The best lug­gage

Cecil Whig - - & & -

Over the years, I’ve owned — and beat up — quite pos­si­bly ev­ery style and type of lug­gage out there. Hard­side lug­gage made of poly­car­bon­ate with sturdy in­te­rior con­struc­tion is my lug­gage of choice . For me, soft­side lug­gage doesn’t do a great job of keep­ing the con­tents neat and well- pro­tected. Well- made hard­side con­struc­tion gives lug­gage the best chance of with­stand­ing the rig­ors of air­line and cruise- ship bag­gage han­dlers, too.

I want the lug­gage I check on planes to be ex­pand­able so I don’t have to worry if I re­turn with a few new things. It needs to be light­weight ( most air­lines have a 50- pound limit for checked bags, and I don’t want the suit­case it­self to take up weight). And it needs to have TSA- ap­proved locks, which I can se­cure and TSA of­fi­cials can open ( as re­quired by law).

Now that I’ve owned spin­ner- style suit­cases, which are char­ac­ter­ized by four wheels that all have 360- de­gree spin­ning free­dom, I’ll never go back to the two- wheel roller­style lug­gage. With spin­ner- style, I sim­ply guide be­cause they glide. Here aree some brands that of­fer spin­ner- style lug­gage. More info on these pieces is listed on my web­site.

SAMSONITE WIN­FIELD FASH­ION HS SPIN­NER. This piece of lug­gage in char­coal color ( it comes in a va­ri­ety of col­ors, which can in­crease the price) is, with­out hes­i­ta­tion, my rec­om­men­da­tion for the best in­ex­pen­sive lug­gage be­cause it meets all of my cri­te­ria above. It is avail­able a la carte or as a three- piece set.

20-INCH SAMSONITE WIN­FIELD HS SPIN­NER. I use this as car­ryon lug­gage be­cause it does not ex­pand and as such fits un­der the seat. It costs about $ 88 in char­coal.

MARY HUNT

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