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There’s a clever new bag in town for travelers who want to stay organized on their next trip. It’s called Oregami, and it involves an innovative system of interior compartments that are part shelf, part packing cube. The three zipped-together compartments fold neatly into and out of the suitcase, and can be separated if you want to stow them in drawers or keep them in different parts of a hotel room. Check out the video below to see the design in action:

The Oregami Touring 100 suitcase measures 30 inches high, 15 inches wide and 12 inches deep, and retails for $399.97 on the Oregami website. It’s currently only available in black, but a “fossil”-colored (light brown) model is coming soon, with a carry-on size to follow.

Sarah Schlichter, senior editor of IndependentTraveler.com, and Lissa Poirot, editor-in-chief of sister site Family Vacation Critic, teamed up to test the bag in a variety of settings. Lissa took the suitcase on a cruise with her son, while Sarah and her fiance shared the bag over a weekend car trip. Here’s what they loved — and what they weren’t so fond of:

The Good
It’s an organized person’s dream: What better tool to provide a Type A, organized personality than a bag with different compartments, each with zippered covers? If you love packing cubes, you’ll appreciate this bag.

It’s easy to unpack: Lissa’s favorite thing about the suitcase was being able to unzip each tray and slip them into the drawers on her cruise ship. She had packed her son’s clothes in one tray, her own in another and bathroom items in the third, so everything had a place.

It’s customizable: If you only need one or two of the trays, it’s easy to unzip them from each other and leave behind the ones you don’t need.

It’s made of high-quality materials: The bag feels sturdy, and we liked that the wheels are a standard size for in-line skates, making them easy to replace if necessary.

oregami suitcase

The Bad
It’s heavy: The bag weighs 14 pounds when it’s empty — more than a quarter of your weight allowance for checked bags on most airlines. If you tend to be a heavy packer, you might struggle to avoid overweight fees.

It’s not the most efficient use of space: Travelers who are more interested in maximizing every square inch of a suitcase than in staying organized will find it frustrating to try to work everything into or around bulky rectangular compartments. (This is the same reason ultra-light traveler Sarah is not a fan of packing cubes.)

It’s not a grab-and-go bag: If you need to access an item that you didn’t put in the top tray, you’ll have to lay out the suitcase, then unzip and undo the compartments until you reach the one where your item is stored. (With an ordinary suitcase, it’s easier to simply unzip and root around.)

It’s not easy to maneuver in crowded spaces: The suitcase rolls smoothly, but its short handle keeps the bag very close, making it difficult to turn quickly when moving through crowded airports. It doesn’t pivot or turn and is best-suited for easy, direct walks.

Want to give this bag a try? We’re giving away our gently used black Oregami Touring 100 suitcase! Just leave a comment below by 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, December 21, 2015. We’ll pick one winner at random to win the suitcase. This giveaway is open only to residents of the United States. To read the full contest rules, click here.

Editor’s Note: This contest has ended. The winner of the suitcase is Mary Fortin. Congratulations!

— written by Sarah Schlichter and Lissa Poirot

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74 Responses to “Oregami: A New Suitcase for Organized Travelers”

  1. Ugh, this is beautiful. I can deal with those cons. I’d leave space free while traveling, then organize any gifts I buy for when I get back. Can’t be mad about innovation :)

  2. Dorinda says:

    Always a struggle getting everything into one bag. Maybe this would help?

  3. Kayla P says:

    This is a good review. Appreciate the pros and cons. Wish more people would be so forthright! Looks like a good suitcase!

  4. Tyneisha says:

    Ohhh my goodness I am a stickler for organization. This looks wonderful and I could definitely work around those “cons” lol. Thank you for the chance to win!

  5. Elaine L says:

    Very Nice, good for organized people like me.

  6. greentopiaries says:

    I love how customizable it is! Thanks for the chance!

  7. Dana Esker says:

    I love being organized, I’m a light packer so it would probably work for me

  8. Adam says:

    Looks amazing. mI like that I can leave most of my things in it but still have access without digging.

  9. sam rusu says:

    Looks good but looks small

  10. La Vonne Yates says:

    We are going on a trip for a surprise for the kids, taking them to Universal Studios! Would love to have this to help us pack with! Thank you for the chance! Good luck everyone!

  11. Scott says:

    Very interesting concept. Looks great for ski vacations, light but lots of volume.

  12. Mary F. says:

    I am a very organized packer and would love to try this bag!

  13. Pamela says:

    This could be great for going on a cruise! With everything organized it wouldn’t take long to unpack. I appreciate the pros and cons.

  14. Steve says:

    A very good concept; however, I don’t know whether the 14# of empty weight is going to be a problem–plus I’m sure that the different trays will take up extra room, which could be used in “stuffit packing”. Would be interested in the carry-on, but as I found out with Air NZ–they are now limiting carryon weight to 15# ( though nobody really checked).

  15. Lorraine Regnetta says:

    I am not a organizer at all and hope this bag will make a different the way I packs for our vacation.

  16. Judy says:

    It sounds like a wonderful bag and I’m sure that there are all sorts of options that it could be used for–I appreciate your reviewers giving “honest reviews” to the product.

  17. Laine says:

    This would be worth dealing with the “cons”. It drives me crazy to root around in my bag looking for stuff. I use a scooter and it would fit on the floorboard under my legs…..good shape.
    Thanks for the chance at a chance!

  18. John says:

    The bag itself seems to consume a great deal of the allotted space leaving less room for clothing. Also, cost prohibitive for most people.

  19. Cherrilm says:

    I love the idea of this bag and cannot wait to see it offered in different sizes…The idea of disconnecting a tray and slipping it into a drawer is just genius!!! I rebelled against the cubes when they first came on the scene but am now a fan. I love being able to store like items together for organization…This seems very convenient!

  20. Patricia Schubert says:

    This would be so good to take along on our Jan 4th Crystal Cruise to Panama Canal, etc!!! I always take a hanging suit bag and a 2nd bag with all the other things I need!! We stay in a hotel the night before our cruises and this would eliminate my making a mess of one trying to find what I need for dinner and breakfast before the cruise-and keep everything neat.

    Good luck with the sales!

  21. Suzanne Cabral says:

    Too heavy to begin with and looks very bulky. I like the ultra lights as I’m a heavy packer.

  22. Barya Hoel says:

    Yup, that’s me, Type A. Anything that would help me to be a more organized packer, I’m all for it! I would love to win the Oregami Bag. Thanks!

  23. Yvonne says:

    At last! This is the bag of my travel dreams.

  24. Lynn Kristy says:

    Love the idea. Always get 1 free bag so weight wise this would be it.

  25. Lycia says:

    Would be nice change the backpack for this, to a try…

  26. Jerry says:

    The perfect Christmas Gift for my type A wife.
    I possibly could be the hero this year!
    Happy Holidays to All

  27. Jolin says:

    I would love this bag. I currently travel with a duffle & packing cubes. This would make it so simple.

  28. Elizabeth A says:

    Would love to try this bag!

  29. Julie Justice says:

    I’m a luggage ADDICT! I would love to try this one!

  30. Genevieve says:

    Love the sturdiness of this luggage…perfect for this #MomOfBoys !

  31. Merryl says:

    Who can afford to give up 14lbs of packing weight just for better organization in a suitcase?

  32. Pamela says:

    Certainly very clever. This would be perfect for someone I know who has to carry a lot of things around in his car from building to building.

  33. Leslie Bonner says:

    Very intriguing and perfect for those of us who utilize packing cubes. It’s the logical extension.

  34. I would love to try this suitcase, as I travel frequently for business. I am one of those individuals who packs with a list so as to forget nothing, and as a highly organized individual who is very particular about his dress and appearance, I would love to have a suitcase with multiple zippered compartments for each type of item needed.

  35. This is one of those ‘ah-ha’ devices. It makes so much sense. Why did it take so long to make its debut?

  36. Pat says:

    Can’t wait to try something new, practical, functional, and of course, organized. I’ve been using packing cubes and they mostly work well, but this concept is remarkable!

  37. Smith Jeffrey D says:

    Look forward to winning this bag.

  38. June Stefanko says:

    I really like the compartments and trays- would LOVE to give it a try!

  39. Wendy says:

    It seems to make sense. Guess I would like to try it before I bought it, though.

  40. Gigi says:

    Looks great! Definitely useful on a cruise.

  41. The bag looks like it would keep my clothes wrinkle free or close to it. I would be very interested in know exactly how many garments would fit in the compartments provided. It is a good concept the weight may be a factor for many people.

  42. Judi says:

    Would love to try this as I am a very organized person and it looks like it would be perfect for me.

  43. Nancy James says:

    To me, organization and packing go hand in hand. I can see using this concept.

  44. Toni Sullivan says:

    May not be good for air travel but would be great for land trips especially when going from one hotel to another. No need to unpack. Everything stays in it’s own compartment.

  45. Elizabeth Ramos says:

    Definitely a suitcase I would love to try and have. I have had a few different ones but the wheels always give up on me. Maybe the suitcases are being a little bit mis-treated by handlers. I am also very organized when it comes to making the suitcase for travel so would really like to give this one a try. :)

  46. Isabel Menendez says:

    this is the ultimate travel tool. Thank you!!!!

  47. B Martin says:

    This would be perfect for my husband. He can never find anything!

  48. Gina Strickland says:

    I’d give it a go when traveling with the grandkids. One tray each limit :)

  49. Love the concept and what a great name!

  50. Elaine says:

    I love the idea of this suitcase. Despite to cons it solves a number of packing difficulties.

  51. judi says:

    Would love to have this bag to help my husband and me be more organized packers!!!

  52. Penny Breslow says:

    Sounds perfect for me, the Type A personality packing person. I usually use many ziploc bags to organize my items, so this might actually save me money in the long run. Thanks for the opportunity to possibly win this bag. If I do win, then I am sure I will love what sounds like the perfect carry-on when it comes on the market!!

  53. A great looking bag. Too big and too heavy for me, but if traveling with a family this looks like the perfect solution.

  54. Terry K says:

    It’s like tupperware for your clothes. I’d love to try it out. Thank you!!

  55. LINDA says:

    wHAT A PERFECT TRAVEL BAG AND PERFECT OUR CRUISE IN JANUARY 2016. Love Love the concept and easy to find what you need when you want it. I love bags and this one is just perfect in all ways. I am an avid organizer so this is the ultimate travel bag.

  56. Judy says:

    The Origami would be *perfect* for travel with my emotional support animal. A cube for her needs, and 2 cubes for mine. Love it!

  57. Rachel says:

    Organization is key for me to not feel stressed during travel!

  58. Sharon Bailey says:

    Excellent product! It would be wonderful for trips!

  59. Margaret Johnson says:

    Looks like a winner of a suitcase for longer trips, one section for casual, one for formal, one for sports. Would be great to win. Thanks.

  60. Pat says:

    I Love Luggage. I could work around the cons.

  61. Brenda H says:

    I should have a job as luggage tester. Have just cleaned out a graveyard of various cases from a storage cupboard under the eaves. I keep searching for the perfect bag, but find myself still using different ones for different puposes. There are always pros and cons, but my quest continues. Would love to try this bag. Thanks for the balanced review.

  62. Inge Fryklund says:

    The organization concept is super. I’m always rooting around in my suitcase trying to find things. I often have to live out of my suitcase, so this is an issue. My only concerns are the weight and the inline rather than spinner wheels. I’d love to test it!

  63. Nunn says:

    We have a few major trips planned (road trips & by air) just the two of us & with our grandkids. We would loved to see how organized we can get packing for a two week international vacation and with a toddler & infant for a one week vacation. We promise a detailed usage review with photos of our pros & cons…

  64. Cindi Ewert says:

    First I love the fact that the designer/entrepreneur, came up with something new for organizing/travel/carrying personal needs for more than just air flight. I can see this bag getting used in several other ways, that are not by air. There are jobs that very much need a way to separate items, and be able to unpack in an orderly way, this suitcase has those features! I have a job which car travels between public schools, I have tried several bins on wheels, carry bags, boxes, and yes these initially do the transport I need, but having a bag on wheels that compartmentalizes, that can separate in one tight zipped weather-proof case is creative on the designers part and as far as I have seen and read, is plain awesome and will definitely go beyond air travel!

  65. carolyn sisco says:

    That bag looks amazing!

  66. Cassandra Kurtz says:

    Would love to win this!

  67. I would absolutely love to try this bag.

  68. Lisa Martin says:

    This would work incredibly well for my OCD! An organised suitcase makes me verrrry happy! :)

  69. It looks nice but like you say above, it wouldn’t be the best if you’re trying to pack light. But would still love to give it a try myself.

  70. Jo Scherffius says:

    Sounds like a great idea but I worry about the weight.

  71. Kevin says:

    Cool bag! All my bags end up a mess would be great to have an organized one

  72. Colleen Costello says:

    Heavy I can deal with if it’s well designed & like the idea it’s already been places because I used to lend out my BIG piece of luggage often & it made me happy knowing that 1) people could use it when it was home 2) it got to go to more places without me & live the life a piece of luggage should…out & about! I can’t use the BIG piece of luggage anymore…it’s just not practical for me but I have a smaller one…it’s not as practical but it’s ok. This bag sounds clever. Glad it tested fairly well!

  73. nancy barbour says:

    I would love to try this way to pack…am always overpacking and taking way too much. Would love to win it!!!

  74. Michelle says:

    This is an innovative design. I would like to try it.

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