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Save Money And (Maybe) Time With The Right Luggage, Packed Efficiently
"Back in the day, checking your bag on a trip only cost you 20 minutes of your time after a flight. Now you're lucky if it only costs you $20," says Adam Dachis from Lifehacker, a website with tips, tricks and downloads for getting things done.
My thoughts exactly – but as more air travelers try to beat the system by carrying on more, less space is available, making packing efficiently a must. Picking the right bag, rolling clothes and taking only what we actually need make for a good start. But getting your head in the game can score some of the best results.
Dachis recommends a flexible duffel-style bag that gives up little space to padding, protection or aesthetics. Been there, done that, not for me. Spending a lot of time in airports I had seen businessmen with stackable luggage. A medium sized bag that fits overhead and a smaller one that fits under the seat. These were the road warriors I needed to pay attention to. Many had rollerboard-style luggage with four wheels too. I liked that idea as well. These were my personal luggage idols. They had crossed the finish line with a huge luggage win.
In my case, the search was long and tedious to find the right luggage. After years of searching, trying and eventually adding failed bags to a spare bedroom we call "the luggage room," I may have found a good fit.
TravelPro's 21-inch Spinner Suiter combined from their Crew collection can easily go in overhead storage and holds plenty of clothes for a week. What Travelpro calls a "business brief," from the same collection, has extra room for more clothing too and fits easily under an airline seat. On my trip to Amsterdam, home for a day then off to Venice, I don't want to unpack and pack again. This looks to be the right tool for the job – for me. Everyone has different needs.
"You can't have a perfect packing system," admits Dachis, placing his greatest emphasis on efficiency. "Good preparation makes for better travel."
I couldn't agree more. The down side? I still have to wait for those I travel with to collect their checked luggage. So much for saving time.
Looking for more reasons to change your thinking about the luggage game? Watch this video:
[Photo credit - Canadian Pacific]