Five Ways to Pare Down Your Briefcase

September 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Some business travelers might as well call themselves pack mules with the amount of weight they lug through airports in their briefcases. I’ve seen people carry briefcases that weigh as much as their carry-ons. The bags are filled with binders, folders, and loose papers. It’s enough to make an organizational expert run screaming from the room.

The problem is that a cluttered workplace clutters your mind. Not only is it hard to find anything, but it creates a sense of stress as well as its own inefficiencies.

But with some simple planning and strategizing, your briefcase doesn’t have to create additional strain on your body. We’ve come up with five ways business travelers can streamline the contents of their briefcase for travel. You may end up with so little in it, you might be able to leave it at home!

Crew Executive Choice 2 Briefcase with phone charger. Ideal for business travelers

Crew Executive Choice 2 Briefcase with phone charger

1. Unload everything from your briefcase and eliminate all non-essential clutter. Extra cables, extra equipment (could get by with a tablet instead of a laptop), and extra paper. How many pens and pencils do you need? If you have more than two, that’s too many. Put your loose cables into a small bag or cord organizer. Rather than treating your briefcase as a repository of “just in case” materials, try to plan ahead better so you’re not carrying a lot of extra stuff.
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Shopping for Luggage: Backpacks vs Business Briefs

December 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

Crew Executive Choice 2 Backpack

Crew Executive Choice 2 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.

Backpacks

  • 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

Shopping for a Business Backpack: Features That Make Travel a Breeze

December 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s the one thing that unites every airport traveler, regardless of destination, purpose of your trip, or which class we fly. We all want to get through security quickly.

We take off our belts, remove our jackets and our shoes, put our change and keys in the little dishes, and pull our laptops from our bags. All of this wastes time, and we’re at risk of forgetting something and leaving it behind. (It’s also one of the compelling reasons for signing up for TSA Pre-Check.)

Travelpro Crew Executive Choice 2 Business Backpack - open

This checkpoint friendly backpack can get you through airport security with a minimum of fuss.

If you had a checkpoint-friendly backpack from our Crew™ Executive Choice™ 2 or Platinum® Magna™ 2 collections, you could be efficient with your time and protect your valuables simultaneously. Our checkpoint-friendly backpacks can be opened up and laid flat, leaving the laptop in one half and your loose items in the other, ready to be checked by security. No chance of leaving things behind or having them stolen. Just re-zip the bag shut, and you’re on your way.

Protecting yourself from identity theft is also a concern. This is where our Crew Executive Choice 2 and Platinum Magna 2 backpacks can help. Both pieces include an RFID protected pocket, which protects its contents by blocking scanners used by identity thieves, making it ideal for storing your wallet or passport.
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T-Pro® Bold™ 2.0 Collection Represents Next Generation of Action Luggage Including Spinners

January 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Perfect for Travelers with a Sense of Adventure

The T-Pro® Bold™ 2.0 Collection by Travelpro® is ready to go anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice, over rough terrain or down busy city streets. Amazingly durable, lightweight and versatile, this 9-piece collection is perfect for individuals and families with a sense of adventure. Loaded with extras, creature comforts and flexible packing options, Bold 2.0 embodies Travelpro’s next generation of action luggage.

Tpro Bold 2 Group Photo

Our Tpro Bold 2 line of bags includes rollaboards and duffel bags.

“Travelpro has always prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the finest luggage for the experienced traveler,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “The T-Pro Bold 2.0 Collection is sporty and also includes two spinner models, which adds to our long tradition of quality luggage.”

Made of high-density polyester fabric with a water-repellent coating for greater stain and abrasion resistance, this rugged line features a comprehensive offering, including Spinner and Rollaboard® models, a backpack, a soft duffel bag and two drop bottom rolling duffel bags. Multiple carry handles make the luggage easy to transport in and out of a car or airplane overhead bin. The drop bottom rolling duffel models include a zippered divider panel for two separate packing spaces or, if opened, one large main compartment. The backpack, 22″ Rollaboard and 21″ Spinner models provide a padded tablet pocket for protection and easy access during travel. An “intelligent” interior on Spinners and Rollaboard models offers packing flexibility with a mesh pocket and wet pocket, ideal for toiletries or wet clothing, built into the lid.

T-pro Bold 2 with spinner wheelsAvailable in distinctive blue and purple fabric colors with black accents, the T-Pro Bold 2.0 Collection includes 21″ and 26″ dual spinner wheel models that allow an effortless roll in any direction, making it easier than ever to maneuver through crowded airports and airplane aisles. Moreover, an aircraft-grade aluminum telescoping handle system is strong enough to support a tote or case, and protective wheel housings, skid guards and molded rubber corner guards for crash protection. Compression straps provide extra security, while a hidden back pocket allows quick access to keys, electronic cables, phones and more.

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.

Boats, Trains, and Automobiles: Luggage Options When You DON’T Fly

December 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

30 inch Tpro Bold Drop Bottom Rolling Duffel

30 inch Tpro Bold Drop Bottom Rolling Duffel

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.

Bring This, Not That: Backpacks Versus Duffel Bags

February 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

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.

Tpro Bold Duffel, open side

Tpro Bold kitbag, er duffel bag, can open from the side or top. It lets you sort items into compartments, and gives you easy access. Plus it rolls, so you don’t have to carry it.

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.

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.

Bottom Line

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.

Travelpro Announces its 2013 Valentine’s Travel Gift Guide [PRESS RELEASE]

January 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

Travelpro Crew 9 Business BackpackAnother 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.

About Travelpro

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.

Travel Trends for 2012 and Beyond: Adventure and Mission Travel

April 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Business travel will always be business travel; families will never stop going to Disneyland and Disney World; exotic beach locales will continue to be popular among those looking to get away.

But we’re seeing a surge of popularity among a different kind of travel, and we owe that surge to the burgeoning Generation Yers who’s graduating from college, entering the workforce and starting to spend their discretionary income on travel.

bamboo and ferns in peruvian rainforest

Bamboo and ferns in Peruvian rainforest (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These are people who have gone through their education expecting to find jobs after graduation that will help them make the world a better place. They want all aspects of their lives to be more meaningful than those of generations before them, and that includes the trips they take in their spare time. They don’t just want fun trips. They want their vacations to mean something to them, and even to the world, or their corner of it.

Adventure Travel

If our 20-somethings have taken a job where they’re commuting by car or train to work every day, working in a corporate setting, dealing with the bureaucracy that their parents before them did, grinding it out…when they get to vacation, they’re really looking for an experience.

So they may pack up and head for somewhere exotic, but not in the way traditional travelers do. They’re looking for active experiences — from hiking and biking to riding in helicopters and ziplining — that will help them see the world in a new ways that literally take their breath away. It could be a trip down the Amazon, taking a motorcycle trip through Australia, or hiking in South Africa.

Mission Travel

This generation is one that’s very affected by the state of the world around them. Living in America, it can be difficult to feel like it’s possible to make a difference in the day-to-day lives of those suffering in places beyond our borders.

On vacation, the last thing these travelers want is to feel like they’re on a guilt trip, escaping to the lap of luxury while people and natural life around the world suffer. So other travelers (Generation Y and beyond) may choose to pursue mission trips, using their time away from work to help those who are less fortunate, to build something that will help others. They may be building houses in Mexico, caring for orphans in Haiti, or helping NGOs in Africa provide healthcare. But they’re off doing something to help people live better lives.

Chances are, these travelers are packing lighter, but they expect to come home with so much more under their belts than a few souvenirs.

What Luggage Is Best For Car Trips?

July 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Over these last several months, we’ve chronicled how Travelpro rollaboards meet the varied needs of air travelers. For international business travelers and vacationing families alike, we’ve illustrated how our lightweight, durable bags maximize travel enjoyment by minimizing airport hassles.

But, the advantages of Travelpro luggage aren’t limited to air travelers. To anyone about to embark on an overnight car trip — whether you’re a lone salesman chasing your monthly quota or overwhelmed parents transporting a van full of kids to Disney World — we’ve got a range of bags that will make your life easier.

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Image by DennisSylvesterHurd via Flickr

While airline size restrictions require air travelers to pack light, “road warriors” have much more latitude in the number of possessions they can take on their trip. Enter Travelpro’s comprehensive line of spacious garment bags, and versatile duffels and backpacks.

These expandable bags measure up to 28″ in length, and can easily accommodate a week’s worth or more of clothing and belongings.

The key to traveling with a large wardrobe is intelligent design and capacity. Most rollaboards offer roomy main compartments which expand 2.5 inches, maximizing space and packing flexibility. Some rollaboards and garment bags also feature a removable suiter sleeve and wrinkle-free foam bars which minimizesthe wrinkling of dresses, suits and other formal wear.

If your travel wear is more casual, the suiter sleeve also accommodates shirts, pants and other outfits while keeping them wrinkle-free. On certain collections, it also acts as a divider, separating “his” clothing from “hers” (and “theirs”), or dirty clothing from clean, which helps you stay organized.

Travelpro’s luggage also feature many side pockets. Use them to store small items, such as belts and portable electronics, that can wrinkle clothing. And don’t forget to utilize the top lid to store shirts and other folded garments.

Common sense plays a major role in effective packing. Place heavy objects, such as shoes and toiletry kits, on the bottom of the main storage compartment, then arrange your garments on top. Pack your formal wear properly in the suiter sleeve and secure your clothing with the interior tie-down straps to prevent shifting – and wrinkling – in transit.

So, whether your travel plans involve the friendly skies or the open road, remember to take along your Travelpro rollaboard. And, if you are hitting the highway (especially with the family), feel free to take more than one.

Travelpro Launches Executive Pro “Checkpoint Friendly” Computer Briefcase Collection [PRESS RELEASE]

June 23, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

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.

Executive Pro Checkpoint Friendly Computer Briefcase

Executive Pro Checkpoint Friendly Computer Briefcase

“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.

Visit Travelpro for a complete list of the latest products and retail locations. You can also follow us on our Travelpro Facebook page or on Twitter at @TravelproIntl.

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