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As a regular traveller, functional, clever luggage is essential, so I have picked my top 5 best luggage choices for your next vacation.
It shouldn’t be that hard to produce a great case for the hold, and yet manufacturer after manufacturer produces crappy cases. Ones that twist like a ballet dancer when they navigate the curb resulting in a backwards case rolling uncontrolled into the nearest gutter! So many are SO heavy they eat into your luggage allowance and for me, my absolute worst suitcase offender was my last case which had velcro all over the inside, just where you put your delicate clothes. What were they thinking? I ruined top after top with my fabrics getting velcroed to the side of the case. ARGH!
My first choice offers a suitcase to fall in love with. Thule cases really help to make luxury travel easy. They are so very light and work so well. The rollers don’t jam and the suitcase stays stable behind you as you pull it along, even when you mount curbs.
Thule are a Swedish based company that know their stuff, probably because suitcases are just one small cog of their range of creations. They develop all sorts of products so that those who buy them can live an active life a little easier, much like a Dyson Vacuum. They produce suitcases, roof racks, roof boxes and bike racks that you use on the car, camera bags as well as multisport and bicycle trailers. I particularly their jogging strollers, which are of no use to me now our boy is 8, but would have been an incredible asset when our boy was younger.
For me, it is their suitcases that are both special and useful. They are amazingly light, they roll well, they have all sorts of useful pockets and zips so you can keep your chargers separately from your clothes and even a special zipper to give easy access the stuff in your case after it has been sealed and clipped up and is ready to be stowed.
Thule products can be found in all corners of the world, in distant beaches of Australia, on Boston’s streets, on bicycle routes high in the Andes and in the Alps ski resorts. One set of Thule suitcases are also regular visitors to London Heathrow (my home from home)…
ThermalStrike Luggage tackle an extremely unpleasant element of travelling; bed bugs! The luggage features an innovative heat treatment that totally eliminates bed bugs in all life stages. Common in nice hotels too, make sure to thoroughly inspect anywhere that you stay but also, it’s important to be vigilant on your return. Bed bugs are very easy to transport back home in clothing and cases and traditional approaches of washing, drying and vacuuming your cases are pretty ineffective. The range includes both a 20-inch carry-on and a 24-inch upright, they are lightweight and durable luggage and have spinner wheels which offer 360-degree rotation and superior balance. The cases feature aluminium telescoping trolley handles with 3 adjustable heights for optimum control and manoeuvrability, so as well as giving you bug-free global travel, they are decent cases too! The cases employ built-in heat treatment with integrated, ultra-thin infrared heating panels that reach over 120-degrees Fahrenheit / 49 degrees Celsius to destroy all bed bugs. This solution is infinitely more effective than hoovering or even than using chemicals as there can be no hiding places from the heat. The technology is safe to touch and won’t damage your belongings, the heat is evenly distributed throughout the case so there are no hot spots which could harm the contents or indeed, cold spots, where the bugs could hide and survive. Make sure that the only things that you bring back from your travels are photos, memories and the odd souvenir – just souvenirs bought in that lovely little gift shop, not ones with lots of legs!
Barracuda Collapsible Carry-On Luggage Case
For a truly innovative carry-on case, the Barracuda is awesome. It’s collapsible, has an amazing Ergonomic Handle System, a USB charger and so many features all designed to make your travels easier. Being collapsible means that when it’s not in use, it can be flattened right down and takes up much less storing space. It has a nifty laptop and drinks tray with two cup holders to make your time in the airport comfortable. If your phone or tablet needs a boost, the USB charger has the capacity to charge most phones five times over. The unique and ergonomic Halo Handle System™ rotates a full 360° and can be locked in one of six positions, saving your hands and looking stylish at the same time. It even includes a portable digital scale so you know exactly how far over your carry-on allowance you are – vital especially on your return when my case is always crammed with extra purchases! There’s even a location tracking device to help track your case should it get lost and a wicked little proximity sensor to alert you when your Barracuda arrives at the baggage carousel so you can just stride up and pick up your case straight away!
ecbc luggage solutions
For state of the art luggage that solves that hideous irritation of unpacking all your electronic devices at airport security using the innovation ecbc FastPass® System. The revolutionary cases offer unbeatable protection for your electronic items, they are packed securely and when you hit airport security you simply open your bag and lay it flat! The product range is also hard wearing and features water repellent, nearly indestructible exterior with self-repairing zippers. It also includes a spare portable battery pack tucked neatly into your bag so that you can charge your phone or tablet on the go, another way to make your travels that little bit easier.
4-in-1 GATE8 Cabin MATE v 2.0 Wheeled Backpack Cabin Bag
This funky Gate8 cabin bag splits into two bags and transforms into a wheeled trolley, double backpack and tote. It carries garments without creasing them as the main compartment includes a removable hanging bar! It is fully cabin-approved and spacious with a detachable laptop compartment at the front which you can use during the flight while the main bag stays in the overhead locker – great flexibility. At just 2.8kg it’s super lightweight, but as it’s made for 1680D ballistic nylon, it’s also a strong and tough bag.
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