Now that we’ve started investing in camera equipment and been playing around with it, we’ve been contemplating some travel to test our photographic skills in the larger world. We’ve tended to be home bodies in recent years, so as we looked through the things we’d need to hit the road, it became apparent that several items need a serious upgrade.
One of the investments we’ll be making is in a better set of luggage. Most of what we have now is a mish-mash of old hand-me-downs from our parents, cheap carry-ons, and the odd backpack or tote we received gratis for donating to non-profits.
Could we make do with what we have? I’m sure, but some of the destinations we’re considering are overseas, including Australia, New Zealand and Japan, so we’d like to get something more durable and reliable.
We started our research on Travel Channel personality Samantha Brown’s website. We’ve enjoyed her programs over the years, and figured she’d provide some good tips. A couple of her suggestions really jumped out at us.
For instance, she recommends fewer pockets in a carry-on rather than more. This makes sense when you consider that it reduces the number of places to check when you’re digging for your phone charger or boarding pass.
Another excellent idea is to pick more colorful luggage. Because most people tend to go with black or some other conservative color, a bright, cheery yellow suitcase will stand out at baggage claim and help prevent someone else from picking up yours by mistake.
Finally, Samantha urges you to inspect new luggage for things that might break, such as wheels, stitching and zippers. These are often weak points, especially on less-expensive bags, so it’s worth examining them for durability before you buy, if possible.
Overall, we’re really excited about planning our first international trip, and feel confident that we’ll find a good set of luggage to help eliminate at least some of the hassles that travel can generate.
Of course, there are many other things to consider, and we’ve just started making a list of all the stuff we need to get in order before stepping out the door. While we’re already thinking about things like suitcases, there are some fundamental requirements to be addressed yet, such as, uh, passports. 😉
All the same, we’re looking forward to our next great adventure, and will keep you up-to-date on our plans.