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Selecting a bag to meet travel requirements

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Travelling has become a part of our lives, whether it is for business or pleasure, and we are constantly looking for the most convenient option out there. Most people will agree that one of the most convenient ways of travelling is by airplanes as it saves you precious time, says Renier Smit, Everki brand manager Rectron.When travelling for quick business meetings it is a lot easier to just take your luggage on the flight with you as hand luggage. That way people do not have to go through the process of having to check in their luggage and wait for it when they arrive at their destination. They can just walk off the plane and straight out of the airport.

For any business traveller, who travel from one meeting to the next, there are a number of frustrations that come with frequent travel – delays at security checkpoints, bulky and uncomfortable-to-carry hand luggage and damaged gadgets just to name a few.

However, earlier this year, the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) started enforcing new hand luggage restrictions at airports throughout the country. Economy class passengers are now restricted to one bag and one slimline laptop bag (accommodating a laptop and its charger, does not have wheels, and can be carried by hand or over the shoulder).

The weight limit per bag is 7kg and no bag shall exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23 cm for a total dimension of 115cm including handles and wheels. Fortunately, a woman’s handbag or man’s satchel are classified as part of dress code and are exempt from the new regulations.

So should you be concerned that you have to leave some of your valuable technology behind when going on a trip? The short answer is no.

Thanks to the range of Everki checkpoint-friendly laptop bags, you can head to the airport with the peace of mind that you are safe to travel without restrictions or having to pay penalties. There are ten models in the range so whether you have an ultrabook or an 18,4-inch desktop replacement, Everki has an option for you.

Take the Concept premier laptop backpack as an example. It is one of the company’s most feature-rich products to date and is the culmination of two years of research and development into what travellers need. It features large zippers, a leather handle, and durable, water-repellent materials.

Its laptop compartment fits machines up to 17,3-inch and also features two large, zippered compartments, each strategically laid out to maximise space and functionality. Both these are outfitted with separate slots and pockets perfect for portable USB devices and other small and medium-sized items. The Concept also incorporates the Everki corner-guard protection system, which provides added padding to the areas laptop manufacturers have cited as the most frequently damaged.

If you prefer a travel briefcase, then the Flight might be the answer for you. It is rugged enough for the road warrior yet sleek enough for the professional. The Flight features a felt-lined 16-inch laptop compartment that opens a full 180-degrees and allows the bag to pass quickly and easily through the airport x-ray scanner without having to remove the laptop. So you no longer have to worry about the hassle of going through security and can get through the boarding process as quickly as possible.

So do not let the new travel restrictions for hand luggage frustrate you. The Everki line of products is available in South Africa through exclusive distributor, Rectron, and can be purchased on e-commerce sites including Takealot.com and Loot.co.za. All products are backed up by Everki’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and world-class customer service.