Whether you are an avid backpacker or a frequent business traveller, you will no doubt appreciate the importance of quality, durable luggage. Regardless of whether your bag of choice is a lightweight suitcase or a leather holdall, these items will need to hold up to the rigours of frequent travelling, not only for your ease and comfort but also for your wallet too.
Whilst luggage is a necessity for many people today – due to the fact that we live in a world where we can travel much further and far more frequently than ever before – investing in it can be costly. There is also nothing worse than a split suitcase or your luggage losing a wheel when sprinting between airport terminals to catch your next flight.
With this in mind, it is worth knowing how to make your holdalls or lightweight suitcases last a lot longer. Taking certain measures can mean that not only will your luggage able to withstand the frequent knocks and bumps that it is bound to experience along the way, but that you will also need to replace it far less often.
The first piece of advice is that it is always worth shelling out a little extra for higher quality bags or suitcases. Whereas there are always those rare items that you can occasionally find at a snip of a price but that seemingly last forever, the old adage of ‘you get what you pay for’ certainly applies in the vast majority of cases.
Buying from a brand that specialises in durable luggage that can withstand being tossed into an aircraft hold a fair few times every year – or even a few times a month – will give you the best chance of disembarking with your belongings still intact.
As top brands make sure they use the best materials and quality construction, the chance that you will need to replace your quality bag soon after purchase is exceptionally small – unlike with its cheap counterpart. It is also important that you choose a bag that matches your needs; the choice between holdalls, hard or lightweight suitcases can make a big difference for different types of traveller.
In addition to choosing the right suitcase straight off the mark, it is essential to take good care of it once you have parted with your money. Cleaning makes up a large part of the maintenance of your luggage, as dirt and moisture can corrode parts of the item, potentially resulting in fatal damage further down the line.
In most cases, wiping down the exterior of your item with a damp sponge or cloth is all that is needed to remove dirt, although more soiled items should be cleaned with a product that is approved by the manufacturer. Take care to clean with a soft cloth or sponge to avoid scratching or tarnishing your suitcase.
Cleaning the interior of your luggage is also important, and again this should be done with products that meet the manufacturer’s specifications so as not to damage the material. After every trip, make sure that the interior is wiped out and vacuumed, with a fabric freshener applied in order to remove any unpleasant odours if necessary.
It is important to let your suitcase dry fully before storing it, and when you do put it away before your next trip make sure that you put it in a dry place with good air circulation. This will ensure that the fabric remains in tip-top condition and does not deteriorate with damp.
Finally, make sure that you prevent problems from happening by keeping joints, wheels and handles well lubricated. If you are a frequent traveller, take the time to check your luggage for issues before they get too serious. If a wheel looks like it is about to fall off, carry out some repairs yourself or take it to a professional before it is too late.
By taking care of your hard case luggage, lightweight suitcases and holdalls you can greatly extend their lifespan. In addition to choosing the right item in the first place, preventive measures plus careful cleaning and storage will help your suitcase last a great deal longer.