Travel Top Five: Tips for Traveling Light

February 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The ability to travel light seems to be the golden ring every business traveler is reaching for. Some have the knack for it, while others struggle. Here are a few tips to help you choose what to bring with you on your next trip. For the purposes of this article, we’re assuming you want to avoid baggage fees, skip the luggage carousel, and be in control of your experience from start to finish.

Number one, truly, is plan what you’re going to wear and stick to it. You may think you need an extra outfit for a special occasion, but unless you’re attending a formal event that requires certain attire, you can pretty much wear anything else you’ve planned and it’s going to be sufficient. If you want to be successful at traveling light, take a hard look at what you must have versus what would be nice to have. Then keep the former and leave the latter.

Platinum Magna 2 - International Carry-on Spinner - Ideal for traveling light

Platinum Magna 2 International Carry-on Spinner

Next, learn the art of packing by color family or using neutrals interchangeably. For example, if you know you need to dress warmly where you’re going, choose your favorite sweater that’s appropriate for all the engagements you have. If said sweater is navy, then everything else you pack should coordinate with navy. Creating an entire week’s worth of outfits using black, white, and khaki is another option that lets you mix and match without looking like you’re wearing the same clothes over and over again. Trust us, no one will notice.
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Five Tips to Traveling Light

September 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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

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

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

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

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

July 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

You’re about to embark on a dream vacation to a tropical island paradise to spend time with your toes in the sand, a drink in your hand, and nary a thought in your head. Who the heck wants to worry about trip planning?

You should. The more you plan before departure, the less you have to think about upon arrival.

As always, the best approach for headache-free travel is fitting all your essentials into one Travelpro Rollaboard that you carry on your plane. In doing so, you avoid the hassles of checking and retrieving luggage, paying excess and over-sized baggage fees, and dragging multiple bags through security checkpoints.

Here are some proven tips for one-bag island travel:

  • Pack casual, lightweight clothing. But, be sure to check whether your resort has restaurants that require you to “dress for dinner.” If so, you’ll need to take along something more formal than shorts and T-shirts. Be sure to select neutral colors so your outfits are easier to match.
  • Pack using the “bundle” method. Wrap clothes around large objects (such as bags of toiletries or pairs of shoes), rather than folding or rolling clothes. In most cases, the bundle method saves the most space and also prevents wrinkling.
  • On long trips and extended stays, take only the essentials with you on the plane and ship everything else to your final destination.
  • Limit yourself to two pairs of shoes, or, at most, two pairs of shoes and one pair of sandals or flip-flops. Remember, you’re going to already be wearing one pair of shoes.
  • Buy small-sized toiletries or transfer liquid contents like shampoo into miniature travel bottles. And, don’t forget plenty of sunscreen and skin moisturizers. Or, buy your sunscreen at your destination.
  • Minimize the number of items that require electricity, as converters can be costly and space-consuming. Like shaving – do it by hand.

If you plan to scuba dive, take a guided tour or engage in other “for hire” activities, you may want to invest in a packaged tour to ensure your satisfaction and safety.

We’ve all heard horror stories of unwitting tourists being robbed or assaulted when they wondered into the wrong neighborhood or were lead astray by a con artist posing as a “guide.” It’s always best to research which areas to avoid in your destination, and to only deal with reputable, sanctioned vendors.

So, be sure to do the necessary pre-planning for your tropical getaway. There will be plenty of time for blissful idleness once you reach the island.

How To Pack Your Carry-On

September 27, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

So, you’re sick and tired of lugging multiple bags through airports, checked bag fees and waiting to retrieve your luggage. “One bag travel” is for you. What’s the best way to pack everything you need for your trip into one carry-on bag?Photo of a WalkAbout 3 Suiter properly packed

First, take advantage of the many features of Travelpro® Rollaboard® luggage. For example, use the interior pockets to store small items, such as belts and portable electronics. And don’t forget to utilize the top lid to store shirts and other folded garments.

If your bag has a removable Suiter system, use it to neatly fold your dresses, suits and other formal wear. If your travel wear is more casual, the Suiter also accommodates shirts, pants and other outfits while keeping them wrinkle-free.

Place heavy objects on the bottom of the main storage compartment, then arrange your garments on top.  Also, be sure to secure your clothing with the interior tie-down straps to  prevent shifting  and wrinkling in transit.

Opinions vary on whether folding or rolling your garments is the best method for packing a rollaboard. Each approach has its advantages and disadvantages:

Folding Your Clothes for Carry-on Packing

  • Folded clothing can be taken directly from the bag and placed into dresser drawers, saving time.
  • Folded clothing is less likely to prompt an inspection at a security checkpoint.
  • Rolling may wrinkle certain delicate fabrics.
  • Many travelers hesitate to roll suits, dresses and other formal wear.
  • Rolling Your Clothes for Carry-on Packing

  • Rolling enables you to fit nearly twice as much clothing in luggage than folding does.
  • Rolling enthusiasts insist that rolling garments minimizes wrinkling.
  • Tightly packing rolled wearables keeps them from shifting in transit, which also prevents wrinkling.
  • Rolled clothing is easier to repack after a security checkpoint inspection.
  • Finally, whether you fold, roll or take the “hybrid” approach, you should also resist the temptation to pack extra shoes. Wear shoes that are appropriate for both formal and casual occasions, and don’t take up valuable luggage space with additional pairs.

    And remember, slip-ons will get your through security much faster than shoes with laces.

    A question from Jonathon regarding the suiter, here is a picture of a removable suiter on Travelpro Luggage:

    Travelpro Crew 8 Luggage Suiter

    Travelpro Crew 8 Luggage Suiter Click to Enlarge

    The Art Of One Bag Travel

    September 22, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

    More and more business travelers are beginning to appreciate the art of one bag travel.

    They relish the artistry of Ryan Bingham, George Clooney’s character in the movie “Up In The Air” who traveled 322 days a year.

    Recognizing that checking bags add an average of 35 minutes to each flight, Ryan swore by his Crew Expandable Rollaboard Suiter which could accommodate everything he needs for his endless business trips.  

    Travelpro offers many types and styles of luggage that meet carry-on size restrictions, eliminating the cost of checking your bags at departure, and the headache of retrieving them upon arrival.

    If the film were shot today, Bingham might prefer the 20″ Crew 8 Wide Body Expandable which offers the packing capacity of a 22″ carry-on or the 20” Crew 8 Business Plus Rollaboard which incorporates a business organizer and laptop sleeve in the Rollaboard.  It also comes equipped with a hidden security pocket for items like passports, money, or jewelry.

    The most efficient (and artistic) approach to business travel is packing all your essentials into one carry-on bag. Here are some proven one bag travel tips:

    • Select neutral colors so your outfits are easier to match, and limit yourself to two pairs of shoes.
    • Carefully consider each piece of clothing in your wardrobe and how important it is, or how frequently you will wear it. Can it be borrowed or bought at your destination?
    • Pack using the “bundle” method. Wrap clothes around large objects (such as bags of toiletries or pairs of shoes), rather than folding or rolling clothes. The bundle method saves the most space and also prevents wrinkling.
    • On long trips and extended stays, take only the essentials with you on the plane and ship everything else to your final destination.
    • Make sure you comply with the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule, which allows travelers to carry-on one quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag containing 3.4 ounce (100 ml) bottles of the gels and liquids. You’ll breeze through security by placing the quart-sized bag in the screening bin which airport security X-rays separately.

    With a little planning and the right Travelpro luggage, you’ll soon master the art of one bag travel.

    Enjoy both its beauty and convenience.

    Traveling Lighter Is Traveling Better

    July 31, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

    Have you ever been inconvenienced on a trip by not having packed something you need? And, have you ever sworn to take every possession you could possibly need on your next trip?

    I’m afraid you’re just trading one inconvenience for another.

    That’s because the hassles of checking and retrieving extra luggage, paying checked-baggage and overweight baggage fees, and dragging multiple bags through security checkpoints may far outweigh the problem of not having the perfect pair of shoes for every outfit.

    The best case scenario for headache-free travel is fitting all your essentials into one bag that you carry on your plane. One-bag travel is both an art and a science that requires an appreciation for minimalism when packing, and intelligence when selecting your luggage. Here are some tips:

    1. Pack using the “bundle” method. Wrap clothes around large objects (such as bags of toiletries or pairs of shoes), rather than folding or rolling clothes. The bundle method can really save space and also prevents wrinkling.
    2. Leave the leather bags at home. They look, feel and smell nice, but are much heavier (and soak up moisture and mildew) than modern ballistic or high-denier nylon bags.
    3. On long trips and extended stays, take only the essentials with you on the plane, and ship everything else to your final destination.
    4. Limit yourself to two pairs of shoes, or, at most, two pairs of shoes and one pair of sandals or flip-flops.
    5. Buy small-sized toiletries or transfer liquid contents like shampoo into miniature travel bottles. Good tip: Save hotel toiletries so you can pack them the next time you travel.
    6. Select neutral colors so your outfits are easier to match.
    7. Always carefully consider each piece of clothing in your wardrobe and how important it is, or how frequently you will wear it. Can it be borrowed or bought at your destination instead?
    8. Minimize the number of items that require electricity, as converters can be costly and space-consuming. Activities like shaving can be done by hand.

    A streamlined approach and a little planning go a long way in avoiding travel frustrations, as does the right kind of carry-on luggage. Travelpro has one of the largest selections of carry-on luggage in the world. Go to www.travelpro.com to see all your different options.