Luggage worth bagging

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With all the travelling that fly-in-fly-out workers do, it’s important to have durable luggage.

From carry-on bags and check-in suitcases to crib bags and tool bags, knowing which ones are worth bagging can save you time and money.

Here’s the low-down on some of the best bags for FIFO jobs.

The carry-on: Samsonite’s 72 Hours 55cm Spinner

This carry-on, cabin size suitcase packs a lot more than its competitors with a pretty hefty claim: ‘The world’s lightest carry-on at only 1.5kg’. The frame is ultra-lightweight, so you can take more on board without breaking cabin luggage weight restrictions. With an impressive 37L capacity, this smart little suitcase is hard to flaw. The $299 price tag could put people off, but with an impressive 10-year global warranty, it would be money well spent.

Size: 55cm x 35cm x 23cm
Price: $299
Good for: Packing the most into your carry-on luggage.
Pros: The world’s lightest carry on at only 1.5kg.
Cons: $299 price tag makes it more expensive than others.

The tool bag: Donkey Bags’ Donkey Standard Green Canvas Tool Bag

This mean little tool bag is part of the Donkey Bag range which is the brainchild of Aussie FIFO tradesman Derek James. Derek has designed the Donkey Bags range specifically to suit the needs of FIFO workers. This little beauty keeps things simple and allows you to carry your tools safely. The water resistant and flame retardant canvas makes it extremely durable. It also has a lockable heavy duty zip, and an adjustable, padded shoulder strap to make travelling a little more comfortable.

Size: 26cm x 48cm x 18cm
Price: $89.95 + $15 freight
Good for: Keeping your tools safe during travel and on site.
Pros: In line with the Donkey Bags motto, this bag is durable, dependable and affordable.
Cons: We can’t find any!

The big, hard shell suitcase: Qantas Spectre Roller Case – Hard Shell

Don’t be put off by the fact that it’s made by Qantas – this suitcase beats others in its category on price, weight and capacity. Despite having a hardcover and being a whopping 76cm high, this large suitcase weighs only 4.3kg and has a huge 93L capacity, making it great for protecting your belongings on long trips. Priced at $199 and with a seven-year warranty, it is also bloody good value. Did we mention that it’s silver? Very smart indeed!

Size: 76 x 52 x 29
Price: $199
Good for: Checking in a lot of stuff, safely.
Pros: Robust, hard case, good price and decent warranty.
Cons: Qantas branding on the inside. Also doesn’t appear to have a four-way wheel system, like other higher-end options.

The big, soft shell suitcase: Paklite Flightweight 69cm Trolley Case

This suitcase is focused on keeping your bag weight down. Weighing in at just 2.75kg and boasting a 75L capacity, it’s one of the lightest big bags on the market. It’s less structured than the traditional soft suitcase, but its designers promise that it’s just as strong. The interior is fully lined with foam padding, to keep your belongings nice and safe.

Size: 43cm x 24cm  x 69cm
Price: $199
Good for: Squeezing more in your check-in bag
Pros: Super lightweight construction
Cons: None that we can find!

The ‘wow’ factor suitcase: Crumpler Dry Red No 11

If you’re the sort of person who likes to have a compartment for everything – from your shoes to your jocks and even your eye mask (?!), this funky suitcase is the one for you. The Crumpler website says the 85L case boasts mixed luggage spaces, including a plethora of internal and external compartments – all of which can be locked – plus a foldaway shoe bag and snooze-a-matic eye mask. We’re surprised there’s no compartment for the kitchen sink! It’s trendy, fun and, with four wheels that turn 360 degrees, it’s also very easy to manoeuvre. It weighs in at a fairly hefty 4.5kg, and the $355 price tag is heavy, too, however, Crumpler does offer an impressive lifetime guarantee. We’ll leave it to you to weigh up the pros and cons.

Size: 50cm x 76.5cm x 31.5cm
Price: $355
Good for: Looking super cool and keeping everything in order
Pros: Lifetime guarantee, easy to steer and loads of storage compartments
Cons: High price tag and weight (4.5kg).

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