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Luggage Recommendations for Long Trips

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I asked for recommendations on luggage that can be used for long trips, such as 7-10 days (business and vacation use).

-- Tim Walker

Tumi -- Everything they make is great! Classy but strong. Lots of great pockets built in for business types. I especially like their carry-on wheeled items for computers, etc. Great guarantees, too.

I had a Hartmann before and it was heavy. Not sure what they're doing now.

Delsey -- cheap but strong, usually discounted in major department stores. I've gone around the world several times. I use the hard-sided ones with large wheels. I travel with two large ones and use an airport cart or sky cap since several years ago I tried doing it myself. Using the hard-sided checked bags allowed me to pretty well throw anything in of any shape. Having two instead of one kept me from sweating it out, and the check-in process is the same for one or two bags.

Samsonite has some lightweight large pieces. About the same as Delsey.

-- Roberta Guise

I've had a 24" or 26" Hartmann for many years, and it holds up beautifully. Excellent extending handle, easy to roll, good balance (meaning it doesn't tip over). Has separate space for hanging clothes, and cavernous area for everything else. Hartman isn't cheap, but it's an investment that you'll tire of long before it gives out on you.

-- Resli Costabell

I travel frequently in Europe. Most of the trips are of a short duration, but I like to have a massive suitcase. No worries about "Can I buy this, or will it be too big for the suitcase?" Also makes packing easy: just shove it all in.

My suitcase is a "Reaction" made/designed by Kenneth Cole. Style number is 573965. It's the largest size case permitted on international flights. Integral garment bag, wheels underneath, enough pockets without becoming a pocketfest in which half the weight is the luggage itself, expandable. I've taken it on about 15 international flights since I got it this year, and it still looks new.

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