Your business travel insurance may have you covered against most disasters, but what happens if your trusty old carry-on case loses a wheel, or worse, falls apart at the seams just as you’re meeting up with your colleagues? As well as being comfortable to carry and safe for transporting your belongings, the luggage you arrive with can make an important first impression, so it’s well worth investing in a quality piece. Here are my recommendations for cases that will not only last and serve you well, but will also turn a few heads when you check in at your hotel.
1. The Samsonite Cosmolite, 55cm
On a practical level, the Samsonite is one of the lightest carry-ons on the market – it only weighs 1.7kg. Its four wheels make it very easy to use, and it has helpful dividers and pockets inside. Aesthetically, the fishbone design and ‘copper blush’ colouring make this an attractive bag to be seen with.
2. The Piazzale Leather Trolley by Maxwell Scott
While the Samsonite Cosmolite is all about practicality, the Piazzale by Maxwell Scott is definitely about style and sophistication – after all, you can even have it monogrammed for extra effect. This leather holdall on wheels oozes quality, and the soft tan leather interior won’t fail to put a smile on your face as you unpack. In addition to its stylish appearance, it doesn’t scrimp on content, boasting a capacity of 47 litres.
3. Rolling Cabin Bag by Briggs and Riley
This is a compact carry-on case, ideal for combining with a larger cabin bag for longer trips. The real benefit here is the pockets: there’s a front pocket with different sections for your laptop, tablet, documents, and phone, as well as two further side pockets for keys or other items for which you don’t want to rummage the main compartment.
4. Four-Wheel Cabin Suitcase by Rimowa Topas
I love the industrial look of this tough aluminium case. The makers claim that it’s been built to withstand extreme temperatures and high humidity, but I also think that it looks cool! The sturdy outer material means that your belongings (even delicate or breakable items) remain secure inside, and the TSA combination lock ensures that only you will be able to gain access.
5. Safari Trolley Case by Globe-Trotter
If you really want to make an impact, forget the rest and invest in the timeless elegance of the Globe Trotter Safari Trolley Case. Based on an elephant case with leather and brass detailing from the 1920s, this really is at the luxury end of the carry-on travel market. With a price tag in excess of £1,000, however, you are certainly going to need your business travel insurance if this one goes missing.
For work trips, your carry-on case is a crucial business tool, so make sure that all of your items are covered by specialist business travel insurance to ensure that any loss or damage of luggage is fully covered. Should the worst happen, good business travel insurance needs to meet the needs of any business expense that you incur.
Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning team of specialists in global, annual and single trip travel insurance policies. Besides offering great deals on travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holidays.