What A Load Of Luggage!! Help!

So every year I seem to find myself buying new suitcases, usually because at least one wheel has given up (probably not helped by me dragging them down stairs and wherever else). I’ve currently got cases that are starting to come apart at the seams – and I find myself thinking, ‘here we go again’.

I don’t really buy expensive luggage, I’ve never really seen the point since suitcases are only going to end up getting dragged, scraped scratched and bumped all over, so why spend more than you need to?

Recently I have started to reconsider this attitude, and have found myself drifting around luggage sections of some of our well loved department stores, hovering and pondering over this suitcase and that.

I wonder whether it might be worth investing a bit more in luggage peices that ‘might last longer’ and even prove more functional.

What do you think?

I’d really like to hear your thoughts/advice on this subject  and any recommendations in terms of brands you have tried and tested yourself.

Hard cases are appealing to me as a better option for enduring battery and scratches, and they come in some lovely zingy colours, but it seems as though I might end up compromising on space with hard case…..The fabric cases seem to have more ‘give’ and you also get the handy external zip at the front, plus they’re a lot lighter.

Decisions, decisions….

I need to hear your views, please share them below.

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54 thoughts on “What A Load Of Luggage!! Help!

  1. lexklein

    I’ve used the same carry-on bag for over 30 years, starting when I traveled for business and ever since for tourism! It is a little worn at this point, but the wheels, zippers, exterior, etc. have never broken. It was expensive; it’s by Bric’s and the exterior is leather. I love it! I’m a contrarian as far as wheels and hard sides go. I hate those 4-wheeled spinners. They take up more room in the overhead and geez – how much more effort does it really take to pull the bag?! 🙂 And the hard cases are less malleable for when you need to squish it into a trunk or other spot!

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  2. Les Petits Pas de Juls

    Been traveling with my backpack back and forth for the past 8 years; might be scratched a little but has endured more than its share and will keep going!
    I’d go for a hard shell, should I switch for a suitcase: just because I have gone zero waste and I’d rather spend more money on something that will last than less money and keep throwing away (think about materials, ressources, non recyclables, landfill, etc.).
    Happy travels!!!

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  3. CAROL PATRICK

    #luggagestruggles We find cases get knocked about a lot. We buy sturdy zip ones (discounted in sales) and we use a luggage strap that buckles around each case. Bright colours are easy to recognise on the luggage carousel, or try sticking coloured pictures on. Other passengers can see they’re not theirs. There always seems to be umpteen black cases. We padlock the zips with a lock that airlines can undo with a master key – handy when travelling to USA

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  4. butterflytails

    #luggagestruggles We have the middle price raged Tripp luggage and having just returned from Antwerp I can really recommend these cases. I love the wheels that mean you can manouver the luggage by your side instead of tripping people up as you drag it along. It also is good for balancing a piece of hand luggage on the top of it. Definitely go for the 4 wheel variety that does this. I like the softer cases as I have had a hard top crack when it was being thrown about by the airline in the past.

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  5. butterflytails

    We have the middle price raged Tripp luggage and having just returned from Antwerp I can really recommend these cases. I love the wheels that mean you can manouver the luggage by your side instead of tripping people up as you drag it along. It also is good for balancing a piece of hand luggage on the top of it. Definitely go for the 4 wheel variety that does this. I like the softer cases as I have had a hard top crack when it was being thrown about by the airline in the past.

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  6. Lindsey Smith

    I think it is always worth spending that little bit more on a good suitcase because of how much they get thrown around but my biggest tip would be to invest in a fun coloured luggage strap or big Luggage Tag as when we went to America last year there were literally 5-10 other families on our flight with the exact same bright red Tripp cases so it was so much easier to grab ours when we had rainbow straps around them all! #luggagestruggles

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  7. Caroline Hunter

    #luggagestruggles
    I recently went to South America on a 3 week tour. I bought 2 large suitcases from Tesco from the American Tourister range and they were great. We had 9 flights during the 3 weeks but my suitcases came back fine! They were both hard shell cases and I’m so glad we picked those rather than a soft cover. The reason being, after one of the flights, two of the people on our tour got their luggage back and all the contents of their cases were soaked. Apparently, they had been left out in the rain at one of the airports with no cover and got drenched. So that’s a good reason to get a hard shell!!!

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  8. Caroline Hunter

    I recently went to South America on a 3 week tour. I bought 2 large suitcases from Tesco from the American Tourister range and they were great. We had 9 flights during the 3 weeks but my suitcases came back fine! They were both hard shell cases and I’m so glad we picked those rather than a soft cover. The reason being, after one of the flights, two of the people on our tour got their luggage back and all the contents of their cases were soaked. Apparently, they had been left out in the rain at one of the airports with no cover and got drenched. So that’s a good reason to get a hard shell!!!

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