Perfect Travel Luggage 10 Tips To Find The
BEST Luggage For You [0:00:00]
Do you like to travel? I know I do. So, this Thursday I’m going to Chicago.
Saturday, I’m flying down to Pensacola, Florida, then I’m taking a road trip. We’re
going to go through Alabama, we’re going to go through Mississippi, going to go through
Louisiana, all the way through Texas to New Mexico. Then, from New Mexico, I’ll probably
fly back up to Chicago. Then in November, I’m going to London for three weeks. In
February, I’m flying back to Florida and then, I’m going to go through South Carolina
and Georgia on my way driving back to Wisconsin. Oh, and by the way, I just took a six-month
trip with my family, we hit twenty two states and three countries. Guys, I spend a lot of
time living out in the suitcase and I can tell you the right luggage matters.
In today’s video, I’m going to give you ten tips so that you can go out and find the
best luggage that’s going to suit your particular needs.
[Music] All right, gentlemen, here it is my perfect
piece of luggage. Now, this has been a perfect piece for me and I want to stress, I want
you to use this checklist. Everything I’m going to put out here to find the perfect
piece for you because for me as busy professional, someone that carries camera equipment, I wanted
hard covered – I wanted hard luggage. Something that whether or not I’m traveling on the
small commuter aircraft and they say, oh, you got to check this, so it has to go under,
I want to be able to protect my camera equipment. Or if it’s – I wanted a size that was
actually if I take it on a bigger aircraft they’re not going to have an issue and it
will fit in the overheard above. And, I just want it so that my stuff can be protected.
And this one has gone through a beating and has taken everything that was thrown at it.
So, if you’re wondering who made this bag right here, this is Genius Pack. And they
are the paid sponsor of this video and I’m proud to have them as the paid sponsor because
I have loved and used their gear. And all the examples I’m going to be using here
are from Genius Pack. I’m going to link to them down in the description and you can
go and there’s a great discount code for you to use. It’s a limited time discount
code. I love what they’re doing over there and
like I said I only recommend it because I love their gear. It’s solid stuff, but when
you’re using the checklist and information I’m putting out there, you can apply this
to anything because you may say, you know, I’m not a hard luggage kind of guy, I’m
going to be – I want a leather bag or I’m a soft luggage kind of person or I want something
that’s going to be of a brighter color that’s going to have neon stripes on it so I can
easily identify it. Whatever it may be, use this information and go out there and make
the smart purchasing decision for you. Tip number one to buying the perfect piece
of luggage. Buy the right size. I know guys it sounds obvious, but so many people go out
there and they buy the wrong size. What they often do is they buy something that’s too
large and when you buy something that’s too large or even on the border, what happens
is you overstuff it. And next thing you know you’ve got to check that in, it’s too
heavy, it’s too big. Have you ever had that happened? I know we
have. And it just is so frustrating when you’ve got to pay that extra money, it’s like we’re
going to take this on the plane with us. Dimensions and weights, this changes a lot. But, in the
support article I’m going to link to it down in the description, I actually link we
printed the charts, so for the different airlines to try to make it easy for you. But the point
is, buy the right size for you. So it may be, hey, you’re just going for a one day
trip, can you take a simple professional backpack which is going to hold your computer, hold
one change of clothes and you’ll be fine. I find that packing light and always trying
to go with a smaller bag. Maybe it’s going to be something like a simple portfolio, you’re
going for a day trip, you’re not disappearing for a month. But, if you are disappearing
for two weeks, you’re going to travel, you may find that a big like this and by packing
an interchangeable wardrobe you’re going to get more. Something like this is going
to fit on pretty much any airline, it’s not going to – you don’t have to check
this in and it’s going to stay within weight constrictions if you don’t put like, you
know, lead weights in there. Now, speaking of weight which is point number
two, you got to make sure that your luggage is lightweight. Now, a lot of – the nicer
luggage, the stuff that cost a bit more, what you’re oftentimes paying for is it’s made
from materials that are lightweight. They’re going to save you money. This piece right
here 6 lbs or just over 6 lbs. What does that do? It gives me plenty of weight to be able
to pack and to be able to load things up. Weigh the luggage, if you are questionable.
I remember I had one piece of luggage and this was when we’re traveling international.
I think you get like 50 lbs. The piece of luggage itself was 20 lbs. Can you imagine
that? I mean I’ve already lost 40% of the weight I can take on the airplane in the luggage,
so pay attention to the weight. Next stop, we’ve got internal capacity and
that’s not the same as the dimensions. It would sound like it should be, but internal
capacity, you want to open up the luggage you want to look in, okay, have they made
it – have they done a good job not wasting space not basically eliminating and making
it so that you can open and you can use every available inch. Sometimes you’ve got pieces
of luggage they just create dead space, you want to avoid that.
[0:04:52] So, while we’re on the inside of the luggage
let’s look at pouches. I really like having a set number of pouches so that you can, you
know, certain items may be that you want to keep and have easy access to. Other times
you got something you just don’t want to lose, you don’t want to get lost into the
luggage. Now, what I like about Genius Pack, they’ve got this checklist for me. They’ve
got individual items. Even if I don’t use these for these items, I like that they remind
me to actually pack them. It’s something that I haven’t seen any other luggage company
do. I also like they’ve got compression right
in here. These compression straps and what that does I can pack the luggage up, I can
put the straps over, so if I opened the luggage I forget something right here in the airport,
I don’t have my clothing falling out. Item number five to look at. You want to make
sure to use a heavy duty zipper. You want something that is not going to get torn off.
I’ve seen really small zippers. The problem is is that this gets twisted off right here.
You want something that is made from steel that is almost overly built and you want that
zipper to move smoothly. If it’s giving you trouble when you first looking to purchase
it, don’t go with it. It’s not going to get better over time.
Next stop, you want to look at the handles. Here’s a quick story. My mom had a cheap
piece of luggage that she — I don’t know where she bought this thing. It looked nice.
And she gave it to us and I remember we were as soon as I picked it up for at the airport,
the piece – that handle just came right off. I was just like, oh, my gosh. Now, you
want something and you want to hold on. You want to make sure this thing is not coming
off. Next stop, let’s talk about the materials
that the luggage is made from. So, leather. I love leather. It’s a luxury material and
over time I think it can look better and better. It can deal with a lot of beating and it’s
just one of the most durable materials out there. The issue with leather is it it can
be marked and damaged especially with something sharp. It could cut right into the leather
and then you’ve got that luxury good that was so expensive all of a sudden is going
to be very, very difficult to repair. Another thing with leather is it’s got to be conditioned
and taken care of. It can also be affected by certain dyes. And leather in general is
going to be more expensive. Now, nylons and various synthetic materials
are great especially those that are made like with the ballistic nylon or something, it’s
got a very tough stitch. This is something you’ll get spilled on, usually cleaned very
easily. It’s going to be inexpensive and it may be viewed as a bit cheaper.
Now, hard luggage, you’re going to see that made from metal, you’re going to see that
made from various plastics out there. Usually the metals are going to be more expensive.
This one is made from a very tough type of resin or a plastic here. I have had great
luck with this particular one from Genius Pack. Like I said the other bag I’ve had
it for three years, I’ve never like nothing shattered or broken on it. I like hard luggage
and the reason being is I take delicate equipment with me. There are certain pieces out there
you can pay a lot of money for and they are going to be like incredibly crush resistant.
So, if that is your need definitely check those out.
All right. Next stop, let’s talk about wheels. So, the most common kind we’re going to
see out there is going to be, well, you’ve got the four – the four wheels like this
nice roller. I like this. The eight is new on the block. This is probably a little bit
more expensive, I think is great. Now, Genius Pack has both options. I – I like them both.
I have not noticed a difference. I used to also have it and Genius Pack does
have it as well. Well, you’ve got the two wheels and I used to prefer the two wheels.
I feel when it’s set up, you know, it’s not going to roll around, it’s a bit more
stable. I liked the look of the two-wheel, but now that I’ve been using the four-wheel
a lot more, I just find that it’s great. It oftentimes depends on how do you like to
move your luggage. With this right here, I can have it on all
four or all eight wheels and just push it through the airport. The two wheels I found
was great if I was maybe, you know, in Kiev, Ukraine and I had to like walk half a mile
on pretty bad sidewalk then in that case, I would want to the larger wheel which oftentimes
you see on the two-wheel – wheeled vehicles. Now, what you want to make sure, again, is
look at those wheels, make sure that they roll smooth because if you’re going to be
covering a lot of mileage in that airport, you want to make sure they just roll smooth.
The next thing to look at is the telescopic handle. You want to make sure that it goes
up and down smoothly especially going back in. So, it goes out, goes back in. The more
spaces that it’s actually going to have the more options, this is basically has two
points. So, if you’re like 5 foot, basically you’re a 5-foot woman, then you would want
to use it at this level. If you’re 6’2”, you’d want to use it at that level. So,
if you’re really tall, really short you’re going to want to make sure that the height
works for you. Another thing I look for in the perfect piece
of luggage is it it works with other pieces and it a sense they work together as a set.
So, this is what I mean. So, right here you knock this up and then this backpack from
Genius Pack is all going to work together. So, you see that right here? So, I’ve got
other pieces of luggage that I’ve tried to do this and what the frustration I have
in the airport is that they fall over. So, I like it when pieces work together they
connect they come basically together as set. And I like it when a brand has options like
that. Little things too like this portfolio, what I like about this portfolio is right
in here they’ve got this room for a charger. So, they sell a charger and I can simply put
it in my portfolio very smoothly fits right in there. Perfect. And, if I need to head
out, I’ve got what I need. So, I love it when companies think through and they create
this smart intelligent design. [0:10:20]
Whoever you go with, whatever you buy, make sure that it suits your needs. Use this information
to find the perfect piece of luggage for you. And I think it’s better to spend a little
bit of extra money on something that you love and every time you use, you get great value
from. Again, the support article is going to go
into a lot more detail. I’ve got all that information about what are the requirements
for weight for dimensions for the different airlines. And, if you’re interested in grabbing
something from Genius Pack, do it now because they’ve got that discount code. It’s only
going to last for awhile. I’m going to put it down in the description of this video.
Gents, that’s it. Take care. I’ll see you in the next video.
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