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Replace your old suitcase
Do you have an old faithful suitcase at home that has accompanied you on many trips? Then it's high time to replace it for your next journey! In recent years, development has progressed rapidly and today's suitcases are much more convenient in many ways. Below is a description of the advantages of the newer suitcase and what you need to know when choosing a suitcase.
The new generation of suitcases
Many modern suitcases are made of a very lightweight and strong material called Curv. The material weighs less than half as much as a traditional suitcase. See our lightest suitcases here. The suitcases are also equipped with a telescopic handle, making it easy to roll the suitcase comfortably on the built-in wheels. Many of today's suitcases are also equipped with four wheels, which significantly facilitate mobility as you do not have to feel the weight of all your luggage in the suitcase.
The biggest step in the development of suitcases is found in the next practical development: Instead of placing the wheels on the short side as was done earlier, they are now placed on the long side to increase stability. In this way, there is much longer distance between the wheels, which means that the suitcases do not wobble like the old suitcases that had the wheels close together. The suitcase also becomes much easier to pull, especially for taller people.
Things to consider when buying
Always remember to use a luggage strap around your suitcase! This keeps your suitcase together in case of any accidents during handling. Here is a general description and recommendation of sizes and materials when you buy a new suitcase:
What size suitcase should you choose?
1-4 day trips - See the selection here
For a trip lasting 1-4 days, you can usually manage with a suitcase of around 25-59 liters. Therefore, it may be a good idea to choose a soft bag with approved cabin dimensions so that you do not have to check in your luggage. Soft bags often have more convenient pockets to store travel documents, etc., and usually weigh less than hard bags. However, if you have fragile items to pack, a hard suitcase is preferred.
5-9 day trips - See the selection here
For trips lasting 5-10 days, we recommend a suitcase size of about 60-89 liters. Choosing a soft or hard suitcase depends on how often you travel and how flexible you want your suitcase to be. A hard suitcase made of polypropylene plastic, for example, usually lasts longer (although you may need to replace wheels and locks occasionally) and protects the contents even better than a soft bag. However, a soft suitcase is more flexible, allowing you to pack that little bit extra.
10-14 day trips - Check out the selection here
For trips lasting 10 days or more, we recommend a size of 90-119 liters.
14-28 day trips - Check out the selection here
Don't forget to consider the following before your trip.
•Make sure your passport is valid and in good condition. In some countries, it should be valid for at least six months after your trip.
•Exchange money, but don't carry your entire travel budget in cash. Bring most of it in traveler's checks or on a card.
•If you need a visa, be sure to apply well in advance. Check with the country's embassy for requirements.
•Consult a doctor to see if you need any vaccinations.
•Make sure you have adequate insurance coverage. Many home insurance policies include travel insurance, but not for extended trips. Consider your planned activities (climbing, diving, etc.) and verify that your insurance policy covers them.
What should I do if I become ill or have an accident?
•Save receipts for any medical treatment you receive to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
•Insurance company emergency centers can assist with contacts and arrange medical transport.
•The embassy or consulate can assist with contacting family, hospitals, and authorities.
•Within the EU and some other countries, the European Health Insurance Card covers necessary medical treatment - but it does not cover special transportation, such as ambulance flights. Read more on the Swedish Social Insurance Agency's website.
•If you get stomach sickness, make sure to drink clean water. A solution of sugar, salt, and water is good to avoid dehydration.
What should I do if I get robbed and left without my passport and money?
•Report the incident to the police - it's important to be able to get compensation from your insurance company.
•Contact your insurance company.
•Relatives can transfer money to you through services such as Western Union at currency exchange offices like X-change.
•The embassy can help you obtain a temporary passport. In special cases, you can get a temporary loan for your return trip from the embassy.
What should I do if I am arrested by the police?
•Ask to contact your embassy - according to the Vienna Convention, you have the right to do so.
•The embassy can help you get in touch with family and a lawyer.
•If you are not of legal age, your parents will be notified. Otherwise, you can choose if you want help with this.
Anything else I should think about?
•Read up - if nothing else, so as not to miss anything exciting. General safety advice and other travel advice, plus a list of countries that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against traveling to, can be found on the ministry's website. Get a guidebook and read other people's travel stories and journals.
•Never carry luggage or packages for anyone else across a border - if it's something illegal, you will be the one who gets caught.
•Remember to check if the water is clean enough to drink.
•Bring a small bag or money belt that can be worn close to the body.
•Stay in touch with loved ones – call or email home or write a travel diary online, for example on minTur.se.
•Pack your own travel pharmacy – tips are available on the Vårdguiden website. If you take medication, make sure you have enough for the whole trip.
•Write down important phone numbers. On the Ministry for Foreign Affairs website, you can download important numbers to your mobile phone.
•It's better to buy items such as contraception at home rather than abroad.
•Take copies of your passport, visa, tickets, and credit cards - or scan and email them to yourself.