HOW TO CHOOSE A SUIT­CASE

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - TRAVEL WISDOM LUGGAGE -

LOOK AT WEIGHT, SIZE AND STUR­DI­NESS

Whether you have a small suit­case that you’re us­ing for carry-on or a large suit­case that you need to check-in, the weight of the case counts to­wards your bag­gage al­lowance. Check the size is what you are af­ter, and make sure the han­dles are firmly fas­tened to the body of the case, so they are less likely to break.

WHEELS ARE WHEELY IM­POR­TANT

The case should roll eas­ily, and not bounce or tip when be­ing pulled. Four­wheel spin­ner mod­els can be eas­ier to use, but some can be dif­fi­cult to con­trol when pushed across bumpy ter­rain, so make sure you take it for a test-drive.

WA­TER­PROOF IS IN THE PUD­DING

You can’t con­trol the weather, but you can con­trol whether your case and its valu­able con­tent gets wet. Hard cases aren’t nec­es­sar­ily more wa­ter-re­sis­tant than fab­ric ones, as wa­ter can still get through the lid joint, so ask for wa­ter­proof qual­i­ties be­fore buy­ing.

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