What carries your stuff and must NOT fail when you’re on holiday? Yeah, you guessed it – your luggage. With mine slowly wearing down from constant use, join me on my quest to look for the best luggage sets out there right now. Let’s go!
Why A Luggage Sets?
Maybe you are somebody who is just starting out on their travels, and maybe you feel like you only need one luggage. Sure, that does make sense now, but if you have a little time and a little extra cash, hear me out.
If this is your entry into travel, I can promise you that it will not be your last. There are just too many adventures out there and you will need a luggage for every occasion; a small one for a road trip, the medium-sized one for the carry-on, and the largest for your annual holiday!
This is why I suggest purchasing it all in a set. If you find a bag that works well, can be relied on and suits your personal style, surely you want that carried through for all your luggage needs, right?
Check this out for a luggage checklist!
Soft Or Hard?
There are two types of luggage out there – the ones made of fabric and those with a hard outer shell. Each has its own pros and cons, obviously, so here are a few for you to consider before purchase.
Soft luggage is great if you are like me, prone to impulse shopping. As a soft bag, it is a lot more yielding than the hard shell bags. They also do tend to have more compartments, as the hard shell luggage bags tend to have only one, or two at a stretch, main, large compartment.
On the other hand, the tough outer shell is great if you are a little clumsier or usually transport more fragile things. While you have to compromise on being able to store different things in separate compartments, you will still be able to deal with it if you are as organized as I am!
Personally, I largely prefer the tougher luggage. Sure, I am known to be an impulse buyer, but I am also a little clumsy, so the hard shells have protected my things more often than not. Does that, however, mean that I will pigeonhole my choices? Not at all!
Dive a little more in depth here!
Next, you will obviously need a luggage that you feel comfortable dragging behind you. Depending on the type of traveler you are, your walking times can vary from a few minutes to days on end. As such, the weight of your luggage may or may not be significant when you’re picking one.
As a general rule of thumb, the hard luggage is heavier than the canvas ones.
Now, a light bag is obviously not the end goal here; you need to be able to trust that your luggage will hold up to wear and tear. From the zippers, the quality of materials, to the link between the bag and the handle, none of it should be flimsy or lack in workmanship.
There is absolutely nothing worse than being late for a flight, having to rush to your gate, only for your luggage to break down in the middle of the airport.
Sizing Your Luggage
Okay, so this is where it gets more pragmatic. Most flights have a standard allowance for the size of your carryon bag, so you will need one of the luggage to fit that mold. Onward from that, be sure to check the average heights of bus compartments, as you may find yourself hopping on one soon with your new luggage!
Next, be sure to check if the largest of the set fits in with the maximum size for checked bags. All airlines have a maximum weight for a checked luggage, but some have strict size restrictions, which could have you incurring extra costs if your luggage does not fit the size limit.
Here is a starter’s list for baggage sizes!
Number Of Wheels
In general, you have three types to choose from – the no-wheelers, the rollers (two wheels), and the spinners (four wheels).
The difference between the two and the four wheels may be boiled down to picking between sturdier wheels or ease of navigation. However, you may be looking to negate the wheels altogether, and in that case, you will have to look for a luggage set that indulges you in that.
This will be your travel companion for, hopefully, the next decade or more. Find one that is pleasing to your eye and you will be proud to tell people about!
Alright, enough talk; let’s go try out some of these luggage sets!
Personally, as somebody expects a minimalist approach to hard-shelled luggage, I expected a bit more from this, aesthetics-wise.
Personally, the conclusion I drew, in the end, was the most surprising, out of all the other reviews I had done so far.
Having value in mind, both American Tourister’s “Brookfield 3 Piece” and Traveler’s Choice’s “Amsterdam 4 Piece” came really close to coming out on top. Unfortunately, as a clumsy man, I could not bring myself to pick a fabric-made luggage set over a hard shell.
Both Samsonite “Omni PC” and “Winfield 2” are fantastic luggage sets. I have owned Samsonite in the past and they have held up to some of the worst airline abuse. Unfortunately, while I turn away value, I do not feel like I need a luggage at the top of the range right now, and I am not currently willing to pay their prices.
Therefore, the Merax’s “Travelhouse 3 Piece” is my number one choice. It is light, seems durable, has the right sizing, and even has the added bonus of TSA-approved built-in locks. It checks all my boxes when it comes to luggage, and is my top pick for luggage sets!
I hope you enjoyed this piece. Happy travels!
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