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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Shopping for Luggage: An Exhaustive Guide to Luggage Wheels

February 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

You have to go back quite a ways in luggage history to find suitcases that do not have wheels. Once reserved for larger suitcases to help manage the weight, now almost all carry-ons and larger suitcases use wheels.

And what’s true in luggage is true in life: what goes around, comes around. Especially in luggage wheels. Not all luggage wheels are created equal, so here’s what to look for when you’re buying your next set of rolling or spinning luggage:

First, we divide our luggage into two types: Rollaboard® luggage and Spinners.

Crew 10 Black 20" Rollaboard

Our Crew 10 Black 20″ Rollaboard

Rollaboard bags

While generally referred to as “upright suitcases” or “rolling suitcases,” we use the term Rollaboard luggage — since we invented the bag in the first place — and define this class as upright luggage that has only two wheels.

These two in-line wheels are much like those on rollerblades and are larger in diameter than those found on spinners. They are built into the bag and do not protrude completely from the base of the luggage.

This offers crash guard protection so the wheels last longer and function better. Typically, the higher-end luggage wheels contain sealed ball bearings so grit and grime cannot affect the wheel’s ability to roll smoothly. Because of their larger circumference, they maneuver better on carpeted areas and rougher terrain, like streets and brick roads.

Spinners

T-pro Bold 2 with spinner wheels

Tpro Bold 2 with spinner wheels

Spinners are the next class of wheeled bag, and their wheels are placed in each corner of the case. They’re different from wheels on Rollaboard luggage in that they rotate 360 degrees, allowing you to push it alongside you as you walk through an airport or pull it behind you. You can make sharp turns, and the wheel mechanism will turn with you.

There are two classes of Spinners — 4-wheel and 8-wheel. Four-wheel Spinners have one wheel at each corner and eight-wheel Spinners have two positioned at each corner.

In both types, the bearings are not in the actual wheel but in the neck of the entire wheel assembly. This is what allows them to spin freely. They are smaller in diameter, and therefore less efficient in going over grooves in sidewalks or crossing elevator thresholds. (But you can always tip the bag and maneuver it like Rollaboard luggage to get over the rough spots.)

What we’re especially proud of in our own Spinner wheels is an innovation called MagnaTrac™. Most Spinner luggage drifts or pulls, putting a strain on your shoulder, arm, wrist, and hand, as you fight to keep it in line. MagnaTrac wheels have magnets built into the wheel’s neck, so that the wheels automatically align as the bag is pushed along beside you. This patented technology keeps the bag moving straight and it doesn’t fight you. This means you’re not working as hard to move your bag through an airport or hotel lobby, and your trip will be that much easier.

Do you have any questions about wheeled bags? Which ones do you prefer? Ask your questions, or leave a comment, in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page.

Travelpro Sweeps Top Two Spots in Awards Competition for Best Carry-on Luggage

December 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

After 3 years of rigorous testing, The Wirecutter Bestows 1st and 2nd Place Awards to Travelpro Luggage

Travelpro, the original inventor of Rollaboard® luggage and a market leader in innovative, high-quality luggage design, received an unprecedented honor from The Wirecutter, a cutting-edge source known for its rigorous testing of the ‘best gadgets and gear for people who quickly want to know what to get.’ This site for those in the know and on the go tested 31 bags over the last three years and determined that the Travelpro® Platinum® Magna™ 2 22″ Expandable Rollaboard Suiter is the best carry-on bag on the market. The Travelpro Crew™ 10 22″ Expandable Rollaboard Suiter received the 2nd place award. .

The Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 bagsAccording to The Wirecutter, “The Platinum Magna 2 22″ Expandable Rollaboard Suiter easily packs five days’ worth of clothes into the maximum allowed carry-on dimensions and offers many of the premium touches you’d expect from a $500 suitcase for about half that price. Its lifetime warranty also covers airline damage – a rarity at any cost.” Citing innovative features and great value, the website reports that for savvy and sophisticated flyers, this 22″ carry-on model offers the best balance of size, price, reliability, and durability, with high-end details.

Scott Applebee, Travelpro’s Vice President of Marketing, remarked on this extraordinary achievement by saying, “We are honored that the judges recognized two of our outstanding products, even noting that the Platinum Magna 2 is better balanced and less prone to tipping than comparable models, and has a sleeker higher-end aesthetic.” He commented that “The Wirecutter also praised our new built-in garment folder with a removable folding board which increases the bag’s overall packing flexibility.”

As The Wirecutter said about their top pick, the very similar Crew 10 22″ Rollaboard is your next best choice and both bags received excellent reviews. The Crew 10 model, which came in 2nd place, has the same high quality wheels, zippers, and built-in garment folder as the 1st place Platinum model.

The choices of best products determined by The Wirecutter involves an entire team which takes weeks or months of research and testing, including interviews and data from the best editorial and user sources around, and the help of engineers, scientists, and experts. For more information on the competition for Best Carry-On Luggage, visit their website.

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 Present the “2014 Holiday Gift Guide”

November 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Make Wishes Come True with the Gift of Quality Luggage for the Travelers in Your Life

The holiday season is right around the corner. As thoughts turn to making wishes come true for family and friends, Travelpro and Atlantic Luggage are ahead of the curve with their “2014 Holiday Gift Guide.” You can be rest assured that holiday memories will last for years to come by purchasing the ideal luggage for the business, leisure or adventure traveler in your life.

Crew Executive Choice Checkpoint-Friendly Computer Backpack

Crew Executive Choice Checkpoint-Friendly Computer Backpack

“No matter how uncompromising or discerning the person you are buying for, our 2014 Gift Guide includes items to please everyone on your list,” said Scott Applebee, vice president of marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “Our products embody the most advanced technology available today, offering amazingly durable construction, travel-tested features, impressive design and superior materials built to go the distance.”

For the traveler looking for convenience and functionality, Travelpro is proud to present the Travelpro Crew Executive Choice Checkpoint Friendly Computer Backpack. At a typical retail price of $199.99, this stylish and 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.

Another thoughtful gift-giving choice is the Travelpro Crew 10 19″ Business Plus Hardside Spinner at a common retail price of $249.99. Travelpro’s Crew 10 Hardside product line incorporates the most sophisticated technology and style for hardside spinner luggage in today’s market. Featuring its patented PowerScope Extension Handle and Contour Grip, this product is constructed from 100% polycarbonate material, engineered to withstand high impact handling and the rigors of long distance travel, while still being lightweight. A built-in business organizer and padded laptop/tablet sleeve are located in the front pocket for easy access to business essentials during travel.

Atlantic Solstice Collection group photo

Atlantic Solstice Collection

For those on your list who like to express their own unique style, you can’t go wrong with the purchase of the Atlantic Solstice 20″Expandable Carry-on Hardside Spinner for around $99.99 at retail. This carry-on includes dual-wheel spinner wheels for a smooth roll in any direction, a built-in TSA lock for added security and 2″ of expansion to maximize space and packing flexibility. Available in bright, vibrant colors, the durable hard shell is stylishly textured and resistant to scratching. The 20″ expandable carry-on is outfitted with multiple pockets to help organize your things and make travel fun. In keeping with the brand’s reputation for quality, Atlantic Solstice comes with a 10-year limited warranty.

Bring on the holiday fun kids! The National Geographic Explorer Lunch Bags, Totes and Kid’s Hardside Luggage are featured in our 2014 Gift Giving Guide. The lunch bags and totes come with stunning National Geographic photo images of a leopard and shark for the lunch bags and flowers and a tropical scene for the totes. The Kid’s Hardside rolling luggage is 16″ high and is made of 100% ABS material with PC film. It features a single tube extension handle with multiple stops, a low profile top carry handle, high‐performance inline skate wheels and two-compartment design for easy packing.

National Geographic Explorer Double Gusset Brief

National Geographic Explorer Double Gusset Brief

Around the world or around the block, the National Geographic Explorer Cape Town Collection Double Gusset Briefcase at $79.99 brings together vintage styling with abundant storage and durable canvas fabric that’s perfect for today’s traveller. Features include a removable padded sleeve which holds laptops up to 15.6″, a spacious main compartment ideal for storage of a tablet, file folders and power cords. The outer pocket business organizer holds pens, business cards and a phone, while the interior rear zippered pocket ensures smaller items won’t get lost. The padded and adjustable shoulder strap, made of sturdy cotton webbing, provide extra cushioned comfort.

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 worldwide. Travelpro is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently understanding and exceeding their needs. Travelpro was honored to receive the New Product Innovation Award from the Travel Goods Association (TGA) in March 2013 for the revolutionary Platinum Magna luggage collection.

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, including neatly designed uprights and spinners to trendy and smart garment bags and totes, all Atlantic branded luggage is of superior quality and durability. Whether for business or pleasure, travel is easier with Atlantic luggage, now part of the Travelpro family of brands. Please visit Atlantic Luggage at www.atlanticluggage.com for a list of the latest products available for purchase and the nearest retail locations.

Travelpro Launches Crew 10 Hardside Spinner Collection (PRESS RELEASE)

October 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Travelpro, the inventor of Rollaboard luggage and a market leader in innovative, high-quality luggage design, is pleased to debut the revolutionary Crew 10 Hardside Spinner Collection. This creative collection provides the perfect combination of durability, technology and style for today’s frequent travelers.

The Crew 10 Hardside collection

The Crew 10 Hardside collection

“The Crew 10 Hardside Collection has all the qualities that frequent travelers look for,” said Scott Applebee, vice president of marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “It embodies the most advanced technology today, offering amazingly durable construction, travel tested features, impressive design and superior materials built to go the distance.”

Travelpro’s Crew 10 Hardside product line incorporates the most sophisticated technology for Hardside Spinner luggage in today’s market. Featuring its patented PowerScope Extension Handle that minimizes wobble and with stops at 38″ and 42.5″, the Crew 10 Hardside line ensures that travelers of varying heights can comfortably maneuver through crowded airports and airplane aisles.

Crew 10 Computer Case - openThe Crew 10 Hardside is constructed from 100% polycarbonate material, engineered to withstand high impact handling and the rigors of long distance travel, while still being lightweight. The roomy main compartment expands up to 2″ to maximize space and flexibility for difficult return flight packing. A deluxe hold-down system secures clothing while keeping it wrinkle-free and features mesh pockets for extra storage and easy-to-adjust straps with Duraflex anti-break buckles.

Packed with innovation, the Crew 10 Hardside Collection’s 19″ Business Plus Spinner includes a convenient mobile office in the front pocket that holds pens, smartphones, cords and adapters for easy access on the run. Additionally, a separate built-in padded sleeve provides electronic travel protection for up to a 15.6″ laptop or tablet.

The entire collection is available in both stylish merlot and elegant black, and is backed by a lifetime warranty on 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 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 worldwide. Travelpro is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently understanding and exceeding their needs. Travelpro was honored to receive the New Product Innovation Award from the Travel Goods Association (TGA) in March 2013 for the revolutionary Platinum Magna luggage collection.

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.

New Crew 10 Luggage Promotional Video

September 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

This is our latest video for our newest line, the Crew 10 series. We’re very proud of our new line and the changes and improvements we’ve made.

Travelpro Introduces Innovative Crew 10 Luggage Collection (PRESS RELEASE)

July 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Most Advanced Technologies for Today’s Frequent Travelers

Travelpro the inventor of Rollaboard luggage and a market leader in innovative, high-quality luggage design is pleased to introduce the Crew 10 collection. The next generation of Travelpro’s popular flagship line, Crew 10, offers a leap forward in lightweight durability, effortless mobility, and style for the frequent business and leisure traveller.

Crew 10 Black 20" Rollaboard

Crew 10 Black 20″ Rollaboard

“Travelpro’s primary commitment is to provide our customers with the most innovative and durable luggage available worldwide,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “The Crew 10 collection marks our continued design evolution, by incorporating the most advanced technology available today into Spinner and Rollaboard luggage.”

Packed with innovations, Crew 10 is equipped with a 360 degree Dual Wheel Spinner system, featuring patent-pending MagnaTrac wheel technology. With these revolutionary self-aligning magnetic wheels, Spinner models always roll straight in all directions, making it easier than ever to maneuver through crowded airports and airplane aisles. The effortless roll of MagnaTrac wheels reduce shoulder and arm strain by eliminating the drifting and pulling that is typically associated with pushing Spinner luggage.

In addition, its patented PowerScope Extension Handle minimizes wobble and has multiple stops at 38″ and 42.5″, ensuring a comfortable roll for users of varying heights. The next generation, patented Contour Handle Grip provides more comfort and greater control of Spinner luggage.

Crew 10 Merlot 20 inch Rollaboard

Crew 10 Merlot 20 inch Rollaboard

An array of other practical features enhances the durability and functionality of the collection. These include: tapered expansion of up to 2″ for maximizing packing flexibility, new shear-resistant zipper heads that stay intact after many miles of travel, a suiter for wrinkle-free packing and intelligent hold-down straps that can slide side-to-side to hold down your clothes more effectively.

Accented by rich leather side and top carry handles, Crew 10 is available in both stylish merlot and elegant black. The line is backed by a lifetime warranty on materials and workmanship. Select from 8 carry-on models, including two designed for international travel, this 12-piece collection elevates Travelpro’s heritage of design excellence to a new global standard.

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 worldwide. Travelpro is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently understanding and exceeding their needs. Travelpro was honored to receive the New Product Innovation Award from the Travel Goods Association (TGA) in March 2013 for the revolutionary Platinum Magna luggage collection.

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.

Crew 10 Black Rollaboard - OPEN

Crew 10 Black Rollaboard

Travelpro and Atlantic Luggage to Introduce Newest Luggage Innovations at the Travel Goods Association Show, March 11- 13

February 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Travelpro, the original inventor of Rollaboard luggage and the winner of the 2013 Travel Goods Association’s (TGA) New Product Innovation Award, is proud to debut its latest luggage innovations at the 2014 Travel Goods Association Show, from March 11 – 13 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Travelpro will introduce three new luggage collections under the Travelpro brand, including Crew 10, Maxlite 3 and Marquis. Three collections will also be launched under the Atlantic brand, Atlantic Solstice, Debut and Lumina.

The new Crew 10 collection, the next generation of the legendary Crew product line, which has long been the choice of flight crews and frequent travelers around the world, will be unveiled at the TGA Show. It is a leap forward in innovation, lightweight durability, style and effortless mobility. One of the new features is its sliding compression strap system that allows the hold down straps to be moved from side to side the entire length of the bag to effectively secure different amounts of packed items during travel. Its patent-pending MagnaTrac system with built-in magnets instantly aligns wheels to roll straight for effortless mobility. The patented PowerScope aluminum extension handle minimizes wobble and has multiple stops at 38” and 42.5”. Specifically engineered for spinner model use, the patented Contour Grip adds control and comfort when pushing the luggage, relieving tension on shoulders, arms, wrists and hands.

Maxlite 3 Group PhotoTravelpro’s Maxlite 3 brings amazing innovation to its ultra-lightweight collection of stylish 4-wheel Spinners and 2-wheel Rollaboard luggage. This handsome 12-piece collection comes with the patented Contour Grip, plus a full-bottom tray that aligns and stabilizes the wheels for durability and effortless mobility. This collection’s “intelligent” interior is ideal for packing flexibility. The full-size lid compartment zips open to keep pressed shirts and pants wrinkle free. Maxlite 3 has the look and feel of top-of-the-line luggage, without the hefty price tag. And it’s lighter than ever!

Travelpro is proud to introduce the Marquis collection, the amazingly lightweight and innovative luggage. Marquis combines lightweight design with the best of Travelpro’s ‘smart’ technologies in one innovative collection for business and leisure travelers. Straight-rolling MagnaTrac wheels, the Contour Grip and the PowerScope Extension Handle all maximize comfort and control on a trio of Spinner styles. This stylish 9-piece collection also features 2-wheel Rollaboard luggage and matching Totes. With a large selection of seven carry-on models all under seven pounds and several sizes for international travel, Marquis is the smart way to roll.

Under its Atlantic Luggage brand, Travelpro is introducing three fashionable and practical collections: Atlantic Solstice, Atlantic Debut and Atlantic Lumina.

The Atlantic Solstice collection includes a trio of hardside Dual Wheel Spinner models that roll smoother, perform better and offer more features for a great price. Available in bright, vibrant colors, the durable hard shell is stylishly textured and resistant to scratching. Solstice comes in three sizes, including a 20” expandable Carry-on and 24″ and 28” expandable Spinners, each outfitted with multiple pockets to help organize your things and make travel fun!

Atlantic Debut spinning luggage

Atlantic Luggage’s Debut line of spinning luggage

With incredible style, great value and bright colors, the new Atlantic Debut is a unique 4-piece collection that combines the very best of today’s fashion, lightweight design and protection for your possessions. Debut’s stylish case resists abrasion and is built to absorb shock during every day travel. The two-compartment design allows for greater packing flexibility and travel ease. Combine this with eye-catching color options and a 10-year limited warranty, you get the best of all worlds. Perfect for international travel, Debut features a 20” Carry-On, 25” and 28” Uprights, and a handy Rolling Tote. Available in hot pink and cool turquoise, your luggage will turn heads every time it appears on the carousel!

Also being introduced is the Atlantic Lumina collection. It not only looks different; it feels different. The Lumina collection introduces a contemporary satin look and feel to hardside luggage. Featuring a unique polyurethane finish on a sculpted hard shell, you have to touch Lumina to appreciate its rich, satin texture. Complete with a dual-wheel spinner system and expandable packing compartment, Lumina combines superior strength, looks and maneuverability with great value.

Lastly, a wide array of other cutting edge products will also be on display in the Travelpro booth. Exciting, contemporary-looking Travelpro business cases, adventure luggage and hardside models will be featured for the first time. Under the Atlantic brand, the Compass Unite collection with the patent-pending Link2Go system will be prominent. With Link2Go, you can connect luggage back to back with Velcro straps and roll two pieces with one hand, or comfortably roll four pieces at once.

For the adventure-minded traveler, there will be a complete line of attractive National Geographic Explorer business bags that are not only fashionable, but highly durable. They include various models in leather, canvas, and a unique weatherproof material. A full line of National Geographic Explorer children’s luggage, backpacks and insulated lunch totes with animal prints will also be featured.

About Atlantic Brand 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, including neatly designed uprights and spinners to trendy and smart garment bags and totes, all Atlantic branded luggage is of superior quality and durability. Whether for business or pleasure, travel is easier with Atlantic luggage, now part of the Travelpro family of brands. Please visit Atlantic Luggage at www.atlanticluggage.com for a list of the latest products available for purchase and the nearest retail locations.

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 worldwide. Travelpro is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently understanding and exceeding their needs. Travelpro was honored to receive the New Product Innovation Award from the Travel Goods Association (TGA) in March 2013 for the revolutionary Platinum Magna luggage collection.

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.