Someone Please Create This Company: Travel Freely
March 15, 2013 3 Comments
Every time I travel, I think of a service I’d like to have.
In a nutshell, I really dislike packing. I’m not sure exactly why, but I think part of it is that I used to be so dirt poor, that I’d stress about forgetting something that I wouldn’t be able to afford at my destination. I’d worry that I’d forgotten something that would render the trip useless.
Of course, I can’t recall one time these fears actually came true, but nonetheless, the packing process wreaks havoc on my OCD-impacted psyche.
To ease my concerns, I’ve made a checklist of the items I usually need, along with a “best-practices” section so that I can remember lessons learned (example: waking up at 4 when a taxi is arriving at 4:30 isn’t good; wake up at 3:45 instead). Yah, I know I’m weird — but having a list seems to shave a bit of the mental anguish from the experience.
Though I’ve done it dozens of times p/year and nothing really bad ever happens, I still find myself disliking the process. Ask my wife; she’ll tell you what I go through.
So here’s the idea: What if you could pack the ideal suitcase, and ship it to a company. Let’s call them “Travel Freely”. When you make your travel arrangements, you simply send your reservation to Travel Freely, and magically, upon arriving at the hotel, your luggage is waiting with everything you need. No waiting around at the airport. No need to pack. Just click-and-go.
Opening your suitcase, you see all your favorite clothes have been cleaned, pressed, and are ready to rock.
When you’re done with your trip, you check out of the hotel and they ship it back to Travel Freely, where everything gets cleaned and replenished, awaiting your next trip.
Of course you’d have some options when you make your request, like the # of days you’ll be gone (so that the right number of shirts are available), or if you need any additional items packed (like extra Advil). These items would pull from a list of your favorite necessities and would be added with a few clicks or swipes on your iPhone.
What do you think? Am I the only one that hates packing? Is there a service like this? Would anyone use this?