It seems like at least one time every week that I see something and think, “That’s pure and simple genius, I should have thought of that!” For example, we’ve knows for centuries that filtering hot water through coffee grounds gives us coffee, but automatic drip coffee makers didn’t grace counter-tops until relatively recently. Duh. Collapsible umbrellas, pet rocks, sunglasses, even the simple spoon or fork are all examples of simple, million dollar ideas with staying power that didn’t take a super-computer to decipher.
People have traveled for business since before Orville and Wilbur invented the airplane, and they’ve required suits to do it. There are some novel ways to pack a suit (I’ve even blogged about a few) but none of them were so simple, so elegant, or as efficient as this bag that I found yesterday on the internet. Click here to see the bag in action.
Now imagine if the guy in the video actually took the time to fold the sleeves of his shirts and coat properly, just how fantastically that bag would perform! That suitcase is available for way less than $100. I happen to have found it here for less than $80 without much searching.
The Men’s Warehouse sells a suitcase built by the SkyRoll Company. It’s built on the same principal of putting your shoes in the middle and rolling (rather than folding) them up inside your suit. You can see this bag in action at SkyRoll.com. Personally, I don’t like it. I saw one in person and it’s bigger than you might think. Also, it’s not a very efficient use of space and there are lots of buckles, zippers, D-Rings, and other things to monkey with that will eventually break.
Fortunately, I don’t always have to pack a suit. This bag is cheap enough insurance though, it will be nice to have in my “luggage library” for that next three day trip that requires a full suit or at least a coat and tie.
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