Our History


Bob Plath was a travel pro. As a commercial airline pilot, he’d crisscrossed the globe a thousand times, lugging his suitcase along every trip.

Knowing firsthand what happened to luggage over time and the toll it took on the traveler hauling it, Bob thought there had to be a better solution.

When he discovered that there wasn’t one, he created it – a two-wheeled suitcase pulled upright by an extendable handle – The Original Rollaboard®.

What he’d invented to make life easier for flight crews quickly caught on with passengers, and just like that, one inventive Pilot changed the travel experience forever.

Soon, the Travelpro® Rollaboard® became every traveler’s companion.

Bob Plath’s innovative spirit will live on forever as a founding principle of Travelpro®. More than thirty years later, observing, anticipating, and delivering what travelers need remains the driving force behind our success.

Today, Travelpro® is the luggage brand of choice for crews from more than ninety airlines and countless travelers worldwide.

“Travelpro Rollaboards really hold up. Built to meet the daily travel grind of an airline crew. Lightweight but not light on strength or durability." - VirgPilot, NY 

We exist to be your trusted companion–to create products that make life easier as you travel. And ours is a journey that will never end.

“Travelpro was recommended to me by a Delta pilot, he said they are well built, I figured a pilot would know best. He was right." - Securonet, OH