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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.

60 Packing Tips from the Experts!

Posted by Becky Tannar on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 @ 13:02 PM

Tags: Luggage, carry-on, carry-ons, adventure travel, packing tips, packing light, travel tote bags, Tips to Pack Lighter, packing, day bags, Adapters, Converters, travel inspiration

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An article worth sharing!

TravelFashionGirl has combined 60 packing tips from the experts from travel travel bloggers.  Great ideas tips and advice here!

Travel Journaling Tips

Posted by Becky Tannar on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 @ 10:01 AM

Tags: travel trends, travel inspiration, travel journal

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Are you having trouble Journaling while you travel?  Here are some wonderful tips from Sole Traveler to help you journal and keep those memories fresh!





Travelers Guide to Global Tipping

Posted by Becky Tannar on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 @ 15:01 PM

Tags: travel trends, Becky Tannar, traveltude, international travel, travel tipppindescribe the imageg

global tipping







37 Quotes That Will Make You Want to Travel

Posted by Becky Tannar on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 @ 08:01 AM

Tags: suitcase,, adventure travel, travel inspiration

37 quotes that will make you want to travel


Be a Traveler, not a Tourist

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!     

Arctic Vortex of Airline Travel

Posted by Becky Tannar on Thu, Jan 09, 2014 @ 22:01 PM

Tags: airport security, carry-on, airline industry, TSA, Becky Tannar, traveltude, Briggs & Riley, winter travel, flight delays, inclimate weather, delta airlines

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A few weeks ago I decided to book a quick trip for a few days to
visit my mother in Wisconsin.  Since the holidays were too crazy to make a
visit then coming out for her birthday seemed a great option to spend a little

And then the Frozen Tundra became more than Frozen.  It was beyond Frozen.  With temperatures that dropped to -48 degrees
with the wind chill factor this was a whole different kind of cold than this
traveler has ever experienced.  Between the
weather and new FAA regulations of pilot and crew flight time regulations a perfect
storm of events caused airline travel to be turned upside down this week.

The morning of my return flight back to Boston I saw that my
connection through Detroit was delayed 5 hours. 
Knowing that this would now get me in to Boston at 2am I thought I better
start to see what I could do to avoid a terrible entanglement of delays and
cancellations.  Since I was travelling
out of a small airport, I thought it best to head on out and see what I could
do to avert the certainty of being stranded in an airport during my journey
home.  By the time I reached the desk
agent both of my flights were indeed cancelled. 
Since I was clearly not the only passenger being affected by this Vortex
I counted myself lucky to be given flights two days later.  Mom was thrilled to have me a few more days and work knew there just wasn’t much I could do about it 

Fast forward to this morning.  I did my online check in, printed my boarding
passes, went through security without a hitch only to have my name called at
the gate……Uh-oh….you guessed it:  I was bumped.  So I was rescheduled to fly out
tomorrow morning.    So after calling my mother, work and husband, I realized I really should see what I could do to finagle what I could out of this situation. Since I was staying with my mother, accommodations weren’t an issue.  My husband had to work tomorrow
and work pretty much knew I wasn’t good for tomorrow.  Perhaps it was my patience, perhaps the gate agent was exhausted, perhaps I just got extremely lucky in a pretty crappy
situation,  I walked away with a rescheduled flight for the flowing morning allowing me a little more time visiting, upgraded seats, and a $400 travel voucher. 

The moral of the story here?   If you just breathe a little and accept that
the weather is out of everyone’s control, booking agents and airline personnel
are doing all they can to accommodate everyone, and you are not alone in these
situations perhaps things just might work out.  Granted, I was staying with
family and didn’t have vacation or work plans I was dealing with so it was
probably easier for me to keep calm.  But I can tell you that my family is happy to have me for a couple of more days, work is happy to get a blog out of this vortex of travel mishap and I’m just
dreaming of where to go with this travel voucher!

Where Should I Plug This Thing?

Posted by Becky Tannar on Thu, Jan 02, 2014 @ 09:01 AM

Tags: travel trends, packing tips, Bretts Luggage & Gifts, packing, Adapters, Converters, business travel, Becky Tannar, business accessories, safe travels, Electronics, Plugs, accessories, chargers, recharging, Shari Ryan



You’re leaving the country, venturing into an unknown territory. It’s an amazing opportunity you’ve been packing and preparing for, for months. You’ve gone through the checklist twenty times—clothes, shoes, cosmetics, chargers, and money. What else is there? 


If this is your first time abroad, you might be unaware of the difference between American power outlets versus foreign power outlets. To simplify, your two-pronged plug might not slide right into a three-pronged European outlet. You can try if you want, but you might be in for the shock of your life (no pun intended). 


Fortunately, there’s an easy fix to this. A converter and/or an adapter can be the most helpful item you pack. It’s so helpful, that it’s recommended to be packed in your carry-on in case your luggage goes missing.  


This is why: If you intend on charging your phone or plugging in a hair dryer throughout your trip, a charger and/or an adapter are required.


You’re probably now asking, do I need the converter, or the adapter? Or is it both?


Electronics that are recharging (phones, tablets, computers, cameras, etc.) only require an adapter because they are simply recharging and automatically convert. However, electronics such as hairdryers, curlers, straighteners, and CPAP machines that are running while plugged in, require the converter as well as the adapter.


For conversion help, you might try the iPhone app called My Travel Adaptor ($1.99). 


You can find the appropriate converter and/or adapter at Bretts Luggage and Gifts, Sudbury, MA.


“Be a Traveler, not just a tourist” 

Planning a Trip Overseas?

Posted by John Ebb on Thu, Sep 05, 2013 @ 12:09 PM

Tags: Luggage, suitcase, suitcases, airport security, Taking off, buying luggage, adventure travel, airline industry, TSA, travel trends, backpack, travel tote bags, family travel, Becky Tannar, travel bag, road travel, vacation packing

Planning a trip overseas can be exciting, but can also be a bit stressful when it come to
making the necessary travel arrangements. There are lots tips and tricks that
can help you save time, money and ensure you're dream holiday to Europe or some
exotic beach in Asia turns out to be an amazing experience.

Here are our top 6 tips, to ensure that your dream vacation becomes everything you’ve hoped for:

1.      Use the right cheap flight finding site

Finding the right flight at the right price can sometimes be a little tricky. Make sure you
don’t just stop at the first result you get while browsing on Google. Check out
FlightsDirect, CheapFlights, Skyscanner or Expedia (especially if you’re considering booking a
hotel room along with the airline tickets)

2.      You don’t speak the local language? No problem!

If you’re traveling to a country where English isn’t widely spoken, you can use the Google
app to translate words of phrases in 50 languages.  This app is free and it lets you download free language packs on Android to access offline. Do this before you go and you won’t need data to use it overseas.

3.      Find great hotel bargains worldwide

Seeking the best deal when it comes to accommodation? If so, then check out the secret hotel section at where you can get good prices on rooms in up to five-star hotels worldwide.

4.      Food isn’t banned through airport security

Airlines make extra cash by offering snacks to hungry travelers at sky-high prices. Purchasing food while flying can easily undo the savings you made on your ticket. Therefore, it is important to remember that only liquids are the ones you can't take through security, so next time plan ahead and bring your own snacks with you.

5.      Avoid the ‘perfect trip’ trap

Holidays are a good way to relax and unwind. Like all other industries there are people that are in the business of offering you great holiday experiences and travel marketing aims to make you spend more and more by using emotive language such as “precious moments” or “magical

Many fall under this mirage and plan “the dream holiday” and only after they consider how they’ll pay for it. To avoid falling into this trap ask yourself first “what’s my budget for this holiday?” and then work around it and plan the best trip you can afford within that budget. Remember that a holiday lasts a week or so, you don’t need to ruin the rest of the year for it.

6.       Keep track of your travel plans

If you're planning a big trip, don't just let a mass of disorganized booking confirmation emails pile up. Failing to keep track and you risk a nightmare finding it all before you go - or worse,
forgetting them altogether.

For those of you that use smartphones, there are free apps that can help keep track
of travel plans. TripIt and RememberThe Milk are two such examples that will definitely come in handy when it comes to keeping everything organized.

Is there anything else you’d add to this list? What is your advice for traveling overseas?

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.

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