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Which Type of Luggage Is Right for You?

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With so many types of luggage available on the market, it may be tough to choose the right kind for your lifestyle. Here, we break down the basics of luggage buying so you can decide which bag is best for you:

Carry-On vs. Checked

These days, there aren’t many airlines left that offer free checked bags. In fact, a checked bag can be anywhere from $25 to $50, depending on the carrier. If you can get away with packing just a carry-on bag, our Newark Airport parking members suggest doing so. This way, you won’t have to worry about the checked baggage fee.

In addition, if you carry your bag on instead of checking it, you won’t have to worry about the possibility of the airline losing it.

Business vs. Pleasure

Sometimes which type of luggage you choose depends on the type of trip you’re taking. If you’re going on a business trip that requires you to wear a suit and tie, you may want to opt for a garment bag. These bags let you hang your garments inside, then fold them up into a convenient bag. More modern garment bags also have extra storage pockets for things like toiletries or shoes.

If you’re going on a vacation, choose a duffle bag or suitcase big enough to fit all of your clothing and accessories, but remember what we said about carry-on vs. checked luggage. Also think about how you’re going to be getting around once you get to your destination. If you’re going to be walking with your luggage a lot, you may want to pack something smaller (even a backpack, if you can manage) so you’re not lugging around large items.

Hard vs. Soft

In recent years, several luggage companies have introduced hardshell suitcases to help protect travelers’ personal items like laptops, tablets, cameras, and more. These suitcases are often made from polycarbonate and can withstand being tossed around more than softshell suitcases.

However, hardshell suitcases don’t expand like softshells do. If you travel somewhere and come home with more than you started with, you may have a tough time fitting it all into a hardshell suitcase. Sotfshell suitcases are also easier to use as carry-ons, as they can mold to fit into the overhead bins on airplanes.

Two Wheels vs. Four Wheels

Unless you’re packing up a traditional suitcase or a duffle bag, your luggage probably has wheels on it to help you move it around better. Most softshell suitcases have two wheels while hardshells have four (though there are some exceptions). While two wheels are fine for transport, they’re harder to maneuver than four wheels. It’s also a little harder to control two wheels, and they may lead to losing the balance of a suitcase or flipping it over. If you can find a suitcase you like with four wheels, we recommend trying one.