The evolution of the suitcase

What kind of suitcase do you use when traveling?

SUITCASE OF OLD
SUITCASE OF OLD

In my life ( half a decade), suitcases have changed dramatically for the good.  The first suitcases I ever remember seeing were stretched leather over a wooden frame with a handle and those clasps that you pushed out with your thumbs to open the case.  Remember those?  People used to put travel stickers on them to show where they’d been when travel became a leisure activity.

From there, four wheels were added so you could pull your suitcase with a long strap.  They also started going from hard side to soft sided made of materials like vinyl.  These wheels worked well as long as you walked at a normal pace.  You still needed to pick them up when you went up an escalator.  Do you ever recall seeing a rushing airline passenger trying to get to their gate and their suitcase falling over?  Pretty funny by today’s standards.

NYLON SUITCASE
NYLON SUITCASE

A genius or a group of geniuses (I don’t know who, but a genius none the less) designed the suitcase by turning the rectangle case to stand on its short side, add two wheels and add a telescoping handle.  These could now be easily be pulled while running through the airport, easily managed on moving walkways and escalators and easily handled as it no longer needed to be carried everywhere.

Today, the newer cases have spinning wheels.  You can still pull it behind you but you now have the option of rolling it beside you or in front of you.  They’ve also added shock- absorbers on the wheels for a smoother pull on different surfaces.  They are made of colorful fabric and fabric designs.  Formed colorful plastic suitcases seem to be the latest craze in luggage design.

PLASTIC FORMED LUGGAGE
PLASTIC FORMED LUGGAGE

My current luggage is red softsided canvas.  I have a royal blue strap that I put on it to easily identify it on the luggage carousel.  My carry on bag is also softsided material with a handy zippered compartment just for my laptop.  I think for my birthday this year; I’m going to request a very light case (plastic or fabric).  I didn’t realize how heavy it was until I traveled on my own and when I started pre-shopping and comparing.

What kind of suitcase do you use for travel?  How do you identify yours on the carousel?  What would you recommend as a perfect carry-on piece for me?  I’d be very interested in your thoughts and comments.

Thank you in advance.

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