1. Media interest from Russia

    2011/03/06 by admin

    Click here to see the article. It is also pasted below. The best thing about the article is that they like the idea of zerobaggage. However much of the information, many translations and second hand sources, is not accurate but the point is this:

    “Людям нравится идея бизнеса, поэтому стоит задуматься о ее тиражировании и в других странах. // People like the idea of (this) business, so you should think about its replication in other countries.”

    Thanks Russia! (more…)


  2. Reforma Newspaper Article – Mexico City (text below)

    2010/02/25 by admin

    This article came from a request from Sergio Zepeda de Alba, of Reforma Newspaper in Mexico City. We had a lovely telephone conversation and this article is the result.

    Adiós a los kilos extras

    Renta ropa a través de la red y recíbela en tu hotel para cargar con casi nada Sergio Zepeda de Alba Voló entre Canadá y Holanda na- da más con su equipaje de mano. Cuando Catharine MacIntosh se preparaba para abandonar Ho- landa, en el 2007, los elementos de seguridad del aeropuerto la re- tuvieron por 20 minutos: no po- dían creer que hubiera pasado 10 días sólo con una maletita. En esa ocasión, una amiga holandesa le había prestado la mayoría de su ropa, y mientras estaba detenida Catharine pensó que sería perfecto si todos pudie- ran viajar con poco equipaje.

    “Vi a todos esperar en la fila, registrar sus maletas y recogerlas después… Nadie estaba pensando en otra posibilidad”, relata la dise- ñadora residente de Toronto.

    Luego de barajar ideas du- rante unos días, creó Zerobaggage, un portal en internet que en noviembre de 2010 permitirá a los viajeros rentar y comprar ropa en distintas ciudades por sólo una fracción del costo original. Los usuarios se registrarán gratis en el sitio y buscarán en una tienda virtual la ropa, nueva o usa- da, que se ajuste a sus necesidades. Una vez que lleguen a la ciudad, podrán pasar por ella a la tienda o los encargados de la pá- gina la entregarán en el hotel. Para quienes crean que su armario no basta, zerobagge.com también será un clóset virtual.

    “Si viajas frecuentemente a ciertas ciudades, guarda algunas cosas en nuestro casillero, avísa- nos cuándo arribarás y nos ase- guraremos de que tus artículos estén limpios y listos en tu habi- tación”, se lee en el portal. Catharine compara su idea con aplicaciones como Zimride, que se usa para compartir autos, y con redes sociales como Facebook.

    “Mi visión es que los viajeros y mochileros que están a gusto con este modelo de préstamo tam- bién puedan conectarse con otros perfiles de Zerobaggage. Si voy a Ámsterdam y ahí hay dos muje- res que son de mi tamaño y pe- so aproximado, podré compartir con ellas”, ejemplifica. Además, dos personas en la misma ciudad podrían ponersed Lleva lo menos posible, y ahorra tiempo, dinero y esfuerzo. de acuerdo para tener un vestua- rio mucho más completo.

    Pero no se trata de vivir de pres- tado. Los viajeros también podrán estrenar guardarropa cada que vayan a un destino Zerobaggage.

    Un vestido de 600 dólares, por ejemplo, podría adquirirse por sólo 150, con la ventaja de que no hay que regresar con el bul- to de regreso. Cuando los viaje- ros lleguen al hotel, la ropa esta- rá en su habitación y cuando par- tan, el personal de Zerobaggage la recogerá.

    Al devolver las prendas recién estrenadas, otros podrán hacer uso de ellas por un costo mucho menor. Catharine argumenta que si el tiempo de vida de una pren- da es mayor, su costo disminuirá.

    “Antes, o podías comprar un traje nuevo de mil 200 dólares o no podías. Con Zerobaggage pue- des pedir artículos ‘prestados’ por una tarifa mucho menor y no tie- nes que ser dueño de ellas: esto te permite ser más, con menos”, ex- plica en su portal.

    Aunque Catharine ha plan- teado su página para funcionar en dos ciudades: Toronto (Canadá) y Gold Coast (Australia) la idea es sumar el mayor número de des- tinos posible, desde Dublín (Irlan- da) hasta Dubai (Emiratos Árabes).


  3. Pack Lighter and Save Money by Renting

    2010/01/15 by admin

    Only go hiking once a year? Think you won’t need that expensive digital camera after your once-in-a-lifetime trip? Don’t really want to invest in a snowsuit for your biannual ski trip? Instead of buying all the expensive equipment you need for a trip, rent it.

    Over the past few weeks I’ve discovered you can rent nearly anything, from the obvious to the obscure. Renting is not only a good alternative to packing, it’s also a great way to try the latest gear and gadgets before you buy them.

    I’ve divided rentable items into categories, including entertainment, electronics, car items, camping and hiking equipment, clothing, baby items, bikes, pets, and places. However, this is just a sampling of what’s available. Sites such as Rentoid, erento, and iLetYou all have slogans that center around a “rent anything” principle.

    Entertainment

    InMotion Entertainment has stores at major airports across the country, including Chicago, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, and Tampa. You can rent portable DVD players and DVDs and then return them to any InMotion location, or ship them back in a prepaid envelope.

    There’s also Redbox, the large red boxes filled with DVDs available for rent. More and more are popping up at airports, but if you’re heading away for a long period of time with no Redbox to return your movie to, you may end up paying more than you’d like.

    Libraries provide a free source of entertainment, including books, CDs, DVDs, and magazines. Oftentimes, if you’re not taking out newly released material, you can extend your due date and avoid any overdue fines. It’s also handy to photocopy pages out of travel guides that may help you on your trip.

    Electronics

    You may not want to pay the monthly bill for an iPhone, but they’re pretty darn handy to have while travelling. That’s where iphoneTrip can help. This site allows you to rent an iPhone for your trip, so you have all those cool features like maps, translators, and flight trackers that can keep a vacation running smoothly.

    RentCell offers phones, and also has GPS and laptop rentals. For video and digital camera rentals, erento has a variety of options, including accessories such as tripods and lenses.

    Car Items

    Car rental companies usually offer items such as ski racks, GPS devices, and car seats for children. Budget has a list of products that will help make your trip easier and offers items such as iPod car charges and MP3 accessories at no extra charge.

    Camping and Hiking Equipment

    REI, a national retailer of outdoor gear, has stores in 28 states. Each store offers equipment rentals, outfitting you with everything from tents, backpacks, and sleeping bags to skis, snowshoes, and paddling and mountaineering gear.

    Lower Gear has similar rentals, but also rents navigational, cooking, and hydration gear, in addition to offering accessories such as lanterns, trekking poles, and multi-use pocket tools. Check with local shops to see if hiking shoes are available for rent.

    Clothing

    The concept of travelling light is nothing new to Catharine MacIntosh, founder of zerobaggage, who believes “lightness and ease of mobility are a traveler’s best friend.”

    When zerobaggage services become available in Toronto this November, you’ll be able to virtually select items to borrow, and find them waiting in your hotel room, essentially allowing you to travel sans luggage, or with the bare essentials. MacIntosh sees the service as being available to travelers on any budget, since users can select from both new and gently used clothing. And travelers can save not just space, but money too: “We also expect the cost to be less than or equal to the alternative of shipping one’s own luggage, buying things new, or paying for checked luggage.”

    A number of companies offer cold-weather clothing at ski destinations. Goldsmith’s Board House in Big Bear Lake, California; Gravity Jones Ski Werks in Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado; Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock, North Carolina; and Whistler Winter Wear in Whistler, Canada, all provide snow gear rentals if you’re looking to go skiing, but don’t want to bring a snowsuit home. Edge 2 Edge in the U.K. and France has similar services and offers free collection/drop-off at Gatwick or Heathrow airports in London.

    Perform a quick Internet search to find shops at your destination that may offer winter clothing rentals. Even if you aren’t skiing, you can always rent a winter coat to keep warm.

    Beyond the benefit of not lugging a heavy bag through airports, MacIntosh notes borrowing clothing “stimulates the local economy and provides an opportunity for deeper, more meaningful social and cultural exchange” in addition to having a positive social and environmental impact. She describes it as a “shift to ‘less is more.’”

    Baby Items

    Traveling with wee ones may not be the easiest thing to do, but the daunting list of necessary items you’ll need shouldn’t stop you from getting away. BabiesTravelLite features a list of baby equipment rentals by location, including both domestic and international destinations. In addition to its guide to traveling with youngsters, BabiesTravelLite delivers diapers, meals, toys, and other items to your home or destinations worldwide.

    Other websites offer similar delivery services for lighter travel, including JetSetBabies, and BabyPlays, which offers toys for rent.

    Bikes

    Just because you can’t pack one doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy a leisurely ride on your trip.
    Bikes are available for rent in tons of European cities through bike sharing programs, with cities in the U.S. slowly catching on to the trend. Renting a bicycle is an affordable way to see a city, and an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint. Clear Channel Outdoors manages several programs including SmartBike in Washington, D.C., as well as services in France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, and Norway.

    The BIXI Public Bike System in Montreal is making its way to London and Boston, while European programs include Villo! in Brussels, Velib’ (website in French with a downloadable informational file in English) in Paris, OYBike in the United Kingdom, Call a Bike in several German cities, City Bikes in Stockholm, bycyklen in Copenhagen, and BikeMi in Milan, among others.

    Many programs have 24-hour, one week, one month, and one year rental fees, while some have by-the-hour options. Bikes in Copenhagen are free, requiring a coin deposit that you get back when you return the bike. Search for a local bicycle shop if the city you’re visiting doesn’t have a bike sharing program, or if the program is seasonal, as in Stockholm and Copenhagen.

    Pets

    Miss your furry companion? While you can stuff Fluffy into a cage and bring her on vacation, rules on where pets can and cannot go may limit your experience. Cat Cafe Calico (the official website is in Japanese) in Tokyo allows you to snuggle up to Mittens and Whiskers while sipping a latte for around $10.

    Places

    Okay, so a place isn’t something you can pack, but it is possible to rent your own island. Private Islands Online features locations off the coasts of Maine, Tanzania, Australia, and everywhere in between, including a listing I found for $945 per week in the British Virgin Islands.

    HouseCarers provides opportunities for house-sitting jobs, so you can truly get to know a place by living in it, while providing security and/or pet care for the home’s owner. The catch with this website is you have to pay $45 per year to list your name on the site as a potential care taker, and you may have to spend time building your reputation as a reliable house sitter.

    More Ways to Pack Light

    While renting is a tempting way to avoid checked-bag fees, it may take awhile to feel comfortable leaving home with only the bare necessities.

    If the thought of renting items makes you hesitate, there are still ways for you to pack light and avoid checking baggage. MacIntosh says, “The key to travelling light is knowing oneself well and bringing what I call crossover items that can have multiple purposes.” She suggests “taking the time to sit and write down each day of your trip and what you might want or need for each day” to figure out what’s best to bring. Packing light is about “getting rid of excess, not going without.”

    Do you have a rental website or store you rely on? What kinds of items have successfully rented or would consider renting? Share your thoughts, experiences, and advice by submitting a comment below!

    January 15, 2010 12:08 pm by Kate Sitarz

    Read original article.


  4. Czechoslovakian Article on zerobaggage: Cestování bez oblečení

    2009/12/04 by admin

    Nebaví vás přenášet těžká zavazadla na letištích, v autobusech a vlacích po celém svět? Zdá se vám drahé s nimi létat?

    Kanadská ponikatelka Catherine Macintoshová vám od toho odpomůže. Zřídila celosvětovou službu půjčování oblečení Zerobaggage.

    Prostřednictvím jejích webových stránek si vyberete z katalogu, co chcete v cílové destinaci na sobě nosit, určíte termín a místo pobytu a oblečení na vás počká v hotelu.


  5. TechVibes Inverview with Karim Kanji

    2009/11/29 by admin

    Luggage-free travel with zerobaggage

    When I was first introduced to Catharine MacIntosh the first thing that came to me was how passionate she was about her business. Ms. MacIntosh is not a person who sees things as they are and complains. She takes action. And she took action. That action resulted in the idea for zerobaggage.

    zerobaggage is not just another Web 2.0 company, but an idea that technology, innovation, and eco-consiousness can merge together to create a positive difference. zerobaggage offers travellers the opportunity to travel without the hassle of baggage. Imagine travelling with only your carry-on? This is the future that people like Ms. MacIntosh are working to make happen.

    Here is my conversation with zerobaggage founder, Catharine MacIntosh.

    Catharine, tell us a little bit about the reason you saw a need for an idea like zerobaggage?

    Old business models are generally based on consumption with planned obsolescence ensuring the repurchase of items and continuation of the cycle. However, this is a closed cycle in which items are purchased, used and discarded. Currently the world is collectively coming to a point where the waste generated is becoming a monumental problem, resulting in a polluted environment and the depletion of essential resources.

    Why specifically target the travel industry?

    zerobaggage is an idea ignited by observing the waste and inefficiencies of travel as it is connected to checked passenger luggage. With the cost of fuel having decreased from its high a year ago the urgency of changing the way we travel has lessened in North America. In Europe and Australia environmental concerns have made the need for efficiency to remain in the foreground. Ryan Air (a British based airline) no longer allows passenger checked luggage on flights and in-cabin carry-on is limited to 8kg per passenger or charged at nine Euro per extra kilogram. In Australia many economy domestic flights do not allow checked passenger luggage. However, in both these cases there is no magic button you can press when ordering your ticket that presents a decent alternative. There are companies that will transport your luggage separately but this is costly and doubly inefficient as you fly two ways and your luggage also flys two ways on separate planes.

    Where does technology and the idea for baggageless travel meet?

    The idea of zerobaggage presumes that everything we have here, wherever we are, is also generally available where we are going in some like form. So why not simply be connected virtually to the local market to which you will be travelling so you can choose and select items, that are already there, for your own use upon arrival? This eliminates the need to buy new things and throw them away when you are done. The zerobaggage primary market allows you to hire items for a fee and once used, cleaned and returned to the system, others can rent them at lower cost.

    Besides the need for less fuel, what other benefits do you see?

    The benefits of this are multifold. The need for quality improves so that items can make it through a continued cycle of rental. Local economies are stimulated by the production and manufacture of items. Socially and culturally people travelling to the destination can take part in the artifacts produced in that place. And environmentally items gain from a cradle to cradle (not cradle to grave) cycle of production. Instead of making financial gains on the sale of an item smaller revenues are collected with each use and over time the financial gains have the potential to double what the initial sale price would have procured.

    You propose to offer various services through zerobaggage that offers users the choice to be socially responsible. Can you expand on some of them?

    So if it were possible to be connected to local items and simply order them online through your account, say through a company such as zerobaggage, then you could try out new things and play with the idea of who you are and what image you would like to project in the place you are travelling to. This is partly the idea of the Virtual Suitcase.

    However, if you also wanted to do the same thing in the city in which you live you could try out the service of the City Wide Wardrobe which allows you to treat the items that are held with zerobaggage as an extension to the items in your own closet. We could say, “if it’s not in your wardrobe it’s probably in ours”. So people could own a core set of clothing or items and then supplement as needed by using this zerobaggage service.

    Let’s explore this idea of zerobaggage and technology a little further.

    zerobaggage presents a new business model. Technology has made it so that we do not have to own everything we use. Much of fashion is being shared through social networks online. Mainly twenty-something women are posting items they wear and are generating feedback from large numbers of people. One woman posted an outfit she wore during her trip to Madrid and 2000 people viewed it. A large number of those people clicked on the items to find out more about them and then ordered them, online, for themselves. It is the ways in which society is evolving via the internet that is creating the need for new business models that harness the power and knowledge that being connected via the web brings us.

    I’m glad to have had this opportunity to listen to your ideas. Especially after U.S. Vice President Al Gore challenged Canada to explore how innovation could positivly impact the environment. Can you explain a litle more about how zerobaggage promotes sustainability?

    zerobaggage is sustainable in that it promotes local products and services, demands quality from the items and services it provides and both reduces the energy required to travel while reducing the expenditure and waste incurred in the process of creating products. For example, comparing two items that appear to be the same but one has history of transport and waste generation from its manufacture and the other does not. Making this knowledge transparent will allow for a range of choices based on more than style and price alone. The zerobaggage environmental credit allows positive environmental choices to be accumulated and calculated so that a true measure of individual impact can be assessed.

    In a zerobaggage world, how would your idea work?

    In designated zerobaggage cities, members of zerobaggage would just log into their account, chose their destination and one of the services, and then start making choices. The zerobaggage service called the Virtual Suitcase would allow you to view and select available items in the destination you are travelling to. You define what you want to use while you are there and your request is sent to zerobaggage, fulfilled, and items are waiting for you in your hotel when you arrive. Further, imagine that packing for a family of four. What if four pre-packed virtual suitcase suggestions (based on your previous use of the system) predicted or suggested what you are most likely to want? You could just look it over, change what you desired and save yourself time and energy.

    Wow. That’s amazing. Thanks for this Catharine!

    zerobaggage is currently generating funding, attracting suppliers and finalizing the first iterations of its new business model so that the first zerobaggage members can use the service beginning in November of 2010 in Toronto.

    It is technology, a concern for the environment and timing that has birthed the nascent idea of zerobaggage.

    Read original article.

    Originally Posted on Techvibes by Karim Kanji on Thu, November 26, 2009 2:41 PM


  6. Toronto Life Magazine Idea # 19, zerobaggage

    2009/11/17 by admin

    25 Ideas That Are Changing the World
    Some have profound implications for our health and our social order. Others solve no-less-terrifying conundrums, such as where to find parking and how to kick the Facebook habit. The innovations and inventions that impressed us most this year.

    Check out zb in Toronto Life Magazine It’s here, idea #19

    25 Ideas That Are Changing the World – Page 20

    No. 19

    Luggage-free travel

    Airlines are making it harder and harder to take your stuff on their planes, and at least one company (Ryanair) is planning to ban checked bags altogether. Catharine MacIntosh, a Toronto entrepreneur, has a solution for the pissed-off traveller: leave your clothes at home. She’s developing zerobaggage.com, a Web site that allows users to rent outfits—anything from a tux or a party dress to a swimsuit, shoes and socks, always in the right size—from stores around the world. The clothes are delivered to your hotel and picked up when you’re done with them. MacIntosh refers to her concept as “sustainable opulence”—less luggage to haul means less jet fuel required to haul it. She’s currently in the process of raising the $3 million she expects it will take to launch her business and has wooed potential partners in Sydney, Berlin, Dublin and Dubai. “You’ll have what you need where you need it,” says MacIntosh. But you’ll probably still want to pack enough of your own underwear.


  7. Article from globeandmail.com: Why don’t you lighten up?

    by admin

    As airlines tighten luggage rules, hotels are making it easier for you to avoid the bag-check hassle – by leaving the big bags at home

    October 7, 2009

    Last week, Ritz-Carlton hotels parted the veil on one of the best-kept secrets of the high-end hotel business: If you stay at a hotel often enough, you don’t have to bring your luggage.

    This perk, available to VIP guests at various high-end and business hotels, has long been under wraps. But the newest Ritz, in Charlotte, N.C., is offering this service to anyone who stays at the hotel for four days a month or more: You can leave clothing and personal effects in your room; hotel staff will pick them up, clean them and store them for you until you return.

    That’s a valuable addition to a traveller’s arsenal of money- and time-saving tips as it becomes more difficult and expensive to check your bags. Britain’s Ryanair is considering eliminating checked baggage entirely, and airlines across the industry are already tightening baggage rules and charges. Frequent fliers need all the help they can get to reduce baggage and navigate the maze of rules at the desk.

    The Ritz’s offer parallels a service available at many hotels, including several in Canada. The Wedgewood Hotel in Vancouver will keep your clothes for you, as will Calgary’s Fairmont Palliser, as long as you pack them up and leave your bag with the concierge on your way out. And the Great George in Charlottetown will hang your clothes for you while you’re gone. But none advertises the fact; you have to know to ask. And, of course, you still have to, eventually, bring it back with you.

    But what about something easier – not taking luggage at all? This is the idea behind Zerobaggage, a company founded by Toronto designer Catharine MacIntosh set to launch in Toronto next year (with Berlin and Dubai to follow). MacIntosh’s idea is to connect travellers with local shops where they can borrow outfits rather than pack a wardrobe to bring with them.

    Though MacIntosh’s model is still being refined, renting new clothes for a week will cost about 25 per cent of their full value; previously lent pieces will be less expensive. She is also planning to offer customers the use of lockers, allowing travellers to store clothes with Zerobaggage and arrange to have them cleaned, pressed and delivered to their hotel rooms – just like the hotels do.

    Those who do plan to bring clothes and check their baggage may be in for a surprise. All the major American airlines changed their baggage policies last year, and are in the process of overhauling them again – generally adding and increasing fees for the second checked bag.

    And as of today, British Airways is changing all its rules and fees as well (every bag over 23 kilograms now costs an extra $51). North American travellers will get one free checked bag instead of two, and will pay $68 for the second on a long-haul flight and $153 for the third. Sports equipment, which you were allowed to take for free without counting it as part of the baggage allowance, will now cost extra.

    It’s no wonder that even the most seasoned travellers find themselves at a loss at the check-in counter.

    Luke Dudley found himself in such an embarrassing situation when he and his girlfriend, both frequent travellers, tried to check two heavy bags each for a flight from Sydney to London a few years ago. They were told it would cost $600 to bring their bags with them. They had to run to catch up with the friends who had just dropped them off and red-facedly ask them to ship their bags. “We just couldn’t afford it,” he says.

    Dudley didn’t think much of it until last year when, while working as a teacher at a boarding school, he watched his students pack up computers, lacrosse sticks, golf clubs and other prep school staples to fly home at the end of term. Remembering his own embarrassing moment, he decided to put together a website to keep all the ever-changing baggage policies of airlines straight and in one place. The result is luggagelimits.com, which launched in August. It includes data for 70 airlines, including Air Canada and Porter. You just type in the flight info, and up come the limits and rates.

    With the airline industry in flux, it’s a good idea to check the site before booking your next trip. But as rates climb and more ideas like MacIntosh’s spring up to meet them, it may soon be beside the point for serious travellers: The suit bag’s days are probably numbered.

    Do you have feedback or business travel questions? E-mail roadwork@globeandmail.com.

    Follow Road Work on Twitter @BertArcher.

    BERT ARCHER
    Special to The Globe and Mail

    Find the original article here: globeandmail.com: Why don’t you lighten up?


  8. Traveling with zerobaggage – From Yahoo Travel Canada

    2009/10/01 by admin

    Catharine MacIntosh got stopped and pulled aside by airport security because she wasn’t carrying enough luggage from her 10-day trip from Holland. “I had a large black purse for 10 days,” says MacIntosh. “I was taken out of the line and they took my passport. They couldn’t image travelling with such a small bag.

    “I was travelling for business and meeting up with a colleague who was the same size. She said that she would lend me what I don’t have.” That offer led to MacIntosh thinking of ways to travel without minimal or ideally, zero baggage.

    The concept behind the Zerobaggage start up is for travellers, frequent and otherwise, to be able to fly without having to burden themselves with checked luggage. MacIntosh says users of Zerobaggage fly to a destination any where in the world (and is part of the Zerobaggage network) and once there, can purchase everything they want and need from involved retailers (from the “marketplace.” This includes clothes, shoes and toiletries. “The idea is to have low and high end goods, all made locally,” says MacIntosh. “Not shipped in containers or driven across countries.” MacIntosh calls the concept, “sustainable opulence.” Travelers who participate with Zerobaggage will also receive points for carbon emissions reduction and could apply those points against dinners in their visited country.

    Once you’ve chosen the clothes from the marketplace, they’re made available in the hotel room. But what happens to them after they’ve been worn? They go into the “pre-loved” section of the marketplace, providing they are still in good shape.

    If you’re a more frequent traveller, MacIntosh says there’s the locker option. You can store your favourite items there so you don’t have to lug them with you. It does require buying double of everything, though.

    Zerobaggage is expected to launch in fall/winter 2010.

    Oh, and if you want to know what MacIntosh was carrying in her black bag when she was in Holland, she had:

    Her MAC Book and adapter
    A book
    A black dress
    Four t-shirts
    Two pairs of pants
    An extra pair of shoes
    Toiletries

    Read original article: By Renee Sylvestre-Williams, Yahoo Travel Editor


  9. zerobaggage 5min talk at SproutUp Toronto

    2009/09/29 by admin

    Catharine MacIntosh, zerobaggage CEO, speaking at SproutUp in Toronto on September 9th, 2009. Follow Erin Bury on Twitter for more SproutUp events @erinbury


  10. CoolThings Article

    2009/09/08 by admin

    Zero Baggage Lets You Travel Light Even With A Full Suitcase Of Stuff

    Luggage sucks. In fact, traveling is often a horrendous experience because of it. From the hassles of carrying heavy bags to losing them at some point during the trip, it makes way for plenty of less-than-ideal situations. That’s where Zero Baggage wants to come in.

    The upcoming service intends to revolutionize the travel experience by letting you fly without bringing anything along. Rather than pack two suitcases full of clothes before every trip, you can put your regular gear together once and leave them with the service. During each trip, simply notify Zero Baggage and have your stuff delivered directly at the hotel. When you’re done, simply call the company again to have the same stuff picked up, cleaned and readied for the next time you need it. Basically, you travel both ways without carrying any luggage, yet having everything you require.

    What if you need a pink power suit and your deposited luggage doesn’t include any? No problem. Simply log on their online catalog, pick out what catches your fancy and rent it for the duration of your stay. It will be delivered, along with your own stuff, and picked up when you leave.

    As you can surmise, the service is great when you drop down in a strange town and want to live a second life. Want to make people think you’re a power player pissing cash through your ears? “Borrow” a couple of Armani suits, a Rolex and a thousand dollar pair of shoes for a couple days – who can tell it’s not yours?

    Zero Baggage is still in the development stages, with plans to launch in the Spring of 2010. It sounds like a crazy, cool idea – almost like a cloud storage for stuff. Expect it to be darn expensive, though, as convenience always comes at a price.