When shopping for luggage, make certain you keep in mind the three basic questions you should ask yourself. When you have answered them, your quest for light luggage will be much easier.
First, you need to ask yourself how often you will be traveling. For most people once or twice a year is tops. Of course for the road warrior businessperson, traveling several times each month is not unusual. These two individuals do not have the same needs when it comes to luggage. Traveling regularly requires no-nonsense, easy-to-pack, lightweight bags that can withstand the most savage baggage handlers and can endure being dragged through the busiest airports. The more casual traveler can get by with a less-costly set of soft-sided nylon luggage with maybe even a hint of style.
The second question you need to answer is do you prefer several smaller bags or one very large one? Having only one bag to account for when traveling does simplify things, however, this means that it may not be so easy to haul around and may be trickier to pack. Smaller bags allow you to distribute the load more evenly, but unlike large pieces of luggage, not all of them have wheels, which can make a difference. Whichever way you choose to go, be sure to consider the size to weight ratio. Your bag may be very light, but does it have room for everything you need to put in it? Be sure it makes the best use of every square inch of space.
The next consideration is whether you prefer style or practicality. A handsome set of light luggage is very eye-catching, but it may not be the most practical choice as far as usable space. Looking like you’re into the latest fashion craze is fine, just be prepared for some downside to your choice. The more practical luggage will get your belongings where they need to go, but will most likely be found in darker, more boring colors. The choice, of course is up to you.
One more topic concerning buying light luggage is size restrictions put in place by the airlines. Be certain that if you are purchasing any carry on luggage, it meets the size requirements. They are fairly standardized, but there is going to be some slight variation among the carriers.
Whatever kind of traveler you may be, think “light”. Nylon or polycarbonate, make sure it is the right choice.