Airlines are still losing checked bags. A friend recently traveled to New Zealand to catch a once-in-a-lifetime cruise around both the north and south islands. Her airline delivered her and her travel partner safely to Auckland, but somehow managed to deliver her luggage to a different land mass. Boarding a ship for a two week cruise with nothing but the clothes on their backs was an extreme bummer, and changed their excitement and anticipation into fear and dread. The moral of the story: don’t put all your eggs in one basket or all of your essential travel items in one checked bag.
But lugging a carry on suitcase filled with clothing, cosmetics, and assorted travel gear can be a bummer, too. If you’re thinking that there’s got to be a better way, there actually is. It’s called wearable luggage.
Okay, it’s not exactly luggage, but it IS wearable, and the concept works brilliantly. Rufus Roo has created a traveler’s vest with 10 inside pockets and 12 outside pockets, one of which will hold a 13″ laptop. Taken together, you can at least supplement your carryon bag with with most of your essentials, including extra clothing. And with one quick conversion, the Rufus Roo wearable luggage vest folds into a somewhat stylish shoulder bag on those days when the weather warms beyond vest wearing temps. These wearable luggage vests are constructed of tough and durable polyamide, a nylon polymer that’s so long-lasting, you’ll want to bequeath to you heirs.
The Rufus Roo may not meet everyone’s expectations for style, but it is imminently practical. You can pick one up on Amazon for $90.