You’ve read the reviews, you’ve asked friends, and you’ve researched online, but you’re still unsure how to go about determining which kind of luggage to purchase. What should you do?
Let’s assume you’ve identified what you’ll be using the bag for: regular business travel or infrequent leisure travel. That has helped you qualify how much you’ll be willing to spend in order to have something that will serve your needs for the length of time you anticipate needing it. You’ve analyzed different bags to determine the features you’ll need. You’ve factored in past experiences with other pieces you’ve had as you’ve thought through this purchase.
Having done all that, nothing can substitute for going to a store and giving your chosen bag a test run. Take advantage of the sales associates where you shop. They should be knowledgeable and helpful. If they’re not, seek out a store that specializes in luggage sales.
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.
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.
SpinnersSpinners 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.
Luggage is a meaningful, practical gift to consider for a soon-to-be-graduating high school or college graduate, or for a holiday gift — Christmas, Mother’s Day, birthdays. As you try to pick that right first, foundational piece of luggage, you need to answer a few questions about the person first.
1. What type of travel will the person do?If your loved one is, say, going college within a car ride’s distance from home, then a large duffel or suitcase makes sense. If the college graduate is going to be relocating to a city farther from home for work or has a job that will require frequent travel, giving a bag that will not need to be checked makes the most sense, like a rollaboard. Believe us, they aren’t going to think kindly of you every time they incur an airline baggage fee. TravelPro has several different sizes of duffels and numerous styles of rollaboards and carry-ons to meet the needs of your young travelers.
2. Is the person an efficient traveler?
This may seem like an odd question, but it’s important to know what this person is like when they travel. Some people are efficient travelers, making wardrobe choices before they pack in order to take only what they need. They don’t need a large bag — a rollaboard will do, rather than a 29″ suitcase. Others want to have room for that extra pair of shoes or an impulse purchase made while on a trip. Asking about the recipient’s packing and travel habits will help narrow your choices, and help you choose between Travelpro’s different sizes and styles of bags.
3. Will they travel regularly?
A semi-frequent traveler, even someone who only leaves home three or four times a year, is going to appreciate a bag that lasts a long time. While it’s no problem to buy a cheap bag for a one-time trip (because you don’t have to keep the bag afterward), anyone who frequently travels is going to appreciate a bag that’s durable and dependable, and will last for years. Even traveling three times a year for 10 years is going to put a lot of wear and tear on a bag, so a bag with a lifetime warranty is ideal. Travelpro offers a lifetime warranty on many of its different luggage collections.
Luggage is an investment that should last many years. Keeping these simple questions in mind when choosing that first piece will ensure it becomes as much a part of their new experiences as the memories they’ll be making.
Travel seems to revolve around airplanes these days, but there are other ways to travel the country. If you don’t have to conform to airline guidelines and your plans take you away from home for more than a week, you may need to take more with you. Investing in larger luggage allows you to get your stuff from here to there without putting yourself or your clothing through contortions to do so.
We offer many options for those who choose other means of transportation for their getaways. While not everyone needs the space afforded by larger luggage, it can be a space saving option to consider, especially for families traveling by car.Our 26″ and 30″ rolling duffel bags can accommodate the needs several travelers, particularly several children or the clothing for an adult and a child, reducing the number of bags in the trunk or on the train or boat. Many of these duffels are drop-bottom, meaning that there is a separate lower compartment for storing shoes, cables and other odd-sized items. If you want one large compartment, you can unzip the divider panel for one large packing space. They are an excellent value for the price.
Travelpro has developed a specific bag for the non-airplane traveler: the 33″ Expandable Spinner model. Available only through certain retailers, this case is our largest offering, designed specifically for the traveler whose needs exceed the 28″ and 29″ cases. The bag operates with a spinner wheel system, allowing it to be pushed or pulled, and it is surprisingly lightweight for its size.
Or if you’re like most dads, you may want a “hotel bag” — the bag that gets taken into the hotel so you don’t have to unpack everything — on long car trips. A smaller duffel or backpack could serve that purpose.
What kinds of bags do you take when you’re not traveling by plane? Do you have a favorite or a go-to bag? Share your stories with us in the comment section below, or on our Facebook page.
We were recently reminded of why we like being a luggage company after reading Mark Eveleigh’s post on his blog, Kitbaggers.com, extolling the virtue of kitbags (duffel bags) over backpacks.
Kitbag is a British word for a duffel bag, and there are several styles of kitbag — er, duffel bags — that have wheels on them. They’re easy to pick up and carry when necessary, and even easier to pull along behind you, just like a regular piece of Rollaboard® luggage. Travelpro offers a wide variety of rolling duffel bag styles in the T-Pro Bold, Platinum Magna and National Geographic luggage collections.
The decision whether to carry that weight on my back for the next few months or to simply haul it on a kitbag with wheels is a no-brainer.
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Before you head for the airport next time, at least spare a thought for which sort of bag is suited to your trip. On a relatively long adventure travel jaunt, there will be relatively few incidences when a backpack is preferable. There will be countless times, however, when you’ll whisper up a prayer of thanks for the foresight that turned you into a kitbagger. From the airport to the bus, to the hostel, to the bus, to the beach, to another hostel, to another bus, to a national park a tough, well-made kitbag on heavy-duty wheels is the easiest way to transport your kit across all but the roughest of dirt tracks.
If you’ve ever hauled a 60-pound backpack for miles through Europe, South America, or Africa, you know how hot and sweaty you can get by toting around three month’s worth of belongings on your back. But pulling your bag behind you lets you not only carry more, but you can transport said bag more easily.
Backpacks are great. They’re a lot of fun, they’re great for hiking and camping, and they have a secret gypsy vagabond appeal for many of us. We even make backpacks for people to haul their laptops, tablets and paperwork. It may not be trekking the rainforest of Chiapas or the streets of Paris, but you can still feel like you’re there, even when you’re just walking to your car after work.
But when it comes down to it, if you need something rugged, tough, and built to last, a rolling
duffel bag kitbag is your best bet. They’re soft, so you can overstuff them. They have plenty of compartments, so you can keep items separated by function. And they open at the top so you can easily dig out an extra shirt or your book for the plane.
Mark wrote several posts for us in 2010 after hauling some of our T-Pro Bold rolling duffel bags (kitbags) through Chiapas, Mexico and down the Amazon River. We figured if anyone knows about proper adventure travel gear, it’s bound to be Mark.
So when he said kitbags, not backpacks, we wanted to pass on his thoughts to adventure traveler within us all.
National Geographic and Holiday Group / Travelpro Sign Licensing Agreement to Develop New Lines of Luggage [PRESS RELEASE]
WASHINGTON—National Geographic, one of the world’s largest scientific and educational organizations, has selected Montreal-based Holiday Group Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Travelpro International Inc. in the United States as its primary luggage and travel accessories licensee under its National Geographic and National Geographic Explorer brands for North America.
Under this multiyear agreement, National Geographic and Holiday/Travelpro will team to launch a comprehensive line of travel gear in U.S. and Canadian retail stores in fall 2012.
“For more than a century, NG explorers and photographers have traveled the world to capture stunning images and collect compelling stories,” said Krista Newberry, National Geographic’s senior vice president of licensing, North America. “As a leading pioneer and innovator in the travel category, Holiday Group has the particular experience and ability to create products inspired by National Geographic’s adventurous spirit.”
“The Holiday Group is thrilled to partner with the National Geographic Society,” said Raymond Durocher, president of the Holiday Group. “Drawing upon our expertise in luggage design and production, we are proud to offer exceptional travel gear that reflects the Society’s rich heritage of exploration as well as its standard for superior functionality and design.”
National Geographic’s net proceeds from the sale of these products support vital exploration, conservation, research and education programs.
About National Geographic
The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society’s mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 400 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; exhibitions; live events; trips; interactive media; and merchandise.
National Geographic has funded more than 10,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com.
About Holiday Group Inc. (Canada)
Ever since it began in 1951, the company has been driven by innovation. Its mission is simple and authentic: to simplify people’s lives by offering products that organize and protect their personal belongings and, in turn, their interests and passions. Holiday Group and Travelpro are committed to making life easier, whether it be for a business trip, a family vacation, or simply to get to school or the gym.
A true industry pioneer, Holiday Group celebrated 60 years of operation in 2011. Holiday Group (Canada) is the proud distributor of an important brand portfolio that includes Travelpro, Atlantic, Swiss Gear, Roots, Ecko, Foxy Jeans, David Jones, Nextech, Nygard, Wenger, Austin House, H Due O and Knirps. Travelpro International (United States of America) distributes the Travelpro, Atlantic, Austin House and Ecko brands. For more information, visit holiday.ca and travelpro.com.
About Travelpro International Inc. (U.S.A.)
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 Carryon Case.” Travelpro is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the invention of the Rollaboard® throughout 2012.
- National Geographic Live!: Trapping Tigers (greatcatsoftheworld.wordpress.com)
- Travelpro Announces its Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Invention of the Rollaboard (travelproluggageblog.com)
Travelpro Introduces New Maxlite® 2 Spinner Collection
New Patent Pending Contour™ Handle Grip offers more comfort and control of 4-wheel spinner luggage
Boca Raton, Fla. – Nov. 15, 2011– Travelpro the inventor of Rollaboard® luggage and leader in innovative, high-quality luggage design is pleased to introduce Maxlite® 2 its lightest collection of 4-wheel Spinner luggage. This new Spinner collection offers the revolutionary Contour™ Handle Grip, lightweight durability, functionality and affordability for the frequent business and leisure traveler. “With the new Maxlite 2 Spinner luggage collection, Travelpro has taken the lead by offering a dramatic improvement to the user of 4-wheel systems. The new soft pad design of the Contour Grip provides the user more comfort and control when pushing spinner luggage through long airport terminals with markedly less fatigue on the users’ shoulder, arm, hand and wrist,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for Travelpro. “This is the first handle grip specifically designed for 4-wheel spinner luggage.”
The Maxlite 2 collection includes a wide array of innovative features that ease the hassles of travel. The 4-wheel Spinner system provides a smooth glide with 360 degree maneuverability, making it easy to navigate through airport check-in lines and terminals. The patent pending Contour™ Grip improves ergonomic comfort and movement control and the rugged polyester fabric is stain and abrasion resistant. 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. Maxlite 2 features a built-in ticket pocket within the front pocket to provide quick access to a wallet, a passport, keys or boarding passes. The New Spinner Collection includes a 20” Expandable Spinner (carry-on size), a 25” Expandable Spinner and a 29” Expandable Spinner. A Lifetime Warranty ensures that the luggage is free from defects in materials and workmanship. The Maxlite 2 collection is available in stylish Ocean Blue and Black.
For over two decades, 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 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 Travelpro at www.travelpro.com for a complete list of the latest products and retail locations. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TravelproINTL and Twitter at www.twitter.com/travelprointl.
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Maxlite 2 Collection Dimensions
- 20″ Expandable Spinner – 20” H x 14” L x 9” W
- 25″ Expandable Spinner – 25” H x 18.5” L x 11” W
- 29″ Expandable Spinner – 29” H x 20.5” L x 12” W
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We are pleased to introduce the next generation of Rollaboards and Spinners, the Maxlite 2 Collection. This new collection offers lightweight durability, functionality and affordability for the frequent business and leisure traveler.
“With the new Maxlite 2 collection, we are able to offer a line of luggage that is durable enough for the frequent flier as well as lightweight and affordable for the leisure traveler,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for Travelpro. “We also wanted to provide travelers the option to choose between 4-wheel spinner models or 2-wheel Rollaboards, to make their traveling experience easier.”
The Maxlite 2 collection includes a wide array of innovative features that ease the hassles of travel. The lightweight Rollaboard models in the collection expand 1.5″ maximizing space and packing flexibility. The 4-wheel Spinner system provides a smooth glide with 360 degree maneuverability, making it easy to navigate through airport check-in lines. Its rugged polyester fabric is stain and abrasion resistant and the inline skate wheels ensure easy rolling and long lasting service. 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. Maxlite 2 features a built-in ticket pocket within the front pocket to provide quick access to a wallet, a passport, keys or boarding passes.
The 11 piece collection includes the following options:
- Duffel Bag
- Garment Sleeve
- Rolling Tote
- 20″ Expandable Rollaboard
- 22″ Expandable Rollaboard
- 25″ Expandable Rollaboard
- 28″ Expandable Rollaboard
- 20″ Expandable Spinner
- 25″ Expandable Spinner
- 29″ Expandable Spinner
- Rolling Duffel
The Maxlite 2 collection is available in Ocean Blue and Black.
Travelpro’s Lifetime Warranty guarantees that the luggage is free from defects in materials and workmanship.
About Travelpro For over two decades, 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 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.”
- There’s No Room for My Bags: The Overhead Bin Dilemma (worldviastandby.wordpress.com)
The Only Way to Roll -Lightweight luggage with 360 Degree Maneuverability
(BOCA RATON, FL, June 22, 2011)——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 its new line of 4-wheel Spinners, the Compass 2 Collection. This is the most versatile collection to date, crafted for stress-free travel. Compass 2 appeals to a broad range of leisure and business travelers who seek affordability, quality, and style in their travel luggage.“We’ve developed the Compass 2 Spinners luggage collection to help make travel easier and more affordable, said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for Travelpro, Atlantic Luggage, and Austin House. “It has a unique 4-wheel spinner system with extra large rear wheels for effortless maneuverability in tight spaces and the 21” Expandable Carry-On Spinner is only 8 pounds, making it one of the lightest of its kind.”
This lightweight luggage collection is packed with a wide array of features that makes travel easier. Tested for high-mileage travel, Compass’ 2 high quality and durable spinner wheels can roll in multiple directions for maximum mobility through busy airports. A removable garment sleeve comes standard on uprights to help prevent wrinkling of shirts, blouses and pants. Adjustable tie-down straps keep clothes in place 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. Skid guards, wheel housings and corner guards protect the luggage against potential damage during travel. Additionally, Compass 2 is designed with a fashion forward look that includes silver trim accents, satin zipper pulls and a curved handle grip.
The spacious main compartment expands an additional 2.5”, maximizing space and flexibility for packing. Convenient front pockets provide storage for newspapers, magazines, paperwork, coats and sweaters as well as easy access to last minute items.
The Compass 2 Spinners collection is available in black and cranberry colors. The collection includes the following models: Shoulder Tote, Wheeled Carry-On Tote, 21” Expandable Carry-On Spinner, 25” Expandable Spinner and 29” Expandable Spinner. The Compass 2 Spinner line carries a 10-Year warranty, covering defects in materials and workmanship.
About Atlantic Luggage
Since 1919, the Atlantic Luggage 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 for a full list of the latest products and retail locations.
- How Travelpro Tests Its Luggage (travelproluggageblog.com)
- Travelpro International Launch Walkabout Lite 4 Collection | Lightweight Tough New Travel Bags (bagbunch.com)
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.