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Things to Remember Before Buying Luggage and Travel Bags

A travel bag should be your trusted companion for years to come.
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For many, traveling securely means having your guard up, being street smart, and keeping your valuables in check. While those pointers still apply, it’s also good to update your travel bags and luggage every so often—and more than just for aesthetic reasons.

Luggage and travel bags have a come a long way in recent years, especially with the inclusion of modern technology in the very construction of the bag. This has extended to the addition of security features which help ensure you’re kept safe from identity fraud or credit card theft.

With all the travel bag options on the market, we’ve rounded up some unique and useful features that will help you travel with ease.

1. RFID

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. It’s an electromagnetic method to transmit data that is used in everything from credit cards to passports and even pet collars. Criminals can simply use a scanning device that can steal data without you even knowing. To counter this, several travel brands have products that have built-in RFID-blocking materials. Products can range from simple sleeves, passport holders, belt bags, and wallets.


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Samsonite RFID Zip Close Travel Wallet, Rustan's Makati, Rustan's Gateway, Rustan's Alabang Town Center, Eastwood Mall, The Podium, and Mall of Asia


Pacsafe RFIDsafe TEC Bifold Wallet, Rustan's, Urbanize, Travel Club, and PACSAFE Glorietta 5, SM Mall of Asia, The Block SM North Edsa, and SM Seaside Cebu

2. Anti-Theft

A number of bags are marketed as sturdy, but most can't escape the efforts of a skilled thief. Slashing bags remains a big issue for international travelers, but anti-theft features prevent just that with the use of slashguard technology. These features can extend to metal mesh lined straps, zipper locks, as well as cable or security hooks that prevent pickpockets from compromising your bag.


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Quiksilver x Pacsafe QUIKSAFE 40L Carryon, P10,690, Rustan's, Urbanize, Travel Club, and PACSAFE Glorietta 5, SM Mall of Asia, The Block SM North Edsa, and SM Seaside Cebu


Pacsafe Venturesafe X18 Backpack, P6,750, Rustan's, Urbanize, Travel Club, and PACSAFE Glorietta 5, SM Mall of Asia, The Block SM North Edsa, and SM Seaside Cebu

3. USB Port

Lugging around a powerbank in your hand-held bag adds unnecessary weight that can stress you out in the long run. These days, “smart-luggage” pieces have the added feature of integrated charging ports so you can charge phones and tablets while at the airport or on-the-go.


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Samsonite Spinner Underseater with USB Port, Rustan's Makati, Rustan's Gateway, Rustan's Alabang Town Center, Eastwood Mall, The Podium, and Mall of Asia

4. Electronic Tag

RIMOWA’s Electronic Tag redefines travel by letting you check-in your luggage right from your home. Instead of the typical airline label, a digital tag on the side of the suitcase transmits data through the use of an iPhone airline app. Currently, Lufthansa, EVA Air, SWISS, and Austrian are partnered with RIMOWA.


RIMOWA Salsa Multiwheel® Electronic Tag 87.0L Suitcase, Adora Greenbelt 5, Power Plant Mall, Shangri-La Plaza, Newport Mall, Glorietta 4, and City of Dreams

5. Checkpoint-Friendly

If you’re tired of pulling out your laptop at the checkpoint then this feature is worth a look. Checkpoint-friendly bags decrease your time at the TSA by eliminating the need to take out your laptop. This is done by creating a laptop-only sleeve that flatly unfolds on the X-ray belt. Aside from that, checkpoint-friendly bags have no zippers, metal snaps, and buckles.

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TUMI T-Pass® Medium Screen Laptop Slim Brief, Greenbelt 5, Bonifacio High Street Central, Ayala Center Cebu, The Travel Club, and Rustan's

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