I am in love with my luggage. Bob is in love with our luggage too. For us, purchasing new, high quality luggage was long overdue. Today, I’m ‘fessing up about what led to this big purchase. 🙂 If you’re in the market, sit tight. I’ve done all the research and price comparison for you!
Long before our nest emptied, Bob and I promised each other that we would make an effort to travel more once we got to that season of life. Did you do that too? I know from talking to other empty nesters, we were not alone in our goal to travel more during the empty nest season of life! Last year, when our nest emptied completely for the first time, we were so proud of ourselves because we had already planned several trips and weekend getaways that we were excited about taking. Hilariously (and kind of pitifully), when it was time to pack for the first trip it became clear that my pretty much annual trips to Target to purchase new luggage for the family had resulted in a motley assortment of dilapidated luggage. There were rips in the exterior fabric of some of the suitcases; others were missing wheels, and still others had zippers that didn’t work properly. (Contrary to what you may be thinking right now, we are not hoarders!) This had all happened without us even realizing it.
We limped through our fall getaway and a few weekend trips with our broken-down luggage and finally made the decision to gift each other with durable, good quality luggage for Christmas. It was a much-needed empty nester upgrade! Since this was going to be an expensive and significant purchase, extensive research ensued. Read on to find out what we purchased, and why it was one of the best investments we’ve ever made.
After researching luggage online, reading multiple reviews, talking to friends who were frequent fliers, and even a long conversation with the owner of a luggage repair shop(!), three things became abundantly clear. First, we needed lightweight, hardside luggage that would hold up. Second, we needed four-wheeled luggage for easy maneuvering through crowded airports. Third, eBags.com had the best prices, with 20% off on your first order if you sign up for their email list, a 5% rebate program, and free shipping with a purchase over $49.
After much deliberation, we selected Briggs & Riley TORQ luggage. It’s made of extremely durable, yet lightweight polycarbonate. Most importantly perhaps, Briggs and Riley is the only luggage company that offers a lifetime repair guarantee on their luggage. If a Briggs & Riley bag is ever broken or damaged, even if it was caused by an airline, they will repair it free of charge. This guarantee covers all functional aspects of the luggage (zippers, locks, wheels, etc.). Ah-mazing. We started by purchasing two of the large spinner suitcases and followed up several months later with two of the medium spinner suitcases.
Love Your Luggage:
On our trip last week, Bob and I talked about how much we love our luggage. (Um, lest we seem totally lame, please know we talked about lots of other stuff too!) Sometimes when you spend a significant amount on something, you wonder if it was really worth it. (Beware, that wicked buyer’s remorse!) Good quality luggage was an investment we made with careful thought and intentionality. In the empty nest, sometimes it takes a little time to give yourself permission to spend money on, well, yourself.
For us, durable, quality luggage has been the purchase that keeps giving back, trip after trip. I’d love to hear about an empty nester investment you made that continues to give back. Was it a treadmill, a new car, or even a new house? Has it brought you joy, like our luggage has for us? I’d love for you to leave me a comment below and tell me all about it!
P. S. I have a theory, y’all. Take the time you were gone on your vacation. Divide by two. That’s (at least) how long it will take you to regroup after you get back. Ahhhhhh!!!! If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat, you know Bob and I just got back from the beautiful Florida Keys. It was fabulous – relaxing and romantic – and it helped us to press reset after a busy summer with kids in and out of the house. I’m just now getting through all of our sweaty and salt-watery laundry, sorting through the mail, and trying my best to revive the plants that wilted during our absence. Bottom line: it was totally worth it. Feeling the need for a getaway yourselves? You can read my post on our favorite empty nester beach getaway spot here, and read about some of our other recent trips here.
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