What if we told you that you could pack for eight weeks in just one carry-on bag? Sounds crazy, right? We thought that idea was crazy too, until we saw the video below created by John Holloway, owner of a travel outfitters store and manager of PackingLight.com. In the eight-minute video — which is worth watching in its entirety — Holloway demonstrates how to pack an entire rack of clothes into a carry-on.
It’s called the bundle method, and it’s a little hard to explain, but the video explains it perfectly. The idea is that you’re creating a bundle of your clothes, softly folded together, and laid flat. Using a layering and folding (but not creasing) process, Holloway was able to pack an entire rack of clothes into one rollaboard bag, toiletries and all! And he swears that when you unpack at your hotel, your clothes will be unwrinkled. It may seem too good to be true, but Holloway makes it look effortless.
We first heard about Holloway’s packing method through Christopher Penn, an expert in technology, marketing, and social media, and a frequent traveler himself.
Penn shared a couple videos of Holloway’s on his blog and he shared that using the Holloway packing procedure, he was able to pack a week’s worth of clothes in a carry-on with almost no ironing needed when he arrived at his destination.
Packinglight.com is a great resource for more tips on — what else? — packing light. On the site you can shop for wrinkle-free clothes, purchase travel accessories, and gather even more traveling advice.
Next time you have to pack for an extended trip, watch Holloway’s video and follow the packing method. Then after you arrive at your hotel and unpack your bag, come back to this blog and let us know if it worked for you.
Do you have any other insight into packing light? Share your thoughts in the comments.
We were very excited when the prestigious Consumer Digest magazine designated our Atlantic Compass 2 25” bag as a “Best Buy” in the economy class.
A “Best Buy” product offers the best value for a given amount of money. In addition, the publication measures each product in a number of factors including ease-of-use, range of features, best styling, lowest maintenance need, best warranty, etc.
Here’s the writeup from their issue:
The Compass 2 25 is the least expensive 25-inch check-through model that we evaluated that has four wheels, which makes this model easier to maneuver than are models that have two wheels. Although this model’s polyester shell is typical among models that are in this price range, its capability to expand by 2-1/2 inches is better than that of any other economy wheeled check-through upright.
We’re very proud to be able to show you the video for the new Travelpro Platinum Magna spinner bag collection. It contains several patent-pending new features and innovations, making this a smooth-rolling, comfortable-to-use, and lightweight bag.
You can find out more about our new Platinum Magna collection on our website.
For Those Who Love to Travel in Style
Travelpro, the original inventor of Rollaboard luggage and a leader in innovative, high-quality luggage design, announces its “2013 Valentine’s Travel Gift Guide” with its stylish and unique lines of spinner luggage, totes, backpacks and travel accessories from its brands, Travelpro, Atlantic and Austin House.
“The 2013 Valentine’s Travel Gift Guide offers shoppers a variety of luggage, totes and travel accessories to choose from that will fit their budget and make a wonderful gift for that special someone in their lives,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands.
Present your loved one with the new Atlantic Compass Unite 2-piece set that includes the 21″ Expandable Spinner and the 25″ Expandable Spinner. Ideal for family travel, the collection offers the new revolutionary Link2Go System, an innovative way to connect luggage back to back with Velcro straps to easily roll two pieces with just one hand, perfect for traveling with children. The collection is also packed with a wide array of features that makes travel easier. Tested for high-mileage travel, Compass Unite offers several family friendly features, such as an accessory clip, wet pocket, laundry/shoe bag and multiple carry handles.
The collection is available in fashionable black and blue fabric colors. Suggested retail price is $119.99 for the 21″ Expandable Spinner and $139.99 for the 25″ Expandable Spinner.
For the special women in your life, the Atlantic Odyssey Lite Ladies Tote is an ideal Valentine’s Day gift. The tote includes a padded laptop/tablet sleeve and organizer that conveniently stores pens, phones and keys for easy access. The suggested retail price is $69.99. The collection is available in burgundy and black fabric colors.
Another great gift idea for your Valentine is the Travelpro Crew 9 Business Backpack. This checkpoint-friendly bag has four deep pockets for storing a laptop computer, a tablet, a smart phone, cables, folders and other business essentials. Adjustable straps accommodate users of different heights. An elastic quick loop on the back of the backpack allows you to attach the bag over the handle of your Rollaboard luggage when wheeling through airports. The Crew 9 Business Backpack retails for $149.99.
Additionally, Travelpro offers the Crew 9 Rolling Tote with a padded laptop/tablet sleeve and business organizer. In addition, there is ample storage for clothes for an overnight trip. The Rolling Tote is made with micro-ballistic nylon fabric with DuraGuard fabric protection to ensure long-lasting durability. The Crew 9 Rolling Tote retails for $179.99. The collection is available in elegant black and titanium gray.
Surprise your Valentine with the recently released National Geographic Balboa 20″ Hardside Spinner Leopard Series, a perfect gift for a romantic weekend or adventurous getaway. This 8-wheel spinner collection is emblazoned with a Leopard wildlife image from the legendary National Geographic photographic library. The suggested retail price is $149.99. In addition to giving your Valentine a unique gift, your purchase will also help support vital National Geographic exploration, conservation, research and education programs.
Austin House, a leading brand of travel accessories, features a variety of practical, attractive and cost effective items that are ideal for travelers looking to make their journeys more comfortable. Choose from the soft and comfy Austin House Travel Comfort Set, which includes an eye mask, inflatable pillow and fleece blanket. The pillow cover also doubles as a convenient storage bag. This piece retails for $19.99. For the kids this Valentine’s Day, we have adorable cushy Animal Pillows that retail for $13.00 and matching Luggage Tags that retail for $4.00. Choose from the Green Alligator, Red Ladybug, Purple Monkey or Pink Pig.
About Austin House Austin House started in 1974 to make travel as safe, comfortable and hassle-free as possible. Today, the strength of Austin House is its vast selection of travel essentials and clever ideas, including safety locks, travel clocks, luggage straps, luggage tags, passport and document holders, personal security, comfort and care items, leather goods, adapters and converters and electronics accessories. A one-stop shop for travel accessories, Austin House is the essential resource for the serious traveler.
Visit the Austin House website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations.
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 the Atlantic Luggage website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations.
For twenty five 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. The company offers a variety of innovative, high-quality luggage collections and computer briefs; each aimed at a specific user lifestyle and rigorously tested. Travelpro was the winner of the 2009 and 2010 Leading Edge Award from Executive Travel Magazine for “The Best Carry-on Case.”
Please visit the Travelpro website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations.
Introducing the Compass Unite, Ultra LITE 2 and Odyssey Lite Collections
Atlantic brand luggage, part of the Travelpro family of brands and a market leader in the affordable, lightweight luggage segment since 1919, is pleased to introduce the Compass Unite, Atlantic Ultra LITE 2 and Odyssey Lite collections, designed for the family leisure traveler.
“We’ve developed these three luggage collections to help make travel easier and more affordable for family travelers,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro, Atlantic Luggage, and Austin House brands. “These versatile and lightweight collections have some unique features that are ideal for family travelers on the go.”
These collections are the most adaptable lines to date, crafted for stress-free travel. The Compass Unite 4-Wheel Spinner Collection appeals to a broad range of leisure travelers who seek lightweight, quality travel luggage. This 4-Wheel Spinner collection offers the revolutionary Link2Go System, an innovative way to connect luggage back-to-back with Velcro straps to easily roll two pieces with just one hand. Tested for high-mileage travel, Compass Unite offers several family friendly features, such as an accessory clip, wet pocket, laundry/shoe bag and multiple carry handles to easily lift the luggage into airplane overhead bins. Adjustable tie-down straps keep clothing and contents secure when the bag is in use. This intelligently designed luggage collection also features a rugged honeycomb frame and EVA foam construction for lightweight durability.
The Compass Unite Spinners collection is available in fashionable blue and black fabric colors. The collection includes the following models: Soft Tote, Wheeled Tote, 21” Expandable Carry-On Spinner, 25” Expandable Spinner and 29” Expandable Spinner.
The Compass Unite Spinner line carries a 10-Year warranty, covering defects in materials and workmanship. Receive a $15 mail-in rebate when you purchase (2) Atlantic Compass Unite Spinner Models and a $30 mail-in rebate when you purchase (3) Atlantic Compass Unite Spinner Models. To purchase Atlantic Luggage or find a local retailer, visit AtlanticLuggage.com.
Another unique product line being introduced by Atlantic Luggage is the lightweight and family friendly Atlantic Ultra LITE 2 4-Wheel Spinner and Upright Collection. This collection is the ultimate in lightweight luggage, allowing you to pack more and avoid airline overweight baggage fees. This stylish 7-piece collection features roomy expansion on all Spinners and Upright models, plus plenty of pockets for packing flexibility. The smooth-action and strong telescoping handle system has two extension stops at 38” and 41” to meet the ergonomic needs of travelers of various heights.
Ultra LITE 2 features a built-in wet pocket within the front pocket to store wet clothes, a 3-1-1 toiletry kit or even a drink, as well as a front pocket to provide easy access to travel documents, magazines, sweaters or last minute items.
The Atlantic Ultra LITE 2 collection is available in attractive magenta and blue fabric colors. The collection includes the following models: Shoulder Tote, Carry-On Upright, 25” Upright, 28” Upright, Wheeled Tote, 21” Expandable Spinner, 25” Expandable Spinner and 29” Expandable Spinner. The Atlantic Ultra LITE 2 line carries a 10-Year warranty, covering defects in materials and workmanship.
Additionally, Atlantic Luggage rolls out the lightweight and elegant Odyssey Lite 4-Wheel Spinner Collection. The Atlantic Odyssey Lite collection features a 4-Wheel Spinner System that rolls effortlessly in all directions through busy airports. Its strong extension handle system with Contour Grip is ideal for pushing the luggage down the aisles of airplanes. Other features include two easy access front pockets, a document pocket and a convenient built-in Laundry Locker that can store wet or dirty clothes, drinks or even a 3-1-1 toiletry kit.
The Atlantic Luggage Odyssey Lite collection is available in burgundy and black fabric colors. The collection includes the following models: Ladies Tote, Wheeled Tote, 21” Expandable Spinner, 25” Expandable Spinner and 29” Expandable Spinner. The collection is built to last and comes with a 10-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.
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 AtlanticLuggage.com for a full list of the latest products and retail locations.
For twenty five 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. The company offers a variety of innovative, high-quality luggage collections and computer briefs; each aimed at a specific user lifestyle and rigorously tested. Travelpro was the winner of the 2009 and 2010 Leading Edge Award from Executive Travel Magazine for “The Best Carry-on Case.”
Visit Travelpro.com for a full list of the latest products and retail locations.
We recently received an email from a customer that we were especially proud of, and wanted to share it on our blog. GJ has been a loyal Travelpro user since the 1980s, when we first introduced our Rollaboard suitcase to the world.
Hello, I bought my first and only travelpro wheel-aboard in the late 80’s. A group of us non-rev women would travel monthly to different locations(in and out of the country), so the need for something light and sturdy was needed. It has been through a lot and to many, many places in these last 26 years, but it keeps on rolling and doing its job, even with the repairs of super glue and a piece my husband replaced on the bottom. I just thought you might want to know, and if you want I could send a picture of it. Thank you.
And thank you, GJ. We hope you continue to enjoy your Travelpro bag.
The answer is most likely yes.
In the “old days,” weight and strength were directly proportional. If you wanted the most durable bag, you needed to use the heaviest materials. Today, that’s not the case. Fabrics have evolved to the point where a light material can also be very strong.
Luggage manufacturers have established an appropriate trade-off between weight and durability. At TravelPro, we look at everything that could weigh down a bag, from the outer material to everything that goes inside.
Our designers use specific guidelines as they craft our luggage. The frames are made from a flexible, durable honeycomb — which also happens to be quite light — then designers go from there as they choose handles, wheels, pockets and even accessories that are included inside the bag.
Fabric is one of the biggest considerations, and it’s usually a choice between polyester and nylon. Today, both are great, durable choices for everyday luggage. Polyester was once considered a low-end material, but manufacturers have made huge strides in strengthening the fabric and making it more aesthetically appealing, too.
All of these things become a factor when deciding what goes into the bag and how much it will weigh — we analyze every component of every bag we make to ensure that it doesn’t exceed our specifications, so you can have the comfort in travel and peace of mind that your belongings will be safe and secure inside your luggage.
- Choosing Luggage: Hard-Side Versus Soft-Side (travelproluggageblog.com)
Picture this: The night before you leave for an important trip, you pack your bag to your exacting business-traveler standards. Your clothes are rolled, your shoes neatly line the bottom of the bag, you’ve layered everything just so.
You arrive at the airport prepared to breeze through security, your zip-top bag filled with 3-ounce everything already in hand, when you’re stopped by an eagle-eyed agent who says your bag’s too big.
The agent looks at you and utters the five worst words imaginable: “You’ll have to check that.”
With today’s sky-high baggage fees and all the other hassles and concerns associated with flying, it’s important to be able to control as many factors as possible. One of those is knowing exactly how large your luggage can be for whatever flight you’ll be on and wherever your destination may be.
It doesn’t have to be a guessing game! Depending on the size of your plane and the type of flight, you can always know with some certainty how large or small your bag needs to be before you travel.
Your best source is the airlines’ websites. Carriers are eager to help savvy travelers and offer a wealth of information online, including the maximum size and weight allowances for carry-on baggage, plus size and weight limitations for checked baggage — and any fees associated with doing so.
The TSA can also be a helpful resource for general baggage guidelines.
The key to preserving your sanity when traveling is preparing as much beforehand as possible. Don’t allow what you don’t know to trip you up when you’ve got places to go and people to see!
Who says there’s no good news in the papers anymore? In late November, the L.A. Times did a story on politicians goingto bat for passengers rights by tackling that hassle of the highest order: baggage fees.
Mary Landrieu, a Democratic senator from Louisiana, introduced proposed legislation just before Thanksgiving that would allow airline passengers — by law — to check one suitcase, gratis, per flight. That allowance is only one part of a larger proposal that would keep carry-on baggage free and guarantee travelers access to water and bathrooms throughout their flights.
If you do choose to check your bags, most airlines charge $25 (or more!) for your first bag and additional charges for second and third bags.
But what if you want to avoid those fees? Carrying bags on is a real source of stress for air travelers. Let’s start at the security line. Those used to checking bags — and therefore not accustomed to TSA restrictions on liquids and other items — can cause real hold-ups in line. (It’s stressful for everyone around, too.)
In the Times article, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said that carry-on bags increase screening costs nationwide by $260 million a year.
If you thought that TSA line was long and slow, wait until you actually start boarding. Passengers now have to be ready to fight tooth and nail for a coveted spot in an overhead bin for their Rollaboards or business briefcases. That jockeying for bin space — and the inevitable scramble to gate check a bag (for free, by the way) when the last passengers to board can’t find space — not only slows down the boarding and deplaning process, but it’s also fostering animosity among already-stressed travelers who have to share a very small space for the next few hours. This has also made flight attendants’ jobs understandably more challenging as they attempt to keep customer’s happy and ensure that the doors of the overflowing overhead bins are closed and secure.
Most airplanes are built with a huge area underneath for storing luggage and other items. As fewer people check bags to avoid checked-bag fees, that space is going largely unused. Meanwhile, people are fighting for on board bag space and hoping they’ll find a place for their feet afterward. The system as it stands now is counterproductive — and it should change.
- Airlines hold fast on luggage fees (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Senate Targets Airline Baggage Fees (myfoxny.com)
- Some lawmakers want to change how airlines charge for baggage (charlotte.news14.com)
- Baggage Fees Are Doubling Your Boarding Time At The Gate (businessinsider.com)
A Modern Luggage Innovation that Changed the Way we Travel
(Boca Raton, Fla. – Jan. 9, 2012)—Travelpro will celebrate its 25th Anniversary of the invention of Rollaboard luggage throughout 2012 with an array of promotions, dynamic new product introductions, special events and media co-ops.
It all started when Robert Plath, a pilot for Northwest Airlines, changed the physical orientation of luggage from horizontal to vertical, added large wheels and an extension handle; hence, inventing the Rollaboard, an entirely new way to transport personal belongings while traveling.
“When Travelpro founder, Robert Path, invented the original Rollaboard in his garage in 1987, he not only changed the way people traveled but his new invention helped energize the entire travel goods industry,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for Travelpro. “The Rollaboard also led to the creation of the company, Travelpro, which immediately became an industry leader due to his powerful innovation.”
Plath founded Travelpro and began providing Rollaboard luggage to airline flight crews and pilots. The idea was so universally successful with the airline crews, Travelpro launched the product commercially through retail stores in the early 90’s and has been changing the way consumers travel ever since.
In 1994, Travelpro was ranked as one of the fastest growing private companies by Inc. Magazine. Recently, Inc. Magazine listed Plath’s Rollaboard invention as one of the top innovations in modern history. In November 2011, in a Discovery Channel program entitled, “What’s America Worth?” the invention was highlighted as one of the leading examples of how innovation adds value to a country’s net worth. Numerous awards have followed including winning the 2009 and 2010 Leading Edge Award from Executive Travel Magazine for “The Best Carry-on Case.” Its luggage also had a co-starring role in the multi-Oscar nominated film “Up in the Air”, starring George Clooney.
Today, Travelpro has continued to grow its reputation of innovation and style as one of the leading luggage brands worldwide. Travelpro luggage is now used by over 80 airlines globally and is sold commercially throughout the world.
Travelpro manufactures numerous luggage collections including Platinum 7, Crew™ 8, FlightPro LITE, Walkabout Lite 4, Maxlite 2 Rollaboards and Spinners, Executive Pro™ and Tpro Bold ™. These collections represent the best of the best for innovation, quality and value. Additionally, Travelpro purchased the well-respected Atlantic Luggage and Austin House to fortify its brand presence in the Luggage and Travel Accessories industry.
- Holiday Sale at the Travelpro Luggage Outlet (travelproluggageblog.com)
- What to Pack When It’s Winter at Home, But Summer Where You’re Going (travelproluggageblog.com)
- Holiday Gift Ideas for the Frequent Traveler (travelproluggageblog.com)