The holiday season is upon us at last, and whether you’re gearing up for a business trip or a much needed relaxing break away from home (with cocktails galore), you’ll want to have practical and hella stylish luggage to help you transport your clothes and other essentials around, and by essentials I mean the 12 lipsticks I usually travel with. There’s no shortage of bags and suitcases available to choose from now, but what exactly should you be looking for when you hit the shops or start browsing the web? Of course, you’ll want luggage that looks the part, will stand the test of time and falls within your budget. However, there might be a whole range of extra features that you don’t even know about (lipstick holders?!). There are three useful things you may want your next suitcase to have.
Unless you want a serious workout when you’re walking around with your bag, you’ll need a design with wheels. This handy feature takes the strain out of getting around. Most luggage wheels are permanently fixed in position, but if you know where to look, you can find designs that are detachable. As the specialist website www.bagsetc.co.uk points out, this can give you extra flexibility and capacity. By removing the wheels, you can squeeze your bag into smaller spaces, which can be especially useful if you’re taking it with you as hand luggage onto a plane. And believe me this is a big plus when you’re having to empty the contents of your case at the airport terminal to try fit it in one of those metal case measurers #BeenThere. The best designed detachable wheels are simple and quick to remove.
ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT SHELL
I tend to travel hand luggage only for most of my holiday as it works out cheaper, however before you start thinking of all the items you’ll need to leave out of your case like the extra 7 pairs of shoes you NEED to take, it’s worth taking a look at your luggage itself. Often, suitcases are heavy in their own right especially the trendy printed plastic ones which means you’re more restricted when it comes to what you can pack. Luckily, there is an alternative to traditional bags. It’s now possible to purchase ultra-lightweight designs. Made with tough but incredibly light fibreglass shells, these innovative cases give you more freedom when packing. Even the larger models can weigh as little as 1.5kg – which is around the same weight as 7 pairs of shoes. Maybe. Possibly.
Finding a place to store essential cosmetics like perfume and shampoo in your suitcase can be tricky. If your luggage gets knocked around en route to your destination, these bottles could end up breaking – leaving your clothes and other items a soggy, foundation coloured and sticky mess. Like lots of people, you might resort to wrapping your liquids in plastic bags in the hope that this will contain any spills. A better solution though is to opt for a bag that has inbuilt waterproof pockets. With one of these handy luggage pieces you don’t need to try wash out a bottle of Estee Lauder Double Wear from your pretty white summer dress… #NotBeenThereYet.
So, next time you’re on the lookout for a suitcase, think beyond the usual features & quirky but heavy designs to useful extras like these. What would be your ideal feature for a suitcase? I’m still going with lipstick holders.