How to Choose the Best Luggage for Traveling

Whether you’re a frequent flyer or you just take the occasional vacation away, it’s important to choose the right luggage for your adventure. Not only do you need something that’s going to hold all of your belongings, but it also needs to keep everything safe (whether you decided to store your luggage or not). This is often a daunting task for travelers because there are so many options out there to choose from.

We’re making the decision a little easier for you by sharing some advice on how to choose the best luggage for traveling. After all, the right storage will make your trip go much more smoothly, right?

Select Hard Shell or Soft Shell

One of the first things you may want to consider when purchasing a new piece of luggage for traveling is what the exterior is made out of. As you hunt for your perfect luggage, you’re going to encounter suitcases that have either a hard or soft outer shell. The one you choose to go with will depend on your needs when traveling.

The hard shell suitcases on the market today are often made with a polycarbonate exterior. These shells are durable, so they offer some extra protection for your belongings that are stored inside. This is perfect for carrying any of your tech gadgets with you. The hard, polycarbonate shell is also great because it’s easy to clean by simply wiping it down.

On the other hand, you might be more drawn to the soft shell luggage. These are typically made from leather or a heavy fabric. If you’re going to be storing your luggage in an overhead compartment while on the plane, the soft shell suitcase should have no problem making the squeeze into this tight space. Plus, you’ll appreciate the added storage that outside pockets add!

Choose the Right Size

Another important factor when choosing the best luggage for traveling is the size. The size of your luggage is going to depend on a variety of things. First, you’ll want to consider the airline you’re flying with to learn what their luggage allowance is because everyone has different regulations. Also, will you choose a carry-on or will you be checking your luggage?

Another thing to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t choose luggage that’s a struggle for you to manage when it’s empty. You need something that you can handle because there typically won’t be anyone around to help you lift or carry your bags. Make sure the luggage you decide to purchase doesn’t put on a strain on you physically.

Go for Something Lightweight

If you want to save some money while traveling, you likely want to avoid any kind of overweight baggage fees. And while that largely depends on what you’ve packed into your bag, it also depends on the weight of the luggage you’re bringing on board. For this reason, you should consider how much a bag weighs before making your purchase.

Instead of going for a heavy, bulkier bag, go for something that’s lightweight. You always want to go for a lighter piece of luggage to help you save cash while traveling. There are plenty of options on the market that are advertised as being lighter, so you’ll want to look into those to avoid added fees when flying.

Get Functional Wheels

When traveling, wheels on a suitcase can make a huge difference. Instead of having to carry a heavy bag, you’re able to pull it behind you or push it in front of you to get around quickly. It really takes the stress out of navigating the busy airport. However, you’ll have to choose between two wheels or four when selecting your new luggage.

Suitcases with two wheels are easy to maneuver, but they’re also prone to tipping over if they’re not balanced. On the other hand, you can select a suitcase with four wheels, which will stand upright. They’re also easy to move around, plus can be pulled sideways since they have a wider range of movement. If you choose four wheels, make sure the suitcase you purchase has a locking system though, otherwise they won’t stay in place!

Choose an Expandable Zipper

Trying to fit all your things into a suitcase can often be a challenge! It’s even more difficult when you’re returning home with a few extra things in your bag! That’s why it’s a great idea to choose something with an expandable zipper. It’ll allow your bag to grow, thus giving you a little more space to pack everything in. Just be aware that an expanded suitcase may have trouble fitting into an overhead compartment!

Get Compartments for Organization

If you’re someone who loves to be organized, especially when traveling, you’ll need to consider what kind of compartments are inside the luggage you buy. Zipper pockets both inside and outside your bag provide a place for everything you’re bringing on your trip. If you fall in love with a bag that doesn’t have as many compartments, you could also purchase a luggage organizer to keep things tidy.

Pick Your Durability

The last tip to keep in mind when choosing the best luggage for traveling is durability. You want something that is made of quality materials and will withstand your travels time and time again. You’ll also want to consider where you’re flying to and any activities your luggage may need to endure.

A long-lasting piece of luggage is made of quality material, has tough wheels, sturdy handles, and strong zippers. You don’t have to break the bank for quality luggage, but you also don’t want the cheapest option on the market either. Great luggage should last you a long time and will be worth the price you pay.

Luggage options to consider…

What is your favorite luggage for traveling? Let us know in the comments!

6 Tips For Traveling Stress-Free

For most people, the act of traveling is stressful even just thinking about it. That’s because there are so many unknown variables that could go awry. Forgetting essential items, plane delays, losing something… All of these small stresses add up and lead to anxiety.

You vacation should be relaxing, not cause you to hyperventilate! To help you keep stress to a minimum when traveling, we’re sharing our top six tips below…

1. Get organized.

One of the main reasons you get stressed when traveling is because there is so much to think about. From packing to getting to the airport on time, your mind is constantly racing, trying to make sure everything is complete. The easiest way to relieve travel-related stress is to keep yourself organize. Here are a few simple tips…

  • Make a travel itinerary so you know everything that needs to be done and where you need to be at all times. This will take some of the pressure off of remembering every little detail.
  • Don’t just throw all your stuff into a bag and call it packing. Keep your items organized in your luggage or backpack so if or when you need to grab something important (for example, your passport) you aren’t rummaging through everything and panicking while you try to find it.
  • While we’re talking about packing, you should create a packing list and keep it in your bag. This not only helps you remember everything you need to pack for your trip but it also ensures that you don’t leave anything behind.

2. Store your luggage.

The absolute last thing you want to worry about when traveling is carrying around your luggage. It can be bulky, get in the way, and (worse) it could get forgotten or stolen. If you’ve arrived at your destination but can’t check in yet, leave your bags with City CoPilot. It will give you one less thing to think about while you enjoy your time away!

3. Be secure.

We’ve all heard horror stories of people getting their luggage stolen or losing their passports while on vacation. To keep yourself anxiety-free, you’ll want to avoid these types of situations at all costs. The only way to do that is by staying secure. To precautions to lock up or hide valuables, keep your passport on you at all times, and definitely get travel insurance. Yes, it may be a bit more work and money but it will give you peace of mind as you travel.

4. Understand things will go wrong.

This might sound a little counterintuitive to the whole theme of this blog post but we’re being realists here. Things might go wrong and that is okay. As long as you’ve taken the necessary steps to protect against a worst case scenario, you’re going to be fine. Here’s a “worst case” example, let’s say you lose your passport. If you have a copy of it hidden away in your luggage or a picture of it on your phone, you can go to a local US embassy to get a temporary one.

5. Get enough sleep and stay energized.

Traveling tired is a surefire way to make mistakes. You need your brain to be working correctly. Obviously, the first step is to make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Eight hours of uninterrupted sleep is key. However, if for some reason you’re unable to get enough sleep, you may need to rely on coffee or even brain optimizing supplements to keep you focused.

6. Relax a little.

Traveling doesn’t have to be stressful. It is what you make of it. Regardless of whether you’re going on a business trip or vacation, you can still have fun and enjoy yourself. To keep your mind from worrying, pack some things to entertain you during the down times—books, movies, and games will all get the job done.

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Get 25% Off Short Term Luggage Storage In Brooklyn or Manhattan!

Need short-term luggage storage in Brooklyn or Manhattan? City CoPilot has you covered. We provide safe, secure overnight luggage storage whether you’re in the middle of a move, changing AirBnbs, or taking a short trip to Washington DC or Niagara Falls. City CoPilot’s multiple locations to make daily and overnight luggage storage affordable, safe, secure and easy.

Did you know? Guests can store luggage at our Brooklyn location for up to a week. But that’s not the only news we want to share: City CoPilot now offers a luggage storage discount! Pre-book your luggage storage reservation at one of our locations now to get 25% off!

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Luggage Storage And Pizza: A NYC Love Story

New York City is the place for pizza and Team City CoPilot eats our fair share of pie, so check out our favorite pie shops from Midtown Manhattan to East Williamsburg in Brooklyn!

Motorino. Motorino may be a global chain but their New York City locations make you feel like a local. We recommend the Sopressata Super Piccante. Team City CoPilot frequents their East Village location, just up the road from our Lower East Side luggage storage location on Allen Street.

Gruppo. You like thin crust? You’ll love Gruppo then. Located in Alphabet City near Tompkins Square Park, this New York original is perfect for families because it opens early and it’s pretty affordable. (They also a great wine selection for thirsty parents.)

Amadeus Pizza. Family owned and operated for over 25 years, Amadeus has two convenient locations near our Times Square luggage storage location: one on 8th Avenue and 49th street (just two blocks from the Greyline Visitor’s Center) and another at 408 8th Avenue. It’s the perfect pizza spot if you’re traveling to or from Penn Station or seeing a show at Madison Square Garden. Trust us on this: try the garlic knots.

Roberta’s. Roberta’s is truly a Brooklyn staple. You may wait in a line to eat here, but this Bushwick staple is worth it. The El Supremo pizza does not disappoint.

Williamsburg Pizza. Full disclosure: with two pizza shops so close to our luggage storage location in Williamsburg and in the Lower East Side, we eat a lot of Williamsburg Pizza. The Grandma slice is our hands-down fave!

It’s impossible to hold a slice and schlep your luggage on the streets of New York, so be smart and store your bags will us while you grab a slice. You can choose from our multiple locations for luggage storage in the East Village, West Village, Midtown Manhattan or Williamsburg Brooklyn. City CoPilot’s your wingman in the city for safe secure locker or baggage storage in NYC and pizza recommendations.

Photo: Williamsburg Pizza
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Do Not Miss This East Village Historical Gem: Merchant’s House Museum

The East Village’s Merchant’s House Museum on 29 East Fourth Street is a fantastic place for history buffs and fashionistas alike to visit. The Merchant’s House Museum, formerly known as the Old Merchant’s House and the Seabury Tredwell House, is the only nineteenth-century family home in New York City that’s still intact inside and out. And this piece of preserved history is right here in the East Village!

Its upcoming exhibition, “The Changing Silhouette of 19th Century Fashion: The Decade of the 1830s,” opens Thursday, July 20 — couture fans will drool at the fashions and history buffs will love the exhibits. And there’s more: every Thursday evening in July, they do “Summer Evenings in the Garden” with no reservation needed!

If it’s your first or last day visiting the East Village, this is a great way to spend an afternoon. Don’t forget you can always store your luggage at the City CoPilot location on Allen Street a short walk from the Merchant’s Museum. And don’t miss these other spots to experience the East Village like a local!
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Got A Late Check-In? Here’s How To Make The Most Of Your First Day In New York City

A lot of our customers from West Coast fly the red-eye into New York City, arriving super early in the morning. In theory this is a win, because they get in a full day of sightseeing in on their first day, but what happens when you can’t check-in to your hotel or Airbnb before 3 pm?

You come to City CoPilot! Here’s our step-by-step guide to have an amazing New York City adventure after an early arrival or before a late check-in.

  1. Pre-book your transportation from the airport with City CoPilot. It’s the best price in town. Go here to reserve with our exclusive discount.
  2. Store your luggage at one of our three locations in NYC.
  3. Once your luggage is securely stored at City CoPilot, it’s time for fun! Here are our recommendations:
    • One World Observatory.  The 360-degree view of Manhattan is the best view in town. It takes less than 30 minutes to get to the Observatory from all City CoPilot locations:
      • From the Lower East Side, walk to the Essex Street subway station located at Essex and Delancey Streets. Take the J Train going towards Broad Street and get off at the Fulton Street Station. It’s less than a 10-minute walk from the station to the Observatory.
      • From Brooklyn: take the J Train at the Hewes Street station heading towards Manhattan and get off at the Fulton Street station.
      • From Times Square, head to the 50th Street subway station and catch the downtown E Train to World Trade Center, then get off at the Chambers Street station.
    • The Oculus. Once you’ve finished at the Observatory, you can take a quick walk to this architectural masterpiece. (No really, it looks like a huge spaceship inside.) There’s also a shopping mall and restaurants nearby.
    • Chinatown. By now, you’re probably going to be hungry so we recommend taking a short walk to historic Chinatown for lunch. The famous Nom Wah Tea Parlor has been around in some form since 1920. It’s been a bakery, kitchen, and now, it’s a dim sum and tea house. It’s still got a vintage vibe. We recommend the fried sesame balls with lotus paste!
    • Little Italy. You need dessert, right? We highly recommend indulging with a cannoli at Ferrara Bakery.
  4. Check-in time! Pick up your luggage at City CoPilot. We’re here for all your concierge needs.
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Experience New York’s East Village Like A Local

Whether it’s your first or last day visiting New York City, you should not miss the avenues of Alphabet City in the East Village.

The story of the East Village is history and a mixing of cultures. (RIP, CBGB.) The legacy of the riots in Tompkins Square Park the 1980s gave way to the peaceful protests against racism and xenophobia of late. And the neighborhood’s vast multicultural influences make it the place for good food and drinks. Here’s all the must-see East Village spots to eat, drink, and shop like a local.

Mr. Throwback. You can spend hours in the popular 1990s-era retro store that sells sports apparel, sneakers, video games, and toys. Need a gift? Start here.
Crif Dogs. An East Village original, the hot dog shop serves custom mouth watering dogs that you will not find anywhere else.
Tokio 7. One of New York’s larger upscale consignment shops, you can find second-hand designer and vintage clothing, shoes & accessories. It’s the perfect spot to find that one-of-a-kind vintage Ramones tee.
Minca. Hands down the best Ramen in New York City. Take our word for it.
Death and Company. This is not a funeral home. It is one of the Village’s most iconic speakeasys. The bartenders, dressed in bow ties and suspenders, mix a variety of specialty cocktails. Get there early — there’s always a line.
National Ukrainian Home. Also called Ukrainian East Village, this tucked away restaurant doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside you’ll find the most delicious pierogi and the coldest vodka in town. It’s been in the neighborhood for over 50 years.
Sunny and Annie’s Deli. Want the best sandwich ever? Don’t judge this deli by its cover. Inside, it has the most creative twists on banh mi and the classic egg sandwich in the city. (You won’t know you like pineapple and spicy red pepper pesto together until you eat here.)

If you explore the spots on our list, don’t forget to store your luggage at our safe and secure Lower East Side location! City CoPilot is a super-short walk to the East Village and all of these amazing spots. Enjoy your last day luggage-free so you can walk, shop, drink and take in one of our favorite NYC neighborhoods.

The Best Luggage Storage Solution For New York’s Cruise Ships

Taking a cruise to Manhattan or Brooklyn? Store your luggage with City CoPilot!

Our Times Square location at 777 8th Avenue between 47th and 48th Streets is SUPER CLOSE to the Manhattan Cruise Terminal at Pier 88 or Pier 90. Simply drop off your bags inside and we will safely store them until you’re ready to pick up. And it’s SUPER EASY to get to and from JFK Airport!

Docking at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook, Brooklyn? Try our Williamsburg luggage drop-off location located at 332 Hooper Street between South 4th and South 5th Streets. This location is a 2-minute walk from the J train, which is a direct route to JFK’s AirTrain.

All City CoPilot locations can store your luggage for multiple days! We also handle luggage forwarding.

Lost Your Luggage? Need Your Bags Delivered?

Nothing is worse than an airline losing luggage. Except waiting for the airline to deliver your luggage. Most airline delivery requires a FIVE hour waiting window! That means instead of exploring New York City or Brooklyn, tourists are stuck waiting around.
We’re here to help! Choose one of City CoPilot’s locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn and have your luggage delivered to directly to us. We accept luggage on your behalf and then contact you once we receive it!
All you need to do is email at info@citycopilot.com and let us know the luggage is on the way. You can pay in store when you pickup the luggage. The price? Just $10. $10 is a great price so you can feel confident your luggage is stored securely while you explore the city. No more wasted time waiting!
At City CoPilot, we are dedicated to safe and secure luggage storage!

Batman Will Be On The Lower East Side This Weekend

The heat in New York City has been rough this week, but this Saturday the temp will be back in the high 60s! So get outside and checkout these awesome happenings:

  • Batman is having an art show! Well… Val Kilmer is having an art show on Eldridge Street at Woodward Gallery. Details here.
  • Brooklyn Half Marathon! If you’re not running, cheer someone on drink in hand.
  • Schiller’s Liquor. One of our favorite bar on Rivington Street will be closing at the end of summer… Go there before it is too late 🙁

Photo: Gavin Thomas

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