How to Choose the Ideal Luggage for a Light Trip

The secret to a happy and cheap trip is traveling light. Still, it isn't as easy as it sounds, lots of people struggle to pack light luggage and end up with a loaded one. So, how can you choose the right luggage and pack in a light way to avoid extra charges and travel freely and safely around?

First things first, choosing the right size of your bag determines how much luggage you're going to pack. 80, the best trick is to choose a small carry-on bag or a backpack as they allow you to pack only essential and must-have items.


Choosing, on the other hand, large luggage such as wheeled suitcases will push you to pack extra non-necessary items that you won't need for your trip. Adding to that, the extra fees you'll pay for transportation, and the difficulty you will face moving around once you arrive at your destination. When moving around pulling large-wheeled-luggage you attract extra attention that you don't really want. Con artists, thieves, and pickpockets can easily sniff you out and thus you become susceptible to theft.



You can easily put your carry-on luggage or backpack under your seat or on your oyer-head bin with no problems. And when you get to your destination, you can walk around freely, go shopping or just window-shopping without pulling large luggage behind you in over-crowded places. Plus, you blend in easily without attracting extra attention.

It's a good practice to lay down all the items you need for your next trip in order to have a clear idea about the items that are necessary and the items that are non-necessary. So, if you want to travel light, you need to keep only the must-have items and not the l-need-this items.

Necessary items are the things that you cannot go without, non-necessary items are things that you can give up while your life stays the same.

To make the task of packing necessary items easier, write a pack-list that goes in order of priority, then start crossing out items that are unnecessary.

When traveling, you don't want to look like a tourist, instead, you should look like an adventurer. Adventurers take only things that keep them alive while tourists take all the things they need and the things they won't even use.


When packing your clothes, try to pack in terms of small layers than in terms of thick layers. For example, instead of packing a coat and a jacket, try to pack multiple t-shirts, shirts, and sweaters, they'll keep you warm and save you space. In addition to that, you can avoid things that you can easily get when you arrive at your destination, such as shaving creams, razors, soaps, shampoos, toothpaste... why pack things that you can find elsewhere, the priority goes for your important and must-have items. There are even some people who take advantage of their packed shoes by stuffing socks or underwear in, why to waste such a valuable space; remember, you are an adventurer, not a tourist.

If you are a book warm, try to limit the number of books you take on your trip. You can also download e-books on your tablet or phone to read instead of carrying heavy hard-copies. Thanks to technology, there are apps for everything you need, listening to music, taking pictures, browsing the net, using GPS, watching videos... However, if you are a professional photographer, you can't give up on your DSLR camera.


Wheeled Luggage such as rollers and strollers are best when you won't have to walk. For example, when your trip is planned from taxi to plane and plane to taxi back to your hotel where there are people who are going to take care of your luggage. In case you are a bit old or you have joint pain, it's better to choose four-wheeled luggage known as strollers than two-wheeled ones knows as rollers, they are equipped with four wheels that roll in different directions which make them easy to pull without causing any shoulder pain or pressure.

Practical Buying Tips

Now that you have decided which luggage you need for your next trip, it's time to hit the road to the store. However, before you go, take these tips into consideration.

Measure it before you buy it

It's a good practice to bring a tape measure when buying a suitcase; don‘t trust labels, tags or promotions. Measure all the dimensions, check if they fit the standards you need such as the airplane carrier or your car trunk.

Check the Handle

It's important to take hold of the handle, feel it's comfort and strength, pull it up and down and check if you hear any sounds as well as see if it's shaky or it rattles.

Take it on a Ride

You can pull the suitcase around and see how it rolls, does it make any noises, does it roll in a straight line, it shouldn't wiggle. You need also to grab the wheels and shake them to see if they wiggle which means they will easily snap off.

Measure Interior Space

Outer space doesn't automatically reflect interior space. Therefore, you need to check how much room does the suitcase offer. check if the handle frames and wheels take up from the interior space or external space.

Check for Warranty

Companies that believe in the quality of their products usually provide long-term warranties. Therefore, you need to opt for these companies and check the warranty they provide such as bag repair or bag replace. Make sure to read the warranty statements as there are some companies that exclude damages caused by airplane handling.

Bonus Tip; Here is a great and bonus tip I'd like to share with you when you're done packing and you think you are ready for your tomorrow's trip. Why don't you just take a walk in your town with your luggage and see how it feels, are you comfortable, do you find it easy to run your errands, is anything wrong. Believe me, it's better to try it out now than when you leave on your trip.

All in all, packing for your next trip will be an enjoyable experience as you have gone through all the tips and tricks of luggage packing, suitcases, and carry-ons. Remember to take the most out of your next trip while packing the least and get back home safe with lots of memories to talk about.

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