Bloor & Better ways to travel

Summer means travel. Travel means packing. And you know what packing means.

So does Winston Ho, owner of Bonny Satchels ’N’ Duffles on the concourse level of Manulife Centre. He talked to us about some of the more common packing problems and what he has in the store to solve them.

 

The Backpack Mess
The day you leave for Europe, everything’s neatly folded and perfectly organized. A week later, it’s a disaster: like, underwear-in-shirtsleeves kind of disaster.

Winston’s solution: The cube set
This is a simple three-pouch system for anything you want to keep together. It’s sized for socks, underwear and tees; and it’s fabric so it takes up almost no extra space.

Photograph of an orange backpack

 

The Extra Fees
There you are on the floor of the airport, frantically moving stuff from one suitcase to another trying to get them both underweight. Kind of reminds us of this scene from “Die Hard 3”.

Winston’s solution: Rimowa suitcases
Even with a handle system and four wheels, these are the lightest suitcases in the world, giving you more than enough leeway for another pair of shoes. It’s also an easier suitcase to pull in and out of storage.

 

The Storage Dilemma
Traditional suitcases are easily stackable but bulky. Duffle bags take up no space, but they’re messy. Either way, if you live in a small apartment with very little closet space, both are awkward.

Winston’s solution: The Rolling Duffel Bag
It combines the ease of a suitcase with the malleability of a duffle bag, and when you’re not using it, the whole thing folds up into a little bag you can place neatly (or toss) in the back of the closet.

Photograph of a rolling duffle bag in its case