Airline Luggage – Be Solid

Airline Luggage
Be Solid

When people go trekking, they think holdalls. Holdalls are everywhere on trek because they are the best thing for the job; cavernous, easy to manage and flexible to carry.

But they are not the best type of airline luggage to go through the transit baggage systems.

When people go trekking, they think holdalls. Holdalls are everywhere on trek because they are the best thing for the job; cavernous, easy to manage and flexible to carry.

But they are not the best type of airline luggage to go through the transit baggage systems.

Airline luggage systems are notoriously rough with bags; it’s the nature of the travelling through airports. And I not talking specifically about the baggage handlers. To be fair, even without them, bags will trundle on lots of conveyor belts, get automatically shunted from belt to belt, trolley to belt and stacked tight in aircraft holds and that can happen several times en route if you’re flying through a transit airport.

Add some inconsiderate baggage handlers and indeed it can get a whole lot worse as this recent video posted on the BBC website shows.

Big or small, your bags will get some rough handling!

Lobbing luggage at Manchester Airport

Caught on camera: A baggage handler flinging passengers' luggage at Manchester Airport. Find out more: bbc.in/2DkhRP7 (via BBC North West)

Posted by BBC News on Friday, 21 September 2018

As frequent travellers, we have long since advocated using good solid suitcases such as Samsonite (or similar) to transport your kit to its destination and decant into holdalls when appropriate to do so. The suitcase can stay in the hotel ready for the return journey. I know it’s not always that easy, but read on….

Suitcases like the ones pictured below are just about bombproof! Packed correctly inside, it protects even some of the most fragile items from some serious bashing about. You can stand on them, kick them, do whatever, whatever is inside won’t be damaged.

Materials for airline luggage has changed over the years and my suitcase will no doubt be a bit heavier than the ones available these days! This Luggage Superstore website will give you an idea of what’s available.

Airline luggage

If possible, pack your holdall inside the suitcase
and decant at the other end.

Airline luggage

A good solid suitcase will withstand a good bashing
whilst protecting what’s inside.

My holdall goes inside the suitcase and I transfer once I get to my destination. Going on further? Well, I’m sure you can work out if this will work for you in your specific circumstances.

If the amount of kit you have means it won’t fit into a single suitcase, then consider lightening the load or using both case and holdall. Pack the holdall with nothing other than soft stuff, ie sleeping bag, anything that won’t break and can take a good airline baggage system kicking!

Don’t forget, being soft skinned, holdalls are easily slashed open if someone really wants in so the less exposure you give your holdall to unknown people, the better. Locks are also a serious consideration.

The good news is that if you are travelling to Nepal with us, we’ll give you a complimentary trek holdall (like the one picture above) when you arrive!

2018-09-30T18:41:32+00:00

About the Author:

Terry Crosby is the founder and co-owner of Travel and Trek Limited. He started the Company in 2005 after an long military career, which ultimately gave him the skills to set up, run, manage and develop what is now a global adventure travel company. He has extensive experience in all of the countries the company travel to and is an ex Mountain Leader and Arctic Survival Instructor.