I was looking at my luggage for my upcoming cruise. I will be flying home from Denmark so the "50lb." weight limit got me thinking. The set I've had for years now is pretty beat up and heavy too. Could I use it; probably. Should I?
Curious as to what others really use; Do you buy cheaper "disposable" luggage or do you get "expensive" good luggage? And what constitutes good?
I always buy the cheapo luggage and get more then 5 years use out of it. I just bought a 27" lightweight suitcase at kohl's for around $100 and am very happy with it. Many suitcases weigh 10 or more pounds With baggage fees and the 50 pound rule I look for a light suitcase.
I wanted Jennifer Lopez's suitcase collection in gold when I weighed the large suitcase in the store it was 12.5 pounds. Too heavy...No thanks JLo.
Airlines should deduct a few pounds for the suitcase when they weigh it. Just like when going to the supermarket and buying a salad from the salad bar the cashier deducts the weight of the container the salad is in...
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Although I would like to buy some expensive luggage we always buy the "economical" luggage. It weighs 8 lbs. and serves the purpose. Except for the baggage handlers breaking off the wheels the inexpensive luggage holds up pretty well.
Yeah, I think I'm leaning towards the economy version of things.
I remember one time friends had a set of really nice luggage but one piece was broken during transportation/handling. The cruise ship actually purchased them a new luggage piece (not matching) but the hassle they had to endure was enough to make me crazy.
I bought some travel pro luggage over 10 years ago, it is light weight and also has a section for clothes with hangers. It still looks brand new, and it is true, I see a lot of airline employees using these.. For me, it was worth the price, so something to think about.
It really depends on what one plans to do with it and how often they travel. If you only travel once a year on a cruise, go cheap. If you travel 3 or 4 times a year, then it's best to go better quality.
Like all things in life, often the price you pay is in direct correlation to what you're getting.
We've had all types of luggage and much prefer a good quality product that we can rely on, such as TravelPro (same as what the pilots and flight attendants us). But we travel alot and they get pretty well used and abused. We've twice spent a month traveling around Europe by train and cruises. Once we had what we thought were good quality, but a wheel broke off one while we were in Venice and we had to buy a small hand truck to tote it around. (Didn't want to throw it away and get a new one because it did have a lifetime guarantee and I could get it fixed for free, but had to wait until we got home.) But it's definitely not fun when your suitcases break in the middle of a long trip, especially when you're traveling by train to such great places as Venice, Munich, Amsterdam, and Paris.
Our new ones have survived numerous cruises, countless plane trips, and some very long trips including 3 weeks in Hawaii, 2 weeks in Tahiti, 4 weeks in Europe, and 3-1/2 weeks in China. They have stood up very well and we're very glad we bought them.
One place we've bought some nice luggage is at eBags. They have a lifetime guarantee and free replacement for their brand. I have one I use almost every day for my referee gear. Gets alot of abuse packing and unpacking, toting it to the ice rinks, and getting thrown into the trunk of my car. Had it for 5 years, zipper broke, and they replaced it for free. It's extremely popular with hockey referees, baseball umpires, and others who use them all the time.
But again, if you only take a trip once a year, settle for the ones they sell at great rates at Kohl's or Target. They work fine.
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