Hardside and softside luggage
- More durable.
- More flexibility; can fit in small spaces.
- More items can be put into a softside luggage due to its flexibility, making it ideal for shopping.
- More accessible due to its multiple pockets.
- Not water resistant; causes smells.
- Not as easy to maneuver as a hardside luggage; most softside luggage come with two wheels.
- Limited options for suitcase colours.
- Water resistant. No smells.
- Easy to maneuver since most of hardside luggage come with four wheels.
- Easy to find at baggage claim as they come in more colours.
- Its firm edges make it harder to fit in small spaces.
- Not as flexible; difficult to pack more. Not ideal for shopping.
- Less accessible due to lack of pockets.
Carry-on Luggage: Your Survival Kit
You’re heading South for warmer climates. But has your luggage followed along? Or is it on its way to Alaska or going in circles on the baggage carousel at the airport? To avoid ruining the first days of your vacation, here are a few essentials you definitely need to keep in your carry-on.
A Change of Clothes
A t-shirt, a light top, some underwear…If you have to wait more than 24 hours before getting back your luggage, you will be able to give them a quick wash in the bathroom. And since most sun travelling is done during the cold months of winter, you’ll be glad to trade your wool sweater for a t-shirt.
Pack along a 100 ml-size tube of sun cream, SPF 30 to be safe, a bathing suit, a pair of flip-flops and a long light scarf that can be used as a pareo if needed.
Complete toiletry kits in travel-friendly 100 ml format are available. Having one in your carry-on might turn out very handy. Be careful not to forget these items as well: toothbrush, toothpaste, any medication you take (bring a week’s supply, maybe one or two days more to be on the safe side) and whatever beauty products you can’t do without.
For this dream week, you’ve brought along novels, magazines, music, etc. Great! But don’t make the mistake of packing all this stuff into your suitcase… which may or may not follow. Keep at least a book, a magazine and your tablet or iPod in your carry-on luggage. With their chargers, of course.
The Travel Essentials
Things you can’t afford to lose and should belong with you at all times:
- Passport, visa, hotel reservation and plane tickets
- Health insurance card and travel insurance
- Driver’s license
- Cash money, travelers cheques, credit and debit card
- Camera, portable computer, etc.
- Pen or pencil
Maximum dimensions for cabin luggage are 9” x 15.5” x 21.5” (23 cm x 40 cm x 55 cm), including wheels and handle. Maximum weight allowed is usually 22lb (10kg). Please note that luggage allowance may vary.