So, on The Early Show Saturday, Fodor's Senior Editor Doug Stallings spotlighted luggage that could help things easier, and offered tips included in "Fodor's 1,001 Smart Travel Tips."
Stallings noted that not all luggage is created equal: Even bags of a similar type vary tremendously from manufacturer to manufacturer, so when you're buying one, you should always look closely at a few simple things: their size (are they carry-on-able?), construction quality (which is much more important if you plan to check luggage), and, of course, cost.
Among the features to look for:
Stallings observed that expensive doesn't always mean better, but really cheap luggage is almost always less secure and sturdy.
Carry-On limits most domestic airlines: 22" x 14" x 9"; check with airlines to be safe, before packing.
Stallings said airlines have been discussing restoring the sizing templates on x-ray machines to enforce size requirements.
BAGS STALLINGS SAYS YOU MIGHT CONSIDER:
Carry On Luggage
Average Cost: $70 - $100
COOL FEATURES: Durable polycarbonate case. Extremely lightweight for a hard-case (five pounds). Polycarbonate is durable (more durable than nylon, some say). Water just rolls off case, but can enter through zipper. Has sloping, ergonomic handle
Red Oxx Skytrain
Carry On Luggage
Avgerage Cost: $255
COOL FEATURES: Handmade in USA, and great construction. Superior hardware, zippers and materials. Lightweight (three-and-a-half to four pounds lbs), but full-size. No Wheels. Backpack straps can be concealed. Heavy-duty, durable nylon fabric will repel water. Extraordinarily well-made.
Eagle Creek Centerline Hovercraft 20
Durable enough to be checked or to carry on
Average Cost: $185
COOL FEATURES: Lightweight. Good wheels, for those who don't want to carry their bags. Has some special built-in packing aids. Designed especially to hold Eagle Creek packing folders and cubes. Zippers are well-made, heavy and durable. Strong handles. Fabric will repel some water.
Travelpro "Walkabout Lite 2"
Checked or Carry On
COOL FEATURES: The original airline stewardess bags. Superior bag, big carry on, great cost. Superior material. Superior frame and wheels
Samsonite "Silhouette 10" Softside Expandable Spinner 26"
COOL FEATURES: Four wheels add stability and mobility. Spinner wheels make moving the filled bag much easier. Superior material -- Tricore nylon is rated as more resistant to tearing than regular ballistic nylon. Fairly light for a large bag.
Find these bags at:
Macy's Department Stores