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Check Your Bags
After living full-time in an RV for so long, I almost forgot how to pack a suitcase. One of the best features of RV travel is that you unpack once, yet can wake up to a new scene every week, even every day if you wish. Your closet, dresser drawers and medicine cabinet travel with you.
So why am I so excited about the new designs at this year’s Travel Goods Show, a luggage trade show held in Las Vegas? These folks play to people who travel by air or cruise ship. Yet many innovative new travel products introduced this year are just right for the RV woman who needs to store or organize her wardrobe, craft supplies or a traveling office.
The first thing you’ll notice in new luggage lines is lighter, stronger materials. Suitcases are easier to handle, move, store. It’s always smart to carry a piece of real luggage in the RV in case you have to fly somewhere in a family emergency or move out of the motorhome temporarily because it needs major repairs or renovation. New luggage that weighs less, does more.
In your RV, luggage makes a sturdy storage container and it's so easy to handle. A roll-on suitcase with self-storing handle slides easily in and out of awkward spaces such as an RV basement or a deep, narrow closet. Many bags are also waterproof and hard-size luggage is almost indestructible.
Lastly, many RV travelers use campground showers, at least some of the time. Even if you have a shower on board, you may prefer to use “their” hot water and spacious shower stalls to save on propane and to keep the steam and mess out of your own rig.
You’ll need a pretty, practical toiletries bag that holds everything from soap and shampoo to makeup, and has a hook to form a hanging medicine carbinet.
Links take you to what’s new:
* Backpacks with extra features such as a solar charging panel. They’re ideal day packs for RV travelers who take day hikes or shopping trips.
* Inflatable booster seat. Kids on board? Just deflate this sturdy seat for easy storage.
* Rollasole Shoes are truly smart looking flats that roll into a small ball. Carry twice the shoes in half the space. They are real shoes, available in a variety of styles and colors. Here’s a good shoe in basic black.
Shelfpack by McKaba is an amazing, roll-aboard suitcase that expands into shelves. Pack it layer by layer, zip it closed and shove it into an RV closet or storage space. When you expand it again, it’s a free-standing dressing table with four shelves and three handy storage pockets. It’s very new, not yet in all markets. Email email@example.com.
Sports bags are newer, smarter looking and better compartmented for carrying your gear to the campground fitness room , pool or tennis court.
Stainless steel wallets keep others from scanning the private information on the chips in your credit cards.
If you haven’t shopped for luggage lately, see what’s new for the RV woman.