Shopping for Luggage: Backpacks vs Business Briefs

December 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When you’re in the market for a backpack or a classic business brief, there’s no one “best” choice for you. The best choice for you will be determined through your own personal preference.

Backpacks are still fairly popular, especially among Millennials. Many business users enjoy the hands-free flexibility the shoulder straps provide. However, there are still some industries — finance, banking and law for example — where a briefcase is perceived to have more seriousness and gravitas than a backpack.

Crew Executive Choice 2 Backpack

Crew Executive Choice 2 Backpack

Once you’ve determined what you want, and how you’re going to use your new portable office, there are a few important features you should consider when making a selection.

Backpacks

  • Comfort: Examine the shoulder straps for cushion and adjustability, and make sure your handles are comfortable. The Crew™ Executive Choice™ 2 backpack and Platinum® Magna™ 2 features padded shoulder straps, as well as leather carry handles.
  • Breathability: Look for backing material that allows airflow so heat won’t build up on your back. The contour of the design should maximize airflow as well.
  • Storage: With its large internal cavity, a backpack can also function as an overnight bag, eliminating an extra carry-on. Make sure to get a backpack that has both a padded sleeve for your laptop, and a larger compartment for clothes. Read more

Five Tips to Traveling Light

September 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Given the increase in travel and baggage fees by some airlines, it’s important to travel as light as possible. It simplifies the check-in process, and helps get you to your destination with a minimum of fuss. These are a few things we do on our business trips to make traveling light as easy as possible.

A Travelpro Crew 11 with suiter is ideal for helping road warriors travel light.

A Travelpro Crew 11 with suiter is ideal for helping road warriors travel light.

Use your carry-on as your only piece of luggage. With careful planning of your wardrobe and necessities, you can take all you need with you on the plane. You’ll avoid the time sink of baggage claim, the cost of checking your bag, and the fatigue of lugging what could be extraneous items through security to your final destination. It’s actually possible to carry 10 days worth of outfits in your bag if you pack it right.

Become a digital professional. Most anything you need can be retrieved from online “cloud” storage and printed at a hotel’s business center with a simple USB thumb drive. If you have documents you need to access, consider Google Drive or Dropbox for online storage. If you like to read while traveling, e-books take up no space in your luggage and an e-reader can be loaded on your tablet or phone so that you don’t have to pack a special, single-use device.
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Shopping for Luggage: Fabric Types

June 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

In the food world, it’s said that we eat with our eyes first. The same could be said when purchasing luggage: we are attracted to a bag because of its looks before we consider the merits of its construction. Today, I want to highlight some of the fabrics used in the TravelPro lines so that you know what you’re getting when you purchase a soft-sided piece of luggage.

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Maxlite 3 Luggage, one of our soft-side luggage collections

Polyester and nylon are the preeminent fabric choices, and the strength and durability of each is determined by its denier and weave pattern. Denier is the thread count, the measured thickness of each individual strand of yarn; the higher the denier, the higher the quality of the material, usually.

Nylon is typically viewed as stronger than polyester, but the industry has seen major improvements in polyester’s durability in the past five years, making it a viable alternative to nylon.
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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!

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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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Is it Time to Graduate from Backpack to Briefcase?

January 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Since we already talked about how backpacks aren’t necessarily the slacker bags they once were, we tried to approach this as more of a probing to see whether and when it’s necessary.

You see them in the airport, on the street, and on the train. Their advocates are fiercely loyal. We’ve even addressed the appropriateness of carrying one. Other than a sense of style or an unwritten industry-specific standard, though, what are some reasons to graduate from a backpack to a briefcase?

Crew Executive Choice Checkpoint-Friendly Backpack

Crew Executive Choice Checkpoint-Friendly Backpack

Perhaps you’ve been carrying a backpack since high school. You’ve changed styles, but you still perceive the flexibility that its unrestricted open compartment and deep recesses afford you for your essentials. It’s true, capacity is core to the design. But have you ever had to dig through each and every pocket in order to find what you really didn’t have time to look for? If you’ve never really compared the features of a backpack to those of a briefcase, you may be surprised to find the briefcase has benefits you may not have considered.

Travelpro’s Crew Executive Choice collection has a backpack and a briefcase, and both integrate fine leather accents and durable fabrics to create bags of outstanding functionality and craftsmanship.

The features are the same in the two bags, but the main difference between the two really comes down to bulk. The Checkpoint Friendly Computer Backpack is eight inches deep, while the Slim Brief is only three and half inches. You’re not going to have to choose between the two for durability, convenience, versatility or fashion. So what other reasons might cause you to take a look at a briefcase?

Travelpro Crew Executive Choice Slim Briefcase

Travelpro Crew Executive Choice Slim Briefcase

Maybe you just want to appear more professional. Maybe you want something that you won’t have to fight to slip under the seat in front of you on an airplane or between the seats in your rental car. Maybe you’re tired of the heat that carrying a backpack against your back creates as you hustle through the airport. Maybe you don’t need to carry as much as you used to, or you shouldn’t so your back doesn’t bear the brunt.

Is it time to graduate? Now you know the options are equal, the choice doesn’t have to be so difficult.

What do you carry? What would you rather carry? Leave us a comment below or on our Facebook page.

T-Pro® Bold™ 2.0 Collection Represents Next Generation of Action Luggage Including Spinners

January 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Perfect for Travelers with a Sense of Adventure

The T-Pro® Bold™ 2.0 Collection by Travelpro® is ready to go anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice, over rough terrain or down busy city streets. Amazingly durable, lightweight and versatile, this 9-piece collection is perfect for individuals and families with a sense of adventure. Loaded with extras, creature comforts and flexible packing options, Bold 2.0 embodies Travelpro’s next generation of action luggage.

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Our Tpro Bold 2 line of bags includes rollaboards and duffel bags.

“Travelpro has always prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the finest luggage for the experienced traveler,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “The T-Pro Bold 2.0 Collection is sporty and also includes two spinner models, which adds to our long tradition of quality luggage.”

Made of high-density polyester fabric with a water-repellent coating for greater stain and abrasion resistance, this rugged line features a comprehensive offering, including Spinner and Rollaboard® models, a backpack, a soft duffel bag and two drop bottom rolling duffel bags. Multiple carry handles make the luggage easy to transport in and out of a car or airplane overhead bin. The drop bottom rolling duffel models include a zippered divider panel for two separate packing spaces or, if opened, one large main compartment. The backpack, 22″ Rollaboard and 21″ Spinner models provide a padded tablet pocket for protection and easy access during travel. An “intelligent” interior on Spinners and Rollaboard models offers packing flexibility with a mesh pocket and wet pocket, ideal for toiletries or wet clothing, built into the lid.

T-pro Bold 2 with spinner wheelsAvailable in distinctive blue and purple fabric colors with black accents, the T-Pro Bold 2.0 Collection includes 21″ and 26″ dual spinner wheel models that allow an effortless roll in any direction, making it easier than ever to maneuver through crowded airports and airplane aisles. Moreover, an aircraft-grade aluminum telescoping handle system is strong enough to support a tote or case, and protective wheel housings, skid guards and molded rubber corner guards for crash protection. Compression straps provide extra security, while a hidden back pocket allows quick access to keys, electronic cables, phones and more.

About Travelpro

For over 25 years, Travelpro International has prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the highest quality luggage for travelers worldwide. Since transforming the ease of modern day travel with The Original Rollaboard® wheeled luggage, Travelpro has been the brand of choice for flight crews and frequent travelers on every continent. The company is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently meeting and exceeding their expectations. Travelpro was honored to once again be voted as the “World’s Best Luggage” by Premier Traveler Magazine in 2014.

Please visit the Travelpro website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @Travelprointl.

Travelpro and Atlantic Luggage Announce Their ‘2015 Holiday Gift Guide’

November 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Show How Much You Care for the Travelers on Your List by Selecting their Favorite Gifts

As families and friends prepare for the upcoming holidays, let us make it easier on you by offering the penultimate resource – the 2015 Travelpro and Atlantic Luggage Gift Guide for this year’s holiday season. As thoughts turn to seeking out great presents for loved ones, these premium brands will ensure wishes come true for all those travelers on your list.

The possibilities, like your plans for the New Year, are endless. The only question is ‘where to start?’

“No matter how uncompromising or discerning the person you are buying for, our 2015 Gift Guide has items to please everyone on your list,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro and Atlantic brands. “Our products embody the most advanced technology available today, combining style and functionality that is sure to impress.”

Surprise the frequent traveler in your life with a couple gifts from the Travelpro Holiday Gift Guide

Surprise the frequent traveler in your life with a couple gifts from the Travelpro Holiday Gift Guide

This Gift Guide includes products that offer distinctly durable construction, travel-tested features, impressive design and superior materials built to go the distance. We can start with the Atlantic Ultra Lite 3 29″ Expandable Spinner, which is perfect for families looking for lightweight luggage at an affordable price. Made with a water-repellent polyester fabric and high-mileage wheels like our more expensive luggage, this attractive spinner is built to please. Featuring expansion capabilities for extra packing, this model of the Atlantic Ultra Lite 3 line comes with a 10-year warranty.

The Atlantic Ultra Lite Hardside 21″ Expandable Spinner features expansion capabilities for extra packing, high-mileage dual Spinner wheels and the strength of a protective hard shell for families on the go. A stylishly textured finish resists scratching over the long haul. This piece includes 360 degree spinner wheels which roll effortlessly in any direction, a retractable aluminum-grade extension handle with multiple stops for users of different heights, and protective wheel housings for crash protection.

The T-Pro Bold™ 2.0 by Travelpro 26″ Drop Bottom Rolling Duffel is another item sure to bring smiles to your gift recipients. This piece is superior in packing flexibility, with a zippered divider panel that allows for two separate packing spaces or, if opened, one large main compartment. Made of water repellant fabric with a coating for greater stain and abrasion resistance, this luggage has durable crash protection, high performance ball-bearing wheels and a strong telescoping handle system with stops at 38″ and an extra-tall 42″ to ensure a comfortable roll for users of different heights.

Travelpro redefines premium travel with the Platinum Magna™ 2 21″ Expandable Spinner. Handsomely crafted with superior fabrics and genuine leather accents, this ultra-durable model represents the pinnacle of fashion, intelligent functionality, and design innovation. With patented Magna Trac™ Dual Spinner wheels, the wheels always roll straight with minimal effort. Backed by Travelpro’s Worry-Free Lifetime Warranty, the Platinum Magna 2 21″ Spinner is the ideal carry-on model for the serious traveler on your holiday shopping list.

Another thoughtful gift-giving choice is the Travelpro Maxlite 19″ Business-Plus Carry-on Hardside. This product incorporates the most sophisticated technology and style for hardside spinner luggage in today’s market. Constructed from 100% polycarbonate material, this hard-working carry-on is engineered to withstand high impact handling and the rigors of long distance travel, while still being lightweight. Another extra is a builtin business organizer and padded laptop/tablet sleeve located in the front pocket for easy access to business essentials during travel.

For the business traveler looking for convenience and functionality, the Travelpro Crew™ Executive Choice™ Checkpoint Friendly Computer Backpack is an excellent gift choice. This sophisticated item features a padded and quilted corduroy pocket for laptops up to 15.6″, plus a separate padded tablet pocket. A built-in business organizer and removable cord pouch provide efficient storage for business essentials and power cables. Added security is ensured with an RFID-blocking pocket which keeps credit cards and passports hidden to protect against loss and identity theft.

Inspired by the blockbuster films and designed for children ages 3 through 11 years old, the Universal Hardside Collections spotlight the iconic visuals from Minions and Jurassic World, combining fun with modern travel features. Made out of strong ABS hardside material with PC film, the 3 pieces in each collection offer a retractable handle system with multiple stops to accommodate children of different heights. A low profile top carry handle makes them simple to pick up, while inline skate wheels allow children to easily take care of their own luggage. In addition, parents will like the two compartment design with interior zippered divider panels and elasticized hold down straps for packing capacity and flexibility. The Minions and Jurassic World Hardside Collections are backed by a three year product warranty.

About Travelpro

For over 25 years, Travelpro International has prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the highest quality luggage for travelers worldwide. Since transforming the ease of modern day travel with The Original Rollaboard® wheeled luggage, Travelpro has been the brand of choice for flight crews and frequent travelers on every continent. The company is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently meeting and exceeding their expectations. Travelpro was honored to once again be voted as the “World’s Best Luggage” by Premier Traveler Magazine in 2014.

Please visit the Travelpro website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @Travelprointl.

About Atlantic Luggage

Since 1919, the Atlantic® brand has been synonymous with affordable, value-added and lightweight luggage. As a market leader in the lightweight luggage segment, from cleverly designed uprights and spinners to trendy and smart garment bags and totes, all Atlantic-branded luggage comprises superior quality and durability. Whether for business or recreation, travel is more pleasurable with Atlantic luggage, part of the Travelpro® family of products. Please visit the Atlantic Luggage website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations.

A Travelpro Owner Tells Us About a Narrow Escape

September 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

We recently received this note from David Ducharme, an adventure traveler and Travelpro user. While we’ve always touted the durability and ruggedness of the Travelpro backpacks, we never envisioned this.

David Ducharme photoDavid sent us this letter telling us about a motorcycle accident he was involved in this past March.

On March 14th, I was traveling by motorcycle in Nepal, from Kathmandu to Jiri.

While riding through the Himalayas on very narrow, sandy, gravel covered roads carved onto the sides of mountains, I experienced quite a close call. Riding my Royal Enfield 500 Bullet, a taxi was attempting to pass me to my right.

Unknown to me or the taxi driver, around the blind corner was a large Tata construction truck approaching at high speed. As I drove around the corner, the truck appeared.

To my immediate right side, the taxi had two choices, drive off the cliff or swerve left and hit me. He chose to hit me. As one would expect, my Bullet and I went down hard.

My bike sustained some damage, bent engine guard, foot pegs torn off, shifter stripped… (happy to send you the picture), my left side hit the ground pretty hard. Two broken ribs and a likely concussion, I was very lucky.

One of the things that saved me was my Kuhl jacket and my Travelpro backpack. I was bruised, battered, and broken under that jacket, but the jacket didn’t rip, and I didn’t tear any of my skin off.

I am convinced that my Kuhl jacket and my Travelpro back pack saved my skin, literally. So, thank you for producing quality, durable luggage, I will remain a loyal Travelpro customer.

Sincerely, David Ducharme

Travelpro Introduces Its ‘Back to School Essentials’

September 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

One-Of-A-Kind Lunch Totes, Backpacks and Duffels Make Fall Fun for Students

Students won’t mind returning to school this fall once they are outfitted with Travelpro’s Back to School Essentials, consisting of cool backpacks, lunch totes, messenger bags and duffels from the T-Pro Bold and National Geographic Explorer lines. Kids and teens will attend classes in style with these uniquely crafted pieces that help them stand out from the crowd, providing comfort and ease as they travel from home to school and all the activities in between.

National Geographic Explorer Lunch ToteAlways ‘first in class’ are the National Geographic Explorer Lunch Totes, that are emblazoned with stunning photo images from the iconic magazine. Made of durable polyester with an insulated lining to keep food cool, the totes have an adjustable shoulder strap and carry handle for boys and a fixed strap for girls. There is also an extra roomy inside compartment on the girl’s tote. The lunch bags go the extra mile with a mesh water-bottle pocket and removable lining on the boy’s bag and outside zippered pockets for both boys and girls. Kids will enjoy choosing between Leopard, Shark, Beach and Flower designs.

The National Geographic Explorer theme continues with backpacks, duffels and messenger bags from the savvy and smart Cape Town Collection. Around the world or around the block, it brings together vintage styling with abundant storage and durable canvas fabrics that are perfect for today’s students. The Daypack features a padded sleeve which holds laptops up to 15.6″ and a spacious main compartment ideal for the storage of a tablet, file folders and power cords. Padded and adjustable shoulder straps provide extra cushioned comfort. Available in khaki and navy, these school essentials have an outer pocket organizer for pens and other educational supplies, while interior zippered pockets ensure smaller items won’t get lost.

National Geographic Cape Town duffelThe 21″ Carry-on Duffel ensures smooth travel for your children via an over-sized main compartment with a rear zippered pocket perfect for holding clothing, toiletries, electronics and more. A padded and adjustable shoulder strap, made of sturdy cotton webbing, gives them back and shoulder relief just as multiple exterior pockets provide easy access to needed items. With a heat-embossed map lining, capturing the spirit of National Geographic, the duffel also has cushioned carry handles for ease of travel.

When adventure calls, the National Geographic Explorer Cape Town Collection Messenger Bag is up for the job. Available in khaki and navy, it has many of the features of the duffel bag plus a flapover design with antique buckle closures that keeps contents secure. Its versatility makes it perfect for the high school or college student on the go.

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Tpro Bold 2 line of bags

As with all Travelpro products – and especially for students on the go — the T-Pro Bold 2.0 collection is ready to travel anywhere, over rough terrain or city streets. Amazingly durable, lightweight and versatile, this 9-piece set is perfect for kids of all ages with a sense of adventure. Loaded with extras, creature comforts and flexible packing options, this sporty line is Travelpro’s next generation of action luggage.

The T-Pro Bold 2.0 Backpack has an ‘intelligent’ interior for today’s student, including padded laptop and tablet pockets, an organizer for pens, pencils, keys and other small items and a spacious open cavity for books and papers. On the outside are a series of quick access pockets for electronics and other essentials. The 26″ Drop-Bottom Rolling Duffel is ideal for packing flexibility, with a zippered divider panel that allows for two separate packing spaces or, if opened, one large main compartment.

“As the originator of Rollaboard luggage, Travelpro has always been a leader in the travel industry for people of all ages,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “The items featured in our 2015 “Back to School Essentials’ make the grade in every sense of the phrase – from great warranties to exceptional versatility and style.”

About Travelpro

For over 25 years, Travelpro International has prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the highest quality luggage for travelers worldwide. Since transforming the ease of modern day travel with The Original Rollaboard wheeled luggage, Travelpro has been the brand of choice for flight crews and frequent travelers on every continent. The company is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently meeting and exceeding their expectations. Travelpro was honored to once again be voted as the “World’s Best Luggage” by Premier Traveler Magazine in 2014.

Please visit the Travelpro website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @Travelprointl.

Bring This, Not That: Backpack, Rollaboard, or Duffel Bag for a Carry-On?

August 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

We’ve talked before about the different benefits of backpacks, rollaboards, and duffel bags and we definitely think that each one has a particular area where it shines. The regular business traveler might favor the rollaboard, while the college student would enjoy the backpack. And travel writer Mark Eveleigh has waxed rhapsodic about the duffel bag.

So is there a “best bag” to bring on your next trip?

It depends on the size of the particular bag and the length of the trip.

On the business side, the backpack has almost been a replacement for the briefcase, especially among younger people, particularly when you’re talking about the business-style backpack. When you actually do travel, you can use your backpack and a rollaboard at the same time.

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Our Tpro Bold 2 line – duffel bags, rollaboards, and backpacks.

The backpack will carry your work essentials for a business meeting, to visit a client, or to give a presentation. The rollaboard takes your clothes and toiletries. And if you have a Travelpro backpack, there’s even a strap to slide over the rollaboard’s extended handle.

The duffel bag could be, depending on its size, a replacement for the rollaboard or backpack. These are very useful for non-business type trips, but could require some more energy and forethought.

In terms of plane travel, the rollaboard usually can’t fit under the seat in front of you, so it would have to be stored in the overhead bin. Also, rollaboards have wheels, which are great for pulling the bag behind you, but you can easily set duffels down, and as long as you’re carrying them, they’re all-terrain bags.

Mark Eveleigh and his girlfriend, Narina Exelby, are adventure travel writers who have a strong preference for duffels because they don’t like toting backpacks around on their backs, and instead look for duffels with heavy-duty wheels.

As is often the case, you need to think about the nature of your trip. Make sure you have the right piece for the particular trip you’re going on. They can all be useful in different situations: rollaboards are great in the city, while duffel bags are better for weekends in the cabin or if you’re going to do a lot of hiking. And backpacks are just great all around for your smaller items and work essentials.

Which is your favorite? Let us hear from you. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page.

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