Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Luggage Headache

If there is one aspect of making a trip that I find very tedious, it's packing. Not just what to pack, but which bag to pack in. Deciding which bag is as difficult as planning the entire trip. In fact its probably more difficult. Over the years, I have collected an assortment of luggage ranging from day packs to back packs, air bags, suitcases - and every single time I have always bought a bag too small or too big or too heavy or too something other. And obviously, every single trip - I am left with the feeling that I don't have the "right" piece of luggage.

And no surprise, just as I am about to leave for a month long trip, I have been gripped by the same paranoia of "deciding the luggage". This time, the decision was further complicated as I had to buy a new bag - therefore instead of choosing between the 5 to 10 options from my collection, the choice is thrown open to 1000's of brands, sizes, shapes, materials, features and blah. Color of course is limited!

So finally, I chose a shop close by , spent couple of hours discussing at length the pros and cons and picked up a wine colored Giordano 28 inch suit case ideal for travel for longer than a fortnight. Well - happy ending right? So one would like to think. Instead, I come home - and the bag appears far too big than it is supposed to have been. I am concerned - should I have gotten one size smaller? I call my mom, crib to her for a while. I spend a sleepless night. First thing in the morning - I am on the net, looking for information - and guess what? I couldn't find anything!!! called up few colleagues, bothered my frequent flying friend. Called the shop manager, got myself an "exception" to exchange. And even after which I couldn't decide what to do - to exchange or not to. Ultimately, I decided I cannot let such a minor event ruin my peace of mind (though the cost of it isn't minor) and did the "pick a chit" test which said stay with this bag. So that's the end of the matter.

But for those who are as confused as me, I finally found this price chart - thanks to luggage online and some infor from Though, I am still not entirely convinced with my purchase. :)

Price chart from

Anyway - what one really needs is a luggage invention which can change into different forms and sizes. And if it can gauge the owner's mind and pack itself - nothing like it.

PS: I am surprised that a lot of people actually agreed with me on this one when I thought, maybe, I was in fact spoilt for choice. I agree with girl with big eyes' sugesstion of use and return. Personally, I would prefer it if the luggage shops had items like shoes, clothes, business suits, cosmetics kits - so one can actually pack it in in the shop to get an idea. I feel that is the most difficult part of the purchase - trying to visualize what a bag can hold.

In my case, the extendible bag proved to be a good choice to fit in all my shopping. so women - definitely go for that one!!


Unknown said...

some search on luggage.. got me here. i agree although packing is pain.. anyways- size real depends on the person and now some airlines have changed spec. depending on your destination.!

good blog... hope to be here again..ciao

Meera said...

Too much fretting over the luggage. Spoilt for choice i say :)

Tanushree said...

I see your luggage dilemma and raise you a airline weight allowance problem.

ஆயில்யன் said...

Good & informative msg from this post!
thank you!

தற்செயலாக மயிலாடுதுறை என்ற கீ வேர்டில் இருந்து இந்த பிளாக்கினை கண்டேன் நல்லா இருக்கு! வாழ்த்துக்கள் :)))


Girl With Big Eyes said...

Pssst....I have the same problem. And every year I end up buying or changing at least two bags/suitcases.

I wish the shops had a use and give back policy - renting of bags/suitcases. Then we could pick the bag perfect for the trip and return it and pay a small 'rent'. Would solve the I-have-no-loft-to-keep-the-suitcases problem too!

Hmmm a viable business proposition?

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Anonymous said...

lol!! i'm guessing the air bag u brought for the sikkim trip wasn satisfactory, huh?? ;)

Sunita said...

With you. Everytime I travel, I have the feeling I am not equipped enough and do not have the right containers to carry stuff either.

Ms.N said...

@iamyuva @ayilyan

@ஆயில்யன் - miga nandri! (sadly, i dont have a tamil keyboard software!)

@meera... well...what can i say!

@tanu - so did u manage to pack well?

@girl with big eyes- i agree, there is a business idea waiting to burst open here !!!

@sunita and all others with the same issue - glad to know i'm not the only one!