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.
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.
- 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
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?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?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.
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When packing for a flight, travelers don’t always want to haul around one large bag, so they opt for carrying a few smaller bags instead. For example, we’ve known women who carry their cosmetics in a separate bag, as well as a small rollaboard or spinner, and a briefcase or purse.
This is fine for car travel, but what about plane travel? Is it better to consolidate all your luggage into one larger bag or carry some of the items you might ordinarily pack on the plane with you. Should you carry the cosmetics bag, which is about the size of a small tote, or figure out how to pack it with your clothes in a large suitcase?Let’s assume our female passenger doesn’t have room in her 20″ carry-on bag, so she’ll have to carry her cosmetics bag. Remember, airlines allow one carry-on and one personal bag, which includes a purse or briefcase. If she’s already got a personal bag, she either needs to make room in the carry-on bag, or get a larger piece of luggage and consider checking her bag.
So which is her better choice?
We should first look at the economics. If you take a larger suitcase, most airlines will charge for a checked bag fee. That’s one decision that has to be made up front. The whole reason we recommend carry-on bags is to avoid those fees.
Next, consider security, trust, and convenience. If our passenger has her medications, she absolutely won’t want to be separated from her bag. It’s also nice to have access to your toothbrush and something to wash your face and freshen up in flight, or to use the minute you get off the plane.
She’ll also need to think about how much she’s packing, and how long her trip is going to be. This is where packing fewer pieces that are more versatile, in order to create more outfits, pays off. Or rolling clothes instead of folding them.
Some people also like smaller bags they can put underneath the seat so they can access certain items during the flight. If you split your luggage between two carry-on items, you don’t have to worry about waiting to pick up your bag after the flight, and you can get important items during the flight.
However, juggling multiple items can definitely be inconvenient. It can be nice to have the airline take care of everything, which can be great especially when you have a layover during which you would have to keep all your luggage together.
Ultimately, this is a personal choice. Are you happy with a bigger bag that may require baggage fees? Or do you want to avoid fees, so you travel light, roll your clothes, and make sure everything is as efficient as possible to keep it all in your two carry-on items? Pick the method that suits you and your travel preferences.
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Travelpro once again redefines premium travel products with the Platinum Magna 2 handsomely crafted luggage collection featuring superior fabrics and genuine leather accents. This ultra-durable 13-model series is the pinnacle of fashion, intelligent functionality and design innovation. The result is a truly luxurious offering for travelers who want the finest in quality and performance.Backed by Travelpro’s Worry-Free Warranty, Platinum Magna 2 ensures a lifetime of satisfaction with Spinners, Rollaboards, Garment Bags, a Business Case and a Backpack included in the collection. This full line features 9 carry-on bags, providing many different options for today’s savvy traveler.
“As the originator of Rollaboard luggage, Travelpro has always been a leader in the travel industry,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “The Platinum Magna 2 Collection is a step beyond other luggage collections, making it the best of the best.”
Designed for the “Perfect Roll,” the Dual Spinner Wheels include Travelpro’s patented MagnaTrac wheel technology, a leap forward in Spinner luggage. When Platinum Magna 2 is pushed, magnets instantly align the wheels to roll straight in any direction. Most spinner luggage drifts or pulls to one side or the other, putting strain on your shoulder, arm, wrist and hand. Platinum Magna 2 tracks effortlessly wherever you want to go.
The patented Contour Grip on Spinner models provides superior ergonomic control, relieving fatigue on the shoulder, arm, hand and wrist. In combination with the patented PowerScope Extension Handle that minimizes wobble, these two features provide the traveler with the ultimate in comfort, functionality and strength.Rugged, fashionably textured nylon fabric with DuraGuard coating features stain and abrasion resistance for greater durability, while the H2O Guard coating protects the interior lining from stains. The Platinum Magna 2 collection is available in attractive black fabric with black leather accents and olive fabric with brown leather accents.
The Carry-on Rolling Garment Bag helps keep clothes wrinkle free. The convenient split-design construction offers amazing packing capacity and multiple pockets to store clothing, cables, socks, and so much more.
The Business Brief and Backpack are fully compatible with the luggage in the collection. They include padded laptop and tablet pockets along with a business organizer for intelligent storage of quick access essentials.
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.
Providing the Most Innovative Luggage and Business Cases for Today’s Frequent Business Travelers
Travelpro, the inventor of Rollaboard luggage and a market leader in innovative, high-quality luggage design is pleased to introduce the Crew Executive Choice Business Case Collection. This premium business case line enhances Travelpro’s flagship Crew luggage collection by integrating some highly functional briefcases, backpacks and overnighters into the overall offering. Genuine leather accents and durable fabrics enable the business traveler to travel in confidence with the latest advances in luggage and business cases, all from one compatible product offering.
“The Crew Executive Choice Collection’s attention to detail, confident style and functional efficiency are a reflection of Travelpro’s commitment to its customers and business travelers worldwide,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands.
The Crew Executive Choice Rolling Business Overnighter is an ideal choice for the executive that demands it all: durability, convenience, versatility and a fashionable look that makes a bold statement. An ideal carry-on size for short trips, the Rolling Business Overnighter is built for maximum efficiency with a patented PowerScope Extension handle, which minimizes wobble when fully extended and stops at 42″ ensuring a comfortable roll for users of varying heights. A built-in corduroy, padded pocket protects laptops up to 15.6″ in size, and the business organizer keeps pens, pencils, business cards and keys in place for easy access. The Checkpoint Friendly Computer Backpack is the perfect complement to Travelpro Crew 10 Carry-on luggage. With its one-of-a-kind Quick Loop system, the Backpack can be attached to all existing Travelpro luggage for convenient transport through airport terminals. The Backpack also provides protection against loss and identity theft with an RFID-blocking pocket that keeps all credit cards and passports safe. The highly featured backpack is Checkpoint Friendly, featuring a padded pocket for 15.6″ laptops, plus a tablet pocket and a removable cord pouch for power cables and accessories. Adjustable, padded shoulder straps provide comfort for users of different heights.
Genuine leather handles combined with sturdy nylon fabric make the Checkpoint Friendly Messenger Brief and Checkpoint Friendly Slim Brief, a stylish and damage resistant option for business travelers on the go. Checkpoint friendly design allows the traveler to keep their laptop inside the bag while going through the security x-ray machine at the airport. Each item is equipped with a RFID-blocking security pocket, Quick Loop system, a padded and quilted corduroy pocket that fits a 15.6″ laptop, a separate, padded tablet pocket and a built-in business organizer for quick access storage of key business essentials.
The Business Tote is the ideal case for the female business traveler who wants to combine style and functionality. The tote features a removable padded sleeve for laptops up to 15.6″ and a separate tablet pocket to protect multiple electronic devices safely. A removable cord pouch, RFID-blocking security pocket and business organizer keeps everything organized and safe. Genuine leather straps and trim add a touch of elegance and style.
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.
If you walk down the street in any major city as the workday is ending, you’ll notice one major trend: backpacks and messenger bags have become a popular replacement for the briefcase. What started as a Gen Y trend has been adopted by professionals of all ages. If you’re still holding onto your hard briefcase (literally), here are four reasons why it’s time to let go and pick up a backpack or messenger bag instead.
1. Better for city commuters
Backpacks, messenger bags and business briefs are a better option for those who get to work by train, bus, or on foot. When you don’t have a car to tote things around in, and you need to fit a number of items into your bag, a hard briefcase can’t hold a laptop, lunch, gym clothes, etc. as easily as a backpack or messenger bag can.
2. Less cumbersome
Let’s face it, a boxy briefcase isn’t the easiest thing to carry. They’re clunky, cumbersome and make it that much more difficult to juggle your smartphone, coffee and morning paper. A backpack or messenger bag can free your hands to send out emails, juggle whatever your boss throws at you, or earn brownie points by holding the door open for colleagues.
3. More fashionable
Overall, workplace attire has become more casual in the last decade (good riddance to the power suit!). Unless you’re in a position that requires more formal attire (lawyer, CEO, etc.) you’ve probably noticed that the vast majority of your colleagues have stopped carrying briefcases in favor of backpacks and messenger bags. As more and more Gen Y employees enter the workforce, this trend will continue to grow.
4. More comfortable
Many people find backpacks to be a more comfortable alternative to briefcases and laptop bags due to the fact that weight is spread over the entire back as opposed to one side of the body. For those who frequently suffer from shoulder pain or experience hand discomfort when carrying a briefcase, a backpack may be a better option.
Many professionals are hesitant to switch over from a briefcase or laptop bag because they fear they’ll look too unprofessional or juvenile carrying one. The truth is, professionals of all levels can pull off a backpack or messenger bag – it’s all about selecting the right style and design.
While younger professionals or those who work in an extremely casual environment can pull off most styles, many professionals should opt for a more structured, well-made design, such as TravelPro’s Business Backpack or Messenger Brief.
Travelpro Launches Executive Pro “Checkpoint Friendly” Computer Briefcase Collection [PRESS RELEASE]
Travelpro, the inventor of Rollaboard® luggage and leader in innovative, high-quality luggage design, introduces its new “Checkpoint Friendly” Computer Briefcase Collection, Executive Pro. The Executive Pro briefcase collection brings sophistication and functionality to the frequent business traveler. With this expansive 9-piece collection of briefcases, whether rolling or non-rolling, a backpack and a combination Rollaboard Luggage Brief to choose from, business travelers can expect lightweight, stylish, durable and Checkpoint Friendly briefs that simplify airline travel, especially when going through airport security.
“With this new collection, our goal was to make it a little bit easier to speed through the security line at the airport,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for Travelpro. “The extremely lightweight Executive Pro collection is designed with features which allow the traveler to simply unzip the back of the computer briefcase or backpack and pass it through the X-ray machine without having to remove your laptop.”
The collection includes a host of innovative features a busy executive needs on the road. Key features include: rugged polyester fabric with DuraGuard™ coating that make it stain and abrasion resistance for greater durability; extremely lightweight, the Checkpoint Friendly Computer Brief weighs less than 2 ½ lbs; the telescoping handle height adjusts to 41” on the rolling pieces providing comfort for taller travelers; a deluxe business organizer with pockets for business cards, pens and pencils, computer accessories, CD’s, and keys; an adjustable, non-slip cushioned shoulder strap on non-rolling cases for added comfort; quick-loop on the back of the cases for easy attachment to companion luggage; roomy interior pockets that store power cords, chargers, electronic media and smart phones; and a padded laptop sleeve designed to fit most 17” laptops.
The Executive Pro collection includes the Checkpoint Friendly Computer Brief, Slim Checkpoint Friendly Computer Brief, Executive Rolling Brief, Checkpoint Friendly Computer Backpack, Deluxe Rolling Computer Brief, 18” Business Plus Rollaboard, Ladies City Tote, Ladies Rolling Brief and the Messenger Brief.
Travelpro’s new Checkpoint Friendly Computer Briefs and Computer Backpack take away the hassle of having to reach for the laptop and put it in a separate bin from all other belongings and then having to put it back in the bag at the end of the checkpoint. Travelpro backs the Executive Pro™ collection with a limited lifetime warranty that covers defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product.
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Is there one thing that you absolutely could not travel without? In a perfect world — at least our world — everyone’s answer would be Travelpro luggage. Ah, but the world isn’t perfect, and opinions do vary. (But we’re sticking with our answer.)
Many travelers wouldn’t last a day without their laptops. More and more of us depend on our PCs to organize both our business and personal lives, and we require continuous access to the Internet.
Such devotion works to Travelpro’s advantage, since we offer a wide range of durable luggage, each designed to safely transport these precious laptops. Platinum 7 and Crew 8 Business Plus Rollaboards are especially popular, as are our “Checkpoint Friendly” Computer Briefcases.
Both the Platinum 7 and Crew 8 models feature padded laptop pockets that provide protection and easy access during security screening. And, Travelpro’s “Checkpoint Friendly” briefcases and backpacks allow you to pass through security without the hassle of removing your laptop.
Another item most travelers couldn’t do without is their “smart phone.” In fact, many business people use iPhones, Blackberrys and Androids in lieu of their laptops on short trips. These phones provide Internet and email access as well as GPS navigation, photography & video capabilities, and thousands of other “apps.”
Austin House, a division of Travelpro and leading brand of great travel accessories, offers a number of accessory items that many people find indispensable. For example, the Austin House Travel Scale with Built-in Tape Measure enables travelers to redistribute belongings before reaching the airport, avoiding both overweight baggage fees and unnecessary frustration at the counter.
Another popular accessory is a set of Pressure-Less Earplanes. These specially designed ear plugs relieve air pressure during take-offs and landings. They’re recommended for cold and allergy sufferers, travelers with sinus conditions and those sensitive to air pressure changes.
Other leading Austin House items include the Flash Drive Combo Lock which protects personal and business information while traveling , the Universal Adapter Plug which is compatible with electrical outlets in more than 160 countries, and the Inflatable Neck Pillow which supports the neck and relieves tension during long commutes.
For most of us, there are a number of things that we can’t travel without, and many of them come from Travelpro and Austin House.
With the wide range of premium quality luggage available, do you wonder which bag is right for you? It all comes down to your preferences, which are usually based on how often you travel, the type of trips you take and your budget. The first step is to review the styles available.
Roll-Aboards: With models available throughout Travelpro’s collections, rollaboards range from carry-on to larger check-in sizes. Carry-on size bags will fit in the aircraft’s overhead bin and help eliminate the cost of checking your bags at departure, and the headache of retrieving them upon arrival. In the U.S. a carry-on bag must measure no more than 45 linear inches (the sum of the bag’s length, width and height). Larger size bags are great for long/extended trips.
Travelpro’s innovation that revolutionized travel worldwide, wheeled upright luggage allows you to pack for a week without having to carry the weight on your shoulders. Today’s rollaboards, or rolling uprights, feature inline skate wheels and a telescoping handle.
Business & Laptop Cases: If you’re a business traveler, you’ll appreciate the fact that Travelpro’s line of nylon business and laptop cases are lighter and more durable than leather cases. They store and protect laptops, private documents and other business materials.
All Travelpro cases meet carry on size restrictions and many are available in rolling models. Many new cases are also “Checkpoint Friendly,” eliminating the need to remove the laptop from the case as it’s scanned at airport security.
Totes: Smaller bags which are ideal for outings and overnight trips, also make an excellent companion piece for longer trips. Travelpro Totes are available in several styles, some with shoulder straps and some in rolling models.
Duffels: These durable, soft-sided bags provide both capacity and convenience on long trips. They are available in rolling or non-rolling styles and in carry-on or check-through sizes.
Garment Bags: Considered portable closets, Travelpro garment bags are popular with travelers who want to keep their suits, dresses, and other clothing wrinkle-free. Garment bags are available in both rolling and non-rolling versions, and in carry-on and check-through sizes.
Whatever your travel plans, whatever your luggage needs, Travelpro has the bag to suit you. You can check out our website, or use Travelpro’s Retailer Locator to find a retailer near you.
Psychologists tell us the fear of public speaking is one of our most common anxieties. Many people experience a “fight or flight” response that causes shaking, shortness of breath, an increased heart rate and a quivering voice.
If you’ve ever tried to navigate a crowded airport loaded down with everything you need for a speaking engagement, you understand this anxiety. Getting to your flight becomes a major fight. Travelpro offers a wide range of Rollaboard® luggage that meets the unique travel needs of public speakers:
- Laptop Storage and Protection – Many Travelpro® models feature a padded, dual access computer compartment that protects your laptop while enabling you to retrieve it quickly. Most of our cases accommodate up to 17″ laptops, and some of our bags, like the Crew 8 Computer Brief, are “Checkpoint Friendly.” Imagine breezing through airport security by simply unzipping the back of your bag, laying it flat on the conveyer, zipping up the bag once it’s passed through the X-ray machine, and proceeding to your gate. Hopefully, you won’t be rendered speechless.
- Lightweight, Durable Design – Our luggage features a lightweight Honeycomb Framing system that accommodates heavy loads, and are constructed with a ballistic nylon fabric that is extremely durable. For example, the Crew 8 20” Expandable Wide Body Rollaboard weighs under 9 pounds, and, the ExecutiveFirst Expandable Rolling Computer Brief weighs 9.4 pounds. Yes, each can hold up to 40 pounds of content and easily fit into overhead bins.
- Accessible Business Organizer – The key to effective public speaking is staying organized. Travelpro Rollaboards feature an intelligently-designed Business Organizer in the front pocket which allows quick access to flash drives, power cords, business cards, pens, pencils and other small items. Plus, a front ticket pocket holds important travel documents, and can be used to store trip receipts.
- Extensive Storage Capacity – Many Travelpro Rollaboards are carry-on size, but have extensive storage space. Thus, you can carry on handouts, a projector and a change of clothing instead of packing them in checked luggage (and having to pay checked bag fees and endure potential bag retrieval delays).
- Intelligent Ergonomics – Travelpro’s rolling luggage features a telescoping handle system which extends up to 43″ for taller travelers, and removable, sealed, in-line skate wheels for smooth rolling. All models come with high-tensile-strength zipper pulls that ensure effortless opening and closing.
Travelpro Rollaboards will take the anxiety out of getting to your speaking engagement. All you have to do is relax and talk.