2. Pick your Pack Wisely
Don’t waste your precious ounces on luggage that’s heavy even when empty. Choose an extra-light suitcase that best suits your needs and travel style. Each type has their pros and cons depending on where you’re going, what you’re bringing and how you’re getting around. A lightweight hard shell roller bag is easy to maneuver and protective against rain, but can be awkward on stairs or rough terrain. A soft duffel, especially one with wheels, is great for stuffing all sorts of clothing and gear but not so good for fragile items and may get soaked in a deluge. Garment bags with hangers are a good option if you’re carting suits or dresses, but can be cumbersome to carry. A backpack is best for free spirits who’d rather not drag their belongings around, but you need the strength to haul it on your shoulders. Make a quality luggage purchase made with durable materials, sturdy handles, adjustable straps and smooth zippers and it will serve you well through years of travel.