Briggs & Riley Luggage – What Makes It Special?

Briggs & Riley is one of the most well-known brands in luggage and travel gear. The company was founded in 1993 but can trace it’s roots back to U.S. Luggage LLC founded in 1956. U.S. Luggage had introduced the wheeled luggage to the world with the “Rollerboard” suitcase in the late 1970s. Launched in 1993 as a subsidiary of U.S. Luggage LLC, Briggs & Riley focused on high-quality luggage. Since that time, it has been known for it’s durability, functional design and innovative features.

Here are just a few things that make it special: 


One of the standout features of Briggs & Riley bags is their exceptional durability. They are built to withstand the rigors of travel and are made from high-quality materials, such as ballistic nylon, that are resistant to wear and tear. Many Briggs & Riley bags also come with a lifetime warranty that covers damage, even if it’s caused by the airlines. 

Innovative Design

Briggs & Riley is known for its innovative design features. Their bags often include smart organizational features like compression technology to maximize packing space, garment folders to keep clothing wrinkle-free, and numerous pockets and compartments for easy organization. 

Smooth Mobility

Many Briggs & Riley bags come with high-quality wheels and a smooth handle system, making them easy to maneuver through airports and other travel environments. The brand pays attention to the ergonomics and ease of use of their luggage. 


Briggs & Riley often incorporates expansion systems into their bags, allowing you to increase the packing capacity when needed. This can be especially useful for travelers who want the flexibility to pack more items on the return journey. 

Attention to Detail

The brand is known for its meticulous attention to detail. Features like self-repairing zippers and lockable double zipper pulls contribute to the overall quality and functionality of their bags. 

Functional Warranty

Briggs & Riley offers a unique “Simple as That” lifetime warranty, which covers all functional aspects of their bags, even if they are damaged during travel. This warranty demonstrates the brand’s commitment to customer satisfaction and the quality of their products. 

Stylish and Professional

Briggs & Riley bags are designed to be both functional and stylish. They often have a sleek and professional appearance, making them suitable for business travel or any other type of trip. 

Customer Satisfaction

Many customers report high levels of satisfaction with Briggs & Riley products, praising their durability, warranty support, and overall value for the price. 

While Briggs & Riley bags tend to be on the higher end of the price spectrum, their combination of durability, functionality, and warranty support can make them a worthwhile investment for frequent travelers or those who prioritize quality and long-term use in their luggage. 

Shop our online store for Briggs & Riley or stop into our New Berlin store to see our Briggs & Riley display.

Protect Yourself With Anti-Theft Bags

Recently, I was watching an episode of, Spain Revealed, one of my favorite travel related channels on YouTube. In the episode, the two hosts were describing how they had both separately been victims of theft in their home city of Madrid. The hosts were honest about how they had fallen victim to some of the oldest tricks in the book. In each case, they had been distracted by one person while another made away with their belongings.

Anti-theft bags may not have helped the hosts. No amount of anti-theft technology can prevent you from making poor decisions with your belongings. On the other hand, anti-theft bags can make it more difficult for thieves to take advantage of you.

What are five features commonly found on anti-theft travel bags?

Locking Mechanisms

As the name implies, pick pockets do not need to steal your entire bag. More often, they target items that are on your person or within your bags. A hand dipped into an open purse can easily pull out your phone or wallet. Anti-theft travel bags often come with built-in locking mechanisms or locking zippers that are designed to deter pickpockets and prevent unauthorized access to your belongings. These locks can be combination locks, key locks, or even RFID-blocking locks.

Travelon Locking Zipper
Travelon Locking Zipper

An example of a bag with a locking mechanism is this Heritage Collection Anti-Theft Backpack by Travelon. Note how the zipper pull doubles as a clip and provides an additional level of protection.

Hidden Pockets

Outside pockets on a backpack can be an easy target for thieves. In a crowd, it may be hard for you to notice that someone is unzipping one of the pockets. A skilled thief can do so without you noticing even the slightest tug. Anti-theft bags often have hidden or discreet pockets that are not easily accessible to outsiders. These pockets are strategically placed to provide a safe and inconspicuous storage area for valuable items like passports, wallets, and smartphones.

Urban Anti-Theft Waist Pack
Urban Anti-Theft Waist Pack

This Urban Anti-Theft Waist Pack 5-Point Anti-Theft Security System features multiple pockets both inside and outside of the pack.

Slash-Resistant Materials

Most people instinctively protect their belongings by placing the bag’s strap over one shoulder, or even better, across their body. This protects their belongings from a snatch and grab theft. However, a skilled thief with a razor blade can slash the strap and pull the bag away in seconds. Anti-theft bags are often made from slash-resistant materials, such as cut-resistant fabrics or mesh layers, which make it difficult for thieves to cut through the bag with a knife or other sharp object. This prevents “slash-and-run” theft attempts.

Metrosafe X Anti-Theft Compact Crossbody by PacSafe
Metrosafe X Anti-Theft Compact Crossbody by PacSafe

The Metrosafe X Anti-Theft Compact Crossbody by PacSafe incorporates anti-slash technology in the strap as well as the bag material.

RFID Blocking Technology

Not every thief is after your personal belongings. Some are after your personal information. The same systems that make electronic storage and payments so convenient can make it easier for thieves to obtain your information. Many anti-theft bags have RFID-blocking compartments to prevent electronic theft of personal information from credit cards, passports, and other RFID-enabled items. RFID blocking technology can also be found in smaller items such as wallets and passport cases. This technology protects against RFID skimming, where thieves can remotely steal your card information.

Leather RFID Blocking ID Passcase by Osgoode Marley
Leather RFID Blocking ID Passcase by Osgoode Marley

An example of RFID blocking technology is this Leather RFID Blocking ID Passcode by Osgoode Marley.

Convertible Designs

Not every anti-theft bag is right for every situation. During your travels, you may be waiting in line, walking through a crowd, or sitting at an open air restaurant – all within the same hour. Some bags can be converted from backpacks to crossbody bags or tote bags, providing versatility and adaptability to different situations and travel modes.

Anti-Theft Addison Convertible Belt Bag by Travelon
Anti-Theft Addison Convertible Belt Bag by Travelon

An example of a convertible design is the Anti-Theft Addison Convertible Belt Bag by Travelon. This bag easily converts from a belt bag to a cross body bag.

Whatever your needs, Traveling Bags has the anti-theft technology you need to give  you peace of mind during your travel adventures. Visit our online store for more details or stop by our store if you are in the Milwaukee area.

Hard or Soft Which Type of Luggage should you Choose?

Soft-sided luggage, typically made of durable fabrics such as ballistic nylon or polyester, has its advantages. It is often lighter in weight, making it easier to maneuver and carry. Soft-sided suitcases also tend to have more exterior pockets and compartments, allowing for better organization and easy access to belongings. Additionally, these bags have some degree of flexibility, which can be beneficial when trying to fit them into tight spaces or overhead compartments on planes.

On the other hand, hard-sided luggage, often constructed from materials like polycarbonate or ABS plastic, offers its own unique advantages. Firstly, hard-sided suitcases are often more durable and resistant to wear and tear. They are less prone to scratches, dents, and damage caused by rough handling during travel. This durability makes them a popular choice for frequent travelers or those who want to protect fragile items. Hard-sided luggage also tends to be more water-resistant, providing an extra layer of protection for belongings in case of rain or spills.

When it comes to security, hard-sided luggage may have an edge. The rigid structure and built-in locks make it more difficult for unauthorized access or theft. However, it’s worth noting that many soft-sided options now come with added security features such as lockable zippers or hidden compartments.

In terms of storage capacity, both types of luggage are designed to maximize space. However, the flexible nature of soft-sided suitcases often allows for a bit more flexibility in packing and squeezing in extra items.

Ultimately, choosing between soft-sided and hard-sided luggage depends on personal preferences and travel needs. Consider factors such as the type of travel, destinations, and transportation methods involved. If durability and sturdy protection are a priority, hard-sided luggage might be the way to go. On the other hand, if you value flexibility, lightweight design, and accessibility, soft-sided luggage may be the better choice.

Travelpro Platinum Elite Hard Side vs Soft Side Luggage
Soft Side Luggage

Soft and flexible to a point, can be squished a little to fit into tight spaces

Usually Packs easier

Scratches are less visible
Can be cut

All your items on one side of the bag when packing/unpacking.  With some storage on cover/lid

pockets and compartments on the outside of bag for more flexibility and organization Lightweight durable   Colors can be limited

Generally more expansion options

More size, shape, and feature options
Soft Side Luggage

Soft and flexible to a point, can be squished a little to fit into tight spaces

Usually Packs easier

Scratches are less visible
Can be cut

All your items in one of bag.  With some storage on cover/lid

pockets and compartments on the outside of bag for more flexibility and organization Lightweight durable   Colors can be limited

Generally more expansion options

More size, shape, and feature options

Finding Us During Moorland Road Construction

The project coordinators have shut down the road (Howard Ave.) that normally goes to our business.

Although they are pouring concrete and making progress it will still be some time until complete. It will remain hard to find us if you are using a GPS / Phone device to get directions because they are making changes on a weekly basis.

We are working on making it easier. Please Watch for our Signs to help point the way. We will try to have yard signs on National as well as around the parking lot to help you find us and Latitudes Travel. Watch for the and just follow the arrows until you see the Flags.

Yes, we also have installed giant tall flag banners by the driveway.

Below is a map to help you with an alternative access route off from National Avenue, East of Moorland Rd. which will show you the best route to us. Remember National is closed westbound at Coffee Road so you have to detour.

New Location Now Open

Traveling Bags has moved to our new location at 3830 S. Moorland Rd. in New Berlin, Wisconsin.

Our new store is three times the size of our previous store. More space means more great bags and accessories. We’ve added or expanded our stock of many of our most popular brands. In addition to an expanded Briggs & Riley display, you’ll find a larger selection of Ricardo, WallyBags, Eddie Bauer, Travelon, Osgoode Marley and much more. Our expanded selection of accessories includes everything from TSA approved locks to power adapters to money belts.

We share our new location with Latitudes Travel making our new store the only place you need visit if you want to travel better.

Unfortunately, getting to our new store may be a bit tricky for the next few months. Moorland Road is under construction and the intersection of Moorland and National is currently closed. Here is an update on the best way to reach the store.

Customer Service

Call Us: 414-817-0222

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Traveling Bags
3830 S. Moorland Rd.
Suite C
New Berlin, WI 53151

Phone: 414-817-0222

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