International travel is pretty exciting. You are in Italy with only a few hours before your flight, and because your new luggage is large enough to fit a small country, you hit the stores and shop as much as your credit limit will allow. Time to check in, but wait a second. Your checked luggage exceeds the set weight limit!
International travel is notorious for its flight implications. Different international airlines may have their set restrictions, but the typical weight limit per bag is 50 lbs. Anything above this is charged as extra weight. 62 inches is also the accepted international benchmark.
Now that you have the right dimensions, what else should you check before you buy luggage for international travel?
A little style never hurt anyone. You want luggage that makes and leaves an impression on the people you meet. Style, in most cases, equals high standards. As well, look out for the toughest material you can get. You want luggage that will handle a little tough love well, so you don’t have to be back on the market seeking new luggage a year later.
TSA agents will want to check your luggage for explosives (tongue in cheek), and so you want locks that will grant them access without ruining your prized possession.
For a more comprehensive review, see our top two checked luggage for international travel.
Best Checked Luggage for International Travel:
|1. Briggs & Riley Baseline Softside Upright
|28″ x 20″ x 10.5″||10.9 lbs||Checked “Large”||[Check Price]|
|2. Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 Softside Spinner||25.3″ x 18″ x 9.5″||10.5 lbs||Checked “Medium”||[Check Price]|
1. Briggs & Riley Baseline Large Expandable Upright Review:
The exterior dimensions of this luggage are 28″ x 20″ x 10.5″ while the inside measures 26.5″ x 19.25″ x 9″. It weighs 10.9 lbs, but the wheels make it feel so much lighter. The material, ballistic nylon s checked for uniqueness without taking any of its superior qualities from the luggage.
More on the material: ballistic nylon is as tough as it sounds. The material can handle a bit (actually a lot) of tough love for years. Abrasive washing products have nothing on it. The outer material guards your valuables against moisture, water, and even dirt. Throw in the lifetime warranty from the maker, and you have yourself a sweet deal. Note that the warranty covers airline damage, something that seasoned travelers understand only too well.
The aircraft grade aluminum handle has four stops, all of which lock effectively. The v-grooved handle tubes guarantee no jamming all through the luggage’s useful life.
The luggage is large enough as you can tell, but you can expand its size by up to 26% with Briggs’ expansion-compression system that enlarges it then returns it to its original size. The roomy interior compartment is un-segmented to stock as much as you can fit, while the secondary mesh compartment serves as the ideal place for your smaller items. It has a cinch-down part to compress your clothes in place, which prevents wrinkling and pulling apart.
For your business travels, the built-in neat tri-fold garment folder accommodates 2 suits. The maker has used foam roll bar to prevent any wrinkling.
The biggest selling point to this luggage is longevity. Many reviewers have attested to having used Briggs products of this model for over 20 years. The size gives it an edge especially for those who travel for weeks at a go.
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- ##check## Large enough for a week’s trip or longer
##check## The material wears well
##check## The lifetime guarantee includes airline damage
##check## Streamlined wedged feet are great at deflecting impact
- ##ban## Cons
- ##ban## It is expensive
##ban## No braking system for the front wheels
2. Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 Softside 25 Inch Spinner Review:
Samsonite is known for high-quality luggage, and the focus is especially on their sphere wheels. The first noticeable thing about this luggage is the diversity of colors. It comes in espresso brown, red wine, black and indigo blue. The size is quite impressive too, at 25.25″ x 18.0″ x 9.5.″ It weighs 10lbs, which is just about ideal for its size.
The tri-core nylon exterior plays a significant role in making this product the best seller it is. No one wants to spend over $200 on luggage and then have to change it in a few years. It lasts well over the 10 years that the maker guarantees. Because water ruins even the best of things, this luggage includes a Samguard protection in its make to prevent penetration of moisture. Dirt is inevitable which is why the material is easy to clean and wipe with a wet cloth.
The telescopic handle locks in four heights. The interior workings of it are smooth enough to prevent any jamming along the way. The four-height locks have many reviewers excited as it means you can accommodate people of various heights. The handle’s grip is gel-infused for comfortable handling.
Inside, you have enough room to fit in a lot of stuff, so much that you could easily surpass the 50lb limit if you’re not keen. There are two main compartments inside are segmented to separate the dirty clothes from the clean ones.
On the side are two pockets, with one u-shaped and deep for storage of those sensitive travel documents that you need to retrieve easily.
The spherical wheels are the best feature of this luggage. Each of the four wheels is separated into two, and each of the two halves moves independently. They are multi-directional and will handle rough terrain.
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- ##check## Multi-directional wheels
##check## Roomy compartments
##check## Comfortable grip
##check## The wheels can handle rough terrain
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- ##ban## The luggage is not designed to move on two wheels
##ban## Easy to over-pack