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Brought To You By... Luggage

By / Oct 1, 2013 (Hemera/Thinkstock)

In sometimes surprising ways, associations play direct and indirect roles in bringing the products, services, and activities of daily life to people around the world. Including luggage.

Travel Goods Association: When traveling to meetings, do you have packing down to a science? If not and you’re in search of the perfect piece of luggage, you might want to consult a member of the Travel Goods Association, which represents manufacturers, distributors, retailers, promoters, sales representatives, and suppliers of travel products and accessories.

International Association of Baggage System Companies: The next time you’re searching for a missing bag, check the Unclaimed Baggage Center, which buys lost and unclaimed luggage from airlines and sells the contents in its 40,000-square-foot store in Scottsboro, Alabama. You could also check with a member of the International Association of Baggage System Companies, which works to improve the baggage-handling industry.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Luggage-related injuries are no joke. Thousands of people suffer from back, neck, shoulder, or other bodily ailments each year after struggling with overpacked bags, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. For tips on lifting and carrying heavy bags, consult a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Katie Bascuas

Katie Bascuas is associate editor of Associations Now. More »

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