Wheeled luggage is a must for any traveler, no matter how many pieces of luggage you are bringing with you or where you are traveling to. Luggage on wheels makes traveling much easier than it would otherwise be. Prices vary depending on what brand name you buy, the size of the suitcase or duffel bag and where you buy the luggage from, but with all the variety on the market, it should not be hard to find something that suits both your taste and your budget.
Wheeled Duffel Luggage:
Wheeled duffle luggage can be a good option if you want wheeled carry on luggage that is fairly inexpensive and can hold a lot of items. While you can find wheeled duffel bags for sale at your local supermarket, these items are often cheaper to buy online via an online retail site.
If you need something affordable and are not particular about name brands, then there are many options to choose from. A particularly affordable option is the red and black 32″ Bottom Expandable Wheeled Duffel Bag selling at Wal-Mart’s online retail site for $26. This particular bag is good if you have a lot of items you need to carry on the flight with you. You can also buy a personalized rolling duffel bag from the same site for around $40. These large wheeled duffel bags come in pink, khaki or blue and you can choose whether to have your name written in script or block lettering.
If you would rather get something smaller, then Kmart’s online store is currently selling a silver and red 21 Inch Wheeled Duffle and an On Tour 21 Inch Wheeled Duffle for around $20 each. While having a smaller duffel bag means that you cannot take as many items with you, many people prefer to travel light anyway and would rather not have a large yet only half-filled duffel bag.
Wheeled Carry On Luggage:
Many people prefer an actual suitcase to a duffel bag. Carry on suitcases come in different sizes; make sure the one you buy is small enough to qualify as carry on or you will face problems boarding at the airport.
Wheeled suitcases do cost more than wheeled duffel bags but they are, generally speaking, more professional looking. A duffel bag is better suited for a holiday or vacation while a suitcase is the better option if you are traveling on business. One affordable and professional looking option is the Coleman Rugged 21″ Expandable Rolling Carry-On Suitcase currently selling at Overstock.com for around $80. Another site that offers a few good deals on wheeled carry on suitcases is www.jr.com. Some of the more professional looking suitcases selling on this site for a good price include the Kenneth Cole 5703405 Curve Appeal Wheeled Overnight Carry-on and the cobblestone colored Samsonite 18198-2310 Solana 22″ Carry-On Upright Suitcase. The latter option comes with a 3-fold removable suiter for packing convenience and is a bit larger in size than the Kenneth Cole model mentioned above. Both suitcases cost $99 each.
Children’s Luggage with Wheels:
Children’s wheeled suitcases are quite handy, especially if you have more than one child travelling with you. A small wheeled carry on suitcase allows your child to pack the items he or she would use on the plane (i.e. coloring books, puzzles, games, sweater and snacks). Your child can easily take charge of this suitcase, allowing you to handle other luggage items.
There are wheeled duffel bags, wheeled backpacks and wheeled suitcases made for children. Some are plain colored and others feature popular cartoon characters such as Dora the Explorer and Sponge Bob. What particular suitcase you choose would likely depend not only on the cost but also the tastes and age of the child. It should be noted, however, that while many children like one or more particular cartoon character, their tastes can change quickly and the character they like today may be intensely disliked by the time you travel again six months or a year down the line. Your child may not be willing to be seen with a suitcase featuring the character he or she previously liked; for this reason, a plain colored duffel bag or one with designs that are more generic may be the better option.
One good option is Personalized Pullman Luggage available from online retail store baby-gifts-gift-baskets.com. These wheeled carry on suitcases cost $38 each and come in pink and blue; the personalizing is done free of charge but takes time so you will want to order one well in advance of your trip for it to arrive on time. There will also be personalized wheeled backpacks selling on this site for $29 starting at the end of August 2010.
Another wheeled luggage option for children is the Zebra Crossing Club wheeled backpacks selling at Luggage Pros for around $50. There is both Simba the Lion and a cute Kangaroo; the stuffed animals and backpack itself are detachable and both can be machine washed as needed.