, they aren’t always the best. If you need help picking the right zipper for your luggage LifeHacker has a useful article here. More often than not a cheap bag’s zipper will break before anything else. Can you guess what is the top of the line bag closure?
If you guessed a clamp then bravo! Clamp closures are featured in some of the premium luggage brands we discuss here. Regardless of how many wheels you opt for both of these factors are influenced by the quality of your bag.
5. Luggage 101: Wheels
Next up, take a look at your bag’s wheels. The main difference between your wheel options affects your bag’s stability and ease of navigation.
Regardless of how many wheels you opt for both of these factors are influenced by the quality of your bag.
Typically the more wheels your bag has, the easier it is to balance and navigate. However, all of these details are a moot point if you opt for a cheap bag.
6. Luggage 101: Material Matters
What your bag is made of might seem like an afterthought. But this aspect of your luggage makes a big difference. Unfortunately, understanding what you luggage is made out of can also be confusing. Manufacturers rarely explain what their bags are made of!
To figure out exactly what terms like PVC and Denier Nylon mean; take a look at our soft side luggage materials guides here. We also have a Hardsided luggage materials guide in the works. These guides talk about what each of the most common luggage materials
7. Luggage 101: Warranty
It might be confusing to understand what a luggage warranty covers. But, don’t let confusing jargon deter you!
If you want to invest in a quality bag knowing the details of your warranty is key. Top luggage brands tend to offer complete warranties that make them stand out. This means that if your bag comes with comprehensive warranty, you should take advantage of the perks!
If you fall for a bag from another brand, you should still take a look at its warranty.
Quick tip: if you are confused by what is and isn’t covered by a brand’s warranty. You can either ask us or call customer service! (you’ll be happy you did down the line)
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