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2011 Travel Goods Show Recap

The 2011 Travel Goods Show was held March 6th – 8th at the McCormick Place Exposition Center in Chicago, IL. It is one of the largest convention venues in the country, which is fitting because this year the largest travel goods show and the largest home and housewares show combined to make a very busy few days!

Our booth was looking just as snazzy as usual. Once the show began there were of course people in the picture…

Karen found a friend along the way. Even bedbugs can use an extra hand while traveling!

If your hotel has bedbugs this big, you've really got a problem...

And there of course were new and interesting products to check out. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Shelves-To-Go: The name says it all. Just hang in your closet at home and pack your belongings into the shelves. Then take the whole thing and put it into your suitcase. When you arrive at your destination, just re-hang and you’re all set!

  • Trunco bag by Balanzza: The industry’s first “modular carry-on.” The unit is made up of smaller parts that can un-snap to fit the space available on the airplane. Find you have to gate-check your bag at the last minute? Just click off the laptop piece to bring with you and you can gate-check without worry. Only a little overhead room left? Part of the bag can go up in the overhead bin, while the rest can stow by your feet to give your legs as much space as possible.
  • Back2you luggage tags and labels: Each tag or label has a serial number for traceability. You enter your contact information in their database, and if your items ever come up lost they will notify you and reunite you and your possessions! Made of heavy-duty stainless steel, these are definitely recommended for frequent travelers. No need to rely on the airlines – take tracing into your own hands.
  • Hadaki e-book and i-pad wraps from Kalencom: For the technology-lovers, these wraps offer style, protection, and a built-in stand. Hadaki always has drool-worthy patterns and designs, and these wraps are no exception.

    Hadaki iPad Wrap

  • Travel BlanKid from Cabeau: The winner of the TGA Show’s Buzz Award is a four-in-one travel companion for children: backpack, blanket, travel pillow, and “animal buddy.” Three animal choices: Makemba the Monkey, Pailou the Panda, and Lula the Ladybug. Anything that can make traveling with children easier is always a hit!

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