## Monday, May 30, 2011

### One plus one equals one…with Handle “it”

Not only does 1 + 1 = 1; but 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 1.

Too much math already? Let me explain.

Handle “it” is a set of straps and a handle, meant to bundle multiple items into “one” easy-to-carry package. The handle has multiple slots to receive the two straps included, securing your boxes, parcels, or whatever, into one easy to carry parcel.

Consider this scenario: you have four relatively flat, but wide boxes that you need to take with you on a plane trip. If you walk up to the airline ticket counter with four separate boxes to check in, you are going to pay a whopping excess baggage charge. Usually your first piece of checked luggage is \$25, your second is \$35 and each additional is \$50 or more. In this case, you will have a baggage charge of \$160 to carry those four boxes with you.

Now let’s consider the alternative: before arriving at the airport, you open your handy grey carrying case which contains the Handle “it” handle and two straps. Wrapping one strap around widthwise and one strap lengthwise, each strap then passes through the handle’s slots before cinching down tight. You now have “one” box to check, and that only costs \$25.

Not only did you save \$135 in baggage fees, each way, you also made it easy on yourself to carry. The handle that comes with Handle “it” is a wide, smooth plastic that makes carrying heavy loads a more comfortable proposition. If you’ve ever tried the same deal using twine before, you know how excruciatingly painful that can be to carry.

The airlines as well as TSA have approved the use of Handle “it” so it becomes the “no-brainer” way to save lots of money in baggage fees. For the savings in our scenario above, you could afford to buy four Handle “its” with just one one-way flight. But the savings don’t stop there. The Handle “it” is reusable time and time again so the savings never stop.

The handle and two straps come in a soft grey drawstring bag and the whole package only weighs 10.2 ounces. For under a pound, it’s worth taking on your next trip just in case you end up deciding to buy out the souvenir shop before you return home.

You can order the Handle “it” for \$29.95 from the inventor David Nidetz at his website http://myhandleit.com