High-end travel companions


  • Business
  • Saturday, 08 Mar 2003

BY THEAN LEE CHENG

It is hard to resist the urge to spend, acquire and accumulate, particularly when businesses are clamouring to tell us what we should buy. 

If you march out of the mall, put down the catalogues and resist scrolling on cyber shopping sites and really think about what it is that (added) you want, chances are that it’s something you cannot put on a credit card. But life is short. So, after stashing away your savings, here is what you can put on plastic 

IN today's climate where fear reigns high, the incentive at the end of the journey must be pretty good to make one get on that flight. 

Be it a business trip, a vacation or to get home safely to one's loved ones, for those who simply have to fly, there is no getting away from the fact that packing that bag can be a real chore.  

The key is to travel light however frequently, one may have to fly. And the solution to that is an investment in a good set of hand luggage that will stand the test of time and durability for that stylish take-off at one end and the quick get-away at the other. 

While the maximum you can carry into the aircraft vary from airline to airline, the difference is not large.  

The maximum hand luggage you can take into a Malaysia Airline aircraft is 5kg. On Singapore Airlines (SIA), it’s a total of 7kg for two pieces on first and business class and one piece of 7kg for the economy class. The hand luggage must not exceed 115cm in height, width and length on SIA. On Quantas and British Airways, it's 7kg on economy and 10kg for first class. 

There is no doubt that airlines have become stricter about what you can carry into their aircraft instead of checking into the hold. 

But passengers are also weary of delays at baggage reclaim. Added to that is the concern that they may never see their precious bag on the baggage carousel. So the way to go is have everything at hand, or at least within reach. 

Over the years, thanks to discerning and demanding passengers, luggage manufacturers are finally realising the potential of producing practical and functional carry-ons. No longer do they come in bulky inflexible shapes and sizes.  

If you are prepared to invest in this traveller's must-have, a selection with price ranging from a couple of hundreds to tens of thousands awaits you. 

For the sake of those who have deep pockets and who only go for branded products, we have highlighted high-end to super high-end travelling companions. 

A century or more ago, suitcase and baggage manufacturers have been adapting their products to fit the requirements of ocean liners and motor vehicles. They are now working on bags and cases that carry enough clothes for a weekend or even a week plus a laptop and a sheaf of paperwork, all of which can still be fitted into an overhead locker on a plane. 

Some come with fitted lock and keypads to save the trouble of fumbling for keys at the customs. Others come with special compartments for laptops. If it is just over the weekend, a gym bag with its bottom compartment for shoes may just about do the trick.  

So if you have the money and are prepared to spend, check out the different hand luggage available in the market today. Be it a trolley bag, or a keep all, the idea is to have a stylish take-off at one end and a quick get-away at the other. 

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