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How Do I Choose the Best Durable Luggage?

Choose a durable case that features a sturdy telescoping handle and wheels for rolling the unit through airports.
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The types of luggage available for consumers has changed considerably over the years, and some of the most durable luggage on the market has been developed after many decades of trial and error. When choosing the best durable luggage, it is important to consider not just durability, but also ease of use, weight, cost, and functionality. Start by determining what you will be using the luggage for, as well as how often you will use the luggage and how many items you will be storing. Luggage used for storing electronics will often be different than luggage used for clothing, so carefully consider your needs before purchasing.

Traveling with electronics such as cameras, laptops, or other expensive equipment will require a certain type of durable luggage. These units are usually more heavy-duty than luggage units used for clothing, and they often feature foam padding inside to keep the electronic units from shifting during transport. The outer shell will be a thick plastic that is rugged enough to withstand direct impacts, and the case will be hinged in most cases for easy access to items. Choose a case that features a sturdy handle or even a telescoping handle and wheels for rolling the unit through airports and train stations.

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If you plan on storing primarily clothing and toiletry items in your durable luggage, you may want to consider hard shell luggage, though some soft shell luggage is quite durable and usually lighter. Soft luggage will also expand more easily to allow you to overstuff the luggage. Hard shell luggage usually will not expand too much, so once the luggage is full, it will be difficult to squeeze that last pair of pants inside. Durable materials such as nylon or vinyl can be used to make a soft shell case, and this durable luggage often features heavy duty zippers for added strength.

Don't forget to consider ease of use. Your durable luggage should feature telescoping handles to allow you to pull the unit behind you, and it should feature plastic or gel wheels that are long lasting. Gel wheels are much quieter than plastic wheels, but they will wear out more quickly than plastic wheels. The gel wheels can be replaced easily, and they are readily available for purchase online or in stores. Plastic wheels are quite durable, though they do tend to be loud, especially on asphalt or other uneven surfaces.

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ddljohn
Post 3

@fify-- There is such a thing as a durable luggage, but often it costs a lot more. Most people want quality for a low price, but that's not possible.

You don't actually need to throw away a luggage because something broke. You can have that piece fixed instead. There are shops that will fix luggage parts. Some luggage bands also have guarantees and will replace broken pieces for free. Even if you pay for a new knob or zipper, it's going to cost you much less than buying a whole new luggage. If you want something that's not going to break for a very long time, then you have to be willing to spend a good deal of money for it. But I think that at the end of the day, it's worth it.

fify
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Is there really such a thing as a durable luggage? I've thrown away so many in the past five years. The problem is actually not the luggage material itself, but things like the zipper, the wheels, handles and the studs. When one of these break, the suitcase basically becomes unusable.

I had a stud break once on a perfectly fine luggage. It kept tipping over and wouldn't stand upright. I placed something in its place for a while, but couldn't use it for much longer. Another time, the zipper broke and that suitcase had to be replaced as well.

turquoise
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The most durable luggage is definitely hard luggage. I used to use soft luggage and almost every trip, something or the other would get broken. Aircraft personnel tend to throw baggage around quite harshly. And a much heavier baggage may land up on mine, literally smashing whatever is inside.

Hard baggage resolves this problem completely because it's tough and durable. So it doesn't bend and it protects all of the belongings. It's great.

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