The 10 Best Lightweight Luggage
10. Biaggi Zipsak
- stylish contrasting trim
- capacity is good for long trips
- no handle for pulling
|Rating||3.5 / 5.0|
9. IT Mega Lite
- foldaway handle prevents damage
- meets carry-on size requirements
- smaller capacity than many others
|Model||12-116909-USA19 - S511|
|Rating||3.8 / 5.0|
8. Skyway Luggage Mirage
- built-in elastic shoe pockets
- stands up to rigorous use
- interior straps are a bit flimsy
|Rating||4.1 / 5.0|
7. Travelpro Maxlite 4
- stays upright when stationary
- 360-degree spinners
- too big for use as carry-on luggage
|Rating||3.9 / 5.0|
6. Samsonite Winfield 2
- high-capacity interior
- fully lined with cross straps
- handle isn't very durable
|Rating||4.3 / 5.0|
5. Rockland Luggage F225
- modern chrome telescoping handle
- interior mesh with a zip pocket
- shell dents and scratches easily
|Rating||4.4 / 5.0|
4. Delsey Helium Aero
- deep metallic-gloss finish
- adjustable webbing straps
- a little too heavy when full
|Rating||4.4 / 5.0|
3. Victorinox Tourist 2.0
- weighs barely over seven pounds
- adjustable straps to cinch the bag
- top and side carrying handle
|Rating||4.9 / 5.0|
2. American Tourister iLite Max Softside Spinner
- comes in five vibrant colors
- versatile top and side grips
- two large front-panel pockets
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
1. Tumi Vapor Lite
- high-quality nylon lining
- hanger bracket inside
- integrated tsa-approved lock
|Rating||4.5 / 5.0|
Choosing The Right Lightweight Luggage
When you are traveling, the last thing you want is to be inconvenienced. Even travel undertaken for pleasure can still come with its share of stresses, as travel by its very nature takes you out for your established comfort zone of home. To reduce the stress of travel, plan ahead by checking and confirming all your itineraries thoroughly, and lay out out everything you will pack at least a few days before it's actually time to head out.
And when you do pack, it's a wise idea to do so in the lightest weight luggage you can find. When you choose a bag that is light in weight to begin with, you help ensure that your luggage won't end up heavier than you can comfortably manage to lift into an overhead compartment on a plane or pull along though the airport or down the street.
As with any luggage you are considering, first make sure you find a bag (or a set) that can properly accommodate the type and amount of clothing and sundries that you will need to bring along for your travels. Next look for the right features for your needs and preferences. Some people love spinner wheels, for example, which allow a bag to be easily moved in any direction. Other people prefer a set of parallel wheels that keep the bag on a straighter path when being pulled and which prevent it from rolling about when it is sitting upright.
Look for the arrangement and size of exterior pockets a given bag features, note the shape and height of its handle, and consider the bag's material. A hard shelled suitcase can best protect its contents, but a suitcase with a softer fabric exterior can flex to accommodate more items and can also be more easily fit into a storage compartment.
Remember that a lightweight suitcase is not only a convenience thanks to your comfort, but that it will help you conform to an airline's weight limit policies as well. Some airlines have no limits for carry on luggage weights, while others may limit your bag weight to as little as twenty pounds for some destinations. Check the specific policies regarding any flights you will be taking and plan accordingly.
A Few Ideas For Proper Packing
Once you have found a great light weight suitcase or luggage set, part of the hassle of packing is over. Now all you have to do is actually pack. A few smart ideas, a couple of great products, and a little patience are all that's needed to make packing easy and efficient.
First and foremost, dedicate an open space you can use to lay out and arrange all of the items you wish to pack. A bed or a dining room table each work well for this purpose. When you can see everything in one place before you pack it away into the bag, you can help prevent accidentally forgetting a necessity, and you can allow yourself to reduce the number of items you'll bring by eliminating needless redundancies. (Can your swim shorts be used for jogging, for example?)
When possible, pack items into other items before you pack them into your suitcase. This means stuffing socks into shoes, shirts into hats, and so forth. There should be no empty cavities in your suitcase (unless you don't even need to fill the whole bag) and that includes the spaces inside packed items.
You should consider the modest investment in a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) approved toiletry bag for storing and organizing your liquids such as shampoo and moisturizers. Using one of these will not only make it easy for you to organize your toiletry items, but will also make passing through the security checkpoint at the airport easy and efficient. Most such bags are also leak proof, which the rest of your luggage will appreciate should the cap come off a bottle of conditioner or mouthwash.
The Ever Increasing Cost Of Travel
Over the past few years, more and more people have complained about the diminished quality and higher costs of travel. The airline industry is the chief target of most ire, and indeed the quality of service and the amenities offered have depreciated in tangible multiple ways. To name two prominent examples, while meals used to be a regular component of any air travel lasting more than three or four hours, today food is only available for purchase in most economy class seats. And on most flights, you will find more seats in general filling a plane: seats have been moved closer together, diminishing personal space in the name of maximized ticket sales.
New fees have also been attached to many aspects of air travel, with none so odious as the fee for checked luggage. Thus it is that these days traveling light is not only a convenience for the passenger, but can also be a good way to save money. Most airlines these days charge an average of $25 for a checked bag, adding an immediate $50 to the price of any round trip ticket. Many companies charge even more for a second bag, with rates jumping all the way to fifty or even one hundred dollars in come cases.
With the weight of a carry on bag also subject to certain limitations, a traveler must pack with great care indeed if he or she wants to bring along all the clothing at items they need for their trip without being subject to exorbitant extra charges. As for the "up sale" for extra leg room, an earlier boarding time, and a seat near the front of the plane that allows a hastier exit, those are all decisions left to individual discretion.