Whether you only travel on the odd occasion or consider yourself quite the international jetsetter, one of the most important aspects of your trip is your luggage.
Good luggage makes travelling as easy and stress-free as it can be and will have you gliding through airports, train stations, boarding buses or strolling around cities barely breaking a sweat. A bad bag, on the other hand, is enough to leave you in tears and will have you working hard to transport your belongings all trip long – trust me, I speak from experience.
I can, hand on heart say, that in all my many travels, I haven’t come across a better bag than the Samsonite B’Lite range. I’ve road tested, quite literally, countless suitcases and baggage alternatives in my time exploring the world, including other Samsonite models. If I had to pick one to recommend or be stuck with for the rest of my travels, it would be the B’Lite model.
What’s so good about it? While it probably doesn’t comes as much as a surprise, it’s a Samsonite and the company seems to be taking over the world, one suitcase at a time, It’s the quality that makes it stand out so much.
I have the B’Lite 55cm Spinner which is small enough that it passes as cabin approved carry-on baggage for every airline I’ve ever been travelled. I’m sure if Mary Poppins were to upgrade her bag to this, she would have been blown away by how much you can actually pack in it. The four wheels hold their own, even on cobblestones, and the handle doesn’t feel at all flimsy. Even the zip and lock are surprisingly sturdy for a small bag. Having taken me everywhere from Sydney to Spain, and despite being no doubt thrown around by countless airline baggage staff, it still looks almost as good as the day it was bought.
You know what they say about being onto a good thing, well, based on my experience with the smaller size, I recently added the 78cm B’Lite to my collection for my longer haul trips. I’ll be honest, I had my doubts it could be as good as its smaller version but I’m happy to have been proven wrong. With all the same qualities I love about my original B’Lite bag, it is literally the exact same with a larger capacity. Super sturdy wheels, a strong zip and lock and super lightweight, it has the added ability of being expandable so you can fit more in should you go shopping whilst away (which, as Stylewatch writer is a given!)
While obviously everyone has different needs when it comes to luggage, the inside of the bag is fairly sparse, which works for me but you may not like if you prefer lots of compartments. I can thoroughly recommend the B’Lite series of Samsonite bags. If you’re anything like me, they’ll become your new favourite travel companion in no time.
RRP: from $69 – $449 at Samsonite