Bluegreen Resorts operates dozens of enticing vacation getaways all over the United States and in the Caribbean, thus giving you plenty of travel choices. Whether you’re traveling to Las Vegas or Nassau, you don’t want to worry about your luggage withstanding the trip. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when shopping for new bags.
Today’s suitcases and travel bags come with a variety of choices in straps, handles, and wheels. Some travelers say that two-wheeled roller bags strain their backs, necks, and shoulders. If you’re concerned about stiff wheels making a bag unwieldy, opt for a four-wheeled, 360-degree spinner, which will give you more ease of movement. However, before you buy, you should verify bag measurements because the non-recessed wheels on a spinner take up extra room you could have used for packing.
Luggage comes in two body types: hard-shelled polycarbonate or polypropylene, and soft-sided nylon, leather, microfiber, or polyester. Each type offers advantages and disadvantages. Some soft bags can offer as much as 25 percent more room when they expand. In addition, soft bags tend to be more shock-absorbent than their hard-shelled counterparts are. They are also easier to manipulate into the dimensions of an airplane’s overhead compartment. On the other hand, hard-shelled luggage can better protect fragile items. Remember that whichever type of luggage you choose, you should get the best quality you can afford. A poorly made soft bag can rip apart easily, and a cheap hard one can crack or break if mishandled.
Polyester is the poorest-quality luggage fabric. Leather is luxurious, but tends to scratch easily. Cordura nylon is softer and more resistant to abrasion than ballistic nylon, although abraded ballistic nylon remains just as strong as in its undamaged state. Soft luggage fabric is typically listed with a denier count, which is a measure of fabric thickness.
Major United States-based airlines post their baggage size and weight restrictions on their websites. Before you fly, be sure to check out any recent updates. As of early 2015, the standard allowance for an economy passenger’s checked bag was 50 pounds and 62 linear inches (length, width, and height). A bag over that size is subject to additional fees, depending upon the airline. The standard size limit for a carry-on bag is 45 linear inches, and you must be able to lift it over year head into the compartment.
Manufacturers known for the quality of their luggage include High Sierra, Samsonite, and Tumi.