Which suitcase is right for me?
This one is mine … Looks are not only important when seeking a partner, but also when it comes to selecting the right suitcase. After all, it is a constant companion for all those who travel frequently. Read here what you should bear in mind when purchasing a suitcase to use for cabin luggage or checked baggage.
A roller case, weekend bag, classic travel bag or vintage leather case?
The size of your suitcase will first and foremost depend on the duration of travel. For a weekend trip, a suitcase with a volume of 20–40 litres that can be taken as cabin luggage is sufficient. For a week-long trip, a larger suitcase with a volume of 60–100 litres is advisable. Be sure to always pay attention to the quality. While cheap suitcases may look like a good deal at first glance, the wheels often soon break.
A suitcase can be manoeuvred more easily if it has four wheels rather than just two. This also means that the suitcase can still be handled should a wheel break when you’re on the go. Ideally, it should be possible to replace the wheels that allow the suitcase to be moved in all directions without having to turn it around. There should be countless different compartments inside for well-organised storage, too. Elasticated straps allow all items to be kept in place even when the suitcase is turned and flipped during handling.
Whether you opt for a hard or soft case is entirely a matter of taste though. Both types offer similar stability and strength and can withstand the rough handling at the airport.
Important for travellers to the USA: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is permitted to open and search any item of luggage. Special TSA locks allow suitcases to be opened without having to break the locks, allowing TSA security officers to access your bags using a master key.
When it comes to cabin luggage, it is particularly important to ensure that the suitcase is as light as possible. After all, most airlines only allow 8 kg of cabin baggage.
Although the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has worked hard to standardise the maximum dimensions for cabin luggage among the many airlines, there is still a real jungle of different regulations out there.
Suitcase manufacturer Samsonite has compiled a handy overview: