Luggage, to me, protects the contents and makes them portable. Ideally a bag is durable, easy to maneuver, and the right size — if it’s a carry on bag then it should fit in airplane overhead bins (ideally even large regional jet bins).
Your bag should be sturdy enough to withstand the beating it gets from continued use and the abuse of being overstuffed. If checked it should be able to withstand the abuse it gets from baggage handlers, weather outside on the tarmac, and the TSA. Zippers, even, shouldn’t just break off.
However luggage itself shouldn’t be so valuable that you’re worried about the bag itself rather than its contents.
In fact the last thing I’d want is to walk through the airport with a bag that’s so valuable I’m a mark for scammers, thieves, or other unsavory characters spotting me arriving in a foreign country. Tie a ribbon around your bag to identify it if it’s generic enough you won’t spot it easily at the carousel. But otherwise it’s better to blend in than stand out.
So I’ll never understand why anyone wants exceptionally expensive luggage that stands out in a crowd? Put another way why does anyone want Louis Vuitton luggage anyway?
I understand not wanting to risk checking the contents of a bag, and not wanting to wait around interminably at baggage claim for luggage that may or may not ever arrive — but being mostly concerned about the risk of loss or damage to the bag itself?
— Samantha (@Arithmachick) April 29, 2019
When I was younger and traveled less frequently I was a fan of the $30 bag from the discount store that was more or less disposable. As I aged I developed a preference for making sure the bag was the right size and maneuvered easily through the airport; had the right balance so it wasn’t an encumbrance checking in, connecting, and getting out of the terminal as smoothly and efficiently as possible. That meant a better, more functional bag. But it’s still just a bag.
How do you feel about bags: cheapest possible, pay more for something agile, or invest in designer luggage?