The Top 4 Suitcases of 2017

Suitcases! I have to confess that I always find some bemusement when I look at luggage reviews.

SuitcasesIt seems that no two lists are ever the same, and the question then becomes how is the average consumer to know which list is the best one to go by?

With that challenge I lay out the top choices as determined by the suitcases that have the most similar positive reviews for them. These bags also have been ground tested by travel professionals including (but not limited to) flight attendants, travel reviewers and of course professional travel consultants such as myself.

Should you have a favorite piece of luggage you would like our readers to know about we would welcome your insight and would be happy to share your thoughts with our readers.

With that background here are the top 4 suitcases of 2017:

1. The Delsey Paris Helium Aero 20 inch expandable (Pictured Above) – Is a generously sized suitcase with a sturdy polycarbonate shell

2.The Samsonite Mightlight Spinner – Is a high quality 4 wheeled suitcase that is lightweight and secure and revered for its durability

3. The Travelpro Maxlite3 25 inch expandable – Is a soft shell case perfect for the frequent traveler who doesn’t want to be weighted down.

4. American Tourister Splash 2 Upright 25 – Is an affordable piece of luggage with a few drawbacks including limited maneuverability and security.

And finally, as one special carry option for you:

5. The Rio Two Piece Expandable Carry On – Is a sturdy carry on set, stronger then any duffel bag, with versatile storage options. It offers a budget price and top notch quality.

Almost all travelers have a nightmare luggage story. You spent a lot of money on a fancy brand-name bag that broke on the first leg of the trip. Or you skimped on the spending and got exactly what you paid for. Or the bag that you thought would be comfortable and versatile turned out to be neither as you dragged it over the cobblestones of Florence or humped it on aching shoulders through the crowded, narrow streets of Kathmandu.

Choosing the wrong luggage can waste precious travel time and energy and can cause a lot of aches and pains. Choosing the right luggage will free you up to enjoy your trip without any unnecessary aggravation. To help you pick the best possible bag for your next adventure — here are five simple questions you can ask yourself to help you decide which type of bag is best for you.

What are the baggage restrictions and limits of all the airlines I will be traveling with? Some countries have more restrictive guidelines that are more stringently enforced. Smaller airlines in Europe, for example, require smaller and lighter bags than in the US. Make sure you know what the requirements will be so you don’t get stuck having to pay hefty fines or finding new luggage at the last minute. I am always happy to answer your questions regarding airline baggage restrictions and will advise you on the requirements of all the airlines you will be flying with.

Am I an over-packer or a shopper? If you know that you tend to bring more than you need and buy when you get there, opt for an expandable bag as your carry-on, and slip in an empty, durable nylon bag to bring back new things with you. (Note: be prepared to pay any additional fees that might apply for additional bags, or if your bag becomes too large/heavy as a result of over-packing!)

How much attention do I want my luggage to get? Yes, sometimes it’s tempting to get the stand-out, fashion-forward luggage set in fuchsia — but if you’re heading to a destination that’s known for theft, sometimes the better option is to pick a suitcase that blends in with the crowd. There are always things you can do to help with identification — a colorful ribbon, a sticker, a unique tag — but if you don’t want your luggage to be a target for opportunistic thieves, just opt to keep it simple.

How much transferring will I be doing on this trip? Are you heading to one main location that will be your “home base” of travel operations? Or will you be constantly on the move from city to city, hopping trains, getting taxis, taking buses? Will someone be available to help you lift your bags if you need assistance (partner, children, tour assistant), or will you be the one fully responsible for handling your luggage at all times? The more you’ll be moving and hefting, the more you should aim for simple, lightweight, durable, and versatile. Pack only the essentials, and look for bags that offer more than one transport method — for example, a carry-on with hidden pull-out straps and can be transformed into a comfy backpack for hands-free movement.

And in that vein of questioning: Does my luggage match the type and terrain of the trip I’m taking? Wheeled suitcases are great — if you have lots of flat floors and smooth sidewalks along which to roll them. But after two days of lugging a heavy suitcase through bumpy streets, broken sidewalks, dirt paths, or up endless flights of stairs in old, gorgeous elevator-less buildings, you’ll be praying to the luggage gods for a simple backpack with padded shoulder straps.

Ready to plan your dream vacation? Want an experienced Travel Advisor to advise you about the best luggage for your upcoming trip? I’ve got the knowledge and passion to create a great trip for you and to help make this a year to remember travel wise! You can set up a consultation with me now by clicking here or calling 303.317.6945

Ready to plan your dream vacation? Want an experienced Travel Advisor to advise you about the best luggage for your upcoming trip? I’ve got the knowledge and passion to create a great trip for you and to help make this a year to remember travel wise! You can set up a consultation with me now by clicking here or calling 303.317.6945

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