If It Ain’t Broke…

My trusted suitcase has been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism. I bought it roughly 10-12 years ago so it’s been around. The fabric along the bottom has eroded and the metal frame pokes out of one of the corners. The leather finish no longer has that “loved” look. It’s more like an “abused” look.

Despite all this, we’ve had some good trips together and honestly i subscribe to the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ school of thought. My suitcase was worn, loved even, but not broken. So i withstood the taunting, especially from co-workers with far superior luggage.

And then, my suitcase actually broke. On a business trip. There i was, in California, with a suitcase and a handle that would not retract. After some serious struggling you can manage to get the handle down. But the struggling boarders on comical: user must put all body weight on the top of the handle and begin gently wiggling the handle from side to side. After 1-3 minutes, user will feel a difference, the handle is no longer “stuck”. User must immediately pounce and thrust all weight on the handle, pushing it down.

My trusty travel bag was an LL Bean model. I never doubted my replacement would be anything but. I certainly looked at the airport in a moment of desperation but HELLO – overpriced! And what if it’s crap? I couldn’t call Airport X for an exchange like you can call LL Bean.

I debated shopping around but it got overwhelming with all the fancy, superfluous options. Ultimately, i just remembered that i loved my LL Bean model. I mean, sure a set of Louis Vuitton luggage would be fab, but that’s a plane ticket somewhere. And really, if you spend that much money on a bag, isn’t it messed up that you’d allow that bag to be thrown around a luggage conveyor?

The new gear arrived Tuesday and i’m astonished how much luggage has evolved. Those push buttons to retract the handle? Awesome! And the split side compartments cater to my OCD nature. But most of all, my suitcase arrived just in time. I will be on the road all next week and won’t have to endure the harassing or be subjected to embarrassing myself with that ridiculous handle dance.

My new suitcase, the LL Bean Sportsman, in all it's new glory.
My new suitcase, the LL Bean Sportsman, in all it’s new glory.

Am i the only one that hangs on to travel accessories until they absolutely MUST be replaced?

Author: Judi Kennedy

Wanderlust. A professional aunt, fitness enthusiast, dog owner and avid reader the rest of the time.

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