How to Pack Your Carry On Bag

Posted in Reno Reservations, Reno Rooms, Reno Travel, Travel, Travel Tip with tags , , , , , , on December 6, 2014 by Reno Lake Tahoe Reservations

If you find you are going to be stuck in a metal tube thousands of feet in the air for hours–you don’t want to be bored. A perfectly packed carry-on bag is one of the only things standing between you and boredom.

Method 1 of 2: Packing a Carry-On Bag for the Day

A carry-on bag gets stored under the seat in front of you, while a carry-on suitcase or larger bag gets stored in the overhead compartment. You are generally allowed to bring two carry-ons onto a flight with you. However, you can also choose to pack a larger suitcase and simply bring a carry-on bag with you onto the plane. For how to pack a carry-on suitcase, scroll down to Method Two.

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    Pick the right bag. Make sure it’s durable, easy to carry, and that it can hold all of your necessary items. More importantly, make sure it meets your airline’s size requirements. Check your airlines FAQ to see the measurements of the largest bag you can bring. If you fly multiple different airlines, check the ones you fly most frequently and choose a size bag that will satisfy all the airlines requirements. A good way to tell if it will work or not is to consider whether or not it will fit in or under the plane seat in front of you.

    • The Vacation Carry-On: The ideal carry on bag is one that has a large body with a lot of pockets. Pockets are fantastic for keeping all of your stuff separate–one pocket for wallet/phone, one for makeup, one for your book, etc. Large purses, messenger bags, or satchels are all great options that give you a lot of space to store your stuff, and generally have great pockets.
    • The Business Carry-On: As you might have guessed, a briefcase is a really good carry on for the working man or woman. Find one that can be slung over your shoulder in case you need to make a run for your flight. Briefcases that have built-in organizers and a pocket for your wallet/phone/keys/other necessities are great options.
    • The Kid/Teenager/College student Carry-On: Think, backpack. Backpacks are fantastic for holding laptops, school books, last minute exam cramming notes, and toys. Because of the zippers, it also ensures that all of your stuff stays in one place so you won’t lose your GameBoy or that super important notebook.
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    Make a list of everything you will need to bring. It’s best to begin with the bare essentials, then move on to the entertainment or work items. These bare essentials include your license or passport (depending on whether you are flying domestic or international), your wallet with money or credit cards in it, your phone, and medications you might need, and of course, your plane tickets. Other items to consider packing include:

    • Work or school items: this could include your laptop, your phone and laptop chargers, business notes, class notes, homework, reading that you have to do for class, etc.
    • Entertainment: books, headphones and an iPod, your camera, game consoles, DVDs to watch on your laptop, magazines, a travel book for where you are going, toys, etc.
    • Medications and toiletries: It’s best to keep any medications you need with you on the plane. You could also consider bringing an extra pair of contact lenses, mouth wash, etc.
    • Stuff to help you sleep: This includes a neck pillow, eye mask, ear plugs, etc. Inflatable neck pillows are the best because they take up very little space when deflated.
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    Consider packing for a bad layover. If you get stranded overnight during your layover, or if your other luggage gets lost (pray that it doesn’t) you might want to consider bringing a couple of items with you on the plane. You might want to put these items in their own small bag within your carry on bag. These items include:

    • A toothbrush and toothpaste, a comb or hairbrush, a fresh pair of underwear, socks, and deodorant.
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    Make sure all of your electronics and delicate items are protected. Carry-ons have a tendency to get knocked into a lot, so safe-proofing your valuables is generally a good idea. If you are bringing your laptop or tablet, make sure you have a good safety cover for it.

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    Pack your liquids correctly. Remember that most liquids are not allowed through security. You will need to pack your liquid items in one quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag. Each passenger is allowed one of these clear quart-sized bags. In the bag, your liquids are limited to 3.4 ounce bottles so don’t plan on bringing that gigantic bottle of sunscreen.

    • You can either pack your larger bottles in a suitcase that you check, or buy the liquid items that you need when you reach your destination. Purchase bottled water and drinks after you pass through security.
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    Pack your necessities in easy to access locations. You will need to be showing your license and tickets at least twice while traveling, so it’s important to keep them in a spot where you can get at them easily. Pack your essentials first but do not put them at the bottom of your bag.

    • When packing your laptop keep it easily accessible so you can easily reach it when you have to go through security. The majority of the time you will have to remove your laptop from your carry on to get it scanned. This also goes for your plastic bag of toiletries, if you choose to bring one.
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    Pack in some boredom-busting entertainment. Once you have packed your essentials, put your entertainment items into your bag. Putting them in last ensures that the stuff you actually need fits into your bag. Don’t overstuff your bag–you don’t want to be lugging around a 25 pound bag. Make sure that your bag zips (if it has a zipper) so that you know none of your stuff will fall out.

    • Research your airline. Some planes have built-in entertainment systems, some have in-flight movies, and some do not even serve meals. Pack your boredom-busting items accordingly.
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    Wear warm clothes on the plane. Wearing a sweatshirt or jacket is always a good idea on a plane, as they tend to keep the temperature of planes at what seems to be freezing. If worst comes to worst, you can always tie your jacket or sweatshirt to your carry on bag (or around your waist).


Happy Thanksgiving

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Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend!


Mark Twain Quote

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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.
– Mark Twain


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14 Travel Tips and Tricks

Posted in Reno Reservations, Reno Travel, Travel, Travel Tip with tags , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2014 by Reno Lake Tahoe Reservations



Thread your necklaces through plastic drinking straws to avoid tangles. Cut the straws to a desired length for bracelets and anklets. source


When packing toiletries, unscrew the lids and cover each opening with a small piece of plastic wrap and then screw the lids back on. source
Make your own flat iron/ curling iron holder. Fold a pot holder in half and sew along the edge.
Now you can pack it even while it is hot. source
Save on space by transferring products like foundation and liquid blush into a contact lens case. source
Pack your shoes inside shower caps to keep dirt from getting on your clothes.  source
Protect your camera by storing it in a hard plastic saod case. source
Use an empty tic tac container to store items such as bobby pins, toothpicks, or place a needle, some thread and a few buttons inside for a mini sewing kit. source
Make your own single use antibiotic packs by squeezing the product into plastic straws and melt the ends closed with a lighter. source
Use buttons to keep matching earrings together and keep them from getting lost in the corner creases of your bag. source
If your heading to the beach don’t forget to pack some baby powder. Pour a small amount onto your hands then rub it on your skin to remove sand. source
 Use a plastic cereal dispencer as a trash can fro your car. source



Turn a pill container into a portable spice kit. source
Place cotton balls and cotton pads inside your makeup containers to keep them secure so that they don’t break. source
Don’t forget about your house plants while you are away. Make your own automatic watering system by filling a vase with water. Using a 1/4″ nylon cord place one end in the vase touching the bottom. Place the other end into the soil of your potted plant about 3 inches deep. The nylon will wick the water from the vase and water your plant as needed. source

Happy Halloween

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Hope you have a very Happy Halloween and a great weekend!


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Car Travel Tips with Children

Posted in Reno Reservations, Reno Rooms, Reno Travel, Travel, Travel Tip with tags , , , , , , , on October 25, 2014 by Reno Lake Tahoe Reservations


No, you’re not almost there yet — in fact, you haven’t left your ZIP code. When a trip to the grocery store leaves your kids whining from boredom, the prospect of a family road trip is enough to inspire nightmares, and unless you have a bus fitted with private bunks and a fridge stocked with snacks, you might imagine your kids will spend the whole trip cranky and bickering. Don’t assume the worst, though. With plenty of advance prep and an arsenal of distractions ready to keep little ones happy, this is going to be your best trip yet.

Step 1

Outfit the car with gear that should keep the kids physically comfortable. Attach sun shades to un-tinted side windows to keep the back of the vehicle cool. Place a blanket at each child’s spot in the car in case he feels the air conditioning is too cold; you might also pick up battery-operated personal fans for kids to use when they feel warm. Stow a small pillow for each child to ensure comfortable napping; neck pillows are ideal for kids stuck in middle seats.

 Step 2
Create a seat schedule if your children always fight about who sits where and when. (This only works if all your kids are out of car seats.) Divide up each leg of the trip into parts equaling the number of kids; for instance, with three kids, break a nine-hour trip into three-hour blocks. Assign kids to their seats on a rotating basis, or let each child have his choice of seats for one leg of the trip. Keep the schedule with you in the front seat to avoid confusion about whose turn is when.

Step 3

Dress every child in his most comfortable clothes. Let kids wear pajama bottoms, oversized T-shirts and bedroom slippers if they want. Ask each child to keep one sweatshirt or light jacket with him in the car. He can use it to cover up a sloppy outfit before going into a rest stop or pull it on if he wants more comfort.

Step 4

Load a bag with snacks. Keep it within your reach, or stow it in the trunk and pull out a few new items at every stop. Pick low-sugar foods, since you don’t want confined kids on a sugar rush; nutrition expert Joy Bauer suggests string cheese, whole nuts, rice cakes and sliced oranges and apples as tasty low-sugar snacks. Dole out a snack every few hours to keep kids feeling satisfied. Keep a jug of filtered water in a cooler to refill everyone’s water bottles periodically.

Step 5

Give each child a paper bag to fill with books, video games, stuffed animals or handheld devices — including earphones and extra batteries — to keep at his seat. Ask that he pack the rest of his toys in his suitcase to prevent the car from feeling like it’s stuffed with junk. Pick up a few surprises, like new coloring books and handheld travel games, to pull out once you’re on the road.

Step 6

Schedule stops every two to three hours. Insist each child get out of the car during each stop, unless he’s asleep. Lead everyone in a five-minute walk around the rest stop, or pull the car over to an empty corner of the parking lot and lead kids in a quick round of yoga stretches and jumping jacks. Everyone will feel much less antsy once back in the car.

USA Today


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