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.

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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.

They also talked about a recent trip Robert Carey made to our testing facility here in Boca Raton, Florida, and the way we test our bags (including freezing the bag and dropping it from waist height). And they rounded out the segment with the important features to look for when buying a new bag, including looking at the warranty (look for 10 years or longer), testing the retractable handle, and seeing if you can open and close the bag easily.

You can download the entire Rudy Maxa’s World with The Careys podcast episode here, or listen to Scott’s segment below.

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.

In addition, protective bumper feet, ballistic nylon fabric with DuraGuard® coating, superior screw construction which allows the luggage to be easily repaired, sealed ball-bearing inline skate wheels that are removable, protective crash-guard components and a new reinforced, gusseted back pocket translates into long-term sturdiness for those who count on their luggage to go the extra mile.

“Travelpro could not be more excited to offer this amazing new FlightCrew 5 luggage collection to pilots and flight attendants worldwide,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “Our goal is to craft superior luggage that makes the demanding lifestyle of airline professionals easier, which is why our long history of providing luggage to the airline industry makes Travelpro the ‘go to’ brand for flight professionals. This is the reason why over 90 airlines choose Travelpro.”

Innovation is front and center with features such as a recessed push button, designed to reduce accidental handle activation, “Anti-Crush” handle technology which prevents denting when the back of the bag is impacted and handle stops at 38″, 40″ and 42.5″ to guarantee a comfortable roll for users of different heights. The Spinner model in the line features patented MagnaTrac™ wheels which are a revolution in spinner technology. These magnetic wheels align in any direction to always roll straight, eliminating the ‘drift’ inherent in spinner luggage. The patented Contour grip with cushioned touch points offers even more comfort and greater control.

FlightCrew 5 Coolers

FlightCrew 5 Coolers

High mileage travelers such as pilots and flight attendants will be amazed at the versatility and choices available in this collection. The full tote selection offers totes that protect computers and tablets with padded sleeves and a vertical rolling overnighter which easily rolls down an airplane aisle, with improved armor on the bottom for extra durability. Must-have ancillary pieces include food coolers in large and small sizes for added convenience and a garment sleeve available as a separate item, which has a padded roll bar to keep clothes from wrinkling.

This distinctive collection consists of the following pieces: Crew Cooler, Large Crew Cooler, City Tote, Flight Tote, Deluxe Tote, Multi-Purpose Tote, Suiter Sleeve, Horizontal Rolling Overnighter, Vertical Rolling Overnighter, Expandable Rollaboard®, Slim Rollaboard, Expandable Pilot Rollaboard, several other Rollaboard sizes, and the Expandable Rollaboard Spinner. The Add-ABag Strap with an aluminum J-Hook is included with Rollaboard models and provides efficient carrying options for additional totes and coolers.

The FlightCrew 5 collection gives travel pros total confidence and is supported by a 3-year Commercial Use warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

About Travelpro

For over 25 years, Travelpro International has prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the highest quality luggage for travellers 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 our customers by consistently meeting and exceeding their expectations.

Among many other honors received, in 2015, the Travelpro® Platinum Magna™ 2 22″ Expandable Rollaboard® Suiter was named the best carry-on bag on the market from The Wirecutter, a cutting-edge source known for promoting the ‘best gadgets and gear for people in the know’ which tested 31 bags over the last three years. The Travelpro® Crew™ 10 22″ Expandable Rollaboard® Suiter received the 2nd place award.

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.

Pros and Cons of Carry-ons vs Large Suitcases

March 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the things you may not consider when planning a trip is which piece of luggage to use. Either you’re going to wait and see how much you have to take, and plan accordingly. Or you’re thinking about buying your first piece of luggage, and aren’t sure which one to get.

Today, we’re going to present the pros and cons of the carry-on and the pros and cons of the larger suitcase.

Platinum Magna 2 Collection

There’s a size in here for everyone — carry-on, large bag — but which is right for you?


Pros: Carry-Ons

The biggest pro for the carry-on centers around savings: saving money, saving time. If you’ve priced luggage, you’ll know that carry-ons are cheaper than check-in size suitcases. They also save you money because you don’t have to pay the checked bag fee suitcase users incur when they check their bag.
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Top Five Features of Your Next Piece of Luggage

March 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Luggage is a critical element to every successful trip. If you have a bad bag, chances are, you’ll have a less-than-enjoyable trip. Your luggage should be purchased, first and foremost, for its form and function. After all, you’d like to buy it once and buy it right, rather than buying a new suitcase or carry-on bag every three years.

Platinum Magna 2 luggageThere are five essential features you should look for in a well-constructed suitcase.

Zippers

Do not purchase any suitcase, duffel, or garment bag without checking the functionality of the zippers! These hold your items in the cavity of your case and must be made of high-quality materials and operate smoothly. I don’t know which would be worse, a zipper that won’t open, or one that won’t close. And if you get a cheap bag, there’s a good chance you could figure that one out for yourself. All TravelPro luggage features high quality zipper systems, so they open and close right every time.

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Value. Style. Two New Luggage Collections from Travelpro are Embodiment of Both

March 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

These Hardside and Softside Spinners Embrace Both Value and Style

Put a lightweight spin on travel with the Hardside and Softside WalkAbout® Spinners 3 luggage collections from Travelpro®, the choice of flight crews and frequent travelers for over 25 years. Travelpro is pleased to introduce these two new luggage lines which combine the sleek look and superb quality of more expensive luggage at a tremendous value for customers.

Walkabout Spinner luggageSuper lightweight and durable, these items — part of Travelpro’s extensive collection of Spinner luggage — come with tapered expansion which expands 2″ to maximize space and packing flexibility, stylish accents and effortless maneuverability. Featuring a unique profile and available in distinctive royal blue, purple and black, they are guaranteed to stand out in any crowded airport. Plus, every piece is tested to conform to Travelpro’s most demanding testing standards and backed by our reassuring Lifetime Warranty.

“Travelpro is known for its amazing synergy of function and fashion for the savvy traveler,” said Scott Applebee, vice president of marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “Our company is always striving to provide customers access to the very best in selection and quality, which is why we are excited to offer them an exceptional shopping experience with the Hardside and Softside WalkAbout Spinners 3 collections.”
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Avoiding the Death of Your Suitcase

February 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The longevity of any suitcase is determined by three components. If you’re looking to make a long-term investment in a high quality piece that will serve your travel needs for years and decades, pay special attention to three key elements that determine the structural durability of your bag.

Wheels

T-pro Bold 2 with spinner wheels

Tpro Bold 2 with spinner wheels

At first glance, it may seem that a wheel is a wheel is a wheel. Not so. If a suitcase doesn’t have high performance, sealed ball-bearing wheels, it may not glide smoothly and your ability to maneuver through the airport efficiently could be affected. If the wheels aren’t protected with a strong plastic housing that’s integrated into the frame system, they’re susceptible to damage. When you lose a wheel on a bag, you’re either going to have to replace your bag or limp along with an inferior alternative until it can be repaired. Good wheels are definitely a case of pay me now or pay me later.
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