Durable Luggage

Durable Luggage 2016-02-01T00:45:48-07:00
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Regarding brands of luggage, I need to replace American Tourister/Samsonite for frequent trips to Venezuela, etc. Previous bags were broken (inside frame cracked on both) and all zippers are more or less defective. We don’t mind paying more if we can find real quality and durability. Need all sizes.

Thanks,

Virginia Gould

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Answered by The Fearless Shopper

Dear Virginia,

No doubt about it: Air travel is rough on luggage. And bags tumbling onto foreign soil take even more of a beating. I have personally given up on heavy luggage and travel only with bags that I can maneuver easily. So, durable but light-weight canvas bags with wheels are my preference. (I have been using a brand I like called Delsey.) But if you don’t have to carry your own luggage, you might want the sturdy, heavy weight material or hard cases for additional protection.

Finding just the right luggage for one’s needs is always problematic. But investing in luggage that comes with a manufacturer’s warranty may be your answer. You might want to consider how you pack the bags as well. Not only are airlines cracking down on over-weight luggage, but over-packing may put undue stress on the zippers and frame and cause additional damage.

Luggage choice is so personal that it’s difficult to recommend what I like to someone whose needs may be different from mine. So, I suggest you visit a few luggage stores and comparison shop for what you like and discuss the durability with knowledgeable sales staff.

Here are a few web sites that have current sales, good prices, or free shipping:

www.luggageguy.com
www.luggagepros.com
www.luggageonline.com
www.worldwraveler.com
www.ebags.com
www.luggagebase.com
www.altmanluggage.com
www.irvs.com
www.smartbargains.com

For online comparisons, try some of these sites:

www.shopping.com/xFS?KW=luggage&FD=0
www.shopzilla.com/8B–Luggage_-_cat_id–10010700
froogle.google.com/froogle?q=luggage&btnG=Search+Froogle

Happy toting,
The Fearless Shopper