Product Type: Dunlop Suitcase
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Cheap and Cheerful, Recommended!
Dunlop Trolley Case
Member Name: katyboo123
Dunlop Trolley Case
Advantages: Cheap, quite spacious for a small case, hand luggage size, looks smart
Disadvantages: Lock is rubbish, handle sticks a little
I travel regularly with work for a quick 'over-nighter' and I don't really need to take a lot. But, my one and only suitcase is sufficient enough for a fortnight holiday though it is only small-ish still, it's a burden to take on the train, get in to the luggage compartments at the end of the carriage (particularly on the train which gets in to Kings Cross just before 9am) and it is silver, covered in luggage tags and really just doesn't look very professional. I made the decision to buy a new, plain black case with a pocket on the outside for my laptop, small enough to fit enough clothes in just for an overnight stay (maybe for two nights just to be sure!).
I began looking around and couldn't believe how much suitcases were! When I saw a small Dunlop trolley case with a discreet logo in Sports Direct for £7.99 which looked just perfect for what I wanted, my partner bought it straight away for me (I would have liked that sentence to read 'I snapped it straight up', but hey, it's nice to be spoilt - even if it is with a suitcase!). I got home with the case and was travelling the next day, so I got ready to pack it.
My initial observations were this: it had about a million tags on it; it seemed to take a lifetime to get them all off. Not just Dunlop's fault, also down to Sports Direct I guess! My second observation was that the lock was absolutely rubbish, in fact as I tried to unlock it the key bent, so I picked it with a hair grip and threw it away (I have luggage locks so I used my own). The case itself though looked fine, and despite a bit of a sticky residue from all of the stickers and labels, I was ready to pack.
I got the 22 inch case so that it was suitable to be used as hand luggage on a plane as well as for my travels. I fit the following in to the case:
Pair of long sleeved, full length trousers flannelette (heavy) pyjamas
Underwear sufficient for 3 days (2 days plus spares... I used to be a Brownie Guide)
Pair of smart heels
Toiletry Bag (including Electric Toothbrush, charger, Toothpaste (full size), Mouthwash (full size), Facecloth, Make up, Hairbrush, Straighteners, Shower Gel and Shower Puff)
Laptop and charger
I also managed to squash in my handbag for the train journey back to save having that to carry as well as the case (I hate manoeuvring around the Tube with a handbag, I am scared I'll get pick pocketed, or in all the hurrying, lose it or leave it somewhere!).
The body of the case is lightweight but very durable, I didn't struggle to carry the case with all of the above in it, and in the past I have struggled with my own case as it has a hard body, which is great for durability, but not so good from a weight perspective. Another little criticism is that the handle is quite tricky to extend, it seems to stick, but this could just be a fault on my particular model though.
The wheels did not stick and kept up with the pace in London (and have done ever since on several more trips). The case can standalone and doesn't tip due to uneven weight from the front or rear framework of the build. There is one internal pocket and two external pockets which are useful for putting in paperwork for business. However, the pockets are not flexible or spacious and so putting in clothing or shoes for example wouldn't be possible. There is a plastic luggage tag attached to the case too which is very useful especially if using it as luggage for a flight. I like the elasticated internal security straps, very useful for packing neatly and holding ironed items flat and securely in order to keep them crease free!
For the money - this case represents exceptional value for money - for less than a tenner I have a great little case which has a couple of little quirks (no suitable lock, sticking handle), but on the whole is just what I needed. I would highly recommend this as a cheap solution for regular travellers.
Available (most cheaply) from Sports Direct. Thanks for reading!
Summary: I would highly recommend this for regular business travellers!
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