Travel Tips and Packing Lists

Lose Your Travel Weight with Eagle Creek!

At Eagle Creek, we've been obsessed with making lighter and lighter bags since the day we opened our doors. We're all travelers here. We know the “joy” of sprinting from Gate A3 to Gate Q36 to make a connecting flight.

We know that every inch, ounce and pound counts. That's why we're here to help you shed those pounds, feel better about your luggage, and give you the confidence to take your shirt off at the airport. (OK, maybe not that last one.)

The key to a great piece of gear is that it be light as a feather but tough enough to handle the security screener checking your boarding pass. A perfect example of that is the EC Adventure Upright 22.

The EC Adventure Upright 22 checks in at an amazing 7lbs. 2oz. It's one of the lightest wheeled uprights in the world. But it's also one of the mightiest. It's built with 600D Poly Ripstop, 600D Helix™ Oxford, and 1260D Helix™ Ballistic. It has a rugged kick plate, and at 22 inches, meets almost all U.S. airline carry-on requirements.

Another great bag is the Tarmac 20 Wide Body. It's built tough, looks great, and fits perfectly in the overhead bin. With it's stylish, yet rugged exterior you can wheel this baby down the catwalks of Milan and over the pock marked roads of Belize without thinking twice. All Eagle Creek luggage is built tough but also lightweight so you can rumble in the jungle with nary a thought of what's in your luggage.

Here are some pretty simple rules we recommend you follow to keep your back happy.

Bulky clothes are bulky because they're heavy and take up a lot of room - two things to avoid at all costs so leave the cable knit sweaters at home with the brandy snifters and instead pack layers of lightweight clothes. Color coordinate so you have multiple options and scale back the accessories to a bare minimum. You'll ultimately stay warmer, have more choices, and save both space and weight inside your gear.

While it can be enticing to pack your bags as full as can be, keep in mind the airlines do have weight restrictions. Most U.S. airlines allow 40 pounds for a carry-on bag and 50 pounds for a checked bag. Some restrictions might even be tighter for any second or third bags, so check directly with your airline before heading to the airport.

Like everything else about travel, the rules are much stricter now. Luggage is weighed at check-in and some airports even have bag "sizers." If you're over the limit, chances are you'll rack up some unexpected fees. Shedding a few pounds is easier than you think. With ample travel and a steady diet of Eagle Creek, you can be on your way to becoming a lighter, happier, more confident traveler in no time.