It’s been a long year. Perhaps you haven’t taken a look at your traveling bags, your tried and tested old hands for going around the world. The problem is, they’ve tried. They could be tired. And while we can’t travel at the moment, it could be time for you to grab a bunch of items you’ve wanted to try out or to refresh what you have that may be worn and worth getting new content.
For example: How old is your luggage bag? Do you know when it could get worn too much, and break? Now would be a great time to buy a new one when people aren’t thinking about it.
But perhaps that’s a step too far. Let’s see some big reasons why now is the best time for an upgrade.
- Right Now, This Is A Buyer’s Market
No one is traveling. So no one is buying. Simple two-step point, right? But what does this mean for you? It means companies want to shift stock that they just can’t get rid of. Items, like a hiking jacket that often goes for $500, have gone down to a lower price simply because they’re sitting too long in the stores. That same $500 for one item could get you a whole bag of luggage, and likely the bag as well.
- Gear Quality Has Improved A Lot
Not only is there a lot of gear, but the quality of it has gone up incredibly in the last 5 years. Shoes are harder, shirts last longer, bags can handle more abuse, and so on. As these things have been refined, so too has their quality.
- Double Duty Has Improved
When you first bought your travel clothes, chances are they didn’t manage to look so great when you took them off the trail and into the city. Not so much these days. You can find the gear that looks great as you go up that mountain and as you hit the city streets the next day, and these make great sense to grab if you’re planning a lot of multi-location travels.
- Lightweight Has Become The New Normal
Is your old gear heavy and cumbersome? If so, buying something modern that is designed to be slim and lightweight can save you a headache – or an arm ache – down the line. A better bag could be a lot lighter, that new coat could be less weighty but just as warm, and so on and so forth.
- So Much More Can Be So Much Smaller
Finally, and this is a big one: Items can be much smaller these days than they ever were. Sure, we all know about the lightweight duffel bags that can pack flat and compress contents inside, but suitcases too are able to get much smaller. Not only that, but other items have become easier to shrink and transport.
You can find camp stoves that flatten down to nothing. Canoes and kayaks can come in flatpack options, shrinking to easily fit into the back of a car. Nesting storage has become a big thing in the last year, with many people living at home not wanting to be stuck with large, cumbersome items they aren’t using, and yes, this has translated into the travel item industry. Take a look for things you need and things you usually find annoying to travel with, and see if there’s a smaller version that can help you.
So, is this the time for you to replace what you have? Well, yes if you need to. If it is a good time for you to do so, go ahead! But at the end of the day, remember that you should only buy things if it’s worth your while. Don’t get suckered into sales for useless items.