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Ladies! 16 Pieces = 40 outfits

Posted by Becky Tannar on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 @ 13:02 PM

Tags: carry-on, carry-on luggage, packing tips, packing light, packing, trendy packing, less is more, outfitpost

16 = 40


A great article to help you downsize your packing AND pull together stylish outfits while traveling.

Carry-on Combo Wins Customer Satisfaction

Posted by Becky Tannar on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 @ 14:01 PM

Tags: Luggage,, carry-on, carry-on luggage, carry-ons, buying luggage, travel tote bags, carry-on wide body, expandable carry-on, Becky Tannar, luggage line, Briggs & Riley, winter travel, Simple As That Warranty, Airports, Gates, Customer Satisfaction

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I was considering reviewing the luggage I was traveling with for my next blog.  But then I realized that one of my pieces was an older model and wouldn’t be an item that we currently sell.  And then something happened in the Minneapolis Airport that changed my mind.  So here it goes.

I try to carry on whenever possible.   I do this for a variety of reasons but my biggest reason is that I am trying to get myself  to realize that I don’t need nearly as much as I think I do when I travel.  And if I am at a place that I can use hairdryers, and laundry facilities this works out well for me. 

My standard carry on combo is the Briggs & Riley 20” wide body carry on suitcase with a Briggs & Riley shopping tote.  The suitcase goes overhead while my tote bag slides under the seat in front of me.   The shopping tote easily slides over the uprod of the suitcase so when running from gate to gate I am not worrying about anything falling off my shoulders. 

This past weekend I was traveling through The Minneapolis Airport.  After I rushed to my gate to catch my connecting flight back to Boston I felt a tap on my shoulder.  A woman who looked quite familiar to me said “Oh my Goodness! You really do use it!”  At first I was a little thrown and wasn’t sure how to respond, until she showed me her Briggs & Riley rolling carry on with the same tote bag as mine.  She then exclaimed “You sold this to me!  I LOVE it!  This is the best combination ever!”  So after a little chit chat and having to board the plane we I got to thinking that it would be great to talk about this.  Yes, the luggage is fantastic, and I love using it.  What I really felt great about was that a recommendation that was made to customer was not only purchased, but well used and greatly appreciated.  The goal here is get people into the luggage that is best for them.   It's good to know that actaully happens!     

TSA 3-1-1 Rule

Posted by John Ebb on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 @ 12:08 PM

Tags: Luggage, airport security, carry-on, Taking off, 311 rule, carry-on luggage, carry-ons, checkpoint-friendly, airline industry, luggage trends, TSA, packing tips, Bretts Luggage & Gifts, family travel, business travel, Becky Tannar, safe travels

One thing all passengers traveling by plane should be
aware of when it comes to the items you can bring in your carry-on is TSA’s
3-1-1 rule.

This rule limits the amount of liquid a passenger can bring on in airplane in his
carry-on baggage. These limits were put in place in 2006, back when authorities
in the United Kingdom arrested a group suspected of planning to blow up a large
number of airplanes using a sports drink and other chemicals to make an
explosive cocktail.

The 3-1-1 rule is used in many countries around the world, including members of the
European Union, Canada, Mexico, China, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia.
After the US and Canada implemented the 3-1-1 rule, the European Union, Norway,
Switzerland and Iceland adopted the 3-1-1 rule so that transportation safety
rules would be more uniformly administered around the world.

So, what happens if you don't follow the Transportation Security Administration's 3-1-1
rule for carry-on luggage? Attempt to bring a large bottle of shampoo or a full-size gel deodorant through the security line and the TSA will likely confiscate your stuff, holding you up
in line in the process.

 Here’s what you need to know:

  • the 3-1-1 rule does not apply to liquids you have packed in your checked baggage


  • these regulations apply to airport security checkpoints.  Any liquid, gel, or
    aerosol purchased in the secure area after you process through a security
    checkpoint, such as coffee or soda, is allowed aboard your plane, even in
    normal sized coffee cups or soda containers.


  • passengers are limited to using containers no larger than 3.4 oz. for their liquids.


  • all containers of liquid must be placed in a 1 qt., transparent, plastic, sealable bag.



  • passengers can bring on as many 3.4-oz. containers as they can fit in the quart-sized
    when it is sealed.


  • one way of avoiding problems with all of the security regulations about carrying
    liquids onto the plane is just not to carry on any liquids at all.  When
    possible, pack all of your liquids, gels and creams in your checked bag(s).


  • go through your purse or carry-on prior to leaving for the airport and pull out
    any containers larger than 3-ounces that you might have such as sunscreen,
    water bottles, etc.  If you need them for your trip, move them to your
    checked baggage or transfer the contents to smaller containers.


  • there are some exceptions that the TSA allows: even if the item exceeds the 3-1-1 limit,
    passengers can pack in their carry-on bags medicine, baby formula and food,
    breast milk, liquids such as water or orange juice for passengers with a
    special condition and frozen items.


  • look for non-liquid substitutes for your liquid/gel items.  There are many
    available, such as towelettes and wipes containing soap or bug repellant. 
    They can replace liquids/gels and won't take up the limited space in your
    quart-size bag. 


It also helps to know which items are considered by the TSA liquids or gels and thereby subject to the 3-1-1 rule:

  • foods such as peanut butter, pudding, mashed potatoes, and icing are classified as gels.


  • mascara, lip gloss, and aerosol items are also classified as liquids or gels.


  • keep in mind that liquid prescription medication is exempt.


Hope you enjoyed reading this article and found these tips useful. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

TSA Holiday Tips: Packing Seasonal Items in Luggage

Posted by Laura Pinter on Thu, Dec 08, 2011 @ 11:12 AM

Tags: checked luggage, airport security, carry-on luggage, TSA, packing tips

holiday-TSA-packing-luggageWith the December holidays quickly approaching, another busy travel season is upon us. If you plan to fly this month, you’re sure to find some of these seasonal items making their way into your luggage, leaving you with a packing dilemma.

Here, we focus on three of the most popular items that air travelers tend to pack during the holidays, and provide tips for proper packing that save time, money and future security hassles.

Flying with Food

Holidays are synonymous with food, and most partygoers like to bring something special to a family member’s or friend’s home. If you’re traveling to a holiday gathering by plane this year, be aware that certain food items are not permissible in a carry-on bag.  Some of the most commonly packed, seasonal food items are cranberry sauce, dips, condiments, jams, dressings, soups, and bottles of alcohol or wine.

Avoid having to throw these items out in the security line, and pack them in a checked bag, or ship them to your destination. Also, note that pies, cakes and desserts are allowed through the security checkpoint, but if necessary, they may be taken for “additional screening.”

View TSA’s complete list of food items to avoid packing in your carry-on.

Packing Pre-wrapped Presents

Depending on the size of the gift, you should be able to keep any pre-wrapped gifts in a carry-on bag. Remember that your carry-on must adhere to your airline’s specific size and weight regulations. Any gift is subject to screening, if needed, and can be unwrapped if security finds it necessary.

If the gift is larger, and fits awkwardly in your carry-on, choose a safer option, and pack the gift in a checked bag so it will not be unwrapped. Or, premeasure your wrapping paper, neatly fold it, and bring it along with the gift item to avoid having a TSA attendant unwrap your gift.

Traveling with Ski Equipment

In the winter months, it’s quite common for travelers to head for the mountains during the holidays for ski vacations. This usually requires additional, recreational equipment, most of which fits in a carry-on or checked bag (outerwear, hats, gloves, goggles, socks, accessories, etc.).

For the other bulkier items, like boots, skis, poles and snowboards, it’s important to know how to pack, and do it efficiently. Ski bags and boot bags are made to properly hold and protect ski equipment during travel. If it adheres to your airline’s regulations, your boot bag can be counted as a carry-on item. Then, check with your airline to see how they accommodate “special items,” such as ski equipment. Most airlines will count a ski bag in place of a checked bag, and some will accept two ski items. 

Fly Stress Free

The holiday season is a time for fun and food with family and friends. If you do a little bit of research beforehand, you’re sure to simplify the packing process. Once you’re aware of what you can and cannot bring through security and onto the plane, you’ll be one step closer to a joyful—and restful— holiday.

Photo courtesy: Conde Nast Traveler

Are you traveling this holiday season? What packing tips do you use to stay stress-free?


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Carry-on Luggage for Stress-free Holiday Travel [Slideshow]

Posted by Laura Pinter on Fri, Nov 04, 2011 @ 09:11 AM

Tags: airport security, carry-on luggage, carry-ons, baggage fees, Eagle Creek, Rick Steves, Briggs & Riley

With checked luggage fees on the rise, many travelers are searching for ways to pare down their luggage contents this holiday season, and packing up carry-on bags.

While carrying on might seem relatively simple, there are a number of things fliers should consider before choosing to carry on in order to make sure it's the right choice for their travels. In addition, we've outlined basic carry-on knowledge and etiquette to help you avoid any holdups at the airport and during your flight.

Travel Carefree with Carry-on Luggage

You can find tips for carrying on luggage, and our top picks for carry-on bags on SlideShare, or view the presentation below.

Our carry-on picks include bags by:

Assess Your Travels

Before jumping into a carry-on bag for your next flight, remember to assess the length of your trip, and what you'll need. Once you make sure that carrying on is the right choice for your travels, you'll be flying home for the holidays stress- and baggage claim-free!

Do you avoid checking bags, and travel with a carry-on? Tell us about your experiences.

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TSA Rules: Packing Tips for Airport Security

Posted by Laura Pinter on Fri, Sep 16, 2011 @ 11:09 AM

Tags: checked luggage, airport security, carry-on luggage, baggage fees

tsa airport securityLast week, I took an extended weekend, and traveled out West. Usually, I’m a “carry-on only” type of traveler, but a four-night trip required more kinds of outfits, shoes and travel essentials than I anticipated. 

Luckily, my airline checks the first bag for free, so I checked it at the ticketing desk. As an added bonus, I didn’t have to lug a heavy carry-on through the airport and security line, leaving me much lighter in my travels.

Of course, though, there were still hold-ups. When making your way to the gate, there are a few things that can throw a wrench in your plans — even when checking luggage. Remember these essential tasks that can save significant time and lessen stress next time you’re in an airport security line.

Wear Slip-on Shoes

It may seem logical to wear athletic shoes if you need to get around the airport quickly. Flip flops and other slip-on, tieless styles of shoes are comfortable, and will undoubtedly save you more time, and the hassle of removing your shoes, and then finding a bench to sit down and re-tie them.

Opt Out of Accessories

Be a minimalist when it comes to your travel outfits. The least amount of items you have on your body, the better. Your go-to piece of jewelry, and even hair accessories, can sometimes hold you up in line.

On my last flight, I stuck with my own advice, and opted out of wearing jewelry, thinking it’d make things simpler in the security line. However, I did have on a decorative metal headband, which I forgot to take off. Save yourself time, and skip the annoying accessories. This goes for men, too. If you can, choose to wear pants that don’t require a belt, and keep your watch in a laptop or carry-on bag, which you can retrieve later.

With that being said, it doesn’t mean you have to be a “plain Jane” for the duration of your flight. Keep the accessories you want to wear in your carry-on bag or purse. Then, simply put them on once you’re seated on the plane.

Taking a Laptop? Take Two Bins

If you plan on bringing a laptop through security, remember that it not only needs to come out of your bag, but you must place it in its own plastic bin. If you leave your laptop in a purse or carry-on bag, a member of TSA security will have you return to the line to remove it, and put it in a bin.

If you frequently take a laptop with you when you travel by plane, think about investing in a TSA-approved laptop bag. The bag will still need its own bin, but you won’t have to remove the computer from the bag; simply unzip it, and lay the bag flat to expose the laptop.

Check Your Makeup

By now, airline travelers are aware that liquids stowed in carry-on luggage must be less than three ounces, and contained in a one-quart plastic bag. It’s easy to forget, though, about the liquids that you may carry in your purse or bag on a daily basis.

If you tend to carry makeup in a purse, make sure to check for liquids, and transfer it to your carry-on luggage before entering the security line. Some items to think about include liquid foundations, hand or body lotion, hand sanitizer, sunscreen and smaller bottles of perfume or cologne. Plan beforehand, and you’ll avoid having to throw these items away in the security line.

Always Be Prepared

TSA has a slogan on its website that I believe all air travelers should remember: “When in doubt, leave it out.” You’ll save yourself a significant amount of time, hassle and stress by preparing yourself and your bags ahead of time, and knowing the rules before you get in the security line.

What are your tips to get through airport security hassle-free?


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Carry-on Luggage: TSA Airline Regulations to Remember

Posted by Laura Pinter on Fri, Jul 15, 2011 @ 08:07 AM

Tags: airport security, 311 rule, carry-on luggage, checkpoint-friendly

TSA, airport security, carry-onIf you’re an avid airline traveler, you’re probably aware that carrying on luggage can save you a lot of money in baggage fees. However, sometimes the ever-changing Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules for carry-on bags can add stress to your travels. 

From laptops to liquids, there are a number of restrictions that airline passengers must abide by to not only travel safely, but to also proceed through security quickly.

Here are some tips and considerations to keep in mind when packing these popular items.


Business travelers have their own share of travel stresses to handle, including lugging around laptops. In recent years, the TSA began allowing laptops to remain in bags with “check-point friendly” features. Once the laptop is inside, you can open up the bag and lay it on the belt for screening.


Liquids can be confiscated and thrown out if TSA rules are not followed. Keep in mind the 3-1-1 regulation: each container can hold three ounces or less; put the containers in a one quart-size, clear plastic, zip-top bag; one bag is allowed per traveler. Keep your bag handy because you’ll need to place it in the security bin.

Food and Beverages

Many travelers aren’t aware that it is safe to bring food through security. Food must be wrapped and covered or in a container, and fruits are also permissible. Beverages, on the other hand, are not allowed through security at any time. After clearing security, beverages may be purchased in the airport and brought on the plane.

Sports Gear

Certain sporting equipment like golf club bags cannot be brought on any aircraft in a carry-on bag and must be checked. Other common sport essentials like skis, hockey sticks, baseball bats or hand weights also must be checked.

Luggage Size

Don’t forget that there are also size regulations for carry-on luggage. While size of carry-on luggage differs with each airline, most airlines accept luggage between 45 and 50 linear inches, which is the total of the height, width and depth of the bag. In addition, the bag cannot exceed 35 pounds, and must fit in an overhead bin. Usually, planes taking shorter flights have smaller overhead bins, so consider how far you’re going and pack accordingly.

While the majority of airlines don't charge for carry-ons, a few have recently added additional fees. Check your airline's regulations and policies beforehand.

Smooth Travels

With baggage fees on the rise this year, you can save money during your next trip by using a carry-on instead of checking luggage. In addition, by understanding TSA guidelines, you can save time and reduce stress.

If you’re unsure about an item or piece of luggage, contact TSA for security information, or call your airline for more details.

Do you save on baggage fees by carrying on luggage? How do you get through security hassle-free?


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Fourth of July Lightweight Luggage Sale — Eagle Creek HC2 Collection

Posted by Laura Pinter on Fri, Jul 01, 2011 @ 14:07 PM

Tags: carry-on luggage, Eagle Creek, duffel bags, Hovercraft and Bretts Luggage are celebrating the Fourth of July with an explosive sale on the HC2 Hovercraft collection by Eagle Creek.

Our entire selection of Eagle Creek HC2 Hovercraft luggage is now 25% off. The lightweight luggage is crafted with refined styling and details. And be sure to check out the hottest new color in the collection — Torch Red.

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HC2 Hovercraft luggage is made for those who value both quality and simplicity. Backed by Eagle Creek's "No Matter What" Warranty, the HC2 Hovercraft collection provides plenty of reason to celebrate!


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Baggage Fees: Top Consumer Resources from

Posted by Laura Pinter on Tue, Jun 14, 2011 @ 11:06 AM

Tags: airport security, carry-on luggage, baggage fees, Tips to Pack Lighter

It’s no surprise that consumers are adjusting their travel habits and luggage purchasing behavior because of increased baggage fees. According to the Department of Transportation, airline firms brought in over three billion dollars of revenue from baggage fees. Now, the nation’s two largest airlines are upping their fees — a second checked bag could cost as much as $75.

Our 2011 Consumer Luggage Report revealed 48% of survey respondents prefer to pack lighter and use smaller travel bags.

Depending on your travel situation, you may be able to avoid or minimize fees through smart packing and luggage choices.

Here are some of our most helpful posts that focus on lighter luggage and carrying on bags:

Reader’s Digest Features’s Tips for Packing Lighter — Based on our 2010 Consumer Luggage report, Reader’s Digest featured ten ways to beat the baggage game.

The Guide to Carry-on Luggage — Carry-on luggage tips can make your walk through security a breeze.

What to Consider When Buying Carry-on Luggage — Styles, colors and features can overwhelm the purchasing process. Consider things like wheels, handles and material that impact your travel experience.

Get the 4-1-1 on the 3-11 Airport Security Guidelines — When carrying on your luggage, it’s important to familiarize yourself with liquid regulations and restrictions.

Keep it Light: The 2011 Consumer Luggage Report — Key survey results revealed increased airline fees and security regulations impact consumer behavior.

Luggage Tips for Business Travelers

Posted by Laura Pinter on Fri, May 13, 2011 @ 13:05 PM

Tags: lightweight luggage, carry-on luggage, business travel, expandable carry-on, briefcase

Earlier this year, a Wall Street Journal article shared that business travel is on the rise for 2011. Also, business professionals who haven’t traveled in the past two years due to budget constraints plan to take more trips this year.

If you’re a business traveler going back to the skies this year, you may be looking for ways to simplify your travels.

Have you ever looked to your luggage as helping ease the stresses of your trips? Here are three ways that luggage can lighten the load surrounding business travel:

TSA-Friendly Laptop Bagscarry-on briefcase

In any air travel, getting through the security gate can be a challenge in itself. For business travelers, adding a laptop to the mix can drain even more time. Now, many luggage and suitcase retailers are carrying TSA-friendly business briefcases and laptop bags.

Instead of rummaging through a bag to take out a laptop, you can open the briefcase flat on the belt and run it through security. There are a number of sizes, styles and materials available.

  • Bonus Tip: Use the time you save getting through security to get some work done — and make sure to take advantage of the business lounges and free Wi-Fi if it’s available.

Lightweight Luggage and Packing

As we shared in our 2011 Consumer Luggage Report, lightweight luggage has taken over, with offerings to suit all needs and tastes. However, keep in mind that even the lightest-weight luggage can become heavy with improper packing.

Don’t be afraid to think outside of the suitcase; look at other options that may be lighter and simpler for quick travel use. Carry-on sizes of duffel and garment bags come in a variety of styles, and can hold just enough for a weekend or two-day trip.

  • Bonus Tip: Do double-duty with your bags: duffel bags can double as gym or overnight bags, and garment bags hold clothes and accessories, and also keep suits and dresses wrinkle-free.

Carry-on Luggage with Ease

Airlines are paying 41 percent more than last year for fuel, which means flight fares and baggage fees are also going up. Traveling with a regulation-size carry-on bag will keep your company from spending extra baggage fees. Some luggage pieces also feature convenient expandability options that offer more room for your belongings.

carry-on luggageMany times, the airline will ask for volunteers to check bags for free at the gate if the plane is full. If you have the extra time to grab your luggage at the baggage carousel, it’s a nice, hassle-free way to get on and off the plane quickly.

Make Your Luggage Work for You

A business traveler should focus more on the trip’s purpose and less on the stresses of traveling. By incorporating these tips into your routine, you’ll be able to do just that. If you’re looking for more tips, marketing expert and frequent traveler Chris Brogan offers some great advice.

Are you a frequent business traveler? Tell us what suitcases you use, and packing tips you’ve learned to make trips less stressful.

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