Travelling in style is not just about looking great when you step off a plane – it’s about turning your suitcase into a mobile wardrobe. That means fitting in everything you need (without earning a dreaded ‘overweight luggage’ tag) and having it arrive in the best possible condition when you get there.
To narrow down the options on how to do that, we took a 67cm suitcase from Samsonite’s new B’Lite range with us on some of our fashion travels, and tested whether it would be a worthy travel companion for every jetsetting Fashioniser. Here’s how it fared.
There’s nothing mind-blowingly revolutionary about the design of the Samsonite B’Lite, though if you’re looking at luggage as a long-term investment that’s not necessarily a bad thing. These are pieces that are both functional and understated.
I’m testing out the classic black – it’ll never go out of style, but if you want something more vibrant that will stand out on the luggage carousel like a peacock among pigeons, definitely check out the newly released Raspberry and Fresh Blue colours. The shape is still classic, but the vibrant jewel colours are much more trend-based.
As the name suggests, the key selling point of the B’Lite range is that each suitcase is ultra-light. The fabrication is nylon and polyester (a combination that’s meant to be hard wearing, yet flexible so irregular shaped items can fit). The B’Lite range is designed with handles integrated into the external casing so it’s an all-in-one shape. Suitcases are fully lined and come with TSA locks.
Ask me in 10 years.
No really. A great suitcase will be like a long-term partner, ageing with you and sharing in your life adventures around the world. My very first Samsonite set has survived a solid 7 years of relentless abuse and is still going strong, so my bet is on this one also living up to the brand’s quality guarantees.
This is where the case is a god-send. Getting across the endless expanse of airport corridors, getting from plane to train to taxi, the difference between swivel wheels and single-directional ones is impossible to understate. The B’Lite suitcase has four wheels and it’s supremely easy to manoeuvre.
The 67cm B’Lite has thus far adventured to Hong Kong, Sydney and London, and I’m yet to find any complaint with it. There’s nothing worse than a suitcase that has room to spare but still comes in overweight, and I’ve never once had that issue with the Samsonite. Packing is somehow much easier (even for a wholly disorganised packer such as myself) because of the flexible fabric shell. The ultimate point is that the B’Lite finds a balance of classic style, functionality and pricepoint (you’re looking at AUD$269-$399): it’s not the kind of luggage that screams ostentatious luxury, but it’s an ideal option for the subtle and seasoned traveller.
More information: samsoniteaustralia.com.