Feature Article - November/December 2017

Travel Smart

Advances in Luggage & Travel Goods Make Adventure Easy

By Emily Tipping

More and More Choices

Sometimes you just want a classic, and Tumi elevates your travel and business experience with its Alpha 2, the pinnacle of Tumi's design innovation, engineering, functionality and performance. For European journeys and beyond, this exceptional international carry-on features an innovative front lid, which allows you the freedom to separate specific items from others, opening for quick and immediate access to your travel items. This convenient, compact wheeled case is designed to meet the carry-on size requirements for travel within Europe and Asia. It's also perfectly suitable for one- to two-day domestic trips.

When you want to incorporate your logo or other artwork, the innovative Earth Gear Hardside Carry-on Foto bag allows you to bring your product to life. They take your high-resolution art file and create a vibrant insert that resides inside the clear front shell so your branding remains protected from the rigors of travel. With superior spinner wheels, polycarbonate shell and smooth telescoping handle, this luggage provides unrivaled brand exposure and ease of use.

At a capacity of 55 liters, the Red Rock Traveler Duffle Pack, available through Top Brands, is large enough to be used as luggage. It is made of 600D polyester and the zippered, collapsible dividers sectionalize the main compartment. It features two internal soft-lined pockets, three reinforced carry handles, one removable over-the-shoulder strap, two stowable padded backpack straps with sternum strap, and is clad with MOLLE webbing for customizability with pouches and attachments.

The luxurious Ghurka Examiner Briefcase, available through Rymax, has been a go-to style for more than 30 years. Made with Calfskin leather construction and brass hardware, it features double top handles with 7-inch drop, adjustable shoulder strap with 23-inch drop and top zip closure. Interior features include organizational pockets and a laptop compartment, and exterior features include two flap pockets with tab closures and a rear open pocket.

"Backpacks are a big thing right now," Krichman said. "It's hands-free, so if you're doing a million things, it makes it easier. It comes down to: no matter where you are and what you're doing and where you're going, you're on the go."

Outfitted with serious hardware and versatile storage options, the Oakley Kitchen Sink Backpack, available through Links Unlimited, is a complete package with heavy-duty appeal. Whether taking a day trip or extended excursion, specialized pockets inside and out organize items while abrasion-resistant fabric keeps them safe, including shoes and most 17-inch laptops. Equipped with a hard media-player compartment and reinforced clip and zip closures, the Kitchen Sink Backpack blends toughness, style and diverse function ideal for the unpredictable day.

The Triple Play Flap Top backpack, available through Premium Bag, has a larger volume capacity and modern styling with a storage-focused design. The rustic look comes from the durable gray exterior material and straps, which have tuck lock closures for convenience. The wide mouth opening with drawstring offers a generous carrying capacity that includes an interior padded laptop sleeve, and front storage pocket for quick access. It features adjustable, padded shoulder straps, and a top handle for easy carrying.

The Oakley Link Backpack, available through Links Unlimited, is designed to be as lightweight as possible while still providing you spacious, specialized storage for electronics and equipment when you're on the move. Built with compartments for your laptop, shades, shoes and much more, this premium Oakley backpack integrates reflective webbing throughout, increasing visibility.

Luggage has always been an effective and popular gift.

"Luggage has always been an effective and popular gift," Whitehead concluded. "Recipients select items that they perceive as high value and don't want to spend their own money."