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British Airways Tests Electronic Luggage Tags

British Airways Tests Electronic Luggage Tags Jul 10th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Courtesy Designworks It's 2013: we can carry hundreds of books on a pocket-sized device, video chat anywhere in the world and order nearly anything to be delivered to our door. So why do we still use paper luggage tags and rely on outmoded technology to track our missing bags? British Airways has teamed up with Designworks to test an electronic luggage tag this month that could eliminate...

Photo Of The Day: What's In Your Bag?

Photo Of The Day: What's In Your Bag? Jan 10th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Feeling nosy? Then you might enjoy today's Photo of the Day. Flickr user and designer Lacko Illustration provided an extremely detailed look inside his bag. There's even a legend on the bottom to accompany the objects in case you can't tell from the photo. Judging from the razor blades and Glock drives, he probably doesn't take this on planes, but it's still fun to look inside someone else's...

Guerrilla's Airporter Pack: A Backpacker All-in-One Bag

Guerrilla's Airporter Pack: A Backpacker All-in-One Bag Dec 26th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Man, do I see a lot of luggage. Roll-aboards. Day packs. Laptop/iPad/digital whatever storage solutions. And honestly, most of them don't quite make the cut. Part of the reason I have so many of these things is that I continue to quest for The Perfect Bag. Light, versatile, the right pocket for that one thing that always gets loose and floats around inside my luggage. I'm impressed when a...

Timbuktu's Messenger Bag for your Camera

Timbuktu's Messenger Bag for your Camera Sep 3rd, 2011 at 12:00PM: The classic Timbuk2 messenger bag. I've got one, it's in Rasta colors because, dude, I rode a bike everywhere and I live on the West Coast, man. It used to be all I needed to carry around with me (before I went mainstream with actual income and a car and a phone with a data plan) was my driver's license, a pair of Chuck T's, and some beer money. (If you think I'm making this up, you didn't live in...

Kata 3N1-33 professional camera backpack review

Kata 3N1-33 professional camera backpack review Jan 5th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Selecting a camera bag can be a daunting process. There are literally hundreds upon hundreds of options, and even bags that aren't specifically designed with cameras in mind can be altered and repurposed for use with your setup. Kata is a respected name in the bag industry, offering quite a few travel packs and a handful of dedicated camera packs. Where they stand out is their rigidity and...

The "Poor Man's Vacuum Packing System" - Packing tip

The Aug 8th, 2010 at 5:37PM: Try the "poor man's vacuum packing system" to make more room in your suitcase or carry-on: Get a gallon-sized or two-gallon-sized zipper storage bags (Ziplock, Glad, etc.) and a plastic straw. Fold the clothing and put it in the bag. Insert the straw and seal the bag around the straw. Suck the air out (use your mouth -- it's free and no heavy vacuum cleaner to pack!) using the straw, then...

Carry your dirties in a draw-string bag - Packing tip

Carry your dirties in a draw-string bag - Packing tip Jun 22nd, 2010 at 1:37PM: Having dirty socks, underwear and a tee rolled into well-worn jeans isn't too bad for that weekend jaunt, but if your travels take you to several destinations, it's nice to keep clean and soiled clothes separate. One easy way is to pack a lightweight draw-string bag (cotton or nylon) or even a pillowcase. Going out, it can house your shoes. Coming back, it's a quick carry to the washer. Heading...

Pack plastic zipper bags - Packing tip

Pack plastic zipper bags - Packing tip Jan 19th, 2010 at 4:29PM: I always toss a couple plastic zipper bags in my suitcase and carry-on. They come in handy for everything -- from wet bathing suits after a hotel swim, to a dirty diaper on the airplane. They also keep souvenirs dry and unscratched, and come in handy for muddy shoes or liquid gifts (like maple syrup or olive oil) that might otherwise ruin clothing in a suitcase if the glass breaks. Don't be...

New from Tom Bihn bags - the Tri-Star

New from Tom Bihn bags - the Tri-Star Apr 28th, 2009 at 7:30PM: Darcy over at Tom Bihn bags has been teasing me for over 2 months about a new bag Tom has been working on. The only speck of information they were willing to reveal about the Tri-Star was that it would be a three compartment bag, and that its size would fall between their Western Flyer and Aeronaut bags. This afternoon, they finally revealed the product, and posted a bunch of photos (with Tom...

Product review - ZUCA Pro rolling luggage

Product review - ZUCA Pro rolling luggage Feb 19th, 2009 at 1:30PM: Before I introduce you to the ZÜCA Pro, let me open with an admission - I am a luggage junkie. I have a closet completely devoted to all the various bags I have collected over my many years of traveling. Now that is out of the way, let me introduce you to something I can only describe as the coolest bag I've ever come across - and this is coming from someone who has often spent over...

Product review - The Cruising Caddy

Product review - The Cruising Caddy Feb 9th, 2009 at 1:30PM: By now, I'm sure most of you are used to my product reviews involving items with buttons and lights. Still, every now and then I'll run into a product that is not battery operated, but interesting enough to warrant a closer look. The BVT Products Cruising Caddy is a travel tote and water bottle holder. The product is roomy enough to hold a 1.5 liter bottle and has 2 pockets on the outside for the...

Daily deal - Tumi yearly clearance sale - up to 50% off

Daily deal - Tumi yearly clearance sale - up to 50% off Jan 8th, 2009 at 4:30PM: My daily deal for today is for the yearly clearance sale in the Tumi luggage store. Tumi makes some pretty classy (and usually quite expensive) luggage, but it is the kind of stuff that can survive almost any kind of abuse you throw at it. I've been pulling the same Tumi rolling suitcase around the airport since 2000, and while it may look like it's been to hell and back, it's still solid as a...

Daily deal - Swiss Gear Montreaux backpack for $8.54

Daily deal - Swiss Gear Montreaux backpack for $8.54 Dec 27th, 2008 at 11:00AM: My daily deal for today is for the Swiss Gear Montreaux technical daypack. This high quality bag has 2 side pockets, one large main compartment and an iPod/mp3 player pocket with a headphone pass-through jack. The bag is available in several colors, but to get the low price of $8.54, you'll have to select pink, red, black or gray, if you select any of the other colors, the price will shoot up to...

Galley Gossip: Ma'am, is that a frying pan in your bag?

Galley Gossip:  Ma'am, is that a frying pan in your bag? Aug 7th, 2008 at 11:00AM: "Ma'am," said the TSA agent as he stared at the screen in disbelief. I gulped. Oh no, here we go, I thought, as I stood in line and watched him sitting on the stool inspecting my bag on the screen in front of him. I smiled a friendly smile and tried to act nonchalant, as if I hadn't been dreading this moment all day. Man, I knew this was going to happen! The TSA agent looked at me, and back at...

"Bomb" bag passes through security at Brisbane airport

Jul 31st, 2008 at 4:00PM: When a large bag with the word "bomb" written on it passes through airport check-in without question, there's got to be a problem with their security system. This is exactly what happened at Brisbane's Domestic Airport at a Qantas counter, ultimately causing a 40 minute delay. The bag was only questioned once the baggage handlers saw the "bomb" bag and raised an alarm. The bag, still unscreened...

TSA-friendly wine bag

TSA-friendly wine bag Jan 10th, 2008 at 4:00PM: Everyone always asks me to bring wine from Spain which I've stopped doing since a bottle once cracked and left a unique and lovely red design on my new cream colored corduroy pants. Also, wrapping them is a headache: bubble-wrap, then paper, then wrapping paper, then a T-shirt, and you still need to keep your fingers crossed that you will have the bottle in one piece; and they are so heavy to...

Amsterdam's Handbag Museum

Amsterdam's Handbag Museum Sep 17th, 2007 at 8:14PM: So many women out there are crazy about shoes but while I appreciate a good set of pumps, I'm more into cute handbags than shoes. If you agree with me, you might want to consider a trip to Amsterdam and a stop over at the new Amsterdam Tassen Museum, which proudly features over 3,500 bags, purses and suit cases from the last, oh, 400 years or so. Located in a sophisticated canal-side building, a...

Set Your Luggage Apart with Paint

Set Your Luggage Apart with Paint Aug 8th, 2007 at 11:23AM: I'm one of those snotty, one-bag types that talks bad about travelers who pack their belongings into a checked suitcase. As I quickly and efficiently bounce through the terminal -- backpack secured tightly to my back -- I roll my eyes and shake my head at the site of those poor souls who couldn't live without having three outfits for each day of their week-long trip. Nonsense! To smell while...

Despite What You May Have Thought Previously, The TravelSafe Does Not Suck

Despite What You May Have Thought Previously, The TravelSafe Does Not Suck May 16th, 2007 at 4:59PM: I learned about PacSafe's TravelSafe a few weeks ago. Thinking it looked like a glorified fanny pack, I moved on. Yesterday, however, the folks at Backpackers reviewed the TravelSafe, and they concluded it was both "pretty simple" and "very handy." I think I may have been wrong. Featuring a slashproof skin and a high-tensile stainless steel cable with a padlock that cinches tight, the TravelSafe...

02Hide's Transparent Bags: The Perfect Bags for Clothing-Optional Resorts?

02Hide's Transparent Bags: The Perfect Bags for Clothing-Optional Resorts? Feb 28th, 2007 at 3:18PM: Now that you know where to go for your next clothing-optional vacation, you need a bag to stuff your toothbrush in, right? Why not show everyone how witty you are and take a see-through bag? After all, you got nothing to hide, right? 02Hide (pronounced "Zero to Hide") bags are smart, stylish, and entirely transparent. Available in 6 different styles -- including a city bag, a backpack, a...

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