Choosing Your Travel Bag

Choosing Your Travel Bag

Luggage woes—there are so many of them. Your luggage got dented as it came off the conveyor. Your luggage got mixed up and you couldn’t find it. Your bag opened or ripped and you lost something. Your bag is too small for your luggage.

The list is endless.

When it comes to traveling, people are always excited about packing. But their excitement is always more about what clothes and accessories to pack than it is about what bags to pack them in.

Luckily for you, finding the right bag for is not a difficult thing to do—if you know what to look for.

Your Options

Know that there’s more than just one kind of a bag: there are bags with wheels, straps, handles, and more. Back straps are ideal if you’re traveling light or on a short trip. They make walking and hiking easy, but can be a burden when you have more than the usual luggage on your back. Handles can have a similarly painful effect on your hand. Wheels, of course, are the easiest option. They give you a lot of freedom to move and you don’t lose much energy in pulling them around.

Hard vs. Soft Bags

hard bags

Traditionally, hard bags are the go-to luggage option. Where traditional bags are made from materials like polycarbonate, you can get soft bags such as nylon or PVC bags for more space.

You can find soft bags easily and in a variety of sizes. However, if you’re carrying a great load with you, a hard bag could be your best bet—especially if you’re carrying heavy or fragile objects.

If you’re carrying clothes and the usual, soft bags are ideal, since they can expand and they also won’t add any additional weight to your luggage. They’re also easier to clean!

Which Size Bag is Best for Traveling?

Frankly, that depends on your particulars: how long will you be traveling for? How much luggage do you need to carry? Ideally, 45” carry-ons and 62” checked bags are suggested. These are the standard in airlines across the U.S.

You do have the option of carrying extra bags, but you won’t be allowed to store that bag overhead, so bear that in mind! It’s always a good idea to check the airline specifications for luggage before boarding.

What Else Should I Keep in Mind for Luggage?

No matter where you’re going or the amount of luggage that you’re carrying, you’ll need to stash it somewhere. You can’t go around a city with your luggage trailing behind. Be prepared for this, because hotels do charge a lot.

If you’re intent on traveling and won’t be in the hotel for long, consider storing your luggage in one of the secure locations being provided by Cubby. The prices are as low as $3.90 and $5.90. We provide our luggage storage services in Houston, Atlanta, Washington D.C., San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Galveston, Atlanta, and Boston.

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