Now that my kids are finally old enough that our vacations actually feel like vacations, and I don’t feel like I need another vacation just to recover from the one we just got home from, I love taking family vacations.
While traveling is pretty much a breeze since we’ve 86ed the double stroller, packing for a family trip is still a nightmare. Enter DUFL, a new valet app that will boost you to rockstar status by packing and shipping all your stuff for you.
CEO Bill Rinehart told Business Insider that he “created DUFL because he was fed up with the demands that packing and dealing with luggage placed on him when he was traveling.”
This guy totally feels my pain. So here’s how it works: First you download the app, sign up, and request a special DUFL suitcase, which will arrive at your doorstep like magic. Then you toss all your crap inside and send that sucker back to the company via FedEx. When it arrives at the DUFL storage facility, the posse there will inventory everything inside by snapping pics, then fold and repack your stuff, so that when you’re finally ready to hit the road, they can ship it right off to your destination.
Is this the stuff dreams are made of, or what? And wait! There’s more! Because when your vacay is over and it’s time to head back to reality, DUFL will swoop back in to pick your suitcase up from your hotel, wash and clean everything inside and then store it all for next time. While you can swap out what you want to keep in the suitcase, it seems to be a service primarily for business travelers who tend to pack the same clothes every time—not for families with growing kids. Oh well, call me when DUFL gets family-sized. But in the meantime, it might take some of the hassle out of work trips.
So what’s the price tag to wake up in the morning feeling like Diddy? The storage service runs $10 a month, and each bag you send to your destination will set you back another $99 roundtrip. A little steep, but not bad when you factor in the cleaning and repacking and the fact that airlines now charge anywhere from $25 to $100 for each checked bag.
Of course, if you’re storing your stuff at DUFL you’re probably going to have to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe. But hey, we never said convenience didn’t come at a price.
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