How to find high quality, ascetically appealing luggage for travel.
It may seem innocuous, impertinent, or even boring, but when planning a trip abroad one of the most important considerations is what luggage you will use.
When on the road, your luggage is going to be with you everyday, dutifully carrying your everyday necessities, valuables, as well as any sentimental objects and souvenirs that you pick up along the way. In an odd way, your luggage becomes a home of sorts, the one constant in an ever-changing landscape.
But choosing the wrong luggage can usher in a continuous onslaught of problems and annoyances. What do you do if you’re on your way to the airport and your cheap suitcase breaks open? How do you walk through a city to your hotel if the handle breaks off your bag? How compromised will your situation become if that budget “carry-on” bag that you purchased off Amazon doesn’t actually meet airline carry on regulations and you have to gate check it?
When traveling to fantastic new places and having amazing experiences around the world, what you carry your stuff in should be the least of your worries. So putting in a little effort pre-trip to select high-quality luggage can keep you traveling in comfort and style for many years to come.
What to look for in luggage
- The first thing to look for in luggage is durability. It doesn’t matter how chic or cheap a suitcase is if it falls apart the first time it’s manhandled by an airport grounds crew. Travel is hard on luggage, so make sure yours is up to the challenge by making sure it’s made of durable, modern materials that won’t break down en route.
- The second is portability. Sure, you can get industrial grade luggage that will handle everything travel throws at it, but it it’s too heavy or bulky to comfortably travel with then you are going to face a continual annoyance throughout your trip — the last thing anyone who’s traveling wants. So make sure your bags are not only durable but lightweight and easy to move with.
- The third thing to look for in luggage is that it meets both airline and TSA standards. It doesn’t matter how durable or portable your carry on is if it’s too big to fit in the overhead compartment of an airplane. Be sure your bag is approved before you go.
There are now an array of designers and manufacturers that have keyed in on the traveler’s need for durability, portability, and, yes, fashion-ability in luggage. One of the the best is Monos, a company that offers state of the art suitcases and carry-on bags that can hold up to the rigors of travel that’s also made to meet airline specs and looks good while doing it.
Monos luggage is made of the highest quality parts that are sourced from top producers around the world. Their outer cases are made of German Makrolon, which is a super lightweight but incredibly durable aerospace-grade polycarbonate. Their wheels are durable, responsive, roll with hardly a sound, and are manufactured by Hinomoto, a Japanese company that’s the industry standard for suitcase wheels. The interiors of Monos suitcases are made of smooth and silky 350 denier polyester, which looks luxurious and is waterproof and anti-bacterial.
Monos luggage is built to last, and has also been rigorously put to the test, with trials that saw them being rolled on a bumpy treadmill for 32 kilometers, roughly dropped over 300 times, and smashed against stairs hundreds and hundreds of times.
Monos also put considerable effort into the ascetics of their luggage. Under the motto of “less is more,” their bags appear fashionable yet respectable, attractive yet not flashy — precisely the formula for creating timeless travel classics.
On top of all of this, Monos equips most of their luggage with TSA compliant, built in combination locks, so you can be sure that your stuff remains secure for the entirety of your trip.