We live in a time when traveling for leisure has become the norm. With a surge in discretionary income and exponential development in technologies, today, the decision to take a holiday and create an itinerary is as simple as clicking a button.
While many travel articles talk about having the best vacation, traveling cheap, and picking out the most exciting experiential activities, not enough articles speak about one of the most important aspects of traveling: luggage.
Imagine you’re running late for your flight. You are whizzing across the airport when suddenly, the strap of the backpack you’re carrying snaps, or the two-wheeler luggage you’re taking, wildly swings out of control, or worse still, the wheel breaks.
Now assume you’ve checked-in your luggage. After reaching your destination, you wait at the luggage carousel to pick up your checked-in baggage with increasing dread because each luggage that rolls off the carousel isn’t yours.
At these times, we’re forced to believe Murphy’s Law: whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.
This is why it is of utmost importance that you be smart about the kind of luggage you buy and carry. If you pack smartly, you can fit your luggage in a carry-on bag. They’re always with you, so you know you can walk out of an airport without worrying about your luggage being anywhere in the world.
It is smarter to travel with carry-on whenever possible. But which carry-on baggage should you choose? How many wheels? What type?
The answers are even more varied than the questions. Here, we’ll try to answer some of the concerns and give you some useful luggage options.
Softside vs Hardside Luggage
The debate between softside vs hardside suitcases has been ongoing with no clear end in sight. This is simply because whether you want a softside or a hardside depends on your personal preference. Both have their pros and cons.
The outer shell of a hardside suitcase is made of polycarbonate material, which nearly guarantees protection of your contents from the usual wear and tear of airport transportation. Suppose your suitcase contents need protection from rain or liquids. In that case, a hardcase suitcase is your best bet because it is more water-resistant than softside luggage. Remember, your luggage, including your carry-on bags, can be waiting outside in the rain before aircraft onload or after offload.
The downside of hardside luggage is that it is rigid and not easy to stuff into overhead cabin bins or under your seat if the compartment size is too small. Its rigid structure also allows for a limited number of regular-shaped items to be placed inside.
On the other hand, softside luggage is made of fabrics that allow for more belongings to be placed inside. Some softside baggage also has extra space on top that can be zipped or unzipped depending on one’s requirements.
It is also definitely easier to fit a softside cabin luggage in an overhead bin or placed under your seat when space is scarce because of its flexibility. They also have extra compartments in which you can throw in the last-minute-remembered stuff.
However, it is far easier for the toll of travel to show on softside luggage, including tear. And if you have anything fragile or valuable, softside luggage may not be a wise option. Neither does the bag provide adequate protection against rain and moisture.
Therefore, while choosing your luggage, it would be best to weigh your pros and cons, depending on your needs.
2-wheel vs 4-wheel Carry-on
Which is better?
There’s little doubt that a four-wheeled carry-on is a better option than a two-wheeled one.
Of course, two-wheel carry-ons also have their advantages:
They are slightly more spacious on the inside; they are lighter than four-wheel luggage.
They are more economical and can be dragged over most terrains. The drawbacks are that they can be challenging to maneuver in the narrow airplane aisles.
You’ll be pulling it behind you, so it may not be the most comfortable way to walk in airports. It becomes even more uncomfortable when you have more than one piece of luggage to carry with you.
In contrast, four-wheel carry-ons glide exceptionally over smooth surfaces. Even if you’v