Bleah! Study Finds Expensive Hotels Have More Germs

May 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

You know that old adage, you get what you pay for? A recent study done by Travelmath proves, not always. The study of three-star, four-star, and five-star hotels for cleanliness uncovered disturbing amounts of bacteria in these establishments.

Hotel Room Remote. Be sure to wipe it down before you use it.

Be sure to wipe these down with a disinfectant wipe before you touch them. Who knows who’s been handling them?!

Travelmath “tested for the presence of various types of bacteria (including bacilli and cocci), yeast, and gram-positive rods (bacteria that cause various ailments, such as skin infections and pneumonia) and gram-negative rods (bacteria that cause respiratory and other infections).” They tested four common, high-touch surfaces: television remote controls, bathroom counters, desks, and phones. Surprisingly, four- and five-star hotels were found to be dirtier than their three-star counterparts.

“That was definitely kind of a surprise for us, because the five-star hotels are known for those extra amenities, the extra service, the extra luxury,” Cristina Lachowyn, outreach manager on behalf of Travelmath, said in a recent Yahoo Travel article.

As you anticipate your next hotel stay, here are some surfaces to avoid or wipe down with disinfectant wipes. (Stick a few wipes in a resealable plastic bag and pack it in your luggage.)
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Top Five Technological Advances in Travel

May 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Technology is changing all aspects of our lives, from how we communicate to how we work to how we watch TV. Even our travel is benefitting from new technological advances.

A screenshot of a Google map

You can now download a localized Google Map to your phone for use even when you don’t have wifi or data access.

In fact, technological and engineering advances top the list of coming travel-related improvements. DestinationTips.com recently published 15 new travel advances we can expect to see, and we picked out a few of our favorites.

If you have a smartphone, you’ll be especially jazzed by what you can do with that ever-expanding, multi-tasking device.

Hilton and Marriott are in the process of updating the mechanisms that lock their guest rooms so travelers can unlock the door using their smartphone. By simply downloading an app when you check in, your phone acts as a key, and you have one less thing to keep track of during your visit.
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PIU! Science Explains Why You Smell While You Travel

May 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Man, did you smell those people on the plane? That was terrible. But we don’t smell like that, do we? Uh, do we?

Yes. Yes, you do. We all get a little odoriferous when we travel. But why does it happen? We take care to practice good hygiene, so how can we be so stinky when we get off a plane or train?

Water bottles

Be sure to stay hydrated when you travel to prevent bad breath.

I mean, sure we had that burger in the terminal and we don’t have access to our toothbrushes, but that’s not really why we smell when we travel. Take note of these simple solutions to offending others with your stink while in confined, shared spaces and you’ll have a better trip. (Trust me.)

One step is to make sure you drink plenty of water while you’re traveling, especially if you’re flying. You may not really see the connection, but water makes a big difference. When you’re dehydrated, your breath stinks. The bacteria that builds up from the aforementioned hamburger can be diminished just by drinking water. At the very least, water keeps your mouth flushed and reduces stink breath-causing bacteria.
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What Exactly Are Packing Spaces Good For?

May 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Ever wonder what all those pockets and packing spaces have been designed for in your suitcase? While frequent travelers have developed a system for making the most of these spaces, those who don’t hit the road as often may struggle finding “a place for everything and everything in its place.”

Platinum Magna 2 bags

Platinum Magna 2 exterior Pockets

Let’s start with the exterior pockets. Travelpro Rollaboards typically have two exterior pockets on the lid of the suitcase. The large one allows the traveler to store a light jacket if you’re traveling to or from the cold, and you’ll only need your jacket for one leg of the trip. It also provides handy access to a sweater, a book, a newspaper or magazine, or a tablet. Storing electronics in this pocket is not recommended for checked baggage, as it affords the least amount of protection from possible damage.

The smaller exterior pocket is designed to provide storage for handheld electronics, power cords, and a boarding pass. This is especially helpful if you are traveling light and don’t have a separate purse or bag for such items.
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Easy Steps to Cleaning the Exterior of Your Luggage

April 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Traveling is not all happy trails when accidents happen. Spilling coffee on your suitcase as you hurry toward your gate can create quite a mess. It’s also not pleasant to retrieve your luggage from the carousel and discover some strange stain on its exterior, like grease or who knows what. While you probably won’t have time to attempt to clean the stain before you return home, in case you don’t read any further, know this: DO NOT USE SOAP AND WATER!

T-pro Bold 2 with spinner wheels

Do NOT use soap and water to clean the exterior of your Travelpro bags!

Perhaps that’s surprising. We’ll explain exactly what to do in a minute. While we’ve covered how to clean the interior of your Travelpro luggage in a previous post, we realized we need you to know how to maintain your bag’s exterior as well!

Travelpro products are designed and manufactured to be durable, functional, and easy to maintain. Over the years, manufacturing innovations and overall quality of fabrics and water resistant/stain resistant coatings have led to constant improvement in the wear of our luggage.
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Travelpro Made, Mother Approved: The 2016 Mother’s Day Travelpro Gift Guide

April 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Ensure Life is a Trip for your Loved Ones with Coveted and Creative Gifts

Travelpro® and Atlantic® Luggage, two of the most prestigious brands in the travel industry, are proud to present the much-anticipated 2016 Mother’s Day Gift Guide. Finding the perfect gift for your wife or mom can create anxiety every Mother’s Day, which is why Travelpro and Atlantic make your life easier with luggage selections that the special women in your life will delight in, not only on May 8th, but for years to come.

Atlantic Unite2 Collection

The Atlantic Unite2 Collection

The first two pieces featured in the Guide are the creative and value-conscious Atlantic® Unite™ 2 21″ and 25″ Spinners, available in durable black and blue fabric colors. You will be amazed by these offerings from the market leader in lightweight, affordable luggage. These Unite 2 Spinners have design innovations such as the Link2Go™ System which easily connects luggage together with Velcro straps, so you can push two pieces with one hand.

Atlantic goes the extra mile with the addition of an external USB port and integrated battery pouch in the Carry-On Spinner model, which provides convenient access to power your phone and tablet on the move. Masterfully versatile, the affordable Unite 2 collection gives you a choice of ideal gifts for family travelers who need an extra hand and electronic devices that are always available for immediate use.
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Shopping for Luggage: Get the Lowdown on the Handle System

April 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

We all know it’s the little things that make or break your travel experience. But if you break something on your luggage, your travel experience may end up being one you want to forget.

You may not have given thought to these three little important items — the handle extension system, the carry handles, and the handle grips — but let me tell you, if you don’t consider them when you’re purchasing your luggage, you’ll be cursing them when you’re on the go. Let’s talk about what to look for.

Travelpro Maxlite 4 Collection

Travelpro Maxlite 4 Collection. Check out those great handles!

It’s all but impossible to purchase a rolling bag that doesn’t have a handle extension system, but not all systems are created equal! Most are constructed of lightweight aluminum and have multiple stops within the extension so that they can be adjusted for different heights. Travelpro thinks this system is so critical to a successful travel experience that we’ve patented ours. It’s called Powerscope.
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The VERY First Thing to Do When You Get to Your Hotel

April 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

I can almost tell how my trip is going to go by how efficiently I can get set up when I arrive at my hotel. Unpacking begins with thoughtful packing, and by that I mean strategic placement of items in my luggage or garment bag. So, the first thing I do when I get to my hotel room is remove the items I’ve folded, usually shirts, to assess how they weathered the trip.

This isn’t rocket science, but it stands to reason that folded items will only become more wrinkled the longer they remain folded. Because I really try to avoid ironing if I can possibly help it, my strategic packing begins with placing my folded shirts in the mesh pocket in the lid of my suitcase. This way, the weight of the other items in my bag is not creating more wrinkles than already exist from folding them in the first place.

Travelpro Crew 10 with suiter

Travelpro Crew 10 with suiter

If I have to take dress clothes, I use one of Travelpro’s cases that has a Suiter in it, like the Crew 10 22″ Exp. Rollaboard. This protects my suit coat and pants from excessive wrinkling and creasing. The Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 and Crew 10 50″ Rolling Garment Bag has a foam rollbar to keep pants from creasing in the middle.

Thanks to the miracle of gravity, most wrinkles will hang out with time. That’s why I make hanging my folded items my next priority. Bringing an especially wrinkled item into the bathroom while I shower also helps those folds relax.
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Scott Applebee Appears on Rudy Maxa’s World with The Careys

April 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Our very own Scott Applebee appeared on a recent episode of Rudy Maxa’s World with The Careys, the world travel radio show and podcast from travel expert Rudy Maxa.

Rudy Maxa's World Logo

Scott talked with hosts Robert and Mary Carey about the history of Travelpro luggage, and the important role played by Bob Plath in developing the Rollaboard suitcase, which launched our entire company and changed the industry.
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Travelpro Debuts its New FlightCrew™ 5 Luggage Collection for Travel Professionals

April 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Exclusively for Pilots and Flight Attendants, this Collection Incorporates Groundbreaking Technologies and Features

Travelpro, the leader in luggage known internationally for being pilot designed and flight crew tested, is proud to introduce its bold new FlightCrew™ 5 collection. Sure to satisfy the most discerning travel industry professionals, this luggage stands out from the crowd for its uncommon durability, creativity and functionality. Proud of its reputation for innovation, Travelpro is always listening to flight crews for ways to improve its luggage while setting the industry’s highest quality standards.

The FlightCrew 5 rollaboard has a laptop carrier as well.

The FlightCrew 5 rollaboard has a laptop carrier as well.

In keeping with its demand for exacting performance, Travelpro conducted rigorous testing on all features of this 17-piece collection to ensure a smooth ride and unmatched reliability. The testing of the main mechanical parts: the extension handle up and down cycle test, the zipper reliability test of open and close cycles and the wheel high mileage test on rough terrain were all conducted to meet the highest standards. The Travelpro® FlightCrew 5 collection was also examined for its endurance by the 70 lb drop test in below 0°F tempe ratures, fabric tensile strength test, fabric surface abrasion resistance test and water repellency test, all adding to its appeal to the durability needs of the professional traveler.
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