How often do you travel? If you travel at least once a month, you know what a pain it is to do laundry, pack and drag your bag through the airport and even to client meetings and events. The process is annoying, and it takes up too much valuable time.
Now, there's a better way. A new service called DUFL wants to change the way you travel. Simply put, DUFL is a travel service that works like a personal valet - providing you with a virtual closet to store your clothes, shoes, toiletries, etc. and doing all the laundry and packing for you. Your professionally packed bag meets you at your hotel, saving you hours of personal time.
A valet service for your luggage? Yes, you read that right. With DUFL, you simply sign up and the company will send you a Welcome kit that consists of a large roller bag. Fill it with all the items you’d like to keep in your virtual closet, schedule a pick up in the app and your suitcase will be sent to our warehouse where they’ll clean, inventory and professionally photograph everything. Once those items are processed, they’ll show up in your virtual closet in the DUFL app and you will be ready to travel!
DUFL stores your clothing in your personal DUFL closet and allows you to virtually 'pack' by selecting your clothing items from within the app. Once you've scheduled your trip, you'll travel bag free, and your freshly cleaned and neatly packed clothing will meet you at your specified destination.
When you're ready to head home, schedule a pick up from the hotel and they'll clean your clothes and have them waiting in your virtual closet, ready for your next trip!
Checked bags usually cost around $25 to $35 with most airlines- and more for additional bags or overweight bags. DUFL, on the other hand, only costs $9.95 per month for storage, and $99 for a standard US roundtrip- and that includes all the cleaning!
Using the DUFL app on your phone (Apple, free/Android, free) or by logging into www.dufl.com, you can pack for your entire trip in less than a minute. You can also pack from anywhere, which works especially well if you're jumping from one city to another for business trips, or to visit family. You can also pack things you wouldn't typically take with you, or aren't permitted to take on a flight, such as full-sized toiletries, workout gear, etc.
DUFL eliminates the following headaches every time you travel:
1. Laundry and dry cleaning before and after a trip.
2. Cramming everything in a carry-on, sacrificing items that won't fit.
3. Time spent organizing and preparing for your trip.
4. Carrying a suitcase to client meetings, through the airport, etc.
5. Waiting in line to check or retrieve a bag.
6. Waiting in line to board early in order to get carry on overhead.
7. Unpacking when you get home from a trip.
8. Checked bag fees and dry cleaning costs.
Using DUFL also means you'll never have to worry about random security checks at the airport where a stranger digs through everything you've packed - or worrying about boarding first to get your carry-on bag overhead. You can also pack as much as you'd like, and all of your items will be neatly organized for you.
Your DUFL luggage will generally take three days to ship, so you'll need to plan ahead. However, overnight services are also available for $49 each way.