Buying new luggage-need advice!

May 28th, 2004, 06:02 AM
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My husband and I bought 26" rollers for a three week trip to Italy. Have we made a mistake? Should we get 22"?
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May 28th, 2004, 06:21 AM
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There is no "right" or "wrong" about what size of luggage to take. The only consideration is HOW YOU TRAVEL.

If you're taking trains between cities, and public transportation to/from hotel, then you should limit yourself to 20" or 22". If you have car service to wait for you at the airport, and have luggage delivered to your hotel room, then who cares if you travel like a queen and take 2 pieces of 26" each?

Problem arise when people have to take lots of luggage, but is not willing to pay for the service.
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May 28th, 2004, 06:35 AM
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We are taking trains between cities but have reserveed seats. We are being picked up at the train stations and transported to our hotel in each location.

Do you think that will work w/2 26"?
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May 28th, 2004, 06:54 AM
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I cannot imagine that I would enjoy traveling by train with a couple burdened down by even ONE 26-inch "roller", let alone two.

That may sound harsh, but you have asked, twice now, about your luggage choice. It's a bad choice, in my opinion.
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May 28th, 2004, 07:02 AM
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..I did a trip with 3 gfriends and 1 med sized eurocar..we were traveling between seasons so had to pack for 45-80 F)..if you use the above advice..black pants, a variety of tops, layer and be careful on the shoes, there should be no problem...we had room to spare..in addition, no aches or pains trying to carry bulky bags up and down stairs....and dont expect elevators in metros or porters at trainstations or airports (that was my mothers generation..so she still cant pack light)..we had clothes for all occasions which included champagne with friend in their 17th c paris apt as well as a hike in provence...although i didnt look like audrey hepburn (actually even in givenchy id never look like her) i was confortable, wasnt too cold or too warm and looked presentable...ive never regretted bringing too little (can always shop) but have regretted bringing too much many times.
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May 28th, 2004, 09:36 AM
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26" rollers and train travel don't mix.You will have to leave them at the end of the train unsupervised after having lugged them around the station and getting a hernia lifting them onto the train.
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May 28th, 2004, 10:13 AM
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We normally take 2-26" suitcases on our trips, and we've never had to leave them at the end of the train. Has something changed?

I don't find it particularly difficult to handle suitcases of that size. I'm not in especially great physical condition, but moving the suitcases around every 3 or 4 days has never been much of a challange in 30 years of travel.

I can see how someone especially elderly or small or disabled or sick might find it a real burden, but a 26" suitcase just doesn't seem that big a deal to us.
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May 28th, 2004, 10:43 AM
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Yogi says, why buy new luggage you only use it when you travel, buck
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May 28th, 2004, 10:46 AM
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My response ie: trains was for mbj.As for the original poster my recommendation is the same.
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May 28th, 2004, 10:49 AM
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Rufus If not at the end of the train then where? You can't mean you fit them overhead and they also don't fit between seatbacks.
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May 28th, 2004, 11:08 AM
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While I should not answer for Rufus, I feel certain that some 26 inch "rollers" can fit overhead (maybe virtually such models can). It doesn't mean that it's an easy lift, nor an easy roll/carry up/down stairs or through the aisles.

It does not change my opinion that for me and others I might like to travel with, I would view a 26 inch "roller" as a bad choice.
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May 28th, 2004, 11:09 AM
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I've travelled a number of times to Europe and have found it difficult to fit all stuff into a 22" without constantly washing clothes in the room. Because of a ton of meds and related stuff we now have to take, the smaller bags are even less an option for us. So, we used a 25" and 26" on our trip this spring, each packed with less than 40 pounds of stuff. The suitcases, though were light weight varieties (e.g., 25" Westlake weighing around 9.5 pounds and 26" samsonite at 11. I had no problem lifting them on/off trains. Storage in more modern non-compartment trains were at the rear of the coach, but we could hook them to the metal storage racks if worried that they'd be stolen. So, I don't think that it is impossible to use slightly bigger bags. That having been said, I'd still suggest packing as lightly as possible.
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May 28th, 2004, 11:13 AM
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Thanks for all the posts guys!

I bought the 26" rollers before I stumbled across this website and was so very proud of myself for cutting back! You have to understand that my nickname when traveling is "Imelda" for all the stuff I carry along!

I appreciate the posts and I am going to decide this weekend whether to exchange the 26" for 22" or just live w/the original decision. My husband and I are in decent shape and should be able to handle them. They are the Samsonite 26" and aren't heavy in and of themselves and we are packing light and leaving some room to bring home some Italian goodies.

Thanks for all the input!
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May 28th, 2004, 11:50 AM
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Mbj:Have a great time and don't forget that back brace.
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May 28th, 2004, 12:11 PM
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We use 22" wheeled luggage that expands to 24" and have absolutely loved them. The main thing is not having to deal with so much "stuff" while in a hotel room also. Just simplify. You will be amazed at how freeing it is.
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May 28th, 2004, 12:17 PM
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mjb: If you don't invest in 22" rollers before your trip to Italy, you will most likely want to before your next trip! You have had the advantage of lots of good advice here!
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May 28th, 2004, 12:57 PM
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mgm--never had trouble getting them into the overhead. And on most trains there have even been back-to-back seats that 26" cases fit between very easily.
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May 28th, 2004, 01:14 PM
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Rufus:We have used trains all over Europe,our first trip with 26"rollers. We bought new smaller luggage for our next trip.I am flabbergasted that you would advocate their use.Most trains that we have been on a 26" will not fit in overhead even if you can lift it nor does it fit between many seat backs.You are also assuming that there is room on a crowded train. You are backing a wrong headed position and giving a novice bad advice.
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Jun 2nd, 2004, 03:43 PM
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Why buy new or expensive luggage, you are only going to use it when you travel, Yogi
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Jul 4th, 2004, 08:37 AM
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We try to stick with the 22in max as it is most versatile for air, train, car, etc. The 22in expandable would not fit between seats on commuter train Naples/Sorrento when bulging, but 21in standard did. The overhead on this train not large enough for these bags. Open area between cars, but little to chain bags to. On 2nd class compartment cars easy enough to lift overhead. On the newer style, again the larger 22in had to stay at the end of the car on the luggage rack. We took a bicyle chain with small lock to make stealing less attractive. As we are pretty good shape, we don't usually have trouble lifting on/off train, etc.

Just don't have tight connections to switch trains/tracks.

Other problem with large bags is when the trains are crowded. Traveling in Germany just before Christmas we boarded some trains that were packed--all seats taken and some standing, luggage areas already full, etc. That time we had to take 1 larger suiter in addition to a 22in because of some special clothing for an event. It really reduced our ability to just choose a car and move to an available seat, sticking the bag overhead or between seats. It had to go at the end of a car.

We never travel by rental car in Europe so I can't help there.
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