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This week Peter offers advice on the family luggage, springtime in the Caribbean, and airline milage refunds.
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Patty in Littleton, Colorado asked: My husband and I love to travel with our three kids and we are in the market for some new luggage. Currently we take two extra-large suitcases and pack for all five us in them so that we only have to check two bags and each of our kids packs backpacks as carry-ons with entertainment and snacks. What would you suggest for new durable luggage? Should each child have their own bag to check or two large bags for the five of us?
Peter answered: The airlines will do anything they can to charge you for checked bags, so continue to have the kids pack as much as they can in those carry-on backpacks. If you’re looking for durable luggage I’m a big fan of a couple companies. One is called Briggs & Riley; I think they make a very durable bag and they actually have a warranty that works. If something breaks, they are not just going to say that it’s normal wear and tear. If you send it back to them they fix it.
The other manufacturer I like is Victorinox, we did a baggage test recently at the New Orleans Zoo with elephants to see which elephant could get in the bag the fastest. Guess who came out the strongest? Victorinox. Tumi came in second. Tumi has an excellent bag, but they tend to be a little pricey. If you can afford the Tumi bags, buy the Tumi bag. If you want a good durable bag that’s not going to make you mortgage your house, I’d go with Briggs & Riley or Victorinox.
For more luggage advice, see Peter’s recent Travel Tip: What to Look for in Luggage, Peter’s Wheeled Luggage Review, and Peter’s Travel Detective Blog on Luggage Improvements.