How to Choose Luggage for Business Travel
- Feb 3, 2015
Whether you travel occasionally or constantly on business, the type of luggage you choose can make a difference in the quality of your trip. Forbes contributor Marc Weber Tobias notes that it’s important to select luggage pieces that are both properly engineered and well-constructed to effectively do the job of transporting your belongings while in transit. “An investment in the bags you carry will minimize failures, avoid travel hassles, and will help keep you both sane and organized on trips,” writes Tobias.
To that end, here are a few business travel tips from Furnished Quarters about how to select luggage that works best for business travel.
Whether your luggage will be checked at the ticket counter, gate-checked on the runway or stuffed in an overhead compartment, it’s going to take a beating. Make sure to pick luggage that offers high quality construction and sturdy durability to help ensure your bags will hold up under the rigors of frequent travel. Look for luggage made of high strength, durable materials like nylon that can withstand plenty of wear and tear.
Keep it lightweight
While it may seem like a paradox to have luggage that’s both durable and light, the ideal business bag incorporates the best of both worlds. Carry-on bags should be light so that you avoid having to hoist a heavy, unwieldy suitcase into the overhead compartment. Checked bags should also be light to avoid extra fees from the airline for baggage handling. The hard-shell material polycarbonate is a smart choice for light luggage that’s still tough and durable.
Know size restrictions
Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, space limitations will dictate how many pieces of luggage you can bring along, as well as what will fit in a trunk or carry-on compartment. If you frequently fly on a certain airline, it’s prudent to check their size limitations for carry-on bags prior to investing in new luggage. Overhead compartments are getting smaller on many airlines, and a carry-on suitcase that’s even slightly overstuffed may end up getting gate-checked rather than taken on board. If you need to have your carry-on bag easily accessible during the flight, then do your homework and be sure to choose a bag that will fit.
Make it versatile
Quality luggage offers a range of options for the business traveler. Some types of rolling luggage contain extra straps to attach laptops, and some carry-ons feature backside piggyback pockets to attach smaller bags to luggage trolley handles. Travelers also might want to consider hands-free options for carry-ons, such as bags with over-the-shoulder straps. Whether you choose to roll or go hands-free, check that your luggage contains plenty of front, side and interior pockets for storage. A padded laptop compartment is especially important for business travelers to help store a laptop safely while on the go.
While it may cost a bit more initially, selecting quality luggage from the start can ensure that you don’t end up shelling out more money in short order to replace poorly constructed bags. What’s more, making well-informed luggage purchases can make your journey go much more smoothly wherever business traveling takes you.