Buy Your Travel Suitcase

My contribution to the 1×1 of the luggage pack is more concerned with the things, which are definitely in the case during the vacation.Whether this is organically necessary things, practical everyday helpers or simply stylish clothes, all this is taken up in the previously linked post. But one thing I have not looked at in this, the choice of the right suitcase and that’s what it is today: What do I have to buy at the travel bag?

Buy The Right Size For Your Travel Suitcase

Let’s start with the obvious, the right size of a travel suitcase (link: However, it should be noted at the outset that there is no uniform suitcase size, such as clothing. Say, with a company, suitcases are already from a height of 71 cm to the “large suitcases”, while with other manufacturers these count only 77 cm to the large suitcases.Therefore one must not rely blindly on these names.

One measure that you can orient yourself to is the standard belt size for your suitcase. This applies to the aircrafts for suitcases, without cabin luggage, and is 158 centimeters. Everything that goes beyond these 158 centimeters is handled as an over-luggage and costs extra. Calculate the belt size of your suitcase as follows: Height+Width+Depth=Belt dimension. On a practical example this looks like this: If a suitcase is, for example, 65 cm high, 45 cm wide and 30 cm deep, then its strap size is 140 cm and is therefore regarded as a normal suitcase.

This standard belt measure should therefore serve at least for you as an orientation in the luggage case, if you intend to fly with the plane on vacation. Otherwise your own claim determines the size of your suitcase. So it is recommended to take a short weekend trip to a small, handy trolley. Even with short business trips I travel personally only with a trolley, which fits into the hand luggage. If it goes then with my wife on vacation we resort to a correspondingly larger model back.

Some large suitcases come with zig-zens and inner compartments. May seem reasonable at first glance, sometimes is too much but simply too much. I can still use straps to fix the garments a bit. Inner compartments are hardly necessary, however, since accessories, technical gadgets and co. Can be stored wonderfully between the garments. Or you use small bags, which also make a good figure as a cultural bag in the bathroom.

Here it is really good to think about for which purpose you want to buy the travel luggage and where you go with this one. Before you can decide properly and put on a too large suitcase, I would personally rather for two small decide, since one is thereby simply more flexible.

The Material Also Plays A Role

When buying a travel suitcase, the material used plays a role besides the actual size of the suitcase and there is more than enough choice. Therefore, here too, consider the material you should put on when you want to put a suitcase. In general, it is possible to say that a hard-shell case is recommended for heavy use; now, so-called soft-shell materials can also hold some things.Strongly coming are 2016 hybrid cases, these offer the advantages of both types, combined in a suitcase.

Information on the best known materials from which your travel suitcase can be made, I have listed below in alphabetical order.

ABS Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene Copolymer

ABS is an extremely durable and scratch-resistant plastic which can only be recycled to a limited extent. According to Wikipedia, significantly more than 50% of ABS production in Western Europe is used by the automotive and electrical industry. This may be due to the fact that ABS is good for coating with metals and polymers. A property which, for example, makes it possible to obtain a chrome-plated surface on a plastic part, which can certainly play a role with regard to the design of the case.


The name suggests that this is a combination of ABS and polycarbonate. This is also factually correct, which is because polycarbonate alone is comparatively expensive. For this reason, a laminate of ABS and polycarbonate is used for travel cases, which is also characterized by a high strength which makes the material ideal for a hard case.


A light metal, which at least I at first sight not as an ideal material for suitcases came into mind. Nevertheless, this light metal is almost indestructible, light and easy to process. In addition to its lightness, it also protects the case contents optimally against dirt, moisture and falls and still retains its shape. Only impacts or impacts on the suitcase can lead to light dents, but without seriously damaging them.


This is not a new smartphone label, on the contrary, this material is made of 100% polypropylene and is produced in Germany. In contrast to conventional processing methods, Curve is woven in the fabrication and pressed like several carcasses of the automobile industry in several layers. As a result, the material achieves a particularly high impact resistance as well as resistance against external influences, while at the same time providing flexibility. The special processing also provides a breaking strength below the freezing point.


This material, a polyethylene, is characterized by high resistance to cold and heat and is also exceptionally impact and break resistant.However, this brings with it a clear disadvantage, its weight. This is crucial for the fact that it is not used in travel cases, instead it is used rather for transport boxes.


A material which is used for soft luggage such as bags or light suitcases. This synthetic material is based on several fibers, which are joined to a tissue. The yarn thickness of the fabric is indicated in denier, the higher the denier strength, the richer the fabric. A point to consider when selecting your own suitcase. Furthermore, the material is tear-resistant, hard-wearing and water-repellent, or has a poor suction power. However, the weight is the biggest plus, as nylon is one of the lightest materials listed here.


This material is one of the most widely used materials for travel cases. The material is initially transparent in the production process, but can be dyed without problems. In addition to its rather low weight, it is characterized by its high impact resistance and its good fracture resistance. Furthermore, polycarbonate cases retain their shape even at high temperatures. Pure polycarbonate travel suitcases are very expensive as the price of the raw material is quite expensive. Therefore you usually find cases that are based on a mixture of PC with other substances on the market.

A further advantage, which should not be underestimated with regard to our environment, is that polycarbonate is easy to recycle.As a result, there are also different quality levels for this plastic.This is because the material residues are re-melted and used during production. As a result of this fact, the products produced therefrom are no longer so fracture-resistant.


Polypropylene is a very low-density plastic, which makes it very impact-resistant and rupture-resistant, but still remains light-weight. Cases made of this material are produced by an injection molding process. This can be imagined, for example, that liquid plastic is pressed into a mold and hardened there. This results in a case with thin, resistant shells, which do not require an additional frame. A significant disadvantage of polypropylene is that the plastic becomes brittle at temperatures below the freezing point.However, this does not mean that luggage made of polypropylene is broken directly.

Poor Rolled Is Better Than Worn

For a thing you can always be grateful in a travel case: roll or tire – as you would like to call it. Because one thing I learned, badly rolled is better than worn. But here, too, there are differences, which one should consider the travel bag.

For example, the larger the rollers, the easier it is to lift the case, for example, stairs or to travel a long distance with it. If the suitcase is larger, it is recommended to use four instead of two rollers, which means that you can not only pull them behind you, but also push them upright. Can be the most convenient option in certain circumstances.

However, in the case of four rollers, care must be taken that these can be swiveled by 360 degrees and are light-weight. If this is not the case, the roles are no relief in everyday life, but rather a hindrance. One thing that you probably do not think about when buying a travel suitcase is the question of whether there are spare parts. It may happen that rolls are broken. Here it is then good to know how easy these are to be exchanged and whether one even after a few years corresponding spare parts gets.

Safe Is Safe-So The Travel Case Closes Right!

A variety of travel cases are closed with zip fasteners or with snap locks. Particularly in the case of the latter, it must be ensured that the latter is attached to the case via a so-called three-point system.This ensures a better sealing, as well as a better and safer hold. If the case is closed with a zipper, it is also necessary to pay attention to special features.

The zippers should be light and robust to ensure both safe and fast closing and opening. Especially the robust construction is not to be underestimated, because who knows how difficult it is to exchange a zipper on a jacket, which should be able to imagine, what a fun that is only with a suitcase.

If one were to travel to the USA, I would also recommend that the respective carrier slip has the TSA logo. The great advantage of these locks is that the American Customs officers have a key, which allows to open and close the case without breaking it. Which, by the way, is their good right, if one does not put on a corresponding TSA lock – the only on the edge.

But do not worry, these TSA keys are not available in the market, nor are they pressed into the hands of every security officer.Therefore one can at least be sure that not everyone comes to their own suitcase contents.

Carry Handle-It Is Important To Pay Attention When Buying A Travel Suitcase

Although we prefer to roll our travel bag than carry it should of course still have such a carrying handle. Here, above all, steplessly lockable telescopic handles offer the greatest comfort. This type of handle is especially standard for high-quality travel cases and can be adapted to any body size.

But what is more and more often seen in suitcases are so-called monotel telescopic bars. Functionally these have no advantage over the already mentioned telescopic handle, here the optical factor is more decisive. With a small suitcase you should make sure that this has an additional floor or side handle, which makes it easier to carry in everyday life. Especially when it is time to go fast, for example when changing trains from one train to another.

Interior&Distribution-Less Is More

For me personally, regarding the interior equipment and division of a suitcase, “less is more”. Say, I prefer a large compartment, which in the best case is equipped with one or two pack belts, to fix clothes and co. But otherwise no further classification is necessary.For this I prefer to use small bags and containers.

What can be argued is an inner pocket, which can be closed by a zipper. This has the advantage that small parts can always be found on the spot. Can also be practical.

Otherwise, travel experts advise not to put on too small parts and pockets. In doubt, one should rather choose a large interior, than to mess around with attachments and ribbons. But is certainly taste thing, what do you prefer-many inner pockets and division possibilities or not?