If you're someone who travels often by plane, you've probably become accustomed to finding sufficiency in only a carry-on, rather than a large suitcase or bulky luggage. And you might think that because you have such a portable bag, you'll automatically travel light. Well, that's not always the case.
Here are a few travel tips to help you stay organized while you're on a short business trip or even a small vacation if you're planning on using just a carry-on for the duration of your trip.
This is essential to packing light. Keep in mind that this is only a temporary situation if the thought not bringing every single piece of belonging makes you uncomfortable. And you need to have your priorities in order: what you need to bring with you as opposed to what you should leave at home. Additionally, traveling with only a carry-on can help you avoid baggage fees for checked luggage; Traveling light means saving money.
Rise Gear offers up a vast range of products for the frequent flyer. Their carry-on bags provide you with the most important features that will keep your belongings safe.
Rise Gear carry-ons are practical and versatile with collapsible shelving within its interior for space-saving advantages. This also means that it's a very flexible alternative to travel with. Comfortably pack in a decent amount of clothing sets and important documents and mobile devices without worrying about squishing everything together. Not to mention you'll be able to pack those souvenirs in a safe space.
Make a list of what you absolutely cannot live without. Since you can live off of what hotels have to offer (most of the time), it's best if you only consider important toiletries such as solution for your contact lenses or enough makeup that can last you for the duration of your trip.
Airlines usually won't allow items like toothpaste or lotion that aren't in small, clear bottles. If that's too much trouble, simply leave those at home.
It's best to wear a pair of comfortable sneakers and a pair of sturdy flip flops. This is especially useful during the summer. If you're traveling during the colder months, wear winter boots. Bring a pair of flats to change into while you're on board if you're feet become uncomfortable.
Heavier clothing, like jeans, takes up a lot of space in your luggage. So make an effort to wear that rather than your lighter clothes, like your shorts or sweatpants. If it's a little too warm, just skip wearing whatever jacket or sweater you might've brought along with you. Carry it if you have to.
Boeing's Space Bins will stow six bags, two more than the current pivot bins installed on Next-Generation 737s (Photo: Boeing)
Frequent travelers know that limiting your luggage to only carry-on is a great way to save time and money! But now that airlines are charging more and more for checked luggage travelers are turning to carry-on. The only problem is that as this trend catches on there are times that there isn't enough room for your luggage in the overhead compartments. You've heard the announcement before: "Our flight is full, please volunteer to have your carry-on checked into the cargo hold". If you travel light (i.e. only bring a carry-on) then you're stuck waiting with the rest of the passengers for your bags when you land instead of being ahead of the pack.
To make it easier as this trend becomes more popular, Boeing is introducing the all new Space Bins to overcome the problem. In current planes, there are lots of compartments, but there is wasted space between each of them and also make it difficult to fit that last piece of luggage in. The all new Space Bins are much larger than current bins and reduce the number of sections increasing capacity in the Boeing 737 up to 194, which is a 62 bag increase in capacity.
What's even better for light travelers is that the new Space Bins can be retrofitted into existing Next-Generation 737s! Keep an eye out for them in 2015!
Met up with Zach from Calgary in Toronto yesterday. He is driving across Canada with his son in his 1968 Chevrolet Sportvan 108. Such a cool ride for a cool guy. He bought two Rise Weekender bags to hang inside the pop top to stay organized! Great idea Zach! Enjoy the rest of your trip with your son!
Preparing yourself for a business trip can be a bit more involved than planning a week at the beach in the Bahamas. Traveling for work is usually done to accomplish a goal like training a new customer, demoing a new product or simply to enhance the relationship with your valued clients.A business trip is not exactly a vacation and although there are some similarities there are a few additional key points and some helpful tools that can help you to be better prepared.
I have done a fair amount of traveling for work. I have traveled domestically, overseas, by car, by plane and I have on occasion overlooked some fairly important planning steps prior to my trip that would have made things run much smoother.
As you can see, planning for a business trip is a little more involved than planning your next summer vacation in the Caribbean. But with the right strategies ahead of time you will have set yourself and your business up for success!
What are the things you do to organize for a business trip?
Today we unveiled the new Rise logo!
Our first logo was something that we put together at a point before we ever made any bags, so we felt it was time to upgrade and make it more professional.
Being an Industrial Designer, I love brands, logos, color, design and everything that comes along with that. I've spent many years (since almost 1999!) working on the Adobe Suite, crafting designs, modifying images and just generally having a blast with the program.
When I first set out to design a logo, I was fresh out of design school and hadn't fully developed my skills and design sense. Here are some of the logos I first came up with before deciding on the first official Rise logo:
As you can see, I played around with a number of very different concepts trying to integrate the arrow into the logo and generally not having much success at it. We were also trying a lot of different spellings of the name at that point. The last one foreshadows how I came about getting the "e" with the arrow which was transferred to the first official logo that we used from 2010 to 2014 (see below):
It shows how I eventually integrated the dot over the "i" and the "r" together to tighten up the logo. The biggest thing that annoyed me about this logo is the fact that there is to relationship between the "e" and the arrow. They just don't look like they belong together and makes the whole logo look cluttered (and Rise is all about de-cluttering!)
So, recently as we worked at Rise to refresh everything that we've done to date (websites, products, etc) I looked at the original logo and just felt that there was something left to be desired. It lacked something that had been bothering me for a while now.
Upon opening up this project again, I realized that the biggest problem was that I used lowercase letters. Lowercase letters never look quite as neat and organized as blocky uppercase letters do. So trying the design again, but with all uppercase I was able to get the neat and organized look with everything in relation to each other that I was originally going for!
As you can see, the "E" and the arrow fit perfectly together! All the letters are the same width and ultra blocky to accentuate the clean and organized look I was going for. I also added a fade from light blue to dark blue to represent the sky / horizon (rise to the sky baby!)
So there you have it! The new Rise logo. What do you think?
Friday March 8th, 2013
Here is an amazing review by Stan Ong on his running blog 9Run.ca who recently purchased and used his Rise Weekend Duffel bag for his trip:
|Hanging in the hotel closet with four days worth of clothes; you can see my Smaat Lolander running shoes on the side pocket (review forthcoming)|
|Closed up and ready to go complete with iPad and coffee beans on top. All it needs now is wheels and a handle.|
|Perfectly fits in the overhead compartment in economy|
|Why am I reviewing a duffel bag on this blog? Read on...
I travel about once a month for 2 to 4 days at a time. Traveling frequently may sound like fun (and it is for the most part especially since I get to go to all these nice places) but it doesn't change the fact that it's quite stressful. For those of you who travel for business, you know that you need to do certain things: Pack lightly and smartly, bring a variety of clothes for multiple occasions, and learn as many shortcuts as you can to ensure that you can get on and off the plane with the least amount of hassle possible.
I've pretty much perfected the packing and the getting in and out of the plane (9 minutes is my record from exiting the plane itself, getting through customs, and onto the curb to wait for my ride...Pearson Airport in Toronto Terminal 1). Despite that, I always strive to look for areas of improvement. This duffel bag is one of those improvements.
I currently use a regular Samsonite roller soft case when travelling. It's big enough to hold all the clothes I need and small enough that I can take it on the airplane without getting the evil eye from other passengers. As noted in the comments section, this bag (24 x 15 x 12) does surpass the listed dimensions for airlines (most at 22 x 14 x 9 but some are quite generous like Alaska Air @24.17.10). I'e seen people carry on far bigger bags…at least this one fits in the overhead with much ease.
For every trip, I always need to bring a variety of clothes: business wear for the office, casual wear for afterwards and, of course, the all-important running gear. My Samsonite holds all the clothes I need and more but only if I very carefully pack everything. This means that the socks get stuffed inside the shoes, ties have to be carefully tucked in, all shirts rolled up and arranged along the bottom and pants and jackets neatly placed on top of everything before zipping and sealing.
This technique, while effective in squeezing as many items as possible into one bag also makes it equally ineffective when you need to get to something that is sitting at the bottom of the pile, which if Murphy's law is to be taken into account will be the piece that you need to get to first. This results in taking everything out and then neatly piling them in again afterwards.
Now bring in these two brothers (from Barrie I believe) who thought about this problem and basically fixed it. They first appeared in Dragon's den and I knew I needed to get one as soon as I saw it. I waited for a bit of time to see some early reviews and was hoping that they would release a new version with wheels but my patience ran out.
Basically, it's a duffel bag with built-in shelves. What happens is you hang the thing and pack all the gear you need. The clothes are neatly laid out as if you're putting them away in your dresser. When you finish stuffing the bag, unhang it and the shelves collapse inside the bag ensuring that all the clothes stay in the same position as you have arranged them.
When you get to your destination, open the bag and rehang and the shelves expand to reveal your neatly-folded shirts and pants. The best thing is you don't have to pull every item out anymore. Just choose what you need since each piece of clothing can be accessed at any time.
There are pockets on the side and front as well. One of the side pockets is big enough to fit my running shoes! I use the front pocket for paperwork (passport, work permit, etc) and the other side pocket for toiletries.
Dirty clothes? Those go the very bottom of the bag under the lowest shelf. Laptop and another pair of shoes? Those can fit on the very top of the bag after the shelves have been collapsed. This also allows easy access to your laptop when going through the security area.
As I mentioned, the only thing that would make the perfect bag is if it had wheels and a telescopic handle. Duffel bags aren't the easiest things to lug around the airport.
It's not the cheapest bag available but for someone like me who needs to bring a wide variety of clothes even on short trips, it's exactly what I need to make my life just a bit more manageable.
February 8th, 2013
On Fox News!
|First seen on Dragon’s Den, this nifty duffel bag comes with stowaway, pull-up shelves. The product is particularly cool because you can hang the whole thing up over any rail, and there’s plenty of room for things like toiletries, and even a compartment for your dirty shoes...|