How would you like to not worry about packing for a trip or laundry afterwards? There and Back Clothing can ship business attire directly to your hotel. Some time ago I was contacted by the founder of this start up, who wanted to get the word out about their service. We traded some emails, and he offered me a discount to try it out, and I also arranged to giveaway a trial of their service to a reader. With their service, the idea is to not have to check luggage, or to pack lighter. In this post I will discuss my experience as well as let you know about how to enter the giveaway.
There and Back Clothing shipment
I had a business trip last week in St. Louis, so I figured this was a good opportunity to give There and Back a try. The week before my trip, I went to their website to select some clothes. They didn’t have a full array of sizes, at least for slacks, but that is understandable. I realize I’m a bit outside typical sizes given my height. I ordered a dress shirt and a casual shirt.
The package was shipped out via FedEx Ground, and actually arrived several days before I did. When I checked in, I was notified that there was a package waiting for me in the business center. Once there, I discovered there was a $10 charge for picking up shipments. I hate charges like this, and for shipping the clothes back after my trip, I went to another FedEx Office location a few blocks away that didn’t have this charge. I mentioned this charge to the folks at There and Back Clothing, and the hotel credited the charge back to me. They were quite proactive, but at some hotels, especially larger conference hotels, these charges do occasionally happen, and I think it may be an issue for shipments like this.
I liked the dress shirt that was sent, and the other shirt was fine. For this trip I packed plenty of other clothes, as I wasn’t ready to depend solely on having my clothes shipped. This service can be a nice option to avoid a lot of packing. The box also contained a few local restaurant suggestions and instructions plus a shipping label to return the items.
In my case, the shirt was packed well, but it was very creased when I unpacked it, so it took some ironing before I could wear it. Sometimes I have to iron my dress shirts after unpacking, but some shirts require less maintenance. I often use a Eagle Creek Garment Folding system for most of my clothes, and if done right, I don’t even need to touch the shirts up before wearing.
The service that There and Back offers is a nice idea, and can really help out business travelers who want to pack lighter, and better yet, not worry about laundry on their travels.
Note: This post contains an Amazon affiliate link, if you use my link before shopping, I will recieve a small percentage of the sale, but the price is the same for the buyer.