How To Pack a Carry On For a Month – Part Two

Part Two:

Now coming towards me with the tail of the shirt, sleeves still going where the pants legs are going on the opposite direction. So lay these out, have them buttoned, you don’t have to mess with the little tags like we have from our store and I just keep stacking these up.
Let’s count what were going to have in here; we’re going to have four pairs of pants, one skirt, one dress, that’s four pants or four bottoms and one dress. Tops; we’re going to have nine tops packed and then don’t forget that the TSA has gotten a lot tougher with the security, they want us to go in the airplane with our clothes on we got another short, another bottom, so six bottoms, ten tops. Multiply 10 x 6 you’ll have 60 combinations or if you plan perfectly with the coordinated outfits to where all these garments work together and here’s our nice jacket, let’s show them that Ji, this is our nice warming layer.

If you plan it perfectly where every top goes with every bottom it’s 10 x 6, that’s 60 combinations and never wearing the same combinations twice. So that’s how we come up with 2 months worth of travel clothes in one wardrobe. Now pay attention; this is as complicated as it gets, you take the second garment and fold it up over the top one. We are going to bury this nice jacket that perhaps we might want somewhere along the line, this is a bundling method, it’s the most efficient use of space because the clothes are aligned flat. So you take that second from the top, fold it up over the top one.
Now that top garment can fold up over it and basically keep it simple. I’m inter twining the top two garments that we’ve stacked here. If you want to get around and not having to peel all these off and that is the number one concerned that people do announce to us and we can understand that. If you’re on the move everyday perhaps this bundling method wouldn’t be for you. You don’t have to dig into it.

So what we ask people to do is perhaps to two bundles. Tomorrow I know I’m going to be putting a nice destination for a nice couple of days, I lay out a couple of shirts, a couple of pants, inter-twine them in this bundling method and now I don’t have to dig into the suitcase every time I want something. At the end of this I’ll pick up our bundle and I’ll show you it comes right out of the suitcase, you put it on the bed, you can hang your garments up if you wish because I don’t know who likes to live out of their suitcase, that’s no fun but really, we want to kind of hang them up if possible they’ll stay in better shape but it’s up to you.

The main point is that you’re not having to dig into the suitcase every time you want something. If you plan ahead, put a couple of garments at the top and the bottoms to the top bundles so you won’t have to dig every day. I’m getting down to where I have the full length dress and the skirt, fold those up and I kind of work my way back down in the bag in the same order or the close to the same order as I sacked them in the first place. If you get out of order like I often do, that’s okay.

I folded up the skirt, I folded up the dress and now the pant legs come up and over and we start to form our nice neat bundle. It looks like I might be able to get these clothes but I guarantee you it’s worth many many times, we’ve done this demonstration for years, it’s a bundle method, I kind of like to call it the gussy method, that was my mother’s name, she originated this, you bring the sim straps and over and we don’t even have to jump up on the bag to close it.

There is it, it’s a soft sided bag, it will close easily, remember we started with 6 pounds 5 ounces in this suitcase, we’ve added … let me see, we’ve added 15 garments and a couple of pairs of shoes, we’ll wear a suitcase and we’ll see how much we have at the end. And there we are; 21 pounds. So you filled up your carry-on with a lot of clothes, we have outfits for two months and now you’re ready to pack light and do more, thanks for coming to

How To Pack a Carry On For a Month – Part One

We’re going to show you today how to pack in a carry-on for months at a time. 60 days and nothing but a 22 inch carry-on, it weighs 6.5 pounds and at the end of our demonstration we’ll show you how much it’s going to weigh when we pack in … Ji show them, we have 16 garments we’re going to pack in this little carry-on. This was helpful for us when we packed for rafting the Colorado river this year.

So pay attention, it goes fast. Keep in mind that second piece, that second carry-on that you’re allowed on majority of airlines is carrying your make-up, toiletries, rain gear, medications, all the other basics of life are in your carry-on tote. The 22 inch; we like to fit in all the clothes, the underwear, the socks, the nylons and so on are going to go into our hanging organizer.

First we start with our two pairs of shoes, we limit it to two pairs of suitcase, one on our feet and gals you can usually find a little place for your sandals. So if we have two pairs we cover them with our shoe covers, we got two pairs of shoes, for the flats it’s against the side of the foresides of the suitcase. We put in our organizer as I mentioned before.

This is our great tool for hanging the underwear, the socks, the nylons if you have to have a tie guys in here, scarf and so on, all go in this organizer with a clear panels, it’s our roaming dresser on the road. On the back side your dirty clothes go back here so it’s sort of your laundry basket, it rolls up and lies flat in the bottom of the suitcase, we’re adding about 12 to 14 ounces with this organizer, it’s a very worthy investment, we push the air out and so it fits in between the shoes and fills that cavern. If you decide you like our method, remember a couple of key things; we’re going to have our order of things are being pants, shorts, for women the skirts and the dresses next and then our tops.

For guys who keep it simple; pants and tops; so we start with our pairs of pants first, we have to alternate the direction every time you put a garment in. Zipper button is everything to its fullest so it holds its shape and with the pants that are long and narrow we put the legs together and this happens to be a zip off pair of pants so we’re actually kind of packing a pair of shorts and pants in one, put the legs together with the waistband up against one into the suitcase and let that hang out, alternate the next pants going in the opposite direction with a waistband here laying out the two garments.

So far we got our brown and our kaki and it kind of a dark siege color, this is going in the opposite direction and at home when you’re doing this you’ll find that if you got your wardrobe picked out on a doll on your closet then it go just as fast. I happen to have my friend Ji here helping me but it can work for you as well at home just taking this and having the wardrobe set aside and then put them in the suitcase.

We put our pair of jeans next, we don’t really like to have jeans but we’re going to allow one pair because you know you’re going to sneak them in. So we got 4 pairs of jeans laid out like this. We have our skirt and our dresses next, this is a full length skirt that can zipped off and become a short skirt so it’s again multiple outfits for packing with one garment, with the skirts and the dresses’ put the middle skirts in the middle of the dress in the middle of the bag, use the width of the bag now just like with your tops.
So the next skirt that I’m going to have passed to me we’ll lay out just like this skirt did here, the dress for lay out full length and if you’re neat about it, hand comb the wrinkles out then the tops come next, the tops go with the collar up against one side, the sleeves going where the pants legs are going, go back to it alternating the direction of the garment every time you pull one in, collar up against this side.

Tips of Flying with a Sick Child

Traveling with a child can be challenging enough, flying with a sick one is certainly twice the challenge. If there is no other option that to fly with a sick child there are things that you should do prior to the day of the flight. These are things we learned before flying with a sick child on our Yellowstone Park tours trip.

Yellowstone Sunset
Photo Credits: stevetulk

Here are some helpful and sensible tips you should do:

  • Take the child to the pediatrician and discuss the upcoming flight schedule. The doctor may give the go signal to travel but may also prescribe a few medications. You should buy what’s necessary and always heed the doctor’s advice.
  • Do not give your child aspirin without prescription from a doctor. If you are used to self-medication, do not do the same thing with your child. Guessing the right medication and the right dosage is not the most sensible thing to do. If you want the child to get well soon, then go to the medical professional.
  • Put all the medications and first aid kit on your hand-carry bag along with other remedy and treatment essentials for other possible ailments such as; motion sickness, food allergies, gas pain, constipation, teething and allergic reactions. Nasal sprays can be handy too as well as lots of tissues.
  • Make sure that you have all the things your child will need are easily accessible. Though the airport of the airline may have some medications and comfort items for a sick child, you should not rely on that. It is still better if you have your own supplies.
  • Have a blanket ready to keep him/her warm during the flight. The child’s favorite blanket and pillow can also provide additional comfort.
  • Bring the kid’s favorite toy too; sometimes, having something familiar eases discomfort and pains. If the child is old enough to read, then a favorite book is another option. It may not be advisable to let a sick child read while flying though.
  • Dehydration worsens the condition; therefore keep the child highly hydrated before and during the flight.
  • Be vigilant in taking the child’s temperature even during the flight, inform a flight attendant if the temperature goes over than manageable.
  • As much as possible, try to stay away from the rest of the passengers. Ask the airline people if they can seat you at the farthest seats.

Having a sick child on a plane is a very stressful situation to be in. It will take a lot of patience and energy. You also cannot expect the rest of the passengers to be totally understanding of the situation.  The airplane is a close space and the air only moves around. This means that the virus your sick child is carrying will be in the same air that everyone else is going to breathe.

You may hear complaints regarding your sick child, and this is the time when your patience could be challenged. So, a good tip is to cancel the trip if your child is sick. If cancellation is not possible, then take all the necessary measures to ensure that the child will be very comfortable during the entire journey.

TSA Airport Security Tips

My tips to quickly and safely navigate the TSA security.

Unfortunately and I think that we have learned this to the many of signs that are posted around an airport people don’t read the signs.
Sometimes you forget that laptops in your bags and sometimes you forget that bottle of shampoos in your bag. They get that, but the fact is frequent travelers are the ones they really depend on to help them make their jobs easier because you’re the ones that should know better.
So you don’t forget, hear all my tips; here’s the way I like to go through security and I try to do it as fast as possible. First of all; red bag, the red bag is easy to find no matter where it is. Nobody has a red bag. Liquid stuff, remember the 3 ounce rule … actually it’s a little bit more, 3.4 ounces.
I usually carry my wallet, I’ve never been stopped without a wallet.
Make sure when you’re sliding it through that you sort of watch it through, sometimes they’ll push these things all the way back or your bag will fall off, you do not want that to happen. Boarding pass in the phone is the way to go if you have Smartphone. Don’t hold at the line the next time you fly.