March 28 2011 by Chris McGinnis
Our youmustbetrippin.com blog scored another big hit in the mainstream media last week when the Washington Post Style section called to ask for advice on choosing luggage.
My advice? Don't skimp! Paying a premium for high quality, durable luggage is always worth the extra cost for a frequent traveler. That's because you use it nearly every week. It takes a beating. And it's something that you don't want to break down in the middle of a long trip. (Have you ever tried to maneuver a rollaboard with broken wheels or missing handle through an airport? Ever had your bag show up on the luggage carousel wrapped up in a large clear plastic bag because its zippers failed in the cargo hold?) Also, choose brands that offer strong warranties--many offer lifetime guarantees that will repair or replace broken bags.
My advice that actually made it into the article is around choosing the right color. Here's the quote:
"If you want to get really good deal, look for the 'off' colors," says Chris McGinnis, travel consultant and business travel editor at YouMustBeTrippin.com. "The other benefit is that other people won't have that color, so you can find yours easily in a sea of black bags." Neutral bags camouflage the grease and grime that come with regular travel.
My advice also made it into the article's summary:
THE BOTTOM LINE: Buying luggage is like buying real estate -- you want the cheapest house in the most expensive neighborhood. If you're a frequent traveler, it's better to invest in one quality bag vs. two or three cheaper ones, so test-drive a few brands, then choose the least expensive model that suits the way you travel. Pay attention to small details such as stitching and zippers, and make sure you understand the warranty.