I first wrote about my new Samsonite 3-piece set of luggage in a previous post. In that post, I told you about the benefits of such a set for when you are going to be gone for a long time; the primary one is that they nest together for easy storage.
I am now on a 73-day Grand Africa Voyage on the Holland America Zuiderdam (you can track our “current position here) that left Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a week ago, and we are crossing the Atlantic Ocean toward our first stop (of 26 scheduled port stops) in the Canary Islands. The cruise line, Holland America, offered unlimited luggage forwarding as one of its early booking bonuses, and I decided to take advantage of it. Those who know me know that I prefer to “travel light,” which normally means one carry-on bag and my backpack. With no restriction on how much luggage to send, and given the length of this cruise plus the themed activities and evenings, I packed much more than I normally do.
As you see above, the small one fits in the medium one, and then they fit into the large one. So you end up with just having to store one bag.
The storage location for luggage on cruise ships is typically under the bed, which is also where life vests are sometimes placed. There would not be enough room for two or three bags (per person) under the bed, and I would be stuck with a problem on where to put them. Maybe one or two under the bed, and other(s) in the clothes closet — not a convenient solution.
But with the nested luggage, all I have to do is put the large bag (with the others inside) under the bed. Storage problem is now solved.
Some people might expect that I would include an affiliate link to a recommended set of luggage for you. But I am not. I bought the Samsonite set for a couple reasons: (1) it is one of the oldest and most well-know brands of luggage; (2) I liked the style (nesting), the rollers, and the color. You might have a brand of luggage that you prefer; great! SUGGESTION: the next time you are looking to buy new luggage, look for a set of nesting pieces in YOUR favorite brand, not anyone else’s!
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Stuart Gustafson, America’s International Travel Expert®