As a regular traveler, 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 backward 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!
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1. Thule Luggage
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 is a Swedish-based company that knows its 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, bike racks that you use on the car, camera bags, 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, and 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 to 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, on distant beaches of Australia, on Boston’s streets, on bicycle routes high in the Andes, and in the Alpine ski resorts. One set of Thule suitcases are also regular visitors to London Heathrow (my home from home)…
2. ThermalStrike Luggage
ThermalStrike Luggage tackles an extremely unpleasant element of traveling; 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 that offer 360-degree rotation and superior balance. The cases feature aluminum telescoping trolley handles with three adjustable heights for optimum control and maneuverability, 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 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 that could harm the contents or, indeed, cold spots where the bugs could hide and survive. Ensure that the only things 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!
3. 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 innovative 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 a 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. 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 of 1680D ballistic nylon, it’s also a strong and tough bag.
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