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Travel Smarter 2012: The best gear for your 2012 travels

Travel Smarter 2012: The best gear for your 2012 travels Mar 19th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Bad gear is dead weight, you might as well toss it right into that bin with the stuff that the TSA says you can't take on the plane. A bag that has cheap zippers, clothing that doesn't dry quickly when you've washed it in the hotel room sink, refillable bottles that don't stay shut and ooze shampoo all over the shirt you packed especially for that client meeting... Packing smart is just, well,...

Airline Madness: Lack of overhead space vs. Inattentive parents of crying babies

Airline Madness: Lack of overhead space vs. Inattentive parents of crying babies Mar 13th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Airline Madness is Gadling's tournament of airline annoyances. You can catch up on all of the previous tournament action here. The first round of Airline Madness rolls on with #5 Lack of overhead space going head-to-head with #12 Inattentive parents of crying babies. Thanks to baggage fees and idiots who don't know how to pack properly, there never seems to be enough room for everyone's...

Eagle Creek Traverse Pro Roller Bag

Eagle Creek Traverse Pro Roller Bag Feb 16th, 2012 at 9:00AM: I'm not ashamed to admit that I've made the full jump to the roller bag. It's what I pack now, unless I'm traveling super light, and then I just take a little day pack. The perfect bag remains just out of reach, though I've noticed some real improvements since I got my Costco standard sized carry on a few years back. Luggage is lighter and more versatile these days, and generally more thoughtfully...

Gadling gear review: Hummingbird Carry-on Zip

Gadling gear review: Hummingbird Carry-on Zip Jan 9th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Picking the right bag to carry with us on our travels can be almost as important as selecting the items we put inside of it. Our baggage must be versatile, rugged, distinctive, and now days, easily fit inside an overhead compartment. The Carry-on Zip from Hummingbird meets all of those criteria, and then some, providing travelers with a simple, but very useful, bag for active excursions....

Powerbag - part bag, part portable power source

Powerbag - part bag, part portable power source Dec 31st, 2011 at 1:00PM: The Holiday season may be over, but that shouldn't stop you from paying attention to gift ideas (for yourself). If one of your New Years resolutions is to travel without landing at your destination with an empty iPad or phone, then we recommend checking out the assortment of bags from Powerbag. Their lineup covers everything from a basic sling, to a complete mobile office on wheels. Now, a...

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...

10 reasons to travel to Ljubljana

10 reasons to travel to Ljubljana Dec 13th, 2011 at 9:00AM: When I found cheap airfare from Istanbul to Ljubljana, I didn't find many other travelers who'd been there or even say for sure which country it's in. The tiny of country of Slovenia is slightly smaller than New Jersey and its capital city isn't known for much other than being difficult to spell and pronounce (say "lyoob-lyAH-nah"). After spending a few days there last month, I quickly fell...

Holiday gift guide for business travelers

Holiday gift guide for business travelers Nov 30th, 2011 at 11:00AM: If you like with someone who travels extensively for business, you know how chaotic life can be for them (and you, too). Any gifts that you give them that can simplify their lives and make their time on the road easier will be greatly appreciated. That said, business travelers - and most frequent travelers, for that matter - can be very particular about what they like and what gets left at home....

SkyMall Monday: Is the tugo rolling luggage drink holder clever or idiotic?

SkyMall Monday: Is the tugo rolling luggage drink holder clever or idiotic? Nov 14th, 2011 at 1:00PM: I typically have very firm feelings about a SkyMall product. I either love it with all of my heart or hate it with a fiery passion. We're not shy with our opinions here at SkyMall Monday headquarters. So, you can imagine how I feel this week when, well, I'm not sure what to think about the featured product. My gut tells me that it's horrible. Heck, my mind tells me that, too. But, some other part...

Tom Bihn's Aeronaut: A Great Long Weekend Bag

Tom Bihn's Aeronaut: A Great Long Weekend Bag Nov 7th, 2011 at 9:00AM: I have what's fast becoming a stupid amount of luggage. It seems a little ridiculous that I haven't discovered the one bag to rule them, what with the tide of carry-on sized backpacks, roll-aboards, and duffels that come through the house. The problem is that each bag has its own idea use scenario, they've all got a different mash of features, and some are better for certain types of trips than...

Steamline Luggage makes junk in the trunk look good

Steamline Luggage makes junk in the trunk look good Oct 17th, 2011 at 11:00AM: After hours and hours of watching travelers roll by with boring baggage at the airport, I finally spotted a line of suitcases that gives me luggage envy. SteamLine Luggage makes well-tailored, vintage-style cases that are reminiscent of old steamer trunks-except with a modern twist. These leather-bound bags are at the same time fashionable and funcitonal. Color combos range from pink and...

Video of the Day: Tiny overhead bins

Oct 3rd, 2011 at 7:30PM: We've all seen it: that guy who has crammed a large bag in the overhead bin of the airplane and then can't seem to understand why the door won't close. It's aggravating for everyone witnessing it. Why do so many people lack such basic spacial relations? We were reminded of that frustration when we discovered this commercial for 1Time, a low-cost South African airline. Granted, the ad is a few...

Five uses for carabiners (besides climbing)

Five uses for carabiners (besides climbing) Sep 4th, 2011 at 12:00PM: I'm a big multi-tasker. I'm also tiny, cheap, and a "lite" traveler. Even when I'm going on the road for a couple of months, I somehow manage to cram it all in my backpack. I use a daypack for carrying my essentials (passport, credit cards, cash, documents, sunblock, sunglasses, water, etc..), but it's only so big. At 5'2" I don't like to haul around something the size of a parasitic twin. ...

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...

Congressman talks Delta baggage-gate, supports soldiers

Congressman talks Delta baggage-gate, supports soldiers Jun 8th, 2011 at 5:00PM: We've been following the unfolding events in a story that Gadling helped break on Tuesday where a group of soldiers returning from Afghanistan were charged $200 each to check their required luggage on Delta Air Lines. Since then, the airline has taken several conciliatory measures and even changed their baggage policy, documenting all of the transition over on their blog. Now, Iowa's...

Gregory "Alpaca" Roller Duffel Bag

Gregory May 26th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Here's my issue with many rolling duffel bags: they don't hold their shape. There are a few other nits -- the material is too light and punctures or tears easily, the zippers give out, and weirdly, they're heavy, making me wonder why I didn't just go with a hard sided bag. Gregory's new Alpaca Roller Duffel addresses all these complaints and then some, plus, the frame has been re-engineered so it...

Gadling gear review- EatSmart Digital Luggage Scale

Gadling gear review- EatSmart Digital Luggage Scale Mar 18th, 2011 at 11:00AM: As airlines continue to focus on extra fees for baggage over a certain weight limit, luggage scales have gone from a nice-to-have to a must-have travel accessory. In this Gadling gear review, we take a look at a digital luggage scale from EatSmart is today's tool for the job....

Luggage: A brief history

Luggage: A brief history Mar 1st, 2011 at 11:30AM: Luggage, often referred to as "baggage" or "suitcases" is a term coined in 1596, from lug (v.) "to drag;" so, lit. "what has to be lugged about" (or, in Johnson's definition, "any thing of more bulk than value"). In 20c., the usual word for "baggage belonging to passengers." For more than six hundred years, people have used traveling cases, steamer trunks valises, portmanteaus, briefcases,...

What's in your pack: Scott Carmichael

What's in your pack: Scott Carmichael Feb 22nd, 2011 at 9:00AM: It has been several years since we last visited our "What's in your pack" segment here on Gadling. As times (and gadgets) have changed, it is time to breath some fresh air into the feature, and we'll start with yours truly. Lets get something out in the open - I'm a total gadget freak. My gadget needs go way, way beyond the usual "laptop, camera, charger", and it isn't uncommon for my...

US Airways increases baggage fees

US Airways increases baggage fees Feb 10th, 2011 at 12:30PM: Here we go again. On the heels of greatly improved profits, US Airways has announced an increase of up to 80% on the charge for overweight bags. In addition to the base price for checked bags of $25 for the first bag and $35 for the second, the additional fees for overweight bags are increasing. Overweight bags that weigh between 50 and 70 pounds will see the price increase from $50 to $90....

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