Choosing Luggage: A Whole Set or Individual Pieces?

January 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Luggage is a very personal purchase, as personal as buying your own clothes or even a new car. Not only does what you buy need to meet specific travel needs, it’s an expression of personal taste and the statement you want to make to your fellow travelers.

Platinum Magna 2 Collection

Platinum Magna 2 Collection

Let’s consider buying the luggage set versus the individual piece. If you purchase a set, all the pieces in that set are designed to the same specifications. Travelpro has 11 different lines because we’ve studied the many different factors that determine each traveler’s purchase. Each collection is manufactured to meet the specific rigors of that particular travel experience. Material, hardware, and framework are all chosen carefully in order to design the best pieces for each type of traveler.

The business traveler, for example, may need a briefcase and a carry-on Rollaboard in order to avoid time spent waiting at the baggage carousels. The leisure traveler may do most of his traveling by car, or may want varying sizes of luggage for different members of the family. The weekend blitz trip versus the over-the-river-and-through-the-woods extended stay for the holidays is also part of the decision of set versus individual pieces. The adventure traveler may want flexible luggage that doesn’t add weight to an outdoor backpacking trip.

Purchasing several essential pieces at the same time from the same collection will ensure that you have the same look. It will also ensure that you are looking for only one color or style of luggage when multiple pieces are used during a trip. It is also important to realize that pieces in a collection all meet the same specifications and will perform similarly.

If a single piece already sits in your closet and you’re looking to add another, determine first which way you travel the most. Purchase the piece or pieces that will best meet your needs. If what you own is part of a set, consider those pieces first, particularly if you’re pleased with the performance and functionality of your current luggage. If you own a stand alone piece, realize that there probably will be only a few times when you use both of them at the same time. If you are adding a piece to create a set that will be used together, determine whether color matching or construction is important to you. Eclectic is just as chic as a matching set.

When considering adding to your travel collection, whether you choose an individual piece or a set, each piece will serve you best if you’ve really thought through its function. What’s the one piece you want to add to your collection, or what’s your favorite piece? Let us hear from you in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Travel Hacks You Can Use Anywhere

October 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

In our last blog post, we talked about hotel hacks you can use while you’re on the road. With a little ingenuity and a few of the complimentary items most hotels offer, you can have a semi-civilized existence if you need food, a shave, to shine your shoes, or to even remove unwanted odors.

Another travel hacks video from Dave Hax tells us how to pack and travel with just a few simple items to make packing easier and our time on a plane or train more comfortable. Here are a few things we learned.

  • If your shoes get dirty while you’re sightseeing, use the hotel shower cap to cover the soles. If you suffer from SFS (smelly feet syndrome), help yourself (please!) to the teabags in the hotel room and use them as shoe deodorizers.
  • Don’t want to bring your laptop protector but need something to protect your computer inside your suitcase? Fold your hoodie around it and you’re good to go! Your hoodie can also be used as a makeshift pillow. Provided you’re not already using it as your laptop protector.
  • If you’ve never learned how the Marines fold their clothes to make the most use of their duffel space, read our post on making a skivvy roll. It’s genius, and it helps you count pairs of underwear, socks, and t-shirts easily.
  • If you don’t want to watch the in-flight movie, and don’t want a crick in your neck from hunching over your phone, pack a sandwich bag in your carry-on. Place the phone inside the bag and use the tray table clip to hold the bag at viewing level. Then, poke a small hole in the bag for your headphones. If you don’t have a bag, you can fold your sunglasses and use them as a stand.
  • If you have a hard time remembering your room number, take a photo with your phone when you arrive.
  • If your phone battery is running low and you don’t have a lot of time to charge it, put the phone in “flight mode” and it will charge faster.
  • For all you McGyver fans out there, a clean, empty lip balm tube can be used to hide rolled-up bills when you’re going out.

With these tips, your next trip can be cleaner, more efficient, more enjoyable, and adequately charged. What other hacks do you use when you travel? Leave us a comment here or on our Facebook page.

Never Compromise: Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 Collection Goes Above and Beyond

June 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

Platiinum Magna 2 Collection

Platiinum Magna 2 Collection

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.

Platiinum Magna 2 Backpack and Briefcase

Platiinum Magna 2 Backpack and Briefcase

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.

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.

Bring This, Not That: Duffel Bags versus Rolling Suitcases

January 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Are rolling suitcases the better choice for business travel? Or can a case be made for duffel bags? Is one a business-only choice, while the other is only for weekends and trips to the gym? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each bag.

30 inch Tpro Bold Drop Bottom Rolling Duffel

30 inch Tpro Bold Drop Bottom Rolling Duffel

Duffel bags can be a handy alternative for the casual traveler who doesn’t want to lug around all the infrastructure associated with a rolling suitcase. They tend to be lighter and are sometimes easier to maneuver than their upright counterparts in the luggage world.

Better yet, some even come with wheels. A big duffel bag on wheels is narrower than a medium or large suitcase and it could even be a little easier to roll around a crowded airport.

Despite the general lack of structure with a duffel bag, you might have more organizational options in terms of little pockets throughout: on the exterior, the top, the bottom, and the sides. Some duffels even offer the benefit of a divider panel to separate the bag into two main compartments.

TravelPro offers a drop bottom duffel. There’s a large upper compartment where you put the vast majority of your stuff and then down below there’s another compartment that’s not quite as large. It’s a great area to store things like shoes or oddly-shaped items. If you don’t want to use that bottom compartment, you can also zip out the interior separator and just have one big packing space.

Travelpro 21 inch Blue Marquis Spinner

Travelpro 21 inch Blue Marquis Spinner

That said, a traditional suitcase usually offers small garment sleeves where you can pack your dress clothes. These sleeves can prevent your clothing from getting wrinkled and protect it from shoes.

Also, rolling suitcases often offer an expansion feature that duffels don’t always have. TravelPro does offer a duffel with expansion, but your average duffels do not. Some of our rolling suitcase models also have expansion features, if you need to pack some additional items.

Bottom line: Duffels can help give a feeling of freedom to your travel experience. A duffel is great for a totally casual trip, especially if you have a lot of shoes or a lot of power cords or odd shaped items. Duffels are great for when traveling with gifts.

If you’re doing a more formal trip, or you want to wheel your bag instead of carry it around, you’ll probably want to stick with traditional luggage, and use the rolling suitcase.

Which do you prefer? Are you a casual duffel-er or do you prefer the tradition of the suitcase? Leave us a comment and let us hear from you.

New Atlantic Luggage Line, Compass Unite (VIDEO)

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Atlantic Compass Unite 21 inch spinner

Atlantic Compass Unite 21 inch spinner

The new Compass Unite collection from Atlantic Luggage connects back-to-back, allowing you to roll two pieces with one hand.

Link2Go is an innovative new way to easily attach two Spinners together. Just attach Compass Unite Spinners back-to-back with the side Velcro straps, and you’re ready to go. Effortlessly maneuver two pieces of luggage through airports with just one hand, or comfortably roll four pieces at once when the whole family is traveling. Versatile and affordable, this lightweight collection is ideal for family travelers on the move. Discover why Compass Unite is the only way to roll.

Bring This, Not That: Christmas Gifts or Go Shopping?

December 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s no two ways about it, traveling during the holiday season is rough. Not only are airports and highways busier than ever, but so are you. If you’re planning on spending the holiday season out of town, you now have the added stress of not only packing and making travel arrangements, but also ensuring that all of your holiday gifts are purchased and make it to the appropriate destination.

With this in mind, we asked our in-house travel experts: when heading out of town for the holidays, what’s the best way to ensure that your holiday gifts arrive at the appropriate destination?

Shopping before you go

With so much going on during the holiday season, the last thing many people want to worry about is last minute holiday shopping. For this reason, many people tend to purchase their holiday gifts before they leave town.

Christmas gifts.

Christmas gifts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While going this route may put your mind at ease, logistically, this may create a bit of a headache during travel. Depending on how many gifts you need to transport, you may pay extra baggage fees due to additional weight — you may even find yourself paying extra for a suitcase reserved solely for gifts! If you do plan on this option, remember, do not wrap your presents until you arrive at your destination, as TSA may need to unwrap them for security purposes. Also, make sure none of your gifts are on the TSA’s list of prohibited items.

Shopping upon arrival

If you have a day or two to squeeze in some shopping and you’re going to an area with plenty of stores (a large city or somewhere in close proximity to shopping), this may be a good option. However, if you’re planning on visiting a tropical island two days before you’re due to exchange gifts, you may find yourself gifting hotel gift shop trinkets to your loved ones. While we all know it’s the thought that counts, the little ones in your family may not be overjoyed to receive a conch shell with googly eyes.

Your best bet?

The TravelPro team agrees: if it’s possible, your best option is to shop for the bulk of your presents online, then have them delivered to your destination. This will allow you to get your shopping done ahead of time, without having to worry about the logistics of getting your gifts from point A to point B. You save yourself the hassle and cost of a heavy suitcase, or even a second suitcase. Everyone gets what they want, and you get to relax and shop on your own time.

Or you could just give gift cards.

Different Luggage Needs for Business Travelers and Leisure Travelers

May 17, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

This is the tale of two trips. The first is a speaking engagement at a trade show in Tallahassee. The second is a long weekend to Key West with some of your best friends from college.

How will you pack for each trip? What will you wear? How much money will you need? (Do you need to throw in some Advil and dark sunglasses?) And what kind of luggage will you need?

If you never considered that last question, you aren’t alone. But there are plenty of reasons to think about the differences in your luggage needs for different types of travel.

Details, details

Many of those details involve the state your items will need to be in when you arrive. For business travel, you’ll likely be wearing suits and other clothes that should be pressed and neat, ready to hit the conference room or trade show floor as soon as you arrive. Luggage that comes with a suiter can be handy in these cases.

Where leisure travel is concerned, you’re probably less worried about wrinkles than you would be on a business trip, but you may want to be sure your luggage has special pockets that seal in moisture. (You never know; you may need to spend the morning at the beach or water park before boarding that final flight home…)

Size matters

In many cases, business travelers just need to pack more in their suitcases. Business clothes are often bulkier than everyday items, not to mention the bulk and weight of high-heeled ladies’ shoes and those incredibly heavy men’s business shoes. Business travelers, depending on the length of their trips, will sometimes need two suitcases and a smaller carry-on or ladies’ tote for the items they need to keep better protected.

Leisure travelers can probably get away with one larger suitcase and a duffel bag to carry on. With that being said, if you’re traveling for fun, you may be returning home with more than you came with. Souvenirs can take up a lot of extra space, so you may want to bring an extra bag — something collapsible, maybe, to save space when you’re traveling — for all those gifts and sundries you picked up during your getaway. Or just make sure you leave enough space on the trip out so you can fill it up on the trip back.

If it seems a bit extravagant to have different bags for those two very different trips, consider all the other differences between your business and personal travels, and it might not seem so silly to think a little more carefully about your packing and luggage needs.

Baggage Check: A Look at the Latest and Greatest Luggage Innovations

October 11, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

It’s been 24 years since Robert Plath, a Northwest Airlines 747 pilot and founder of Travelpro, slapped a set of wheels and an extension handle on a suitcase and changed travel forever. Rolling luggage satisfied a need travelers didn’t know they had. Few inventions have changed the travel landscape like Plath’s Original Rollaboard®. However, today’s manufacturers continue to turn the heads of luggage shoppers with smart and useful innovations.

Checkpoint friendly luggage from Travelpro

Checkpoint-friendly briefcase

Checkpoint-Friendly Designs

In the wake of post-9/11 security, checkpoint-friendly luggage designs allow travelers to keep their laptops (and tablets, like the iPad) in their bags while going through security checkpoints. These checkpoint-friendly bags have either a separate fold-down section or a standalone protective sleeve that is easily inspected. With all of these designs, moving through security is now a breeze. Checkpoint-friendly designs can be found in business cases and backpacks.

Lighter Everything without Sacrificing Durability

Figuring out how to lighten lightweight bags and maintain durability is what keeps luggage engineers very busy today. With airlines lowering weight allowances, super lightweight bags allow travelers to pack more without incurring penalties. So lighter bags can save you money, but they most hold up over the long run. The key components that’ll lighten the load in your bag: honeycomb framing, durable EVA foam for stiffness and sleek contours, telescoping aluminum handles and nylon fabric.

Business Organizers

Easy access to business stuff inside the bag has become an essential feature for business travelers on the go. Pens, business cards, keys, CDs, computer accessories, folder and books pouches, a laptop and iPad can be stashed for easy storage and retrieval in today’s typical business organizer. Interior accessory pockets can be used for bulky electronic gear and assorted cables as well. The most popular bags featuring business organizers are backpacks, smaller uprights or carry-ons, business cases and totes.

Duffels with Drop-Bottoms and Zippered End-Compartments

Drop-bottom designs have added a whole new dimension to packing a duffel. Using a zippered divider, this innovative feature allows you to pack in smaller compartments, thus preventing clothes from bunching and wrinkling. Many duffels also add small zipped compartments at the ends of the bag for shoes, cables and last-minute items. Again, this feature prevents your things from moving around in a big duffel.

Widebody 20-inch Carry-On

Shorter and wider than traditional carry-ons, the 20-inch Widebody bag is roomy yet still fits easily into overhead bins. They give you the added capacity of a 22-inch bag while still falling into the carry-on category. Because of its slim width, the 4-wheeled Widebody Spinner bag can be easily pushed forward up an aisle, without catching on seats or passenger elbows.
Lightweight, durable and innovative luggage is the hallmark of Travelpro, founded by pilot Robert Plath. Today flight crews and pilots of over 80 airlines use Travelpro products. Visit www.travelpro.com to view Travelpro’s many collections.

Travelpro Luggage Outlet is on Sale!

September 16, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

 

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Tips For Avoiding Packing Hassles

December 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Many travelers hate packing,  and they often ask Travelpro for ways to reduce the drudgery. And weight.

Granted, packing luggage isn’t fun, but neither is arriving at your destination with wrinkled, damaged or missing belongings. So, instead of looking for shortcuts around packing, it might be best to find the easiest way to pack effectively.

First, there’s the folding vs. rolling debate — whether it’s faster and safer to fold or roll your clothing when packing your rollaboard. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, and each technique has a loyal following. We recommend trying each approach, and see which works best for you:

Fold Wardrobe:

  • Place heavy objects, such as shoes and toiletry kits, on the bottom of the main storage compartment.
  • Fold clothing like clothing stores do, then carefully arrange them in the storage compartment.
  • To maintain crispness, wrap them in dry cleaning bags.
  • Secure clothing with interior tie-down straps to prevent shifting and wrinkling in transit.

Roll Wardrobe:

  • Roll all clothing very tightly and arranged it beside your carry-on from heaviest to lightest.
  • Place your shoes in the rollaboard along the outside edges of the main storage compartment.
  • Pack your rolled jeans and pants beside the shoes, lining the “perimeter” to form a layer of heavy items on the bottom of the bag.
  • Place a second layer of lighter rolled garments on top of the bottom layer.
  • Form a top layer by tightly packing your lightest rolled garments, then place your toiletry kit on top of the three layers of clothing.

Of course, the best case scenario for headache-free travel is fitting all your essentials into one bag that you carry on your plane. Here are some tips:

  • 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?
  • Select neutral colors (so your outfits are easier to match), “traveling silk” clothing (which is lighter and less bulky than cotton), and limit yourself to two pairs of shoes.
  • On long trips and extended stays, take only the essentials with you on the plane and ship everything else to your final destination.
  • Minimize the number of items that require electricity, as converters can be costly and space-consuming. Like shaving – do it by hand.
  • 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.

In the big scheme of things, packing is a pretty small price to pay for being able to see the world. Especially when you’re packing a lightweight, durable Travelpro rollaboard.

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