Inside the ballroom of Hong Kong's JW Marriott Hotel, Chris Pratt easily towered over everyone else that was in the space. The Avengers: Endgame and Jurassic World actor was how one would assume meeting him in real life to be—charming, funny, and full of cheeky banter.
Thanks to Tumi, it was Pratt's first time in Hong Kong. The American luggage and lifestyle brand enlisted Pratt for its campaign that's targeted specifically for the Asia Pacific and Middle East markets. The first part of which, was already filmed in Los Angeles, and showed Pratt packing for his trip to Hong Kong with the assist of his trusty Tumi luggage (especially the Alpha 3 and Alpha Bravo series), of course. There are the comic stylings that we've come to know and love from Pratt, and some pretty relatable packing issues (like, you know, overpacking because one always needs options).
While in Hong Kong, Pratt also officially opened the Tumi Loft—a pop-up space in Pacific Place that's a representation of the Tumi lifestyle. The 10-day space introduced the public to a more in-depth look into Tumi, from it's long history to the many innovations that the brand has come up with when it comes to making travelling easier, or in the brand's case, "perfecting the journey".
Tumi Loft was also topped off with inspired technology-based activations. For one, guests could place a Tumi bag onto a sensor stand and a screen next to it would immediately display the specifications and qualities of the piece. And for those who missed Chris Pratt on the official launch, downloading the new Tumi Club app would allow anyone to interact and take photos with an augmented reality version of Pratt; quite apt for someone who's had to deal with high-tech paraphernalia in the Guardians of the Galaxy series.
That's all fine and dandy (and to be honest, pretty cool). But here are 10 things that we've learnt about the actor and his thoughts and feelings about travelling.
Chris Pratt has been a loyal fan of Tumi for over 10 years.
He credits a girlfriend for turning his attention to Tumi. "[I was] told by a girlfriend that I was too old to carry around the backpack that I’d been wearing, and that I needed to upgrade and become a man. And get a briefcase," he recounts.
He owns more than 20 Tumi products.
"If you count the packing cubes, over 20," Pratt says. According to Pratt, he's got a Tumi garment bag that could fit two suits, an extended trip bag, the Alpha 3 carry-on and brief pack, and also that Tumi briefcase he's had for over 10 years.
He's a roller.
It's a great tip actually. Rolling your clothes allows you to fit more in your luggage.
But technically, he doesn't roll them himself.
"The truth is I’m getting much better at packing, but I’ve not always been great with packing. It helps that my fiancée (Katherine Schwarzenegger) is really great with packing and she helps me pack," Pratt admits.
He shops for his son when he travels.
Pratt says that he saves space in his luggage for a souvenir for his son, whenever he goes on a trip. And to date, there's a shelf in his place that's dedicated to all the souvenirs he's got Jack over the years.
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Jack and I share a moment of appreciation on the last day of this amazing tree’s life. Born in 1837 (the same year as “Wild Bill” Hickok!!!) She lived through the civil war, both world wars, the San Juan Island Pig war and more. Mother Nature struck her down. Now this first generation Douglas Fir will be made into beloved pieces of art, mantles and a table from which my family will enjoy moments and meals for, God willing, many generations. I live for moments like these. #farmlife
Pratt doesn't believe in total perfection when travelling.
"The truth is there’s no—perfection is probably unattainable… So just rolling with the punches, like understanding that sometimes you can plan your journey and choose your journey. And sometimes your journey is going to choose you." Deep.
He is a fan of durability.
When it comes to luggage, durability is of utmost importance to Pratt—a trait he feels Tumi can always be depended on for. "I have a bag full of everything that I love that I’m giving to some baggage handlers at an airport who, let’s be honest, are probably going to throw the thing like 40 feet through the air, and it’s like going to fall off the back of a truck and then get run over… You know, they don’t treat your luggage with the same respect that we treat our own luggage, and so the durability factor, I think that’s it—they can drop it off a building and all your stuff is going to be safe and sound," he explains.
He could do with one specific design functionality.
Pratt says he'd want a separate compartment for all his sweaty gym clothes so that they don't get the mess on his other belonging in the bag. We definitely agree too.
Filming for Zero Dark Thirty afforded him the chance to visit his top destination so far.
"I got to go see Petra, one of the wonders of the world, and that was really remarkable to be in that region of the world for the first time," he expresses.
His travel playlist is mostly full of Country music.
Pratt counts Chris Stapleton, Garth Brooks, and George Strait among some of his favourites.
Tumi is available islandwide at the following locations: Changi Airport (Departure Terminals 1 and 3), IMM Outlet Mall, Mandarin Gallery, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Resorts World Sentosa, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.