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Why Suitcases Make a Great Gift for the Traveler in Your Life!

Picture this: The traveler in your life is about to embark on their first adult trip ever, or a much-awaited vacation. They’ve already spent weeks (or months!) planning the perfect itinerary. They’ve read numerous travel blogs and received great tips from friends on what to do and where to go. The excitement is palpable, and they can hardly wait to start packing.

But here’s the catch: Their luggage is a flimsy old bag on its last legs. It was a hand-me-down from a family member or friend, or something on sale from a big box store, or worse, a thrift shop or garage sale.

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They’ve always made do with it, but it has seen better days. As they start packing, they realize that the bag is falling apart at the seams, and the zipper is broken. Suddenly, their dream trip or vacation just turned into a nightmare.

YOU to the rescue!

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My Luminous Textured Carry-On in pink and green.

Setting the Stage for the Perfect Traveler's Gift

When it comes to gift-giving, there's an art in selecting the ideal present. For the travel enthusiast in your life, the options are endless, but one gift stands out among the rest for its practicality and thoughtfulness: a suitcase.

Choosing a gift is not just about the physical item; it's a reflection of your understanding and appreciation for the recipient. Thoughtful presents convey how much you care and a suitcase speaks volumes about your understanding of the traveler in your life's needs.

Let's explore why good-quality suitcases make an excellent gift for travelers and delve into the reasons why I think investing in quality luggage, and I recommend LEVEL8, is a must for every globetrotter or wannabe globetrotter.

Andi at the RDU airport with her LEVEL8 Road Runner Suitcase
At the RDU airport with my LEVEL8 Road Runner Suitcase


Travelers subject their luggage to a considerable amount of wear and tear. Airports, buses, and train stations can be unforgiving environments, and a sturdy suitcase can withstand the rigors of travel. Quality suitcases are constructed from materials that are built to last, ensuring that your gift will accompany its traveler on many adventures (and misadventures!).

In my early career, I was traveling a lot and was always fearful that my bag – usually stuffed with purchases and souvenirs from the countries I was visiting – would make it home. My bags were awkward and odd-shaped, and the handles and zippers broke all the time! Then I got smart, bought a better suitcase, and never looked back!

LEVEL8 Suitcase at RDU airport
LEVEL8 Road Runner and Voyageur Suitcases at RDU airport

Impact-Resistant Shells

Accidents happen, and luggage can take a beating in transit. A quality suitcase should have an impact-resistant shell that protects the contents from rough handling and unexpected bumps and jostles. LEVEL8 cases are made of German-made Makrolon polycarbonate which is tough as nails!

Protecting valuable items and souvenirs collected during a trip is a top priority for any traveler. Look for cases that come with built-in compression straps that keep the contents secure and prevent shifting during transit. This feature ensures that delicate souvenirs, fragile items, and cherished possessions arrive home intact.

Hassle-Free Trips

Investing in a quality suitcase means ensuring a hassle-free journey. Many modern suitcases are equipped with smooth-rolling wheels and ergonomic handles, making it a breeze to navigate through crowded airports and city streets.

You don't realize how important this is until you experience really good wheels and handles. These features take the physical strain out of travel and ensure that the traveler arrives at their destination refreshed and ready for adventure.

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A few years ago Mr. Misadventures and I convinced my mother-in-law to buy a better suitcase. Each time she would arrive from France to visit us, we weren't sure if her ratty old suitcase would make it! We were always amazed that she went from the train to the airport to us without a mishap. It was tied together with strings and ribbons, it didn't roll right – a total mess! Now she raves about how much easier it is on her…although she still overpacks!

This year we also gifted my Mom a high-quality suitcase and her solo trips through the airport are now a breeze – good wheels make a difference!

LEVEL8 has 360° spinner wheels that glide like nobody's business!

Security and Peace of Mind

Security is paramount when traveling. Quality suitcases often come with TSA-approved locks, providing peace of mind to the traveler. These locks allow security personnel to inspect the contents of the suitcase without damaging it, reducing the chances of theft or damage during security checks.

Level 8 Luminous Textured Carry-On with Misadventures with Andi tag
Level8 Luminous Textured Carry-On

My Luminous Textured Carry-On shown above has a TSA-approved combination lock.

Also, the LEVEL8 20″ Road Runner carry-on I have has a dual locking system plus a dedicated front-pocket lock. This is convenient for unlocking part of the case to grab my laptop (no, laptop, it is perfect for a tablet and some magazines!) without unlocking everything.

LEVEL8 Suitcases
LEVEL8 Road Runner and Voyageur Suitcases

Other Suitcase Features to Look For

Organizational Efficiency: Beyond size, the number and arrangement of compartments and pockets in a suitcase are key factors to consider. A well-organized suitcase will help the traveler keep their belongings in order, making packing and unpacking a breeze.

One feature I love about my LEVEL8 Voyageur Check-In is its wide trolley system that allows for more actual room inside the case.

Packed LEVEL8 Suitcase

In addition, the Voyageur Check-In has a fantastic interior compression system, wet-dry pockets, and two expansive compartments. My Road Runner Carry-on also has large compartments with zippered pockets and a compression strap.

Water and Stain Resistance: Travel often exposes luggage to various environmental conditions. LEVEL8 cases are water-resistant and protect the contents from rain, spills, and other unexpected mishaps. This feature can be a lifesaver during unpredictable travel scenarios!

Gifting the Perfect Suitcase

To ensure your gift is truly appreciated, take the time to assess your traveler's habits and preferences. Different sizes and styles of suitcases are suitable for various types of travel. For short weekend getaways, a carry-on suitcase may be ideal, while longer trips may require a larger checked suitcase.

Understanding their typical travel style will help you select a suitcase that perfectly suits their needs and enhances their travel experience.

LEVEL8 has something for every travel personality!

Andi in Paris CDG Airport with her LEVEL8 Suitcase
In Paris CDG Airport with my LEVEL8 Road Runner Suitcase

Personalized Tags and Accessories

Make it fun and memorable! Consider adding personalized luggage tags, travel accessories (an AirTag is a must!), or even a heartfelt handwritten note to make the gift even more special.

See more gifts for travelers in my Holiday Gift Guide.

Don't forget the Packing Cubes

Adding packing cubes can truly elevate your gift and up your traveler's packing game to the next level. These handy organizers not only maximize space within their luggage but also bring a sense of order and efficiency to their packing routine.

By compartmentalizing their belongings, packing cubes allow your traveler to neatly separate clothing, accessories, and toiletries, making it easier to find what they need without rummaging through a chaotic suitcase. Additionally, they help prevent wrinkles and keep items protected during transit, ensuring your outfits remain pristine upon arrival.

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Level8 packing cubes

Whether embarking on a weekend getaway or a month-long adventure, packing cubes are the unsung heroes that streamline the packing process and enhance the overall travel experience. So, if you're looking to delight the wanderluster in your life, consider adding packing cubes to your gift as a thoughtful and practical add-on.

Suitcases can inspire new travel plans.

Lastly, giving a suitcase as a gift can be a subtle way of encouraging your loved one to plan new trips and explore new destinations. By having a suitcase ready to go, your friend or family member will be more motivated to plan their next adventure and discover new cultures and experiences.

Who knows, your gift might just be the catalyst for their next trip, and they'll be thinking of you every step of the way!

Andi at the RDU airport with her LEVEL8 Voyageur Suitcase
Off on a new adventure with my LEVEL8 Voyageur Suitcase

So, the next time you're pondering the perfect gift, consider the enduring allure of a well-chosen suitcase. Start your search with LEVEL8 cases, and I am sure you will find exactly what you need!

How about you? Have you gifted a suitcase before? What did your receiver think? Would you like a suitcase as a gift? Do tell!

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  1. Natasha Mairs says:

    My sister has just gone on holiday to Disneyworld and they brought some really bright suitcases all in different colours. If I get one of these for Christmas I would be very happy

  2. Amber Myers says:

    Yes! My daughter could use a new suitcase. We’re traveling this summer! I love these.

  3. Those look like some very sturdy suitcases! My husband and I have only flown out & back once but our oldest goes back & forth from college. I need to look into these suitcases for them. Thanks!

  4. I need a new carry on and this one looks like a great one! I’m just going to leave a little hint for my DH! Lol!

  5. I think suitcases are a great idea as well. I don’t travel a whole lot, but it’s nice to have a suitcase for when I do.

  6. Richelle Escat Milar says:

    Suitcase is a lifesaver for all of us. Personally, I didn’t travel much, but when I travel I can easily put or organize my things and trust my suitcase security. That’s why I love suitcase so much.

  7. I’m looking into Road Runner suitcases 🧳 now for my grandkids! They are doing a lot of traveling and I thought about getting them some nice suitcases for Christmas

  8. Melissa Cuhsing says:

    I am loving these suits cases and they make a great gift idea for a few people on my gift giving list so thanks you for the thorough review!

  9. Lavanda Michelle says:

    Suitcases are definitely a must! Once traveled with just bags and never again.

  10. Love this gift idea and these suitcases look great (especially loving that yellow one)

  11. Everything Enchanting says:

    Totally agree with you! I got a suitcase gift from my maternal uncle & aunt, too 😍 and I love it.

  12. Beautiful Touches says:

    These are very accurate and fantastic reasons why suitcases make for a great gift for your beloved travelers!

  13. Christy G says:

    It has been so long since I’ve been on vacation. I’m hoping I can take my son to Disney or on a cruise before he graduates high school.

  14. Yes, suitcases are a great gift and they can inspire to new trips and destinations!