For my upcoming trip, I needed new luggage. Of all my tasks in preparing for this trip, this proved to be my least favourite. But it needed to be done. I fully admit to not being a light packer, and on top of that, I buy a lot of souvenirs and gifts back whenever I go to Japan. A huge chunk of what I buy are actually gifts for family and friends, but I am not above treating myself, either. With all that I take and bring with me, I’ll need some good luggage. The one I had broke, though, so it was time for me to consider some new ones.
This is my old 29″ luggage that I bought in 2010. This no-name luggage is actually still in good shape, but the extendable handle literally snapped off after my second trip in 2015. Even before that second trip, the extendable handle wasn’t working well. Needless to say, I was not pleased that this only lasted two trips. I also learnt from my last trip that this luggage was too big and bulky for my 160cm/5’2″ frame to handle. Also, because it’s so big, I believe I could cram everything in there, but that only led me to dangerously approach the 23kg/50lb limit.
After my last trip, I decided to buy two different-sized luggage. I wanted the small one to fit into the larger one. By doing this, I will separate my clothes and other necessities into the smaller case and pack all my souvenirs and gifts into the larger case on my return trip. I looked at my options at the PX. I was stuck between three brands, so I asked my friends for their advice, and I read reviews on the three. In the end, I chose the Travelpro Maxlite 4 21″ Spinner and the Travelpro Maxlite 4 25″ Spinner. I have to say, the price tag for both were a bit more than what I’d planned on paying, but they are still within my budget and I hope they will last me at least five or more trips.
With my luggage picked out, now I just need to pack! I’ll stuff my blue luggage with everything I can that needs to be checked in and load that into the black case. My backpack will be my carry-on bag with my Chromebook and other important necessities. Lastly, my small grey cross-body bag will be my personal item aka my purse. Can’t say I’m excited to do all the packing, but it’s an evil necessity, haha! Evil or not, my trip is fast approaching, and I need to ensure everything’s ready to go. Oh, and I need to survive work this week and then I’ll be on leave for sixteen glorious days! I cannot wait!