Love it or hate it, luggage is an integral part of almost every vacation or trip you will take. Everyone has luggage, and everyone uses luggage, but most people don’t know anything about how luggage has changed over time or its history. We tend to think of luggage in terms of the sleek, wheeled, and lightweight cases we see today. However, luggage has been used for centuries, and was very different up until just a short time ago.
According to The Oxford English Dictionary the word ‘luggage’ enters printed English in 1596. The word derives from lug (v.) “to drag” and literally means, “that which needs to be lugged about.” For most of history, luggage commonly came in the form of chests or trunks made of wood, ivory, or other heavy materials.
Due to their bulk and weight, these chests and trunks would be shipped by professional movers. It was not until the end of World War II that smaller and more lightweight suitcases and bags that are carried on your person became the more popular and acceptable form of taking your possessions along on a trip.
While steamship travel in the past required luggage to be strong, waterproof and sturdy for journeys, bags and luggage needed to be quite the opposite for plane trips. Zips replaced clasps, suitcases were no longer required to be waterproof, and wheels and towing handles became more commonplace features in luggage design. Travelers now carry their own cases in transit – and the old fashioned porters have become a thing of the past.
While luggage has had many amazing transformations in the past, we saved the best improvement for last. In 2012, Bags launched its now nationally recognized and used Bags VIP luge delivery service to help travelers across the country Make Travel Easier. Bags VIP allows you to bypass baggage claim and begin making the most of your vacation or business trip right away, without the burden of luggage. Don’t live in the past, click here to book Bags VIP for your next business trip or vacation!