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'Tis the season for having to travel to places you don't really want to be, to spend time with people you don't really like, over days and weeks that are absolutely miserable to be a traveler. Millions and millions of Americans will drive and fly to colder places across America so that they can have awkward family dinners, and do those things on days with overflowing airports and highways. Happy holidays everybody!
The only thing that makes traveling around Thanksgiving and Christmas more miserable is having to drag around huge luggage and shove it into overheads. The travel advertising kids working for Holiday Inn realized as much, and so Holiday Inn Express hired Dave Hax - he of the famous lifehacking YouTube channel by the same name - to show customers how to pack efficiently. The hotel chain even gave him a name: Efficiency Engineer.
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Moving right along. Outlier has a new travel bag that they're calling the Doublebag: "two bags in one, a clean side and a dirty side." As you make your way through a trip, you take clothes out of the clean side, wear them, and put them back in the dirty side. Inside there's a divider that adjusts accordingly. The bag is fairly large, measuring 15" x 29" for a full 1600 cubic inches of capacity (which we tell you as if you can visualize what 1600 cubic inches of capacity actually means). You can have it in any color you want, as long as that color is gray.
Kelly Osbourne, TV personality and daughter of Ozzy Osbourne, posted a curious photo to Instagram yesterday. While hanging out at the airport with her mom, Sharon Osbourne, Kelly snapped a pic of Sharon's baggage destined to accompany her on a five-day trip. Kelly looks unimpressed, but taking a photo of the jumble is obviously her way of showing that she considers it...a bit much.
Sharon is flying with at least eight checked suitcases, causing her own daughter to brand her "the worlds best diva!"
Eight pieces of luggage (plus carry-ons) is excessive, even for a celebrity with wardrobe demands. Typically we do five days with a single 20" carryon, containing three outfits. For us to travel with eight checked luggages, we'd have to moving to another country for at least three months or so.
Without even thinking about the excess baggage fees, what do you thinkhow many bags is too many?
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At this point there’s a whole bunch of carriers that have realized that dragging bags to—and through—the airport is a bummer. That’s why they’ve teamed up with baggage delivery services to get the heavy lifting done and over with. Of course there’s a fee associated with the convenience, but in the right situation it just might be worth it.
It looks like JetBlue is the latest carrier to offer delivery service for checked baggage. They have joined forces with Bags VIP, and the service will be offered up at pretty much and all domestic airports as well as spots in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
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There’s some good news this week for those who love to over pack and feel the need to lug along one of those baggage scales. Officials just did a sweep of luggage scales in and around the airports in New York City, and it looks like the scores are worthy of hanging on the refrigerator.
The city’s Department of Consumer Affairs has been driving around checking things out, and they’ve found that 96 percent of scales are accurate. They didn’t just check one or two either, as they claim they checked out each and every scale at both JFK and LaGuardia airports.
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Self-service baggage tagging is far from breaking newswe told you about Alaskan Airlines leading the charge last yearbut the TSA has just granted the privilege to its first international carrier, British Airways.
The airline has chosen Las Vegas-McCarren International Airport (of all places) as "the first airport in the US to conduct its trial." Self tagging your bags is a breeze, but we do find a bit of humor in Sin City being selected as the pilot location. We guess BA figures that if the blurry-eyed tourists leaving Las Vegas can figure out the procedure, the rest of the nation shouldn't have much a problem.
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We didn't think it possible, but Paris Hilton has overpacked for a trip...and admitted it!
Earlier today, Paris Instagrammed a photo of her luggage for her DJ gig on the Spanish party island of Ibiza, captioning it thus: "Unpacking all my luggage. This is brutal. I'm never packing this much again."
Pictured are at least 10 rolling suitcases of checked baggage size, plus two cases and a few smaller items here and there. Heaven help whoever is paying her extra baggage fees, unless of course the club is just sending a private jet with a cargo compartment large enough. At press time, the image had amassed approximately 16,000 "likes."
[Photo: @parishilton on Instagram]
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Over at Airbus headquarters they’re usually hard at work designing things like airplanes—and um—more airplanes. Well we guess that’s not necessarily the only thing they have time for, as the aircraft manufacturer is also working on some other innovative travel ideas. Specifically, they're pondering ways to improve the checked baggage experience, and they've just revealed the first hint of some kind of smart bag.
The new suitcase comes complete with its very own iPhone app, and there’s a way to track your bag no matter where it decides to go. That includes when your bag goes on a little bit of a side trip away from your intended location. The new idea—for now known as "Bag2Go"—was cooked up with a couple of other organizations including T-Mobile and Rimowa—the latter a famous German luggage producer.
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We’re not quite ready to start handing out a Jaunty award just yet, but it does look like do-it-yourself bag tagging is becoming a travel trend. We’ve seen carriers like Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines test things out in the past, and now it looks like American Airlines is expanding their offerings as well.
The last we checked they were trying things out in Austin, and now it looks like they’re on the move to one of their hubs—this time it’s Miami. In theory this should save you some time, and you might even be able to skip a longer line in favor of a shorter one.
The precious, precious overhead binhow we love it and how we hate the rush to occupy it.
As airlines add or even raise checked luggage fees, those bins above our heads are getting stuffed to their limits with carry-on wheeled luggage, coats, laptop bags, duty-free purchases and whatever else you don't want taking away from your under-seat legroom.
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Earth Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t meant that we can’t continue to go green all year long. We’re excited about some of the products that Tierra Ideas have been cooking up, as not only do they recycle old stuff into new—but they do it with discarded airplane bits and pieces.
From purses and pouches to messenger bags and duffels, their main focus is on all types of bags. Seatbelts from old cars and tire inner tubes are just some of the trash that they turn into treasure; however, what we’re most interested in are the airline seat covers.
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At this point you probably have a favorite luggage tag. It might be the one that came with your suitcase, or maybe it’s a snazzy one that you scored in your travels. For quite some time ours was a just free paper one—thanks Delta—that was hanging on by a thread; however, we’ve thankfully upgraded and moved on from that one. If you’re still in the market for a piece of suitcase flair, head over to GoCodes and they will get you set up.
GoCodes take a unique spin on the traditional luggage tag, as in addition to pictures of flags, flowers, or kitties there’s also one of those QR codes on the back. The code is linked to your account, so if your bag every goes on vacation without you it’ll be able to find its way back home—at least in theory.