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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Packing for a Cruise - Part 3 (luggage)

As for packing for a cruise, we’ve discussed the advantages of packing lightly, and how and why you should keep the number of shoes you take with you as low as possible.

In this blog article about packing for a cruise we’re tackling the issue of luggage and what sort of luggage is ideal for a cruise.

The main issue is that the luggage should be as strong and as solid as possible. Port luggage handlers are not famous for “tender” luggage care - you only have to watch them unloading the ship while you waiting for your turn to disembark to see that their concern is with speed, and not with loving and nurturing your luggage and your packed souvenirs.

Though very solid luggage bags are more secure, they can be very heavy.  If this is still your choice, make sure that handles, hinges, and even the wheels are as sturdy as the luggage itself. There is not much point in a solid suitcase with cheap hinges that wear out and spill all your belongings on the airport runway, or plastic locks that are sure to snap open at the most inconvenient time.

Soft sided suitcases can be a good deal lighter and easier to manage, but be sure that the fabric used is tightly woven and very strong. The best fabric for suitcases is considered to be “ballistic nylon”, not that most of us would now what that means or looks like, but a question in that direction when purchasing your luggage might well impress the shop keeper and even earn you a good discount.

Also, when purchasing soft-sided luggage, make sure the main structure of the piece is solid enough so as to avoid the case turning into strange shapes and becoming difficult to handle.

Another consideration, apart from worrying about the material used to construct the luggage, is to make sure your luggage has wheels and that these wheels are set far apart and do not stick out unnecessarily. Luggage with wheels set too close to each other actually make the case hard to move about, especially when full, and wheels that sick out are more than likely going to break apart - usually at the most inconvenient moment.

If your take these important points into consideration and if you avoid purchasing the cheapest deal you can find, your luggage should get there and back in one piece.

Take a look at our next blog for more about packing for a cruise.

If you can think of any other hints about packing for a cruise - let us know here at Prow’s Edge and email us at social@prowsedge.com

For more tips and advice on sorts of points of cruising take a look at the advice section of Prow’s Edge Cruise Magazine at www.prowsedge.com/cruise-advice-tips.html

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