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How to keep it light
Lightweight luggage is a necessity in the world of modern travel as weight restrictions on airlines constantly get stricter. Gone are they days when people packed huge trunks for two-week epic trans-Atlantic crossings, and had porters to cart these heavy cases around.
Nowadays, it’s a case of ‘if you cant carry it, then don’t bring it’ – and if you can carry it, it may mean having to lug it from gate to gate in a huge airport terminal while rushing to catch your next flight.
The key to having light luggage starts with the actual piece of luggage itself. Before you even get anywhere near packing for your trip, the first step comes when buying your luggage. Firstly, remember that if you are going to be traveling to or from anywhere outside of the U.S. in economy class, then most airlines have a weight restriction of around 20kg/44lbs. Then also take into consideration that a large suitcase can weigh around 20lbs empty – which means you will have to look closely at the specifications of each case when buying your luggage.
What to look for when buying lightweight luggage
Some of the best features to look for in lightweight luggage include an ABS honeycomb frame and light durable fabric. These two things alone will help keep the weight of the case to a minimum, allowing you to pack more.
When choosing your bags, price is indicative of the quality you will receive. Be weary of pieces that are priced on the low end of the scale, as these bags tend to be flimsy and may not be able to stand up to the treatment of overzealous baggage handlers. Products that are more moderately to expensive priced tend to be made by companies who have engineers and designers that have researched the best designs. They also use the strongest high-quality materials available, leading to a longer lifespan of the bag.
A more adventurous way (and a lot more hands-on) option for lightweight luggage is to use a backpack synonymous with young travelers. These bags only weigh a few pounds when empty, but have a capacity of up to 80 liters. The best option is one that opens like a suitcase, rather than the top-loading types. While this does allow you to pack more, the downside is that you have to get physical and carry it on your back (some do come with a side carry strap, but alas, they don’t come with wheels). These packs can be found at outdoor/adventure stores, with Kathmandu and Macpac being highly popular with young travelers.
Some of the better brands to look at for traditional wheeled luggage are Tumi, Samsonite, American Touristerer, Travelpro and Victorinox Swiss Army.
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