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2-wheel Rolling or 4-wheel Spinner Luggage

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Blog Post, Carry-On Luggage, Lightweight Luggage, Spinner Luggage | 0 comments

luggage with plane behindOne of the decisions you’ll need to make when buying luggage today is: should I buy 2-wheel(rolling) or 4-wheel(spinner) luggage?  There’s no right answer, only personal preference.

Spinner luggage has 4 wheels that ‘spin’ in all directions, making them very easy to roll on most surfaces.  Rolling luggage has 2 wheels that you tip back and roll behind you.  Rolling bags, when introduced 20 years, all but revolutionized the luggage industry.

Here are some of the pros and cons of both:

 2-wheel Rolling Luggage:

  • 2-wheelers  tip back and roll, which is necessary on surfaces that aren’t completely flat (like the airport terminal).  If you will be taking luggage on carpeted or uneven surfaces a lot, take heed.
  • The wheels are mostly recessed into the body of the bag, which protect them more and give a little extra length, important for carry-ons that need to fit in the overhead bin.
  • 2-wheelers will need to be packed more thoughtfully.  Many will tip when standing if the bag contents are unevenly packed, which can be really annoying.

4-wheel Spinner Luggage:

  • On flat surfaces, spinners can’t be beat for easy maneuvering.   It amazes me how little effort it takes to guide a fully-packed back along.  The best is being able to turn the bag sideways and roll it down the aisle of the airplane to your seat.
  • Spinners do roll away from you, though.  Just like a runaway shopping cart in the parking lot of a grocery store, you have to make sure your spinner bag is anchored on surfaces that aren’t flat, like in line on a jetway waiting to board.
  • For larger (and presumably heavier) bags, the weight starts to cut down the ability of the bag to just glide along, especially on thickly carpeted surfaces.
  • It’s sometimes harder with spinners to roll them across doorjams, on and off elevators or escalators.
  • The 4 wheels on a spinner are mounted on the outside of the bag, so can be an issue when using the overhead bins

Note for ALL wheeled luggage:  make sure the wheels are a good quality material.  They take a beating and along with the handles and zippers, are the parts of luggage most likely to give you trouble.

Make sure luggage wheels are inline skate construction and are made of polyurethane, which is a thick, bouncy sort of material that absorbs shock well.  Plastic wheels will break and rubber gives too much resistance when rolling.  Make sure the wheels are fastened with screws rather than rivets.  While the rivets may appear securely fastened, when they loosen and fall out (which they will), they’re not easily replaced, unlike screws which are easy to repair.

Giving thanks in 2013

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in Blog Post, Holiday | 0 comments

Thanksgiving 2013I left town early for the holidays, catching a flight yesterday to spend time with my family in California.  The airport was already filled with people doing the same – families heading home, military folks taking that long-awaited leave and business people that you could tell were beginning a well-deserved vacation week.

Thanksgiving truly is the best US holiday.  Waking up on Thanksgiving morning, there’s a certain peace that envelops you.  The day ahead holds good food, family and friends or maybe a little football;  you can take the dog for a long walk, volunteer serving dinner at a local shelter, or just relax.

It’s a Thursday – a day that would normally be filled with workday ‘busyness’ – where the pause button has been hit.  We have been given permission to stop, be grateful, connect and slow down for a day.

May your Thanksgiving be full of love, laughter and gratitude.

Hardside or Softside luggage – which is best for you?

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Blog Post, Hardside Luggage, Lightweight Luggage, Luggage Materials, Softside Luggage | 0 comments

Turquoise Luggage, Pink Walls, White pantsIf you’re in the market for new luggage, you’ll need to decide between softside luggage (has some give) or  one of the molded hardside bags that are increasingly popular these days.  Just so you know, there really is no ‘right’ answer – they’re both great options.

In this post, my goal is to break down the pros and cons of each:


Packing Cubes: 8 ways to use them

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Blog Post, Luggage Accessories, Packing Tips | 0 comments

packing cubesOne of the most useful luggage accessories around are  packing cubes.  If you haven’t ever heard of them before, packing cubes are rectangular pouches that allow you to really keep your clothes and other items organized while travelling.  I just love them – my kids each have a set, I’ve given packing cubes as gifts and finally retired all the ziploc bags I used to use to tote things around. (more…)

14 luggage and travel accessories that make great gifts

Posted by on Sep 28, 2013 in Blog Post, Holiday, Luggage & Travel gifts, Luggage Accessories | 0 comments

When you travel, it’s often the little things that make the biggest difference in comfort and convenience.  If you’re looking to send a gift, luggage and travel accessories are always welcome, and seem to be appreciated by all ages, from teens to seniors.

I’ve pulled together a list of some favorites, but it is by no means complete, so if you have a travel or luggage accessory you like, leave a comment and I’ll be sure to update the list for all to see: (more…)

The TSA’s PreCheck Program is worth considering

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Blog Post, Carry-On Luggage, General Travel, Holiday, TSA information | 0 comments

TSA security linesThe TSA’s PreCheck program considerably speeds up the security check process at the airport, and is worth looking into if you are a frequent traveler, perennially late for your flights or just flat out hate airport security lines.

Initially rolled out via the major airline frequent flyer membership rolls, the TSA is expanding the program to all eligible US citizens by way of their US Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler program.  Here’s the link for that application process. (more…)

My luggage falls over: 5 ways to prevent tipping

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Blog Post, Packing Tips | Comments Off on My luggage falls over: 5 ways to prevent tipping

luggage falling forwardOne of the most annoying things you can deal with when travelling is luggage that simply won’t stay standing when you let go of the handle – it falls forward.  Luggage that tips over makes your time at the check-in counter, buying that last minute bottle of water or newspaper or standing in line to board so much more stressful than it already is.

What can you do about it?  Here are a few tips:


Briggs & Riley Luggage review: what makes it unique

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Blog Post, Briggs & Riley Luggage, Luggage Brands | 0 comments

bRIGGSrILEY lOGO 248X75Briggs & Riley is a unique sort of luggage company.  These days, it’s hard to find that sense of commitment to be the very best at what you do and bring that passion to serve your customer.  But that’s exactly the sense you get from Briggs & Riley, from the quality of their luggage to their ‘best in the industry’ warranty, and the little innovative touches that just seem to set them apart.

Their luggage is not for everyone, and you get the feeling that they’re totally OK with that. It’s more expensive than most, and their bags have a simple, almost elegant look that trendier buyers may not care for.  Briggs & Riley builds luggage for one type of customer: the customer who wants the best. (more…)

Enjoy your Labor Day

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in Blog Post, Holiday | 0 comments

The Luggage Lady wishes a Happy Labor DayToday is Labor Day here in the US – a day that traditionally marks the end of the summer season.  I always loved it more because it marked the beginning of fall,  a new school year, cooler weather, new thoughts and new possibilities.

But mostly,  I’ve always liked the idea of a day dedicated to the hard work that has built this wonderful country – the creativity, promise, opportunity and hope.

Happy Labor Day, America – put your feet up and relax a bit, enjoy the day – you deserve it!

Packing Cubes: the must-have luggage accessory

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Blog Post, Luggage Accessories, Packing Tips | 2 comments

packing cubesOne of the easiest ways to stay organized when travelling is to use packing cubes.  Rectangular pouches that come in a variety of sizes and colors, packing cubes can bring serious order to your luggage.  Honestly, this is one of those items in life that you wonder how you did without.

They are a great way to compartmentalize your stuff, and fit neatly inside your luggage, almost like rectangular puzzle pieces.  Made of super-light and washable nylon, packing cubes zip close to ensure everything stays put.  I like the mesh top for 2 reasons: you can see what’s inside and it provides ventilation  (unlike the ziplock bags I’d been using before). (more…)