My luggage falls over: 5 ways to prevent tipping

luggage falling forwardOne of the most annoying things you can deal with when travelling is luggage that simply won’t stay standing when you let go of the handle – it falls forward.  Luggage that tips over makes your time at the check-in counter, buying that last minute bottle of water or newspaper or standing in line to board so much more stressful than it already is.

What can you do about it?  Here are a few tips:

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Briggs & Riley Luggage review: what makes it unique

bRIGGSrILEY lOGO 248X75Briggs & Riley is a unique sort of luggage company.  These days, it’s hard to find that sense of commitment to be the very best at what you do and bring that passion to serve your customer.  But that’s exactly the sense you get from Briggs & Riley, from the quality of their luggage to their ‘best in the industry’ warranty, and the little innovative touches that just seem to set them apart.

Their luggage is not for everyone, and you get the feeling that they’re totally OK with that. It’s more expensive than most, and their bags have a simple, almost elegant look that trendier buyers may not care for.  Briggs & Riley builds luggage for one type of customer: the customer who wants the best.

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Enjoy your Labor Day

The Luggage Lady wishes a Happy Labor DayToday is Labor Day here in the US – a day that traditionally marks the end of the summer season.  I always loved it more because it marked the beginning of fall,  a new school year, cooler weather, new thoughts and new possibilities.

But mostly,  I’ve always liked the idea of a day dedicated to the hard work that has built this wonderful country – the creativity, promise, opportunity and hope.

Happy Labor Day, America – put your feet up and relax a bit, enjoy the day – you deserve it!

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Packing Cubes: the must-have luggage accessory

packing cubesOne of the easiest ways to stay organized when travelling is to use packing cubes.  Rectangular pouches that come in a variety of sizes and colors, packing cubes can bring serious order to your luggage.  Honestly, this is one of those items in life that you wonder how you did without.

They are a great way to compartmentalize your stuff, and fit neatly inside your luggage, almost like rectangular puzzle pieces.  Made of super-light and washable nylon, packing cubes zip close to ensure everything stays put.  I like the mesh top for 2 reasons: you can see what’s inside and it provides ventilation  (unlike the ziplock bags I’d been using before).

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Why I like TravelPro® luggage so much

TravelPro LogoThis blog is all about value;  getting the best quality, most durable,  lightweight luggage for the money.  More often than not, TravelPro® makes luggage that fits that bill.

When I review a piece of luggage, I’m looking for certain things:

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Independence Day 2013 – my quick reflection

Luggage with American Flag TagI love the quiet, the peace that descends upon our nation on the 4th of July.  Granted, it’s a national holiday, so everyone’s off from work and many begin their summer vacations this week, so it’s naturally a less busy day.

But there’s a special feeling in the air on Independence Day.  A collective pause, an unspoken acknowledgement of the greatness of our land, and a bond that seems to be palpable between us all that we are part of something very special.  I love that.

If you’re celebrating today, travelling this weekend at all – enjoy and be safe.  I for one will wake up this 4th of July with the same feeling I have for years – one of deep gratitude and love for our great United States!

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