If you are planning a family trip, you might want to make it extra special with some teen luggage. Luggage for youth should be hip, fashionable and sturdy enough to last for years to come. Ideally, the luggage will be high enough quality that your teenager will be able to carry the luggage on to college and even into her adult life one day.
Cute and Hip Teen Luggage Styles
Today's young ladies are used to having a wide variety of fashion choices, so when it comes to luggage they expect the same. Luckily, there are many options for young girls to find luggage that will suit their personal style and color preferences. Colored suitcases can be found almost anywhere luggage is sold. Some choices include:
- Polka Dots: Polka dots are always popular. Today's polka dots aren't the small, shy dots that are reminiscent of an "itsy bitsy, teeny weeny, yellow polka dot bikini". Today's dots might be large, or there may be dots of varying sizes and colors scattered all across the luggage's surface. Some stores that have a nice, high quality selection of polka dot luggage include Pottery Barn and Kohl's. Selection does vary from season to season, so if you don't see what you want, but just have to have that Pottery Barn luggage, you may want to try Ebay or other online auction sites to find the exact style you are looking for.
- Bright Colors: Bright colors are eye catching and can be easy to spot on that conveyer belt as the mounds of luggage from other passengers coming rolling through. You can be sure that your teen's lime green suitcase will likely be the only one. Other colors that are popular with teens include purple, fuschia, yellow and even neon colors. You can find brightly colored luggage at many stores. The Sharper Image features hard-sided suitcases in a variety of colors. You'll also find solid suitcases with both hard and soft sides at many department stores.
- Unusual Patterns: Today's luggage knows no limits. Your teen may love a cheetah print suitcase or appreciate a plaid pattern. With so many pattern choices, both guys and gals should be able to find a suitcase they love. If your teen boy prefers something a bit more subtle, but still unique, check out some of the black and white plaid suitcases at stores like Sears.
- Initials: If you don't have a lot of money to spend on new luggage, you may want to take an older canvas suitcase that is still in good shape and have a local seamstress embroider your child's initials on that suitcase. This can make it a bit more special. If your daughter's favorite color is blue, then have the initials embroidered with blue thread.
Keep in mind the level of wear and tear the suitcase may have to endure and purchase the quality according to how long you want the suitcase to last. Consider whether it really costs you more to buy a higher end suitcase if you have to replace a cheaper one every year, but the more expensive one lasts for 10 years.
Where to Find Luggage for Your Teenager
There are many other stores that cater to the needs of teenagers when it comes to luggage. In addition to brick and mortar stores, here are some online sites:
Keep in mind that a suitcase that is fun for a 13 year old, may seem silly to a 16 year old. Since most teens will use quality luggage for many years, try to find a design that will work into your child's adulthood. With so many different choices available, choosing a suitcase that is both youthful and durable should be a breeze.