There are many options for transporting belongings today, with leather holdalls, hard shell and soft lightweight suitcases and many more. All of these kinds of luggage have, unsurprisingly, their advantages and disadvantages.
Lightweight have become a popular option as they are – as the name suggests – lighter than many other conventional baggage options. In the day and age where baggage allowances on the likes of planes is carefully restricted, making sure that you can squeeze as many of your belongings in your bag as possible is a high priority.
The first thing to be aware of when buying this kind of light luggage is that not all options are created equal; some will have a hard case, and some will have a soft case. The latter was more common up until recently, although now they are becoming increasingly available on the market.
One major reason that you might choose to opt for a soft cover one, is that often the designs of these offer easy accessibility compared to the hard case styles; they often have a zip up the front of the case, making it easy to open up and find exactly what you need, when you need it.
With hard case, these often have a less convenient side fastening, meaning that you have to place your suitcase flat on the floor and open the whole thing up to find what you are looking for. This is often inconvenient, and may not be ideal for those that need to access the contents of their bags regularly.
There is another major advantage of soft lightweight suitcases, and that is that they are often more flexible, and can easily fit into more awkward spaces. Hard shell cases, although, have a rigid design which can offer more protection of your contents, but also means that it is not as effective when it comes to fitting the item on racks or in luggage lockers.
This may or may not be an issue, depending on the person who is travelling. If you need to fit your suitcase on varying sizes of luggage racks on planes and trains, a soft case may actually provide you with a flexibility that can make your life a whole lot easier.
One of the main attractions of investing in a hard case lightweight bag is that it affords more protection of the contents of the luggage compared with the soft equal. The contents of the bag are not easy broken or damaged on impact, and there is little need to be concerned when placing them in plane or bus luggage compartments.
In addition to this, it is much harder for thieves to break through the shell of your luggage if it is hard. The disadvantage of soft cases is that the material can sometimes be pierced or torn, allowing an individual to gain access to the contents of your luggage, despite their being a padlock in place.
Whatever your choice, lightweight suitcases are a great option for those that want to be able to take more items with them when they travel on planes or avoid transporting very heavy luggage around with them on their travels. With both soft and hard cases available, there is a luggage option to meet each and every person’s needs.