Luggage & Travel
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Choosing luggage for every travel type
Luggage is a fairly universal need when you're traveling, and having a wide selection to choose from makes it easy to find the right suitcase or bag to carry your things. The types of luggage you check at the airport and the kinds you carry onto planes when boarding are different. Kids' luggage and packs are also designed with styles to please younger tastes than what you find with adult luggage sets. Here's how to determine the type and accessories you need to get prepared for your next excursion.
Luggage comes in a variety of sizes and styles, making it easy to choose based on the sizes of things you need to pack and the type of traveling you're planning.
- Carry on luggage: A carry-on suitcase is a bit smaller than traditional luggage and is made to fit in the overhead or under-seat storage on airplanes. Choose a carry-on that matches your luggage or an outfit you plan to wear at the airport. Another way to choose a carry-on suitcase is based on what you plan to pack in it. There are features available in carry-ons like pockets and dividers in case you want a bag that's designed for organized travel. Look for designs that have protecting laptop sleeves and compartments for power cords and backup batteries if you're traveling with your computer or camera.
- Checked luggage: Checked luggage is built to be shipped in the cargo hold of a plane, so look for durability features when considering this type of luggage. Features like hard sides, external pockets and lock mechanisms can help keep your personal items safe in transit.
- Luggage sets: When you need to take a lot of things or the whole family is going and you want everyone's bag to coordinate, luggage sets provide a way to get a matched set. Sets come as small as two bags and can also be much larger, like five or six bags, which is useful when you're putting together a large ensemble.
- Hardside luggage: Consider a hardside suitcase when you're transporting crushable items. Have a glass vase to bring home from vacation as a souvenir? Hardside luggage provides an extra barrier between external forces and your fragile treasures.
- Kids' luggage: Make traveling more fun for kids with luggage that features their favorite animated characters and colors. Check the dimensions on each piece of luggage to make sure it's sized to accommodate your child's needs and so he or she can carry it without assistance.
Travel bags are a little more specialized than traditional luggage, and that adds to the ways you can use them. For example, if you need a bag to protect your laptop or something to tuck a change of clothes in, you may want to choose one of these bags for the added portability and convenience rather than choosing a full-sized suitcase.
- Backpacks: When shopping for backpacks, look for the size and features you need. For example, backpacks come in children's styles and women's styles that are sized to fit the people who carry them. Some also have padded pockets to protect electronics or pouches to hold soft water canteens, which makes them useful for hiking and outdoor events.
- Weekenders and duffels: Pack for a weekend excursion or a sporting event with weekenders and duffels. Look for features like shoulder straps for easy carrying and breathable fabrics that don't trap moisture and odors if you need to put soiled or wet garments in the bags.
- Garment bags: Are you traveling with garments you need to hang up to prevent wrinkling? Garment bags are a solution for that, and the bags keep dust and loose dirt off your clothing. These long bags also fold up into smaller dimensions for easier transport.
- Laptop bags: Whether you need a bag with the functionality of a portable office or just a padded bag to protect your electronics, it's easy to find a laptop bag with the features you want. Check dimensions when browsing through the selection to find out if the bag you're considering will fit your laptop. Look for extra pockets that can store the accessories you plan to bring with you. You might forgo a purse completely and carry this type of bag instead, too. If that's your plan, look for laptop bags with roomier compartments to fit your wallet and other travel docs.
Travel accessories are available to make your luggage more useful, to protect your luggage and to make you more comfortable when traveling. Straps and carts make it easier to move your luggage. Check to determine the sizes of these accessories to make sure they're compatible with your luggage. Luggage covers and umbrellas protect both you and your suitcases when the weather turns rainy or snowy. Plus, items like eye masks and travel pillows are available to help you relax so you feel refreshed and look your best when you reach your destination.