By Michele Herrmann, Epicure & Culture contributor; Sponsored by Orchard Mile
Shopping for luggage can be as fun — or challenging — as finding the right pair of shoes or perfect fitting jeans. Yet female travelers appreciate getting a quality bag to tout their necessities around and still come off looking like a sophisticated jetsetter.
Recently, online luxury fashion retailer Orchard Mile asked Epicure & Culture to talk about how female travelers can better choose the perfect luggage. See our responses below, and also check out Orchard Mile’s website for some awesome travel luggage, accessories and outfits, not to mention gifts for the upcoming holidays.
1. Figure Out Your Travel Style
We all have different travel habits and styles, so it’s best to choose a bag that suits our needs. If you’re a frequent flyer, remember that airlines dictate size and weight limits for bags, particularly with carry-ons. A few ideas:
- Are you more of a weekend getaway girl, where a duffel bag could do? Then check out this Alice & Olivia Aoxbasquiat Ascent Canvas Weekender.
- If you’re a road tripper – for business and pleasure – most likely you need a suitcase that can roll along with you.
- For more rugged adventures, wheels could get in your way.
- If you’re thinking of traveling long-term, consider investing in a luggage set.
2. Factor In Features
There’s a lot of travel bags to choose from: from backpacks and shoulder bags to two and four-wheeled bags. Yes, choices are vast, but you should always choose practicality over aesthetics. Let’s weigh some factors.
First, a soft-fabric bag has more flexibility with storage than a hard-sided exterior one. The former can also be expanded to some extent when extra space is needed (um, souvenirs), while a hard-sized one acts like a protective shell. Then consider another factor: compartments. Having accessible side pouches sure helps for pulling an item out or quickly tucking it back in. Also, finding a bag that’s waterproof is a big plus.
3. Weigh Your Options
A common mistake with choosing luggage is buying bags that we find difficult to carry. Make this your shopping mantra: will I be fine carrying this bag around without assistance? Remember, most often than not, you’re going to be the one lugging your bag from A to B, or even X to Y to Z.
Before typing in your credit card number, study online reviews and pay attention to pros and cons. Or check out models in person at stores by doing a mini-trial run. If it’s a shoulder bag, put your upper body to the test by wearing it and walking around the shop for a few minutes. With rolling bags, give the wheels a mini-spin for a smooth run and the handle a quick up/down exercise to see if the length is right for you. Give zippers a pull, too.Here's how to choose #luggage that fits your #travel #style. Click To Tweet
4. Be colorful
True, black goes with everything, but imagine trying to find your bag amid a sea of similarly colored checked-in luggage. Consider buying a bag with a different hue for easier spotting on the conveyor belt, or to avoid a mistaken grab. Bright colors work, but you can also have a little fun with a pattern like this lovely Dagmar Weekend Bag. Fabrics like suede or leather also have their distinction; just make sure to give your bag some prep TLC for handling the roughness of the road.
Tip: Skip on any color that’s quite light or even white or cream colored, as they’re most likely to get dirty.
5. Fly friendly
We said it once and we’ll say it again: when it comes to flying, (luggage) size does matter. So if you’re a frequent jetsetter, it’s best to read up on bag requirements beforehand. On U.S. domestic flights, carry-ons typically have to be less than 22 or 21 inches in height. Overseas flights tend to be lower than that. If all else fails, put a tape measure to your bag to verify your size, or just check it in. Be sure to double-check what your carrier says.
Do you have any tips to add for choosing luggage? Please share in the comments below!
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