Brand: As with many things, some brands of luggage are simply better than others. If you’re buying new luggage do some research beforehand. Read customer reviews, talk with your friends, find out what experiences other people have had with the brands of luggage you’re looking at. Choose a trusted, well-known brand of luggage that will give you the best quality and biggest bang for your buck. For any questions or concerns talk to a knowledgeable luggage specialist.

Variety: Choosing a luggage set instead of a single piece of luggage can give you the variety you need for long or short trips. Additionally, luggage sets often come with smaller bags that can be used as carry-ons as well as larger pieces for checking at the airport. If your trips are all approximately the same length of time, an individual piece of luggage may be best, but if trip lengths vary, a luggage set can cover all of your bases. Material: The material of your luggage should depend on taste and function. The first choice you face is hard or soft luggage. One advantage of hard luggage is that your belongings won’t get squished in travel. Hard luggage is durable and can be lightweight and often easy to transport. Soft luggage, on the other hand, has advantages of its own as well. Though your belongings are at risk of being a bit squished with soft luggage, soft luggage has more give than hard luggage does. Soft luggage has a lot of new materials that are often tear resistant Size: Choosing the size of a piece of luggage is an important part of preparing for your trip. If you choose luggage that’s too small, you risk overstuffing and possibly damaging your luggage as well as its contents. If you choose luggage that’s too large, you risk damaging your belongings due to excess room. Excess room allows your belongings to move around during transit. Clothes can become wrinkled and bottles can open or break. The trick is to pack your belongings snugly without overstuffing your luggage. If you need to sit on your luggage to close it, take some things out. If you can hear your things moving around, put some things in. Make sure to choose the right size of luggage based on the length of your trip and the amount of belongings you wish to take with you. Weight: If you’re going on a long trip and need a large piece of luggage, one thing you need to think about is weight. Many airlines have strict weight limits. Check with the airline ahead of time to make sure your luggage is within the limit. 50 lbs is usually the limit of a checked piece. If you can, try to weigh your luggage once it’s packed. If it’s over the limit, try putting some things in your carry-on instead or packing an additional piece of luggage. Instead of bringing one big suitcase, you can divide your things between two smaller suitcases to avoid the problem altogether. The most important luggage tip is this: choose the luggage that fits your personal travel needs. If you’re still unsure of what you’re looking for, call Ace Luggage toll-free at 1-800-DIAL-ACE. Our knowledgeable customer service representatives are happy to help you with any of your luggage choice questions.