Here’s what to keep in mind when getting a new set of luggage. By Dawn Chen
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Lugging a wonky suitcase around is a sure-fire way to spoil a holiday. The next time you shop for a travel bag, look out for these features, says Wing Chan, commercial director at Samsonite Singapore.
Pick suitcases with four wheels that rotate 360 degrees. Such a feature allows for better weight distribution, and makes it easier to pull your bag in all directions as well as over rough surfaces.
Opt for a travel bag that has TSA (Transportation Security Administration) locks. Customs officers in North America conduct random checks on bags and have keys that can open TSA locks. If your suitcase comes with a different locking system, the officers may force it open and damage it in the process.
Aluminium pull handles on luggage are hardy and less likely to jam with use. Even if subjected to extreme temperature changes, the metal will not warp.
4. Hard Cases
Compared with soft-shell or fabric travel bags, these are stronger, and offer better protection and water-resistance (this helps keep belongings dry, which is especially important when travelling to places with a wet or wintry climate). While they tend to weigh more, you can opt for lighter materials like polycarbonate, polypropylene or aluminium. The drawback: These tough cases can’t be repaired once they are cracked.
5. Soft Cases
As they have more compartments, both inside and out, soft cases are great for last minute packing. They can be sturdy too – look for travel bags made of a higher-denier fabric (a bigger number means it’s more durable). Common materials used are nylon, polyester or a mixture of both. Nylon is usually the longest-lasting.