Luggage Gurus From Heys, Rimowa, Titan, and Tumi Share Top Holiday Packing Tips

By Eva Leonard on 22 November 2011
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Who better to give advice on smart holiday packing than luggage industry execs who spend much of their lives traveling? 787, overhead bin, luggage We asked these seasoned road warriors how to get the most out of bags during the holidays, when space is at a premium, both onboard and in your luggage.

They naturally had lots of tips and, as we prepared this list (the first of several), we discovered many fresh ideas and as well as some basic guidelines that shouldn’t be overlooked in the holiday rush.

The four executives we spoke with, Rob Cochrane at Rimowa, Alan Krantzler at Tumi, Kelly Reubens at Titan, and Marcy Schackne at Heys USA, are ready to roll when it comes to packing.

Roll It Up!

Rolling clothes can conserve massive amounts of space in a carry on. –Kelly Reubens Titan

Roll knitted shirts and stuff them around the edges once your bag is filled. –Alan Krantzler, Senior Vice President, Brand Management, Tumi

Rolling works well with trousers, skirts and shorts. Lay the item face down, fold back the sleeves, and roll from the bottom up. –Marcy Schackne, Chief Marketing Officer, Heys USAJFK Terminal 4 Lufthansa check-In

Size Matters

Bring a bag that fits into overhead bins. –Marcy Schackne, Heys USA

You Are Entering A No Whining Zone

If you are carrying or planning to carry wine or liquor, use a padded bottle carrier. –Jonathan Spira, Editorial Director, Frequent Business Traveler

These Boots Are Made For Walking

If traveling to cold or rainy weather, wear boots on the airplane, rather than packing them. Not only do boots take up a lot of space, but you’ll also be warm when you land. –Kelly Reubens, Titan

Stuff socks into your shoes to conserve space and to help keep the shoes’ shape. –Alan Krantzler,  Tumi

It’s In The Bag

The airlines lose more than 10,000 bags a day. Pack gifts and valuables in your carry-on bags or wear them, not in checked luggage. –Marcy Shackne, Heys USA

Travel with a roomy lightweight bag. This will allow you to pack more items and still be underweight to avoid excess baggage fees. –Rob Cochrane, National Sales Manager, Rimowa North America

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