Wheeled Luggage Tips

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baggage on wheels

Wheeled luggage was one of the greatest inventions to storm the travel industry at the end of the 1980s. It became a lifesaver (and arm saver) for the millions of travelers worldwide who have until then been forced to trudge around with heavy luggage. Here are 5 tips for buying a luggage set with wheels.

• Look for a bag that is fitted with inline skate wheels, as these are the most durable and hardwearing wheels on the market. Think about the amount of weight that needs to be distributed over these wheels, and then you will realize the absolute importance of having good, sturdy wheels carrying your luggage around.

• A good set of inline skate wheels should be complemented by a good set of ballbearings. These bearings aid in moving the wheels around freely so that they don’t jam as you are trying to walk with your bag – there’s no point in having wheels if they won’t go around properly.

• Thirdly, check out the axle on which the wheels are sitting on. This is going to help support the weight of the bag. If the axle is flimsy, then it is likely to snap mid trip, meaning you will have to carry your bag, which defeats the purpose of buying wheeled luggage in the first place.

• If you find that you will be taking your luggage into tight or narrow places a lot, you might find it handy to buy a bag with four or six wheels on it. These wheels are set up to swivel around and help you maneuver the bag through tricky spaces, such as airplane aisles.

• Check how sturdy the foot bumpers are, as these are going to prevent the bag from rolling away when it’s supposed to be stopped. You don’t want to be chasing after a rouge runaway bag that won’t sit still.















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