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Choosing the right suitcase

John Pond, our editor-at-sea goes on the hunt for the right suitcase and has the following tips for travelling with ease.

As I grow older it becomes harder to move my luggage around, especially on overseas trips and the purchase of the correct luggage becomes all important.

Travelling with one case would be perfect, but what if it is lost by shipping lines, airlines, hotels or one of the many that handle it? Thousands of pieces of luggage go missing every day and you cannot afford to take the chance of losing precious medication, battery chargers and cameras, so my solution is to have a carry/wheel-on that never leaves my side.

Wheels on luggage was a great invention (why did it take so long?), but now, as my strength wains, I find that the two-wheel suitcases pose a weight and portability problem. The newer style four-wheel models glide effortlessly through airports and take all the worry away. My advice is don’t buy cheap cases as they often have cheap wheels that usually don’t do the job and break down sooner than later. It really is worth buying a well-known brand. For a few dollars more they last a lot longer and do the job so much better. Department stores and luggage outlets often have large reductions on big brands, especially when a new range is launched.

Styles can vary from a lightweight duffel style on wheels to suitcase styles. The new range from Paklite offers a good example. The Escape duffle has a large capacity with strong and durable hardware, fabric and components including a lockable external sleeve pocket, great for passports and valuables. The small and medium sizes can easily slip over your main suitcase handle by using the built in cloth handle to make wheeling two bags at once a breeze without weight as the bottom bag’s four wheels glide effortlessly, especially on airport floors.

What’s your ideal suitcase look like? Do you have any recommendations?