US 20060065500 A1
A collapsible, featherweight travel bag and method of using the same, wherein said travel bag collapses into a pocket that is preferably embedded into the bag or that is embodied in a separate carry case.
1. I claim a featherweight travel bag.
2. A featherweight travel bag unit comprising:
(a) A plurality of surfaces fixedly connected to one another forming a featherweight travel bag;
(b) a handle means fixedly connected to a top side of said featherweight travel bag;
(c) a fastening means featured on said featherweight travel bag for opening and closing said travel bag.
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15. A featherweight travel bag unit and carrying case wherein:
(a) a featherweight travel bag and carrying case are in the range of 2 to 12 ounces in weight; and,
(b) an expanded volume of said featherweight travel bag is in the range of 270 cubic inches to 25,920 cubic inches.
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20. A method of preparing a featherweight travel bag and carrying case for storage comprising the steps of:
(a) Flattening a travel bag so that respective top edges of a first end and a second end fold toward one another;
(b) Folding said travel bag along a first midline;
(c) Folding said travel bag along a second midline;
(d) Folding said travel bag along a third midline;
(e) Folding said travel bag along a fourth midline; and,
(f) Inserting said folded travel bag into a carry case.
This application claims priority from provisional patent application No. 60/613,367.
1. Field of Invention
This application claims priority from provisional patent application No. 60/613,367. The present invention relates to the field of collapsible travel bags.
2. Description of Prior Art
There are a variety of luggage and travel bags on the market. In the realm of luggage and travel, the consuming public is constantly looking for a product that is strong, lightweight, collapsible and easy to use. In the industry of travel bags, convenience and ease of use are of paramount importance. Many improvements have been made, and are commonly seen in airports, for instance, the numerous models of overnight suitcases carried by travelers, bearing wheels and telescoping handles. While numerous improvements such as these have been made in the luggage industry, a constant dilemma of travelers is how to transport the greatest possible weight of luggage, while staying within the carry-on and baggage limits of most commercial carriers.
Every traveler's nightmare is the situation when a flight desk check-in clerk or flight attendant tells a traveler that a given bag is too full or bulky, or that constraints of a particular cabin will require repacking, checking, or leaving behind a particular travel bag. Given the infinitely confusing array of travel restrictions on dimensions, weight and the number of bags that can be carried on to a plane, this nightmare all too frequently comes true. The traveler, who is frequently already at the airport, bus or ferry terminal is faced with the dilemma of what to do with the extra three pounds of socks, sweaters, gifts, etc. Should the excess be mailed home? Should a new suitcase be purchased? Is a different flight required? Does the traveler check the carry-on as an extra check-in luggage, thus depriving him or herself of personal items typically placed in carry-on during the voyage? These problems are all too common.
There is also a constant problem of how to negotiate a return trip with gifts and treasures acquired on a trip, particularly if the suitcases were already full on the original flight. Most consumers loathe the idea of traveling with an empty suitcase in hand, much less the prospect of buying a new overpriced suitcase at the destination or the airport, but there are very few alternatives for today's traveler. Short of walking around with an unsightly garbage bag (that tears), purchasing a new suitcase, or mailing home expensive packages, there are no readily available solutions.
Additionally, with present luggage technology, there is a problem with collapsibility. An extra suitcase is not only irritating to carry while traveling, but it also means that a consumer is forced to find a place to store the extra suitcase when not in use, thus depriving the owner of valuable closet or attic space.
The present invention offers an alternative to traveling consumers—a collapsible travel bag that is elegant in style and function.
Accordingly, it is the objective of the present invention to provide a featherweight collapsible travel bag that is easy to store and yet strong enough to carry an appreciable amount of luggage.
It is a further object of the present invention to provide a featherweight travel bag that may be stored in a traveler's existing luggage in case the need arises for an extra suitcase.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a featherweight travel bag that may be stored in the user's home, office or apartment with minimal use of space.
It is a further object of the present invention to provide a featherweight travel bag that is resistant to tearing and the stresses of commercial travel.
It is yet another object of the present invention to provide a featherweight travel bag that is made of material without excess metal or materials that would cause unnecessary security concerns at travel checkpoints.
It is still a further object of the present invention to provide a featherweight travel bag that is relatively inexpensive, and while durable, not so precious that the user would be concerned of disposing of the travel bag.
It is still a further object of the present invention to employ fabric materials in construction of the featherweight travel bag that are both strong and light.
Other objectives of the invention will become apparent to those skilled in the art once the invention has been shown and described.
The manner in which these objectives and other desirable characteristics can be obtained is explained in the following description and attached drawings in which:
It is to be noted, however, that the appended drawings illustrate only typical embodiments of this invention and are therefore not to be considered limiting of its scope, for the invention may admit to other equally effective embodiments.
The featherweight travel bag 1 also is shown with handle means 9 which are fixedly connected to the top side 7. Typically, the handle means 9 are sewn to top side 7, and forming looping handles typical of many commercially available duffel bags, including but not limited to those made from nylon. The handle means 7 depicted in
The featherweight travel bag 1 and a plurality of its side surfaces are preferably fixedly connected to one another by sewing. The travel bag 1 is made from exceptionally light fabrics that are adapted to this type of connection. However, it should be noted that multiple surfaces could be formed from a single congruous piece of fabric. For instance, it is contemplated that the top side 7, second side 6, bottom 2 and first side 5 depicted could be formed from one piece of fabric, with the respective surfaces defined by sewing on edges of the first end 3 and second end 4. While
A primary functionality of the featherweight travel bag 1 is its collapsibility, therefore, exceptionally lightweight, strong materials must be used in its construction. While nylon, cotton and polyester blend fabrics can work, featherweight travel bag 1 is preferably made of fabric that is high-density polyethylene fiber. One such group of suitable fabrics are those made by DuPont corporation and sold under the trademarks TYVEK® and KENSEL®. Particularly suitable for the present invention are TYVEK® products sold under the TYPE 14 TYVEK® and TYPE 16 TYVEK® trademarks. These fabrics offer particularly well-suited characteristics for water resistance, tear resistance, softness, low weight, breathability and mildew resistance. Other such fabrics would include those sold by DuPont under the 1460®, Reflektra® and Supra® trademarks.
An important feature of the present invention is the small size of the carry case 12, which paradoxically contains a featherweight travel bag 1 that expands to a large size. The featherweight travel bag 1 shown expands to 20 inches long, 18 inches wide and 9 inches tall. The present carry case 12 depicted is seven inches in width by 8 inches in length. When filled with the folded featherweight travel bag 1 shown it is still less than 1.5 inches in height, thus making the travel bag 1 extremely versatile and easy to store in suitcases, closets, etc. Furthermore, the featherweight travel bag 1 and carry case 12 depicted together weigh only 3.3 ounces. The featherweight travel bag 1 depicted is only 3.0 ounces. While these are the specific dimensions of the Figures depicted, it is contemplated that the combined featherweight travel bag 1 and carry case 12 will fall in the range of 2.0 to 12 ounces in weight. The featherweight travel bag 1 by itself may be in the range of between 1.0 and 11.5 ounces in weight. It is further contemplated that the carry case 12 component of the invention could have a range of volumes (L×W×H) in the range of 4.5 cubic inches to 300 cubic inches. It is further contemplated that the expanded volume of the featherweight travel bag 1 may be in the range of 270 cubic inches to 25,920 cubic inches (based on L×W×H in expanded form).
It is understood that each of the elements described above, or two or more together may also find a useful application in other types of methods differing from the type described above. While certain novel features of this invention have been shown and described, it is not intended to be limited to the details above, since it will be understood that various omissions, modifications, substitutions and changes in the forms and details of the device illustrated and in its operation can be made by those skilled in the art without departing in any way from the spirit of the invention.