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How to Buy the Right Luggage

Strap in and prepare for lift-off as we embark on the ultimate journey to finding your travel soulmate – yes, we’re talking about luggage! It’s not just about throwing your clothes into a bag; it’s about choosing a trusty travel companion that suits your style, needs, and destinations. But before we dive into the nuts and bolts of picking the perfect suitcase, let’s unpack some little-known tidbits that could revolutionize the way you view your voyage vessel.

Buying the right luggage is essential for hassle-free travel. Whether you’re a frequent flyer or planning a one-off holiday, selecting the right suitcase can make all the difference. Here’s how to ensure you make the best choice:

Consider Your Travel Needs

  • Frequency of Travel: Frequent travellers need durable luggage that can withstand wear and tear.
  • Type of Travel: Business trips may require sleek, professional-looking luggage, while adventure travel might need more rugged options.
  • Destination: International travel often has stricter baggage size restrictions than domestic flights.

Choose the Right Size

  • Duration of Trip: Longer trips require larger suitcases, but remember, bigger isn’t always better. Consider if you’ll be able to lift it when fully packed.
  • Airline Restrictions: Check your airline’s baggage size and weight limits to avoid extra fees.

Select the Type: Hardshell vs. Softshell

  • Hardshell Luggage: Offers better protection for contents and is typically more water-resistant but can be heavier.
  • Softshell Luggage: Generally lighter, can offer more flexibility with expandable options, and might have more external pockets for easy access.

Evaluate Features

  • Wheels: Four-wheel spinners offer 360-degree movement for easy manoeuvrability, while two-wheeled luggage is more suited for rough surfaces.
  • Handles: Look for sturdy, telescoping handles that lock into place and are comfortable to use.
  • Zippers: Opt for luggage with high-quality zippers that are less likely to break or come apart.
  • Compartments: Consider the internal and external compartments for easy organization.

Check Durability

  • Material: The material should be able to withstand the rigours of travel. Polycarbonate is a popular choice for hardshells, while ballistic nylon is preferred for softshells.
  • Construction: Pay attention to the stitching, wheel attachments, and overall construction quality.

Brand and Warranty

  • Brand Reputation: Well-known brands like Samsonite are known for their quality and durability.
  • Warranty: A good warranty can offer peace of mind, covering potential damages or defects.


  • Price vs. Quality: While budget is an important consideration, investing in a high-quality suitcase can save money in the long run by avoiding the need for frequent replacements.

Read Reviews

  • Before making a final decision, read reviews from other travellers to learn from their experiences with the luggage.

By carefully considering these factors, you can buy the right luggage that suits your travel style, needs, and budget, ensuring your travels are smoother and more enjoyable.

5 Unknown Facts About Choosing the Right Luggage

  1. Weight Can Be Deceiving: The heft of a suitcase doesn’t always correlate with durability. Some lightweight materials are tougher than their heavier counterparts, offering the same protection without the added bulk.
  2. Colour Matters: Beyond aesthetics, the colour of your luggage can significantly impact your travel experience. Bright or unusual colours are easier to spot on the baggage carousel and less likely to be mistakenly picked up by another traveller.
  3. Wheel Design Has Evolutionary Roots: The four-wheel spinner design isn’t just for show; it’s inspired by aircraft landing gear, designed for stability and smooth handling over different terrains.
  4. Zippers Are Security Heroes: Not all zippers are created equal. The type of zipper on your luggage can affect its vulnerability to break-ins. Double-coil zippers are tougher for thieves to penetrate compared to standard single-coil ones.
  5. Expandability Is a Game-Changer: Some suitcases come with an expandable option, offering up to 25% more space. This feature can be a lifesaver for return trips when you’ve accumulated souvenirs or extra items.

Now that we’ve unlocked these travel treasures, let’s journey into the heart of how to select the right luggage, ensuring your travel is not just about reaching your destination but also enjoying the voyage there and back.

In Conclusion

When selecting new luggage for your travels or as a gift, paying attention to wheelability, durability, and the type of luggage is crucial. Not all suitcases offer the same quality and features. Opting for a reputable brand like Samsonite can ensure you enjoy benefits such as superior wheel design, enhanced durability, and the choice between hard or soft sides, which lesser-known brands may not provide. Remember, investing in quality luggage is investing in the ease and security of your travels.

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No purchase is necessary. The Giveaway is open to all residents of South Africa, that have obtained the legal age, hereafter “The Participant(s)”. Directors, officers, management, employees, other staff, agents, distributors and wholesale customers of SAMSONITE and family members thereof or any of its affiliated companies or any other persons involved in the making of this Giveaway are not eligible to enter this Giveaway. Any participation not complying with these terms and conditions is invalid. SAMSONITE explicitly reserves the right to refuse or remove a Participant, at its sole discretion, in the event SAMSONITE determines a Participant does not comply with all rules and regulations as contained herein. It is not the responsibility of SAMSONITE to ensure that the Giveaway participation requirements and use of personal information do not contravene the laws and regulations of any country of residency of participation, where it is being received or viewed. For the mentioned reason, all responsibilities relating to the participations to the Giveaway will be borne by the Participants who, it is understood, participate under their own responsibility and risk. In the event that any misfortune or damage should be experienced on the side of the Participant(s), SAMSONITE will not be responsible.


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SAMSONITE will announce the winner on 7th of September 2023, the eligible Participant will receive the Giveaway based on the following criteria: Giveaway will be awarded only if the potential winner fully complied with these Official Rules.

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