Post # 1
My Future Mother-In-Law said she would like to get us luggage as a wedding gift. We could defininitely use it!
We will be honeymooning for 2 weeks in Italy after the wedding and traveling all over the country via train during that time.
I have no idea what luggage we should get! Should we get a set or seperate suitcases? What brands do you like? What should we avoid? Hard or soft sided?
So many questions!
What luggage do you have or recommend?
Post # 2
We have soft nylon Longchamp roll-aboard suitcases and are going to buy hard-sided Tumi full-size suitcases to check for our honeymoon. The Longchamp roll-aboards are the lightest suitcases I’ve ever found, which is great because it makes it so easy to lift them into the overhead bin. They are incredibly durable at the same time.
If I’m going to check a suitcase, I prefer a hard-sided bag because baggage handlers are not gentle. I want to prolong the life of the bag and protect my stuff that’s inside. I don’t care too much about the weight since I’m not trying to lift it, but I tend to be a bit of an overpacker, so it doesn’t help when I’m trying to stay under 50 lbs. The pros of a hard-sided checked bag outweigh the cons IMO, though.
Post # 3
twistaway: Tom Bihn is expensive but I have used the aeronaut bag for weeks abroad and will be packing up my life for 3 months into that and an additional carry on. They are great quality and you can carry via shoulder strap, top handle or like a backpack which makes it easy to traverse trains and different spots
Post # 4
We registered for and got a set of Delsey luggage. Two carry on size, one medium big, one big big. Lovvvveeee them. Super light weight but sturdy. Lots of compartments. Luggage is always on sale at Bloomingdales it seems.
Post # 5
We only ever travel with carry ons, so any nice light weight 21″ spinner will do. I got samsonites for about $100 and they’ve held up for years.
Post # 6
MrsBuesleBee: Awesome! Looking at these now. Which set do you have? Is it hard or soft sided?
Post # 7
pinkshoes: I wish I had the self control to pack for 2 weeks using a carry on. Unfortuntately I am a professional over-packer.
Post # 8
We have the Heys Hybrid Spinner luggage which is partially hard-sided and partially soft. Darling Husband has the black and gray like in the pic and I have a sage green. Both are easy to spot on the carousel which is a plus. I like the flexibility of the stretch the soft part provides with the protection of the hard part. The wheels spin four ways so the cases can be rolled while upright; this is great when you can’t get or don’t want to use a baggage cart. I have all three sizes, the smallest for hand luggage or weekend trips, with the other two I use one or both depending on the trip.
Post # 9
twistaway: I have the soft. I don’t like hard luggage. Can’t squish it into places/over stuff it as well.
Post # 10
I am in love with my Antler luggage! It’s hard side and a lot sturdier than the Heys luggage that I looked at, and has a rubberized strip over the zipper that makes it water resistant. I bought the Camden style and it’s held up very well.
I’ve heard that Antler is really popular in Europe and with European flight attendants, but I cannot confirm that rumor.
Post # 11
I have a soft sided Samonsite luggage set in purple, and he has one in black, with spinner wheels. If I could have afforded the upgrade, I would have definitely gone with hard-sided. I don’t like the look/feel of them as much, but they keep your stuff safe from spills/bugs/theft/etc. We picked up bed bugs last year and it was excruciating to get rid of them. We travel a lot, and while we stay in 4- or 5- star hotels (thanks, Hotwire!), you don’t know what the people there before you or on the plane had on/in their bags. I know, it’s gross to think about! I thought only “dirty” households and hotels could get bugs, but I was very wrong.
Get at least a two-piece set. For lengthy trips I pack one checked bag and one carry on. Ours are five-piece sets, including a cosmetic bag that I tuck in the big suitcase. I also use the two smaller bags with for overnight trips, so it all gets used! Def. recommend spinner wheels though, they’re awesome.
Post # 12
Rimowa. It’s lighter and easier to handle than anything else I’ve ever owned. Plus I’m a bit of a road warrior, so it’s held up great over the years.
Post # 13
I used to tour for a living, I purchased two bright red Kennith Cole suitcases from Marshalls. Many countries, cities, hotels and busses later they are a bit stained and dirty but have lasted. My short trip carry-on suitcase is from Target and has lasted for years.
Post # 14
Delsey hard spinners here. Have had them for about 7 years now (maybe even longer) and they’ve seen the world with me. I love them to pieces. Fiance fell in love with them too and always ditches his luggage to borrow mine.
As for hard vs. soft, I love hard (harhar that’s what she said). My carry-on one fits just perfectly in any overhead and when I check on the larger one, IDGAF about it getting thrown around and don’t worry about other people’s bags smooshing mine cuz I know all my stuff is protected in a little fortress. The line I have is super lightweight too. Forget which one it is.
Post # 15
No brand advice, but I would check some out in person. Look at size, zippers, compartments….
Go hardsided. it looks that much neater and doesn’t tear or stain. I also feel like my items are more protected.
go as light as possible, so more of the weight can be clothes!
4 wheels are the best! I have an ultra light 2 wheel bag but lately I’ve been stealing my FI’s 4 wheel spinner bag because it’s so maneuverable and easy. Wheels count for bag demensions, and on the last trip I took united in paticular was hassling people over bag size.
i love having a carry on. So much easier and while putting my bag overhead is a pain ( I’m short!) I love being able to walk right off plane and head to my destination. Packing light gets easier the more you practice!
Also- look up the demensions for the airlines on your trip. Don’t think just because it’s labeled carry on that it actually is! If you’re doing budget airlines in Europe the baggage restrictions are different.