Bargain hunter: Luggage selection in the bag
WITH the Christmas school holidays in full swing, many people are in the market for new luggage that is not only hardy but also doesn't punch a hole in their travel budget.
According to Thea Harrison from Zelows in Tweed City, the first step is to determine your destination, as different weather conditions call for different types of travel bags.
"For example, hard cases are very popular with people travelling to Europe because they are very weatherproof and a tougher product than your soft material bags," Ms Harrison said.
"On the flipside, if you are going somewhere with less extreme weather, the soft bags have more flex and can fit more in them generally."
Zelows sells hard and soft travel bags ranging from $35 through to top-of-the-range bags on sale at the moment for $139.
Travel gear has come a long way in the past few years, with two-wheeled bags replaced by four-wheel units, which make for easier manoeuvring.
"We call the four-wheel bags 'walk the dog' - they are nice and easy to walk with beside you rather than pulling the bag behind you. And bags in general have become more lightweight over the past few years," Ms Harrison said.
There are many brands on the market and a wide range of quality difference, so again it is best to purchase according to the amount of travelling you intend on doing.
"Obviously the better quality bag you buy the longer it will last usually. Jeep bags for example are a high quality item that will last a long time."
She said a key thing to remember when flying was the airlines' varying size limits.
"For example, Virgin has a smaller size limit to Qantas and Jetstar, and you will be hit with excess luggage fees if you are over."
- Put your zips to the top of your bag for longer life
- Do not drag or jump your bag up or down stairs as this breaks the wheels
- Compression bags are better than vacuum bags
- Get a cover for your hard travel bag
- Use TSA locks to avoid your locks being broken into by airport security