Carrying Cases – Choosing the Right One

by Steven Holand, Carry Cases Plus Owner

Need a protective carrying case to safeguard your stuff, but don’t know where to start? Choosing the right case boils down to three things: cost, durability and design.Those on a budget might consider inexpensive plastic cases. Plastic Economy Cases are perfect if you’re looking to protect your smaller-sized goods and simply carry them around with you. But take note: these cases are not meant for rough handling. Think of it this way – you can’t smack your economy case against a wall and jump up and down on it, but it will do the trick if all you’re doing is lugging it around with you. Economy cases start at under $6, depending on size. For a little more durability and more size options, the go-to carrier is a Blow Molded Case, which is also on the inexpensive end of the spectrum. Blow molded cases offer more protection than their economy cousin and starts at around $10 for smaller sizes. These cases are sturdier, can withstand more impact and are grease and oil resistant.

For even more durability and some great aesthetic options, try an Aluminum Case. These mid-level cases are great for storing outdoor, photo, video, electronic and all sorts of equipment. Aluminum cases have a sleek, clean look and each include organizational elements inside like removable dividers, pre-cut adjustable foam, a built-in lock and key and a shoulder strap. These stronger cases, which start at about $25, are ideal for those looking for a middle-of-the-road case for small or large items.

Finally, if you are looking for the top-of-the-line carry cases to protect and carry your equipment, you’ll want a Heavy-Duty Waterproof Case. This category includes Pelican, Storm, Seahorse or Nanuk cases, which are virtually indestructible. These ultra-durable cases are airtight, watertight, scratch-resistant, shatter-resistant, dust-proof and chemical resistant. The larger ones come with a handle and wheels and all offer a lifetime guarantee. They start around $35. Be sure to take your time when choosing a case. You may not need as large a case as you anticipate.

Sometimes it is hard to know how much space is needed between your items. If you have questions, contact a carrying case professional for guidance. Steven Holand is the owner of Carry Cases Plus, a division of Century Service Affiliates, Inc., a foam fabricator and case distributor with over 20 years of experience creating foam inserts.

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