(Closed) Tell me about your luggage! (with multiple choice poll)

posted 5 years ago in Travel
  • poll: What type of luggage is best?
    2-wheeler (standard/skate) : (12 votes)
    12 %
    4-wheeler (spinner) : (47 votes)
    47 %
    hardside : (11 votes)
    11 %
    softside : (30 votes)
    30 %
    other (will discuss in comments) : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 17
    11520 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We have Heys hardside spinner and we love it. 

    I wouldn’t go cheap on luggage – we got ours at a 70% off sale but they usually retail for almost $400 a piece (I’d never pay that).

    Cheap luggage is cheap and won’t last.  Airlines almost never cover damage anymore so if it breaks you’re SOL.

    Post # 19
    784 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2016


    Pepper15:  We have had the softside, skater style Samsonite for some time now and the Fiance lives out of his 8 months out of the year. Still going strong!

    Post # 20
    949 posts
    Busy bee

    Pepper15:  I LOVE my softside Samsonite spinner! I originally got mine over 12 years ago when I was going away to university, and even the replacement one I got when an airline knocked off one of the wheels has been going strong for over 10 years. I’ve dragged it all over Europe back in my student days, and my husband and I have taken it to Asia and North and South America on both business and leisure trips. The outer material might be a little scuffed, but it’s still going strong. We each also have a Samsonite softside cabin bag, his is a standard skater and mine is a spinner, which we like to use on shorter trips within Europe.

    Post # 21
    949 posts
    Busy bee

    Pepper15:  If you plan on travelling within Europe for your honeymoon, you should also make sure that your carryon complies with the European carryon limits (which I understand are smaller than the ones allowed in the US).

    Post # 22
    117 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    The second set you posted looks great to me! I have a soft sided spinner and a duffle that I got at Walmart on clearance, they are both Coleman brand. I travel a whole lot, I have been on tour for two years, and my luggage has held up very well for being so cheap. They withstood being loaded on and off a bus every day for almost nine months so I’m pretty impressed lol. I would never go back to a two wheeled suitcase after my spinner, I can just put my duffle on top of it and I have a free hand! I also like that my suitcase is small and it’s almost impossible to load it over fifty pounds, which I used to have problems with when I had bigger suitcases lol. 

    Post # 23
    2573 posts
    Sugar bee

    4 wheeled samsonite hard shell we do quite a bit of travelling so decided to buy a good set

    Post # 24
    6291 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Pepper15:  I don’t actually like the spinners, I can’t control them very well for some reason. I prefer the standard two-wheel ones.

    Re hard vs soft, I prefer the hard-shell ones as they don’t get damaged as easily and I feel they offer more protection (I’m always worrying about my case being thrown about and the heels on my shoes snapping or something!).

    Also second maxing out your carry-on; if they don’t let you bring two pieces (some don’t), then pack a handbag/small purse in the top of your carry on with your cash/passports etc in it; then you can just quickly stick in in the carry-on case when you check-in/board (somne airlines are really pedantic). Also, I usually pack all essentials as well as a few bits of clothes (bikini, clean underwear, dress, heels, spare top, shorts) so that if my case goes astray, I at least have a few changes of clothes and my make-up, jewellery etc.

    Post # 25
    14971 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I feel you really get what you pay for when it comes to luggage.  Even though it’s a Samsonite, they come in a WIDE range of quality.  I agree with Atalanta that unless you really NEED all 5 of those pieces, you’re better off getting a single good piece for that price rather than have more pieces and clutter at home that you’ll never use. 

    However, spinner is must imo.  I used my old suitcase for nearly a decade before I gave in and got a spinner and what a life changer getting down those aisles.  Darling Husband resisted and said his was fine, but after pulling mine through an airport once, he was on board and immediately wanted one too.

    We also never travel with more than just a single carry on each, not even for a 4 week trip that went from glaciers to beaches.  The bigger the suitcase, NOT the better even for check in cause of the 50lb limit.

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