Select a luggage bag with a bright color. Purple leopard print may not match your business suit, but you will always be able to spot it quickly on the luggage bag carousel.
Compare different luggage bag interiors to see what suits your style. Lots of pouches and belts are great for the super-organized packer, and features like a plastic waterproof pouch can hold wet swimsuits or leaky shampoo bottles.
Bags with a detachable piggy back clip, a looped clip on the top of the luggage bag near the handle, allow you to clip a second luggage bag onto a larger one. When you pick up your checked bag, clip on your carry-on and presto — you have a free hand!
Test, test, test. Walk around for a bit and see if the handle is long enough for you, if you like the feel of the fabric, if the back straps are comfortable, and if the suitcase feels sturdy and durable. If you shop for a luggage bag online, order it at least a month before your trip so you can send it back if it doesn’t feel right for you.
Designer luggage bag is a more a fashion symbol than a travel tool and is not the choice of most experienced travelers. A $1,000 piece of luggage bag isn’t likely to be that much more useful than a good-quality $200 or $300 luggage bag.