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elsid13
01-21-2012, 05:58 PM
I am doing a lot more business travel and I need a good suitcase for that 3 to 5 day trip that I don't have to check. Looking for some suggestion and reviews. I would prefer something that could handle two suites.

PS - Yes this is an old man topic but trust me, one day you will be there too.

PSS - This has nothing to do with Tebow, so get out of my thread Mcburger

Willynowei
01-21-2012, 05:59 PM
They make good durable stuff: http://www.ebags.com/

Ray Finkle
01-21-2012, 06:07 PM
I love my samsonite roller. It fits in he overhead and I can get enough dress clothes packed for 5 days. I do have to iron once I get there though.

Dr. Broncenstein
01-21-2012, 06:07 PM
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elsid13
01-21-2012, 06:12 PM
I love my samsonite roller. It fits in he overhead and I can get enough dress clothes packed for 5 days. I do have to iron once I get there though.

Pick up some Eagle Creek Packer and bags. It will help on the ironing big time.

Ray Finkle
01-21-2012, 06:12 PM
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Watch and learn. For bonus points, learn about business cards.

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Ray Finkle
01-21-2012, 06:13 PM
Pick up some Eagle Creek Packer and bags. It will help on the ironing big time.

Thanks! Luckily my travel time hold be going down.

Dr. Broncenstein
01-21-2012, 06:21 PM
Greatest douche chill clip ever!

Two words: Karate Pants.

elsid13
01-21-2012, 06:33 PM
Two words: Karate Pants.

But they are American made

houghtam
01-21-2012, 06:37 PM
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DomCasual
01-21-2012, 06:55 PM
Back in the day, I used to travel an obscene amount - I hit Platinum Medallion (then the highest Delta frequent flier level - 100K Base Miles for the calendar year) one year on February 20th.

No luggage that I found was meant for that kind of action. And, as it turns out, no marriage was really meant for that kind of action, either. Fortunately, I quit in time to salvage mine (but not before 2 million frequent flier miles) - but it was close. But I digress - I'm digressing.

We had an American Tourister outlet by our house (I think American Tourister has since been bought by Samsonite). I bought their highest end luggage, which came with a really solid warranty. They were GREAT about replacing my luggage, no questions asked. I ended up caring a lot more about the warranties than the actual quality of the luggage - I just assumed the luggage was going to get trashed, no matter how well it was made. I would suggest going into a Samsonite store, and asking them straight up if they will replace damaged luggage. If they still do that (rather than sending it off - a pain in the butt that you don't have time for, if you are traveling frequently), then I would stick with them.

I feel for you. Flying has changed so much since I was a regular - mid to late-90's. I don't think I could do it now. The airlines used to bend over backwards to please us - we'd get every perk you could imagine. I talk to people who travel frequently now, and they all seem permanently cynical and angry.

elsid13
01-21-2012, 06:58 PM
Back in the day, I used to travel an obscene amount - I hit Platinum Medallion (then the highest Delta frequent flier level - 100K Base Miles for the calendar year) one year on February 20th.

No luggage that I found was meant for that kind of action. And, as it turns out, no marriage was really meant for that kind of action, either. Fortunately, I quit in time to salvage mine (but not before 2 million frequent flier miles) - but it was close. But I digress - I'm digressing.

We had an American Tourister outlet by our house (I think American Tourister has since been bought by Samsonite). I bought their highest end luggage, which came with a really solid warranty. They were GREAT about replacing my luggage, no questions asked. I ended up caring a lot more about the warranties than the actual quality of the luggage - I just assumed the luggage was going to get trashed, no matter how well it was made. I would suggest going into a Samsonite store, and asking them straight up if they will replace damaged luggage. If they still do that (rather than sending it off - a pain in the butt that you don't have time for, if you are traveling frequently), then I would stick with them.

I feel for you. Flying has changed so much since I was a regular - mid to late-90's. I don't think I could do it now. The airlines used to bend over backwards to please us - we'd get every perk you could imagine. I talk to people who travel frequently now, and they all seem permanently cynical and angry.


I think people underestimate the value of sleeping in your own bed and using your own bathroom. Thanks for the luggage suggestion. I might bite the bullet and get a Tumi (I have a couple for short and longer trips).

Gort
01-21-2012, 07:19 PM
Back in the day, I used to travel an obscene amount - I hit Platinum Medallion (then the highest Delta frequent flier level - 100K Base Miles for the calendar year) one year on February 20th.

No luggage that I found was meant for that kind of action. And, as it turns out, no marriage was really meant for that kind of action, either. Fortunately, I quit in time to salvage mine (but not before 2 million frequent flier miles) - but it was close. But I digress - I'm digressing.

We had an American Tourister outlet by our house (I think American Tourister has since been bought by Samsonite). I bought their highest end luggage, which came with a really solid warranty. They were GREAT about replacing my luggage, no questions asked. I ended up caring a lot more about the warranties than the actual quality of the luggage - I just assumed the luggage was going to get trashed, no matter how well it was made. I would suggest going into a Samsonite store, and asking them straight up if they will replace damaged luggage. If they still do that (rather than sending it off - a pain in the butt that you don't have time for, if you are traveling frequently), then I would stick with them.

I feel for you. Flying has changed so much since I was a regular - mid to late-90's. I don't think I could do it now. The airlines used to bend over backwards to please us - we'd get every perk you could imagine. I talk to people who travel frequently now, and they all seem permanently cynical and angry.

i hated business travel. it got to the point where i would refuse to go. fortunately, it wasn't required much in my job as an engineer. i did turn down a week in Tokyo once. there was ZERO appeal in 2 long flights across the IDL, plus a week in a country where the people chain smoke and eat snail vomit and monkey testicles as normal menu items.

Jay3
01-21-2012, 07:56 PM
I apply the logic of "look what the pilots and flight attendants use." It's almost always the hard shell rollers that are small enough to carry on.

I used to load bags at Delta, and after you do that job you come away thinking the hardshell is the way to go (like Samsonite).

Also, Eagle Creek makes some great packing stuff. I've got a garment sleeve like this one: http://www.eaglecreek.com/product/Pack-It-Garment-Sleeve-41071/?search=garment (it holds a suit at least, plus shirts, etc.). I have on of the Pack-It folders that holds lots of shirts and slacks, and the compression reduces wrinkling. http://www.eaglecreek.com/packing_solutions/packing_folders/

I use an Eagle Creek toiletry kit that packs flat (kits that are firm and big take up too much room). http://www.eaglecreek.com/packing_solutions/packing_toiletry_kits/Pack-It-Quick-Trip-41082/

Another thing -- I carry a leather briefcase from Saddleback that expands and flattens as needed. It is my personal carry on, so it can supplement and help me carry extra items on the trip. http://www.saddlebackleather.com/Classic-Briefcase.html?sc=8&category=83

hades
01-22-2012, 11:42 AM
I think people underestimate the value of sleeping in your own bed and using your own bathroom. Thanks for the luggage suggestion. I might bite the bullet and get a Tumi (I have a couple for short and longer trips).

Tumi, no doubt. My wife flew international for work and they located her luggage several times when it was somehow "misplaced" in Thailand and Hong Kong. Once flying from Miami to Dallas her luggage ended up in the phillipines! That GPS tracking comes in very handy!

broncosteven
01-22-2012, 11:48 AM
Where is Dortoh to recommend a couple of trusty Walmart bags?

elsid13
01-22-2012, 11:51 AM
Tumi, no doubt. My wife flew international for work and they located her luggage several times when it was somehow "misplaced" in Thailand and Hong Kong. Once flying from Miami to Dallas her luggage ended up in the phillipines! That GPS tracking comes in very handy!

I think that I might bite the bullet and go Tumi. I have a couple of their bags (a bigger one for 2 week travel, smaller weekend bag, and garment bag) and they are extremely nice.

hades
01-22-2012, 11:54 AM
I think that I might bite the bullet and go Tumi. I have a couple of their bags (a bigger one for 2 week travel, smaller weekend bag, and garment bag) and they are extremely nice.

Yeah, not cheap, but IMO worth it. There is an outlet store in Grapevine Tx she has gotten some luggage at. Much cheaper there for last years models.

elsid13
01-22-2012, 11:58 AM
Where is Dortoh to recommend a couple of trusty Walmart bags?

Walking back and forth from the 7-11 to get maddog isn't consider a business trip.

theAPAOps5
01-22-2012, 12:00 PM
I have a samsonite and carry on. Just always arrive a day early or wear my suit if day of travel. Steam it using the hot shower method.

But I travel for no more than 3 days away.

broncosteven
01-22-2012, 12:10 PM
Walking back and forth from the 7-11 to get maddog isn't consider a business trip.

It's Championship weekend, I bet he upgraded to Boon's Farm today.