10 years ago I bought a simple two piece luggage set online. I don’t remember why I bought it exactly, maybe I was going on my first summer vacation with my Boyfriend or I felt it was time to be adult and stop living life out of a backpack. Whatever the reason, those suitcases have lasted through a few fun vacations, the rare business trip and even a beercation or two. Now they are quite dilapidated with basic features like zippers or handles slowly deciding not to work. Despite that I still use them. Sure, it’s annoying but my clothes still fit and there’s nothing a little duct tape can’t fix. Anyway, with my splurge on a Commuter Flight Pass to NYC and a May trip to Cuba I’m beginning to think my duct tape fashion won’t survive many more trips and an upgrade is necessary.
The Boyfriend owns the impenetrable Rimowa Topas Series. It’s big (32”), heavy (13.7lbs) and freakin’ expensive ($1,509 ..for one piece). While this high end luggage may seem like a sensible investment to protect his unmentionables from being crushed by an angry baggage handler, I fail to see the value in a suitcase tank (with spinners!). I’d rather settle on something at a fraction of the price that will carry my clothes from one point to the other without splitting open on the tarmac, revealing my preference for granny panties to the other passengers.
After all the Googling and Amazon review reading I’ll probably settle with the cheapest set from CostCo. Sure, I’ll get teased by the Boyfriend but I’m whatever set I'll buy will get to my destination without a problem. And if it doesn't, I'll be sure to pack a roll of duct tape in my carry on just in case.