If you love to travel, vintage luggage can be tempting. It’s so charming looking — and so cheap! Why spend hundreds on a set of new luggage when you can buy a quirky old suitcase for five bucks? Here’s why — convenience, comfort, and security. Let me explain myself.
Vintage luggage — not worth it!
Except for a few rare situations, vintage luggage is a bad idea. If you’re planning to travel by plane, definitely skip vintage luggage. You can’t trust the clasps to stay closed, and chances are it won’t fit into the carry-on compartments.
Even if you’re not flying by plane, but plan to do some walking with your suitcase (like from a train station to a hotel), you’re going to want to skip vintage luggage. There’s a reason luggage has evolved in the way that it has. Long handles, wheels, and aerodynamic designs all make transport easier.
When is it a good idea?
Is there ever a time when vintage luggage is the way to go? Yes! If you are planning a trip by car, and will do very little walking with your luggage, then you can opt for an outdated suitcase. It’ll be fun and quirky, you’ll save money, and you might even get some compliments for being unique! But in all other cases, skip it, spend a little more, and arrive at your destination with your luggage (and your back!) intact.
If you do find some adorable antique suitcases that you simply can’t pass up, you might want to turn them into a nightstand! I’m dying to hear — have you ever bought vintage luggage and regretted it? Tell your story in the comments section, below!