Rolling Luggage Tips

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What kinds of wheels can be found on luggage?

Types of Luggage Wheels

Samsonite's Spinners line is on casters, which can rotate in any direction. Roll the bag down the airplane aisle sideways, then switch to the back wheels for the airport corridors and rest it on all four wheels while you're in line at the coffee shop.

What kind of handles are available on rolling luggage?

Types of Luggage Handles

Most affordable wheeled luggage uses a handle with two extenders that lock into one spot when pulled out. This allows the maker to use very lightweight material for the handle, but it is somewhat inflexible and hard on the shoulder and wrist to pull one of these over a long stretch of airport corridor.

More upscale roller luggage comes with a single-arm handle, which can be locked in more than one position (thus allowing people shorter and taller than average to pull the bag comfortably). An excellent innovation is the rotating handle, which can be tilted into a comfortable position for easier pulling.

Rather than buy a whole new bag, you may want to look at a product called the Travel Tow, which fastens onto the end of a two-arm handle but then twists, allowing you to pull the luggage at a more ergonomic angle.

What are some uses for rolling totes?

Wheeled Tote Luggage

Wheeled tote luggage straddles the line between suitcase and briefcase, occasionally straying over toward large-purse territory. What does that mean? You can pack a wheeled tote with your laptop and files for a "mobile office," or with your gym clothes and water bottle for that midday workout, or with enough clothes for a weekend getaway.

Popular in urban environments, you'll frequently see commuters using them, and they come in a wide range of styles (you can even get a leopard-print one!). They're also popular among airline crews, who need to carry a change of clothes, but don't have room for anything but the basics.

Why should I consider a rolling suitcase?

Rolling Suitcases

Frequent travelers say a rolling suitcase is essential. Even when you're in good shape and full of energy, a bag can become a burden on a rushed journey between airport terminals. (Always, it seems, the one you want is at the exact opposite end from the one where you landed. But that's another story.)

If you're traveling with children, rolling luggage makes even more sense. Older kids can manage a heavy load with ease, and even little ones like having child-size rolling suitcases to pilot.

Look for a sturdy rolling travel bag with durable wheels and a comfortable, easy-to-manage handle. Extras might include an easy-access pocket for travel documents, internal tie-down straps and industrial-grade zippers

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