All of us have our personal style when it comes to traveling. Some prefer air travel, some like riding buses and trains, some like long drives on the road, and so on. We also differ in our preferences of travel luggage. The good thing is that there’s no need to compromise as much, thanks to the different options now available to all travelers.
The thing to remember is that there is no one ultimate luggage type that’ll fit all kinds of trips and expeditions - so choose the right type for the corresponding traveling that you’ll embark on. Other factors to consider include the things and activities you expect to do when you get to your destination, the stuff that you have to bring, how much clothing must be packed and the overall nature of the trip. Here we will highlight some of these choices for you to choose from to better plan your trip ahead of time.
Gym buffs and overnight trip geeks know this for a fact - a duffel bag is the best choice for swallowing up baggage and gear. Now add wheels to the picture. Wheeled duffels are great for carrying heavy stuff, like sports gear. So this type of travel luggage is perfect for athletes and sports junkies. These come in different sizes and shapes too, so you can properly choose the right one to fit all your gear. Light packers will be content with carry-on versions of wheeled duffels - bags that offer less space (around 22”) but, of course, this saves time during luggage inspection.
- Adventure-themed trips that require bringing irregularly shaped and/or bulky gear and equipment
- Trips with the family
- Road trips
If you’re a simple traveler with simple preferences and needs, the good old traditional duffel bag should do the trick. No wheels, no pull handles, no frills. This is, of course, a lot lighter to carry and easier to store because it has no rigid parts - so you can fold it up when not in use. These are also a lot cheaper than the wheeled ones. There are a variety of options available depending on the size and capacity that you’re looking for.
- Going to the gym / Playing sports
- Climbing / Trekking / Hiking / Camping
- Budget travelers
- College students
Wheeled Business Luggage
This type is obviously best for traveling businessmen and entrepreneurs. These pieces of luggage usually are compact sizes with strong, durable material to stand the beating expected in various public transport systems. These are great suitcases for keeping everything organized - papers and documents, toiletries and personal items, clothing, medications, etc. because of their nifty pockets and compartments.
- Business commuters
- Out of town seminars and meetings
- Visits to urban areas
Without a doubt, backpacks are best suited for adventure-filled trips and expeditions. Wheeled backpacks combine the best things about two different types of luggage which include the convenience that you get with wheeled bags and the mobility and portability of a conventional backpack. You can stuff in a lot of items, gear and clothes easily in a backpack, and with a simple pull of its extendable handle, you can transport everything with ease. You can wear it as a backpack if faced with heavy foot traffic for the ultimate “Look ma, no hands” luggage experience.
- Out-of-town trekking, hiking, mountain climbing
- Long road trips
Travel packs give justice to their name. These are for those who love being mobile all the time even if it means carrying their stuff on their backs. The advantage of this type of travel luggage is that they have built-in frames, built-in security features and hide away shoulder straps. Women need not worry because there are lots of travel packs designed specifically for the female body frame.
- Mobile travelers
- Attending public festivities, out-of-town or out-of-the-country bazaars and markets
Laptop Bags and Similar Items
These day, almost everybody owns a laptop, a tablet or other forms of electronic devices. These are often carried around wherever we go because they’ve become huge parts of our daily lives including both, school and career. Carry-ons with padded insides help protect these fragile gadgets of varying sizes and features. A lot of these even have added compartments or pockets for your papers and documents, laptop cables and accessories, etc. Manufacturers have been working on making these friendlier in terms of TSA checking at security checkpoints.
- Laptop / tablet owners who travel frequently
- Urban travelers
Carry on Luggage
Carry on luggage is preferred by many travelers because of the hassle-free time you get at airports and security checkpoints. All of the types of luggage we’ve mentioned above all come in various carry on sizes and forms - from the duffels to the backpacks, wheeled or not. The majority of airports allow carry on luggage which do not exceed the 22” x 14” x 9” dimensions. However, these standards may not apply everywhere so always check your airport’s rules before leaving.
- Light packers
- Mobile travelers
- Anyone who hates baggage claims and airport luggage fees
There are other forms of travel luggage available on the market like suitcases, briefcases, etc. The key is finding one that will be able to fit everything that you need to bring during your travels and one that you are most comfortable with. Keep in mind that the nature of your expected activities is a highly important factor as well.