Making the Case: Smart Luggage 2017
Luggage needs to be flexible and compact because, no matter how big your charter yacht is, storage space is limited. Invariably charter guests are frustrated when, at the conclusion of the charter, they must choose to throw non-essentials overboard to make room for new purchases, or buy an overpriced carry-on in the international terminal.
Take heart intrepid traveler, luggage is not what it used to be. Now there are high-tech, modular luggage pieces that can grow, shrink and shift shapes to transport you and all of your possessions from ship to shore. On a yacht charter, leave your Louis Vuitton set at home, and adopt luggage that adapts.
Briggs and Riley Large Expandable Spinners
Once again, Briggs and Riley takes top honors for the ultimate in luggage. Last year we endorsed the BRX Line, which remains a great option. This year, we focus on the Baseline series, which is classically elegant. The Briggs & Riley Baseline Large Expandable Spinner checked luggage measures 28″ x 20″ x 11″. The cavernous main compartment stores clothing and essentials, and increases to 26% more with CX™ Expansion-Compression technology. One simple pull will expand the bag, and one simple push will compress it back down to original size for flat, secure contents. Four double swivel wheels provide effortless 360° navigation, even when transporting overweight cargo. However, super strength equals weight, in this case, 11.9 lbs. when empty. Price from $629.
The BRX line is considered “action luggage” and is ideal for travelers that need to hop from plane to helicopter to yacht to train. Built for the “urban sophisticate gone global,” these stylish bags also feature CX™ Expansion-Compression technology. Bags are soft-sided and collapse to fit in tight places.
Even better, if you need more than one suitcase, they can piggy-back together to move through trains and terminals with ease. The largest in the series, the Explore Large Expandable Spinner, retails for $400. Briggs and Riley BRX Line
Briggs and Riley luggage comes with a lifetime warranty.
The Biaggi Contempo foldable 28-inch four-wheel expandable upright holds everything you need for an extended trip. The suitcase folds down to 50% of its original size to stow tidily away. The main compartment expands for additional packing capacity, great for souvenirs. The telescoping aircraft-grade aluminum trolley handle and 360-degree spinner wheels make pulling the case effortless. Suitcases come in a variety of vivid colors and are covered by a 5-year limited warranty. Weight: 10.8 lbs. List Price $250. Contempo 22″ carry on weight: 8.4 lbs. List Price $199.
Carry On Luggage
BARRACUDA COLLAPSIBLE Carry On – Perfect for Yachting
The Barracuda is collapsible and can be stowed under the berth or hung in the closet. It has a built in laptop tray, cupholders (these can’t be used at the same time), ergonomic 360°rotating handle, portable digital scale, internal USB charger and GPS tracking. The luggage weighs nine pounds empty, comes in six different colors, and retails for $349.
What I found on charter is that even with ample storage on a superyacht, it really helps to keep everything compartmentalized, from beachwear to underwear. The genius of Genius Pack is there’s a place for everything, which makes packing, unpacking and repacking much easier. Special features include labeled compartments for devices, a built-in checklist, a portable battery pack for recharging, a bag that compresses your laundry, a small speaker that can plug into your gadget to play music, even an umbrella pop out. Weight: 8.6 lbs. List Price $238.
This boxy bag has five zip-closed, color-coded and removable compartments that stack and slide out like little drawers, so you can start and stay organized throughout your yacht charter. The aluminum alloy frame is designed for use as a seat, which is great for lengthy customs lines. You can even add on flashing LED light wheels. Weight with compartments 12 lbs. List Price $295.
What makes the award-winning Eagle Creek Lync System 22 a great option is that it is ultra-light weight and collapses and disassembles for easy storage in a small stuff sac. It can be used with frame and wheels or they can be removed for use as a backpack. The downside: the styling is more earthy than elegant, and the lightweight material will not protect fragile items. Weight: 4.9 lbs. Reduced to $155.97
An electric pump quickly inflates, or deflates, the suitcase’s expandable walls, letting travelers switch between carry-on and (huge) check-in suitcase in record time. At maximum capacity, the case can be hung open in a closet and used as shelves (optional). Laptop case, power bank with USB charger, shelves, luggage locator, and “extras” are optional features. FUGU LUGGAGE is currently only available for pre-order online, via www.fuguluggage.com. Weighs about 10lbs, depending on options. Base price for case and external power chord is $299.
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