Most of us have suitcases taking up space somewhere in our homes, even if they don’t get used very much. Big cases for a week away somewhere or smaller overnight bags for a work trip, travel bags can end up hogging more than their fair share of storage.
It’s the reason why more and more people are deciding to rent their luggage out when not travelling (or to hire it in when they do). Whether you’re planning to buy your own or borrow, take a look at these luggage tips ready for the summer travel season.
Choosing the right size bag
No matter where you’re travelling to, the right size travel kit does make things easier. Too small, and you end up with lots of little cases which can be more difficult to manage. Too large, and everything rolls around in your case risking damage.
Even if your bag is marked as hand luggage, it might be worth a double check with your airline, train service or coach company that it will fit into the overhead bins. If travelling alone means getting things into the overhead luggage racks will be difficult, make sure there is alternative space, or that help can be made available.
Pack light with lightweight travel cases
Bags which are heavy when they’re still empty eat into the weight allowance, and add to the bulk of what you’ll be lugging around. Most modern travel systems are very strong to protect the contents, whilst also being lightweight.
Luggage from the same brand often fits together for wheeling about but can be separated for ease of lifting individually. It can also stop any leaks damaging everything you’re taking with you! It might also help you unpack the other end if it’s all organised. For example, a vanity case which sits on top of a wheeled holdall or cabin trolley.
Stand out with outstanding cases
Avoid someone accidentally taking your stuff, and make it easier to spot anyone walking off with it, by personalising your bags. Even if your case will be in the rack above you for the entire journey, in the confusion of arrival it’s all too easy for someone to grab the wrong case.
A luggage clip or even just some ribbons on the handle will do the job, but don’t forget the travel tag with some contact details.
Hand luggage can be back up luggage
If travelling by air and taking hand luggage as well checking a bag, put the important stuff in the carry on case.
Travel documents, medication, and maybe even a change of underwear! If the case that’s been put in the hold goes missing, consider what you’ll need to get by for a few days until the main case gets sent on.
Are you planning to travel this summer? We’d love to hear your travel tips!