Poor Mindy mailed me last month just as I was leaving on travel, and then I got sick, and chances are excellent that she’s not only gone on her trip and returned, but had several more children in the time that it took me to get to this question. But I’m going to answer it, anyway, because even though I probably completely let her down, I like to assuage my guilt. So. Mindy wrote:
We are traveling on an airplane in a few weeks and are in need of some luggage. The last new luggage my husband and I have ever had was the sets we received as high school graduation gifts! We’ve seen since then, that luggage comes with good rolling wheels and telescoping handles and weigh a lot less. Do you or your readers have any good thoughts on which brands to look at and best prices/places to get them? We are a family of 5 with kids ages 11, 7, and 4.
The first thing I’ll do is refer you to this post on luggage I wrote a while back; many of the links are now defunct, but there’s some general advice in the post and some great suggestions in the comments. I also quite like this eBags blog post on specific things to look for.
Hopefully that helps a little. You know, for your next trip.