Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Light Luggage

Yippeee!!! It's almost official. We are coming home to the Philippines in December. After five years of yearning to spend Christmas in our home country, we are finally spending it there this year. Almost official because we haven't booked our return flights yet but the husband's flight reservations are good to go.

Now all I need to do is make some preparations. I even have my own notebook for that list. The contents? That's a SECRET. But I really do need a light luggage, one that will not take a major fraction of our limited baggage allowance of 30 kilos (we are flying Economy after all).

I was at the luggage department of Galeria Kaufhof yesterday, albeit for a few minutes to have a quick look and found some really light luggage from Samsonite and Rimowa to name a few. There are even some items on sale. I guess I will have to start saving up for luggage since our old ones are quite heavy. I fear that since we will be going home in time for Christmas, I will need to pack up gifts for everyone!

Anyway, here are some of my finds:

Samsonite B-Lite Fresh Trolley: A softside luggage weighs 3.68 kilos and measures 47.5 x 30.5 x 79.0 cm. Comes in very trendy colors (electric blue, charcoal, lime green, raspberry and emerald green), is expandable, has 4 multidirectional wheels that allows for 360° rolling in multiple directions, for easy manoeuvrability. It also has a comfortable, push button wheel handle, an integrated top carry handle and side carry handle that combine extreme lightness with strength, a combi padlock with TSA function to keep your belongings secure and worry-free. The zippers, with discreet Samsonite logo, are angled for easier grip and can be locked using a separate padlock. There is also a large front zipped pocket to store personal belongings and accessories. The interior divider pad is of mesh material for easy and organised packing in the top compartment. Ribbons are also provided in the bottom compartment, to secure packed items and reduce wrinkling. Price: €199.00 for a 111L B-Lite Fresh (from

There is also the Cosmolite, Samsonite's lightest and strongest hardside luggage, thanks to the latest CURV technology but for double the price of the B-Lite Fresh.

Rimowa Salsa Air combines the casualness of soft luggage with the durability of hardsided cases and is 26% lighter than the Rimowa Salsa. It comes in four sizes and weighs between 1.9 - 3.7 kilos depending on the size. It is available in both two-wheel and multi-wheel cases. The cases are made from high-tech polycarbonate plastic, and available in fivecolors: Aquamarin, Ultra Violett, Inka Gold, Marineblau. It has durable aluminum telescopic handles. The interior cloth lining has securing straps. Also has a combination Rimowa TSA locks and comes with a 5 year guarantee. Price: €359.00 for a 92L Salsa Air (from


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