Whether going on holiday abroad or travelling within your own country, should you need to update your luggage, your baggage be old and damaged, or if you simply would prefer the luxury of more stylish luggage, you should consider purchasing one the newer design lightweight suitcases.

A suitcase may be used for business travel, leisure holidays or simply for compact temporary storage. Luggage is available across a broad price range, from great value for money options, to more expensive suitcases for the discerning traveller. The most important thing is that the suitcase should meet your travelling requirements.

Lightweight suitcases may be of hard shell or soft shell construction. The higher quality suitcases are more expensive and made from a hard shell material which contributes to much of the case’s strength. These hard sided cases are tough enough to withstand mishandling from baggage handlers. The lightweight material means that the suitcase can save on excess baggage costs, as the weight of the suitcase does count towards your total luggage weight. The lighter the actual suitcase is, the more other items you will be able to take with your on your trip.

The more expensive suitcase should be considered as an investment and will last many years and many journeys, whilst cheaper but nonetheless good quality luggage may be more suitable for the occasional journey, maybe once or twice a year, or for a one-off journey where buying an expensive case would be unnecessary and a waste of money.

A lock will prevent the suitcase being easily opened, ensuring greater security and providing you with confidence over the safety of your valued possessions. If you are in or visiting the USA, a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) approved lock will save the lock from being cut, should the case be required to opened for inspection.

Lightweight suitcases are a better option than the heavyweight suitcases of the past, not only in terms of weight saving, but manoeuvrability and compactness. The manoeuvrability is due to the suitcase being wheeled, either two or four wheels. A four-wheeled case can be rotated about its own axis, whist a two-wheeled case may be much more compact and be able to be placed in the overhead luggage in the cabin.

The dimensions of the suitcase determine whether it is suitable for taking on board a plane as hand luggage or stowed in the baggage hold. Being able to carry a suitcase as hand luggage may add to your peace of mind that, during the flight, your luggage is never far away from you.

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