Choosing a suitcase can be difficult, as there are so many great brands, price levels and features. There’s the upscale, the budget-friendly, the carry-on and the ones big enough to fit a person inside. But when it comes to choosing between the soft case fabric suitcases and hard case made of plastic or metal, it’s harder to decide.
Both styles have their own benefits, but there are a few reasons why you should buy a hard shell suitcase over a soft case.
Travel isn’t easy on your gear, so one trip could destroy your luggage by simply putting it through the conveyor belt. Fabric tears and rips are not uncommon. Hard case luggage solves this problem by being made from tougher materials. They will likely last longer for this reason and can take longer to show wear than their fabric alternatives.
Waterproof and Stainproof
There’s nothing worse than a sudden rainstorm while you’re sitting on the plane, looking out at a tarmac with carts full of unloaded luggage- and yours being one of them. Or grabbing your suitcase from the conveyor belt to find it soaked in… something. But hard cases don’t have this problem. The materials protect from the rain and also from spills from other people’s luggage.
Professional Looking and Unique
Hard case suitcases inherently can look more professional than their fabric alternatives because they’re usually solid colors without many designs. The sleek exterior can be better for business travelers for this reason. They’re also more unique looking than every other black fabric suitcase that comes off the conveyor belt.
Hard case luggage is better at protecting your breakables as they’re not prone to stretching or movement. They’re able to take a beating to save the items inside like bottles of wine or other souvenirs.
You can buy three different fabric suitcases that claim to be “carry on” or tell of their dimensions, but when you bring them to the airport or pack it, it might not fit as expected. Hard case suitcases are a definite size that doesn’t stretch so there’s no guesswork. Either it fits or it doesn’t.
Hard case suitcases can get special designs placed on them, whether it be a logo or image. One company even lets you wrap advertisements onto it to save you money for your trip! You get a $50 gift card to use towards your luggage fees.
This website notes that hard case luggage can be much lighter than your standard suitcase thanks to the material used in newer models. When it comes to carry on bags, light weight is as essential as dimensions. If your bag alone weighs almost ten pounds, that’s taking up important weight at the check in counter. A lightweight bag can be the difference between carrying on, checking a bag and paying a fee!
Do you travel with a hard case suitcase? What makes it better?