Everybody needs some type of item carrying receptacle. We use luggage, briefcases, backpacks, purses, wallets, and even baskets to carry what we need with us in our daily life. We spend a lot of money on these items, use them regularly, and need them to make our lives easier. Why, then, do we simply buy whatever looks good or whatever the sales person tells us is the right product? Quality counts. These receptacles are an investment. They should be the right bags for us, and they should be built to last. Do you really want to have to shop for new luggage or a new backpack every couple of years?
Luggage is something that almost everybody uses. We all have at least one suitcase and a few duffle bags that we can fill up at a moment’s notice when the need to travel arises. Luggage can be purchased almost anywhere and in almost any style. You can buy simple black fabric luggage in New York City. You can buy leather luggage in the U.K. You can even buy luggage with animated characters drawn on the front in Japan. The most important thing is finding luggage that will last. If you are a frequent air traveler, do not be afraid of something with a hard shell. Bags can take a beating when being put in and out of the overhead compartment and when checked with the airline. Leather luggage is also good. When leather is maintained properly, it will last for many years hardly the worse for wear.
Briefcases are something that should be familiar to anybody in the business world. These items carry all of our most important documents back and forth between home, the office, and client locations. With something so important, you definitely do not want to skimp on quality. A leather briefcase is usually the best way to go. Leather briefcases are popular for a reason. Not only are they stylish and timeless, they are able to stand up to the beatings that many of us put them through. Leather is not the only quality material. Briefcases made of space-age plastic, nylon or vinyl are built with style in mind and are nearly indestructible. They can be banged around with abandon and still protect your precious cargo inside.
Quality is an attribute that is too often taken for granted. If we are going to spend money on these items, should we not make sure that we buy the ones that stand up to everyday use? Luggage, backpacks, briefcases, and purses are used everywhere by everybody. These items are usually expensive and not very interesting to shop for. Most of us are not experts when it comes to purchasing these items, so we often have to take the salesperson’s word for it. A little research prior to making a purchase can save us time, trouble, and most importantly, money the next time we have to purchase a bag. If you want something that will last, quality matters.
No matter what we do or where we go, many of us have a use for some type of bag. Whether we are traveling and need to carry clothes in a suitcase, or going to school and need to carry books in a backpack, or going to the grocery store and carrying our produce home, bags give us convenience and the ability to carry more than we could with our hands alone. Bags come in many shapes and sizes, and have been helping people carry things since the beginning of humanity.
Regardless of what you need to carry, some sort of bag exists to meet your needs. For the businessman, a leather briefcase is always proper. For the traveler, leather luggage in the U.K. or Australia or any other exotic location will make you feel stylish while carrying all of your belongings. For the child trick-or-treating on Halloween night, a bag with a pumpkin on it will hold all of the candy treats you can get in your neighborhood. For the baseball coach, a duffel bag will let you easily carry team equipment to and from practice. Bags are everywhere, helping us save trips by allowing us to carry more at once than we otherwise could.
Bags have been used by people in one form or another since at least the 2nd century BC. Throughout the centuries, new uses were found for specific materials and specific bag types. The Chinese created paper bags to hold tea some time during the 7th century AD. Backpacks and shoulder packs were created to help soldiers lug supplies across long distances when going to war. Easily portable luggage (usually with a handle) was created when somebody determined that wooden chests were not practical for transporting belongings. Bags are made out of everything from paper, to plastic, to leather, to fabric. They can be decorated, personalized, given corporate logos, and colored.
Today, bags are big business. Grocery chains spend millions of dollars every year having paper and plastic bags manufactured with the company logo. Luggage manufacturers sell suitcases and duffel bags to all manner of consumers that can cost anywhere from ten dollars to hundreds of dollars per piece. Garbage bags are made for anything from small paper waste baskets to heavy duty yard waste and are found in every home in America. Backpacks are made with varying degrees of decorations in many styles and sold for students and hikers to use. We even have body bags which are durable plastic bags designed to transport a deceased human without exposing the remains to the elements.
The bag, though rarely given any thought, has helped humanity reach its current heights. The ability to carry more in a single trip makes us exponentially more productive than we would be without such a receptacle. Can you imagine trying to travel without a bag? How would you like to walk through the airport holding all of your clothes? Take a look around you some day, you will see the enormous impact that bags have on every aspect of our lives.