Hard surface luggage is less “bed bug friendly”. Hard luggage vs. soft luggage has fewer hiding places for bed bugs and bed bugs much prefer the textured surfaces of the smooth luggage.
Before settling in, make sure to inspect your room for bed bugs. If there are tell tale signs like brownish spots, shed skins or bed bugs themselves. Make sure to visually inspect the mattress, box spring, head board. Inspect along the seams of the mattress, and in the plastic corner protectors of the box spring.
Do not place your luggage on the bed (bed bugs are typically on or very close to the bed). Use the luggage rack and place it in the middle of the room. Take out items as you need them.
When leaving place the content of your luggage in plastic sealable bags to protect your clothes and other items.
When returning home if possible unpack outside, or in the garage. Place clothing sealed in the plastic bag directly in the washing machine, or if not soiled directly in the dryer for a minimum of 30 minutes on the hottest heat setting. Place plastic bags that contained clothing in a sealed outside container.