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.

Lost Baggage – How to Deal With It

It is bad enough to have a checked baggage delayed; a lost one is somewhat unthinkable. So, in case this situation happens to you, what are your best options? This was especially critical as we recently complete a photography trip Grand Canyon where we lost our camera, not fun.
Here are the following steps in reporting lost baggage:

  • If you discovered that your baggage is not among those in the carousel, make a claim immediately. This is most obvious thing to do. Do not, for whatever reason, leave the airport without reporting your missing baggage. Immediately head to the airline baggage window where the clerk on duty should be able to help you out in tracking down your missing baggage.
  • Be sure to provide a very specific description of your bag; it would be best if you can show a picture. You will be given a report form to fill out, make sure that you provide all the necessary information needed and as accurately as you can. Before submitting the form back to the clerk, make sure that you have your own copy.
  • There may be times when there is no one on duty and your next move is to find another airline employee. If there is no one from the airlines that can offer any assistance, your best option is to call the airline and discuss your problem. Make sure to take note of the customer assistant who took your call.
  • Once you are done reporting your missing baggage, you should inquire about the time frame on when your baggage could be delivered to you; you may not receive an accurate time frame though.
  • Inquire about your rights in case the baggage will be declared as lost. You need to know the compensations that are due you.
  • If your baggage has finally been reported as irretrievably lost, there is nothing else you can do but to discuss your options with your airline. One thing is for sure, you are entitled to some compensations and the amount will depend whether you were on a domestic or international flight.

If there are valuables on the lost baggage, do not expect to be compensated for that. You have to understand that airlines have strict regulations about putting valuables on check-in baggage; they simply do not allow that. If you have to take valuables with you, keep them on you hand-carry bag.

Usually, you will be asked to make an itemized list of all the contents of your missing baggage. Be very accurate and honest about it. Also include the estimated value of the suitcase itself.
Claims for a missing baggage and a lost one are two different circumstance and you have to understand that. If your first report was declared missing, then you can also be given compensation until your baggage is found. If, on your first report, you were immediately told that your baggage is lost, then you have to go through the whole process of claiming your lost baggage compensation. If you were told that your baggage was missing and then after a month it was declared lost, then you need to make another claim.

The best you can do in cases like this is to make an immediate report. Do not wait for any miracles. If your baggage is merely delayed then you are still lucky. But if it is really lost then you have to exercise your rights.

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.

Transit Tips – Getting to the Airport

So how do you get to the airport? For many of us it’s not fun, it’s not fast and it’s certainly not cheap. But I’ve got some ideas that will save you money and save you time, let me show you what I mean.
In Milwaukee you can now take Amtrak, that’s right, Amtrak right from down directly to Billy Mitchell Field, during tough rush hour times that makes all the difference. In Chicago you simply hop on the EL, the elevated CTA trains that go from the Loop directly to O’Hare, it’s clean, safe and fast and oh yes, it’s only $1.75, a whole lot better than $40 taxi stuck in traffic.
In New York there’s now finally the Air Train, it goes from, New Jersey and New York to JFK and it really works because it interfaces with the long hour railroad as well as the New York City subway and bus system and if you need to get onto the airport faster, US helicopters just started a new service between Manhattan and the American Airlines terminal at JFK.
The coolest thing about this service is that you check-in your bags and go through a security at the helicopter terminal in Manhattan and the chopper actually lands right at the departure gates, how cool is that? The price; about $160 or a little more than 3 times the taxi ride but about 6 times as fast with no lines of security.
And then of course there’s getting out of the airport, from my money you don’t go to arrivals, that where the police and the attack dogs are. I had upstairs to departures, there’s nobody here, my car picks me up and I am out of town.

Effective Ways to Avoid Flight Travel Delays

If you are traveling by air, the most distressful situation you could face is learning that your flight is delayed; and to think that you were asked to be at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight. We had this happen recently when flying for the Colorado river dory, but we still made it. But flights do get delayed, due to circumstances that are both unexpected and unavoidable. Bad weather delays are usually unexpected, mechanical problems can be unavoidable. The thing is you should realize that the flight will not be cancelled unless it is absolutely necessary. Flight delays are not what airports want to happen on a regular basis. Flights are delayed due to valid reasons and not just to satisfy a whim.
One bad reason for flight cancellation is a flight that has been overbooked. This is a kind of situation when you can really be so angry and frustrated.
If you want to avoid experience travel delays, it is best if you can try some of the measure that can minimize the aggravations.
·       As much as possible avoid airlines with regular delayed flights. These are usually small-time airlines that do not have the advanced flight scheduling systems of bigger airlines. Before you book your flight try to read reviews on the airline and see how they are rated by their previous clients.
·       Find an airline that send notifications through emails, phone calls or text messages. That way, they can get in touch with you even before you head off to the airport. Though expecting this is like expecting for miracles to happen; in reality airlines will wait until the last minute before they announce a flight delay.
·       If you can, try to avoid booking for connecting flights. It may not be an easy task though, for one thing connecting flight options are cheaper the direct flights. Another thing is there may not be any direct flight available going to your destination. If connecting flights are unavoidable, try to get longer layovers. An hour and a half of layover is better than a 45 minute one. With 45 minutes, you may have to spend it deplaning, getting through the connecting gates, and going aboard the next flight. Simply put 45 minutes will not even allow you to visit the restroom.
·       Do not book for the last flights. When your flight is canceled and you are on a last flight, then your option is to either head back home (not a good idea), stay at a hotel (another bad idea) or sleep at the airport (definitely not a comfortable idea). As you can see, there are no good options to choose from if you are ever delayed during a late night flight, so book your flights earlier.
Let us say that you have observed all the necessary measures to avoid travel delays and yet you still find yourself at the airport long after you should have been on air, what can you do then? Well, the first thing you can do is to find about the reason for the delay, which should be announced anyway.
Then try to stay cool, no reason to get so angry since you are not the only one delayed. Also try to be patient; you will be able to fly out eventually. Be on guard of your belongings and do not be too friendly with anyone especially if you are a stranger on that land. And the most important thing you should do is to inform the people that are expecting you that you will be delayed.