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Posted on October 18, 2021

Fashion Meets Performance, Comfort and Style

Constructed of fabric made from recycled plastic bottles, the CoolDudeChoice Convertible Sling Bag can be switched from minimalist sling to spacious duffel. A sleek multipurpose bag, this space saver can replace the need for multiple bags. It is lightweight, gentle on shoulder and neck and has a variety of organizing pockets. MSRP: $49.99. For more information, visit Sales contact: Tushar Desai,, 609-429-6741.

CoolDudeChoice Convertible Sling Bag
A shoulder sling bag, messenger cross-body or duffel – the Convertible Sling Bag from CoolDudeChoice is all three in one eco-friendly bag.
Lightload Towels
In new packaging design, Lightload Towels are multipurpose, super absorbent and made of washable and wearable fabric.

Posted on October 18, 2021

Award-Winning Towel Sports New Packaging

A full-size beach towel that fits in your pocket? Meet Lightload Towels, the smallest, lightest, most energy efficient towels made with travelers in mind. Winner of a TGA Product Innovation Award for Most Eco-Friendly Product, these extra strength towels — now featuring new square-shaped packaging — are perfect for campers, hikers, fishers and other travelers and adventurers as well as for everyday use. They unfold to a supersized 4.5-oz reusable towel, absorb like a sponge and wick water from your body. The towels are available in three sizes: 30” x 60” beach; 12” x 24” hand-size 3-pack; and 12” x 12” hand-size 2-pack. MSRP: $12/beach; $9/3-pack; $3.99/2-pack. For more information, visit Sales contact: George Wheeler,, 917-922-0154.

Posted on October 8, 2021

Pacsafe Camo Collection
Make a statement with Pacsafe’s new camo print, available on a variety of sustainable anti-theft products.

New. Recycled. Anti-Theft.

The reimagined camo print makes its presence known in Pacsafe’s bestselling, sustainable anti-theft products made from recycled plastic bottles, including the Metrosafe X 20L Backpack, Vibe 200 Crossbody and the Metrosafe X Vertical Crossbody and Compact Crossbody. Meet the Camo Collection. Nothing if not ironic, the camo print — originally designed to conceal, blend in and protect — is now worn as a means of standing out from the crowd and making a statement. Each bag neatly organizes essential gear, including electronics, and offers a variety of individual amenities such as lockable zips, RFID-blocking pocket and a place to stash a water bottle. MSRP: $74.95-$139.95. For more information, visit Sales contact: Stephen Kay,, 905-252-6652.

Posted on October 8, 2021

PangWangle Insect Shield Bandana
Simple, effective and so very handy, PangWangle’s Insect Shield Bandana keeps the swarm away.

Bug Out!

Save your neck from ticks, mosquitoes, biting flies or other pests with the Insect Shield Bandana by PangWangle. Providing targeted protection and easy styling, it is made with odorless Insect Shield that lasts 70-plus washes. It is EPA approved for everyone, including pregnant or nursing women, infants — even pets. Sustainably made in the USA, the moisture-wicking bandana is naturally breathable and durable, hypoallergenic and biodegradable. It is soft and stretchy, with a boho vibe that looks great as a neck scarf, headband or old-school kerchief, and is perfect for gardening, hiking, trail running or moseying around outside. It is squarish, measuring 21” x 21”. MSRP: $14. For more information, visit Sales contact: Jennifer John,, 504-452-0788.

Posted on October 8, 2021

Collapsible, Portable, Planet-Friendly Camp Bowls

Hydaway Camp Bowl
Hydaway’s innovative silicone and stainless-steel camp bowls help eliminate single-use plastics and bulky camp dinnerware.

With a streamlined look and a sturdy stainless-steel rim, Hydaway Camp Bowls are slim, lightweight and easy to use with an ergonomic design and spill-proof polymer lid. Available in two sizes (1.5 cups and 4 cups), each set includes two bowls, two lids and matching insulation sleeves.

The large bowl unfolds from one inch to one quart in seconds. The entire set packs down to a slim two-inch package to fit in any camp kit, van drawer, picnic basket or bear box. The bowls are also spill-proof, easy to clean and insulating to protect hands and keep food warmer, longer. The sets are available in four color styles: Cascadia, Yukon, Metolius and Mojave. Hydaway is taking pre-orders with prices starting at $39 (early bird) at Sales contact: Niki Singlaub,, 844-493-2929.

Posted on September 17, 2021

Backpacks Built to Stand Up to Adventure and Play

Pacsafe Go 15L Anti-Theft Backpack
Pacsafe Go backpacks are made from recycled fabrics and packed with anti-theft features.

Meet the Pacsafe Go 15L Anti-Theft Backpack, made from 21 recycled plastic bottles. Stylish and sleek, this compact and waterproof design can fit plenty of stuff, including a 13” laptop. A hidden storage pocket offers extra protection to keep important items like phone and wallet secure. Featuring cut-resistant materials and straps, securable zippers and an RFID blocking pocket, it has side pockets for quick access to a reusable water bottle or small umbrella, internal attachment point for wallet and keys and pen loop. It slides over luggage handles to remain balanced on a wheeled bag. This backpack comes in sunset pink, coastal blue and black. MSRP: $99.95. For more information, visit Sales contact: Stephen Kay,, 905-252-6652.

Posted on August 17, 2021

Timely Products, Limited Quantities

YaY Novelty’s YaYbag® JUMBO and Vaccination Card Holder/Vaccine Card Protector
Inventory is available, although in limited supply, for YaY Novelty’s bestselling YaYbag JUMBO and Vaccination Card Holder/Vaccine Card Protector.
Although QVC bought out most of the current inventory of YaY Novelty’s YaYbag® JUMBO, the company did set some aside a limited quantity of the reusable and washable bags packaged as a set of three. The wholesale price is $6 for 2021; however, that price will be increased to $8.50 for 2022. The stylish high-quality bags, offered in several color/pattern choices and featuring a large shoulder strap, carry up to 55 lbs. As news of the delta variant continues to dominate headlines and as more employers, businesses, schools and states require COVID-19 vaccination proof, keeping and having access to the proof-of-vaccine card is becoming more and more important. Earlier this year, YaY Novelty launched a Vaccination Card Holder/Vaccine Card Protector for which demand has likewise increased. The made-in-the-USA vinyl protective sleeves, in a variety of prints and patterns, are available in limited quantities. MSRP: $7.99. For more information on both of these items, visit Sales contact: Sunchea Phou,, 206-852-8589.
Easy-to-use BindBuddy has a nylon strap that holds soft bulky items outside your case so they don’t take up room inside.

Posted on August 2, 2021

Handy Device

BindBuddy is a simple, hands-free device that clips to any bag or backpack strap to firmly hold garments and soft goods — sweaters, yoga mats, beach towels, etc. — keeping them secure and close at hand, and out of your bag or backpack. Bulky jackets and sweaters no longer need to eat up space inside your case. Durable and super light – weighing in at only 51 grams – BindBuddy can carry and secure most soft goods weighing up to 2.5 lbs. MSRP: $19.99. For more information, visit or contact Ryan Nguyen at

Company News

All Bond Ltd. U.S. Patent No. 10,568,400 B2
All Bond’s new handle fits all sizes of luggage.

Posted on August 17, 2021

Patent for Purchase

All Bond Ltd. has finished developing and testing its new luggage handle that enables the user to pull or push luggage or wheeled bags (e.g., duffel bag) like a cart. Users need only pull the luggage handle up and a leg with a wheel is extracted from the back side of the luggage. Tilt the luggage back and it stands on three wheels, ready to move. To close the leg, simply push down the luggage handle. All Bond is seeking manufacturers to purchase the patent: U.S. Patent No. 10,568,400 B2. Also available is a European Community design, No. 005947140. Contact: Dov Shechter,, +972522271157.

Traveling Bags participated in the St. Joseph Academy Golf Outing fundraiser
Golfers received Travelpro luggage compliments of Traveling Bags for participating in a recent charity golf outing.

Posted on August 17, 2021

Retailer Teed Up for School Fundraiser

Traveling Bags participated in the St. Joseph Academy Golf Outing fundraiser in July in Franklin, WI. The Milwaukee-based retailer donated 130 pieces of Travelpro hardside carry-on luggage from its Atlantic Luggage line as giveaways for the event’s golfer participants as well as pieces for a silent auction. The turquoise and black luggage was selected as it reflects the school’s colors.

“For a small business like ours, it was an amazing opportunity — one that helped us get all the way back on our feet after the pandemic shutdown,” said Burton Robertson, owner-manager of Traveling Bags.

Burton noted that Travelpro worked closely with his company, helping to coordinate the shipping for the event.

“This ultimately is what made it all possible,” said Robertson, “Because who has the space to store an extra 130 pieces of luggage?”

Additionally, Latitudes Travel, the travel agency located within Traveling Bags, also got involved in the fundraiser, providing every golfer and volunteer with a travel voucher worth $250 towards a cruise or all-inclusive vacation.

Posted on August 17, 2021

Luxury Brand Featured on Luxury Podcast

Tom Nelson, president and CEO of Zero Halliburton, was featured in Season 4, Episode 3 of The Luxury Item, hosted by Scott Kerr, founder and president of Silvertone Consulting. The Luxury Item is a podcast on the business of luxury and the people and companies that are shaping the future of the luxury industry.

In the episode, Nelson discusses why Hollywood loves using Zero Halliburton cases in films, reinvigorating and redefining the 82-year-old heritage brand, why the new campaign targets the next generation of “individualists,” and how the pandemic forced a shift to a direct-to-consumer business. He also talks about launching new products right before the start of the pandemic and how Zero Halliburton stayed relevant with grounded travelers.

“We were thrilled by the opportunity to speak with Scott Kerr on his podcast,” said Debbie Pawigon, vice president, finance and operations. “We hope it brought people closer to Zero Halliburton and shined a spotlight on our industry.”


Posted on September 17, 2021

In Memoriam: Michael A. Esposito

Michael Esposito
Michael Esposito

Michael A. Esposito, a much-admired industry veteran, passed away on September 11, 2021, at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI. He was 76 years old.

Michael had a rewarding career in the luggage industry for over 40 years, working at Travelers Club Luggage where he was held in high regard, not only by the employees but by so many others in the travel goods industry. His dedication and devotion to work and the travel industry made him an asset to the company. In offering deepest sympathies on behalf of Travelers Club Luggage, CEO Peter Yu called Michael a wonderful human being who will “continue to be an inspiration to us all.”

Michael was the beloved husband of the late Paula Prestianni Esposito; loving father to Michael J., Christopher and Leigh Anne Esposito; brother of Terri Esposito; and loving grandfather of Benjamin. He was born on June 5, 1945, in New Haven, CT, to the late Michael J. and Josephine DeNicola Esposito. He was first and foremost a family man who led by example as well as a lover of anything golf.

“The honorable legacy that Michael Esposito leaves behind is inspirational and challenges anyone who aspires to emulate this great man,” said Yu. “He has enriched the lives of all who have had the privilege to be associated with him.”


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