How would you like to see the world without any of the bad parts of travel?
Does this sound too good to be true?
It doesn’t have to.
Traveling is one of the most rewarding experiences. But with travel comes the need to bust out your luggage and survive the stress-test that is the modern airport.
Let me guess, it’s been years since you’ve purchased a luggage and your current one has seen better days.
Don’t panic, this is normal.
If you are in the market for a new luggage, there are several things you need to consider.
- What size and weight do you want?
- Do you need it to have specific features?
- What material do you want it to be made from?
- How much do you value safety features?
- How much do you want to spend on it?
It is important to think about these things. A good luggage will save you a lot of headaches when you travel.
Unless you like downing Tylenol by the bottle, here are a few things we recommend you look for when it comes to buying your next luggage.
The days of standard one-direction wheels are over. Your luggage should follow you wherever you go with ease. It shouldn’t have to be dragged along violently.
Always check out the wheels of any luggage that you are looking at. The best luggage will come with wheels that are multi-directional like the ones we put on every Trochi.
You don’t want to be like Bob.
Bob is the guy with a luggage that is older than the plane he is flying on. He can easily be spotted at an airport struggling to drag his luggage up an escalator. His luggage is so old that as it rolls you can hear the wheels clicking and grinding. Don’t be like Bob.
Airports are busy places. Even with the amount of security at an airport, your valuables are always in the sights of unsavory characters.
The best way to protect your goods is to look for luggage with a durable material that is resistant to punctures and rips.
Here’s how we solved this problem
Trochi luggage comes with a double-layered theftproof zipper that is resistant to punctures. We also include a TSA-approved lock that requires a 3-digit password to open.
Traveling should be fun, but having your laptop stolen at the airport is the farthest thing from fun.
- Size and Weight
Luggage comes in many shapes and sizes.
Think of luggage shopping like clothes shopping.
You wouldn’t purchase an XL sweater if you are a small or medium, would you?
Bigger isn’t always better. It is important that you understand what you want to do while traveling and what you need to bring with you.
Think about it like this…
If you are traveling casually, a medium sized luggage may be best for you. A professional photographer will want a larger and more durable luggage to hold all of their equipment. While a smaller person will not want to lug around an XL luggage.
You also have to be aware of luggage limits. If you are flying internationally, you can usually bring 2 large luggage with you, but domestic flights are usually capped at smaller luggage sizes and weights.
The most common size of luggage includes:
- 18-20” International Carryon
- 21-22” Domestic Carryon
- 23-24” Medium Checked
- 25-27” Large Checked
- 28-32” Extra Large Checked
Bigger may seem better – but that extra space will quickly turn into extra weight and put you over your cap.
The best thing you can do is pick a luggage that has enough space for all your belongings and enough extra space for a few souvenirs.
- Internal Storage
Traveling gets messy fast. This is why internal storage is another important thing to consider when looking for a new luggage.
Trust me on this.
You don’t want your luggage to look like your dirty laundry pile.
It is easy to lose things as you travel between places. Staying organized is essential and will help you stay ahead of the game.
When searching for luggage, make sure it has isolated pockets with zippers, pouches to separate things like your toiletries, valuables, dirty and clean clothes, and compartments for quick storage.
As a rule of thumb, if you value security, you want all of these pockets and zippers to be located inside of the luggage. This will reduce the chance that something gets stolen.
There is a great debate in the world of luggage.
Soft vs. hard shell.
Here’s what we think.
Soft shell luggage is fine, but is best suited as a carryon. The soft material makes it great for stuffing into an overhead compartment.
In comparison, a hard shell is best used as a checked luggage because it can withstand being tossed around by baggage handlers that will show your luggage no love.
The last major thing to consider when it comes to luggage is the quality of the handle.
Like wheels, handles are usually the first thing to go on your luggage.
When you are looking at luggage, make sure the handle is durable and firm.
Your luggage will face a lot of abuse at an airport throughout its life, so the last thing you want is to buy one with a weak handle that will break after a few flights.
Don’t be afraid to give the handle a good shake and practice walking around with it if you are in a store.
What if you could have all of this and more?
You read that right.
We’ve travelled through many airports and learned what makes a good luggage.
If you want a luggage that has travelled the world and survived, Trochi is the choice.
Style and durability can coexist and all of the features we listed above come standard on a Trochi.
Regardless of what you choose, travel safely out there and make sure to pick a luggage that suits your travel plans. Don’t settle for something that will make your travel experience stressful.