Luggage & Clothing

1. Tumi Alpha 2 Backpack

How to pick a backpack for a frequent business traveler? Generally, it depends on factors such as appearance, capacity, and interlayers. In my first few years of work, I bought backpacks with moderate prices, gorgeous styles and many interlayers (which I thought was important at that time). After I switched several times, it gradually became clear that the function of interlayers was not as great as imagined. They were seldom used in practice but only added extra weight. What I really need is not a bag with multifunctional interlayers, but a lighter weight and a more reasonable design. This is very important, especially if you travel a long distance with a bag on your back or walk for half an hour in a poorly designed airport.

I am using TUMI Alpha 2 now. Its appearance is not so gorgeous (This brand has an enduring reputation for being clean, low profile and durable), but its weight is moderate, and interior space design is very scientific and clever, so all items can be placed properly. Although the price is a little steep, I plan to use it for a few more years, so it can be more cost-effective.

The T-PASS they advertised was not used much in practice, but it doesn’t matter. I still think it is a perfect backpack. The characteristics of this backpack can be roughly summarized as follows: if it is used for commuting, it is a suitable backpack; if used for frequent travel, you will notice that many of its details are perfect.

2. Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 Suitcase

Usually, a backpack is enough for one to three days of a business trip, and a suitcase is needed for more than three days. In recent years, hygiene problems in hotels are frequently exposed, now I bring my suitcase every time in order to take along a sleeping bag and wash supplies, even for a short-term trip. Since I travel from big cities to project-site in the wild, the suitcase must be strong enough to adapt to various environments, and I chose Travelpro Platinum Magna 2.

Its appearance is clean, simple and modern styling. The inner space is great, and it comes with a garment bag for the suit. It adopts a design of universal wheels, which I think are more practical than two-wheeled in the majority of cases. (Although I can’t find anything different about the MagnaTrac technology it promotes, I’m pretty sure its wheels are smooth enough). The handle is easy to push or pull, but also very strong and will not waggle when extended.

Still, I would summarize its characteristics as follows: reasonable design, smooth wheels, and excellent durability make it absolutely a good companion for your travel.

3. Columbia Newton Ridge Hiking Boot

For those leisure travelers and project-based business travelers, it is very likely to come to an area with complex environment, such as mountains, hills, wilderness, etc. Wearing a pair of ordinary sports shoes is not a wise choice. You must have a special hiking boot to ensure your safety, reliability and comfort.

This Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof hiking boot features Techlite lightweight midsole for long lasting comfort, and high energy return as well as Omni-Grip advanced traction rubber sole for slip-free movement. As for me, I regarded it as a pure work boot, found its cushioning worked so well, I wouldn’t feel tired after wearing it for a long time. And it’s high-top, which means it can protect your ankles from puncture while climbing a thorny mountain road.