I have traveled over 1,000,000 miles in my life and have been on planes, trains, and automobiles on almost every continent on the globe. With that much time on the road, I long ago imposed a simple rule on myself: buy cheap, disposable luggage. Luggage always gets beaten up, lost, stolen, run over, rained on, and generally neglected. So spending a ton of money on bags to hold my belongings is not something I was going to sign up for.
But recently, I met the love of my life, and we are now a happily married couple. So even though I still have to travel, now frequently I will have a partner in my travels. I have a simple rule when it comes to my wife, she should have the best. So to make packing simpler, we decided to buy a new piece of luggage that could hold both of our travel clothing needs, and we decided to go with a less disposable piece. We spent an afternoon shopping for various items, with luggage being one of the items.
At the Rockingham Mall in Salem, New Hampshire, we found a Macy’s. In their luggage section, we had about 50 large luggaage pieces from a variety of manufacturers to choose from. So we practiced rolling them around, zippering and unzippering, and generally simulating using them. After about 30 minutes of playing we decided on a grey Samsonite 29″ Spinner Upright. It was big and deep and had four easy-rolling wheels on the bottom. It was on sale for the price of $220.
In the coming weeks, my beautiful bride and I are going to be doing a three week trip to California and Hawaii. We will be excited to see how our luggage does.