Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Keep It Light on Trips

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Keep It Light on Trips

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Vani Naidoo

GOING away on holidays, whether itas for a weekend or a month, is an exciting experience.

But packing for it can be a little on the stressful side. Most people end up taking too much.

It is important to match your luggage to your trip. If you are travelling by car you can probably fit in the kitchen sink but aeroplane and train travel require you to be more selective.

Cabin luggage is all-important, especially if you have taken advantage of one of those carry-on luggage only deals favoured by budget airlines.

Your choice here as with larger pieces is whether to go with wheels or an over-the-shoulder number. Strandbags has a Lanza Thor tote carry-on bag with a removable shoulder strap at half price for $29.99 with a seven-year warranty.

Businessmen and women and older travellers tend to favour cabin luggage with wheels. Pay heed to the airlineas bag size restrictions when making a decision as well as the weight of the bag when empty.

When choosing luggage for a longer trip, which involves airline travel, pick a bag that suits your requirements and style. You could opt for trendy colourful bags that are easy to pick out on the luggage carousel or if those are too loud for you try an identification tag or even a piece of colourful ribbon to help you spot your bag at a glance.

Here, too, you need to decide whether you are going with an upright bag, which is okay if you are not filling it with heavy items, or a spinner bag, which has wheels and a retractable handle. They offer greater ease especially when you are carrying multiple bags but are better over even surfaces. Suitcases with soft tops often have useful outer pockets which means you can keep much-used items close to hand and are now generally made from lightweight, durable materials. Hard cases have grown in popularity. Valued for their strength and durability they are now available in a range of colours, sizes and styles. …

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