Going traveling is an amazing part of life. However choosing the best suitcase, or suitcases, to accompany you is quite another matter. With so many brands, styles, and different sizes on the market, making a qualified decision doesn’t just come down to liking. There are a lot of different factors to take into consideration before making a final decision.
Before purchasing a new piece of luggage there are some different factors you should have in mind, especially if you are elderly.
- Hard shell vs. Soft shell
- 4 wheels or less
- Luggage style
“With so many options between different brands, price points, and features it’s hard to know where to start and figure out good suitcases from bad ones”
The best luggage should be able to withstand longer periods of travel and the roughhousing it might get exposed to in airports across the world. You should also consider what type of travel you are doing. Different types of luggage are suitable for different types of travel.
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Top 5 best suitcases for seniors traveling
1) Samsonite - Lite-Shock
An additional bonus is that the suitcase runs very quiet and without much noise to it.
It has a carrying handle both on the top and on the side. Both handles are of good size and easy to use. The zippers have a good grip and run smoothly.
2) Samsonite B-Lite 3
The Samsonite B-Lite 3 is a soft shell suitcase with an okay all-around performance. In comes in three sizes and you can also purchase it as a package deal.
An advantage of this particular suitcase would be its maneuverability on both flat and uneven surfaces. It runs easily and effortlessly over all surfaces as well as up and down ramps.
It also has so-called bumpers mounted, which protect the fabric when the suitcase is pulled over a curb.
The pull handle is very comfortable and can be adjusted in many different height settings. The suitcase also has both carrying handles on the top and on the side. The zipper feels strong and is very easy to operate.
3) Epic HDX Hexacore
The Epic HDX Hexacore is a hard shell suitcase with a good all-around performance. Some of the benefits associated with this particular suitcase are the practical interior design as well as a good handgrip setting.
This suitcase runs effortlessly on multiple surfaces, including those that are slippery, as well as up and down ramps.
Because the wheels on this particular suitcase are made of rubber, it removes a lot of the vibrations from uneven surfaces.
The pull handle is very easy to adjust to your needs and can be put in 3 different heights. The suitcase also has a curved underside, and the rubbery texture makes it easy to change. The zipper is also very sturdy and closes with ease. The inner buckle holds the contents well in place so your things wouldn’t be a mess once you re-open the suitcase.
4) Spectra 2.0 Medium Expandable
This suitcase also has stabilizing straps, which will prevent the top of the suitcase from falling down when you are packing. It also has a dedicated pocket for a tracking device, should you desire to put one in. There are also corner guards that make sure the case survives even the toughest of journeys.
The zipper is also very sturdy and closes with ease and the inner buckle holds the contents well in place so. The suitcase is very easy to transport around. And to top it off, the surface is scratch resistant and comes in 3 sizes.
5) Travelpro Maxlite 4
The pull handle is very easy to adjust to your needs and has 2 custom settings. The zipper has an easy glide and is very sturdy. It also closes with ease. The inner buckle holds the content well in place.
This suitcase has a comfortable feel as well as contour grip handle. Another advantage is the man maneuverability on both flat and uneven surfaces. It runs easily and effortlessly over all surfaces as well as up and down ramps.
The type of travel you're doing will decide the type of luggage best suited
Generally speaking, different types of luggage are suitable for different types of travel, if you plan on hiking, or trekking, it would probably be a good idea to use a hiking backpack as your luggage type.
However, traveling by plane often means your luggage has to fit into some standard measurements. These differ from airline to airline, so it’s a good idea to check these before packing. The same goes for bus travels. Usually, the bus company will have restrictions on how many pounds you’re allowed to bring. Other than this, you can decide the luggage type yourself.
If you are traveling by car, RV or train, you will quickly discover that there are no limitations towards you luggage size. In this case, you should bring the type of luggage you are most comfortable with and find the easiest to transport around.
If you are going on a cruise, it would also be a good idea to check with the company and figure out what their recommendations are in regards to luggage type.