One Bag, One World http://1bag1world.com News, Reviews and Community for Light Travelers Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:33:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 54278050 Computer Problems http://1bag1world.com/2016/12/computer-problems/ http://1bag1world.com/2016/12/computer-problems/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:33:04 +0000 http://1bag1world.com/?p=1948 Greetings. Many of you are wondering why there have been so few postings during the last few months. I’d like to explain. When I went off on the first part of the Great Adventure, I packed light and instead of …

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Greetings.

Many of you are wondering why there have been so few postings during the last few months.

I’d like to explain.

When I went off on the first part of the Great Adventure, I packed light and instead of taking a laptop with me, took my Mini Ipad. I thought I could post as usual to this site since I could utilize browsers.

I quickly learned trying to post photos or links was a major problem and would take numerous tries.

When I returned and started packing for part 2 of the journey, I decided to ditch the Mini Ipad and take my laptop instead.

However, a few days before my trip, my laptop developed software problems. I spent hours on the phone with tech support but to no avail. I couldn’t get it to respond.

With not enough time to get a new laptop and set it up, I was forced, once again, to travel with my Mini Ipad.

I got back to the U.S. last night and will be at OBOW World Headquarters next week. I plan to buy a new laptop and get it set up.

Hopefully, by the beginning of next year, I will be posting on a more frequent basis. The more I post, the more readers will show and both this area and the reader’s forum should pick up.

Thanks for your patience.

One other thing….occassionally I have items I want to mention that don’t necessarily warrant a full blog post. Instead, I will utilize our Twitter feed. If you don’t want to use Twitter, no problem. If you go to the right side of this page, you will see a box marked “Twitter Feeds” where you can read them.

For those still using RSS, we have RSS feeds for postings I make as well as new entries in our Reader’s Forum. You can also sign up for those on the right side of this page.

We also have a Facebook page and any posting I make will also show up there. (Sorry, the discussions don’t.) I’ll let you guess where you will find the link to sign up. (There is a pattern going on.)

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Technology Tips http://1bag1world.com/2016/10/technology-tips/ http://1bag1world.com/2016/10/technology-tips/#comments Sun, 02 Oct 2016 23:54:57 +0000 http://1bag1world.com/?p=1942 As I’m about to head out on another 2+ month trip to Europe, I want to share some technology/virtual tips that I used and found helpful on my last few trips. Cloud The cloud. I have started to use the …

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As I’m about to head out on another 2+ month trip to Europe, I want to share some technology/virtual tips that I used and found helpful on my last few trips.

Cloud

The cloud. I have started to use the cloud for all types of storage. Photos, important documents, my itinerary, copies of tickets and just about anything that needs paper. It makes my pack lighter because I don’t have to lug so much of it around. There are lots of services that offer free space–Google, Amazon, Icloud, Microsoft, Dropbox and Evernote to name a few. I personally like Dropbox. I can access everything in my Dropbox account from all my devices and the photos I take on my cellphone are automatically uploaded.

Dummy E-mail Account

I travel with only a Mini Ipad and a cell phone. Occasionally I have to print something and need to use a hotel’s computer and printer. But I hate having to access anything with a password while using these devices. I never know if they are secure or not.

Instead, I signed up for a free email account and use that as my conduit. The password for this email is different from any other.

Here’s how it works. I get something in my regular email that I need to print–boarding pass, train ticket, etc. I access my email on one of my devices and forward it to the dummy e-mail. I then access the dummy e-mail from a hotel’s computer and print it out. I then delete that email.

If someone should hack into the dummy email account, big deal. There is nothing there. All they can do is use it to send mail. If  that happens, I just sign up for another.

 

Passcode

Some apps allow you to set a passcode. Do this. It is an additional layer of security. With a passcode, an app won’t open unless the code is entered. My cloud accounts have this. In fact, to access my phone I’ve set a passcode. It only takes a second to enter it but adds so much more to your online security.

VPN

A Virtual Private Network, or VPN, allows you to surf the net in safety while using public wifi. Once the app, or program, is added to your device, everything you send is encrypted and first sent to the VPN’s servers for decrypting and then sent to the website you are trying to reach. When working correctly, it should add no more than a second to your surfing. Some also allow you to log in to servers in other countries.

There are many free services as well as paid. I use the pay version of Hotspot Shield. (They also have a free version.) I won’t say it always works correctly–it gets disconnected at time–but it is easy to use. In fact, after installation, all you will need to do is know how to turn it on and off. You can even make the service start automatically when connecting to the net.

Find Your Phone

Use this. It is available for both Apple and Android, phone and tablet. Very simple. It you misplace your device, it will tell you where it is. And if stolen, it will let you erase everything on your device.  I have never had to use this yet but I’m glad I have it.

T-Mobile

Before my last international trip I switched to T-Mobile.When out of North America I get free unlimited data (2G and up), free text and phone calls are only 20 cents/minute. Whenever I flew into a new country, it would take 5-10 minutes to connect but I would then get a text welcoming me to that country. On a train or in a car, it will do the same but may connect before you actually enter the new country.

Sometimes, it will welcome you into a country you are not even in. While driving along the coast of the Dead Sea in Israel, I got a T-Mobile text welcoming me to Jordan. I wasn’t in Jordan but it was only a few miles away across the sea. However, at that point, the closest cell phone tower was probably in Jordan and not in Israel.

E-Guidebooks

Many travel guidebooks are now available in an electronic version to read on your device. I’m up in the air on these. They are more convenient to carry over the paper versions but not as easy to cross reference. For now, I use a combination.

 

If you have any technology tips to share, feel free to do so in the comments.

 

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But I dont want to go to school tomorrow http://1bag1world.com/2016/09/dont-want-go-school-tomorrow/ http://1bag1world.com/2016/09/dont-want-go-school-tomorrow/#comments Thu, 01 Sep 2016 15:23:50 +0000 http://1bag1world.com/?p=1938 I was subtly reminded that I am not in school anymore and wasn’t supposed to take the summer off from this website. Oops, my bad. Fortunately, I’ve gathered lots of information from the trips I’ve taken–mistakes made, lessons learned, and …

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I was subtly reminded that I am not in school anymore and wasn’t supposed to take the summer off from this website.

Oops, my bad.

Fortunately, I’ve gathered lots of information from the trips I’ve taken–mistakes made, lessons learned, and tips to make travel easier especially for the light traveler.

I’ll be back shortly with the first of many tips. But let me leave you with one right now:

Eyeshades and Earplugs

Always travel with a pair of eyeshades and earplugs. I don’t know how often these saved me from poor sleep–blackout curtains that let light in, noise from other rooms, street noise, etc. Find a set  you like and try them out at home before your trip. They sometimes take a few nights to get used to and it’s better to do this at home then on the road.

My personal favorites are these Moldex Comet Uncorded. Search around the net to find someplace you can buy only a few and not a few dozen at a time.

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Getting Sick On The Road http://1bag1world.com/2016/06/getting-sick-road/ http://1bag1world.com/2016/06/getting-sick-road/#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:39:55 +0000 http://1bag1world.com/?p=1927 It’s inevitable. Anytime I travel more than a few days, I get sick. I don’t know if it’s the plane, the stress, the change of sleep habits, or what, but I usually get sick. On this trip, it took only …

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It’s inevitable. Anytime I travel more than a few days, I get sick.

I don’t know if it’s the plane, the stress, the change of sleep habits, or what, but I usually get sick.

On this trip, it took only two days before I came down with a horrible cold. I was able to relax and stay in my hotel because that portion of the trip was to visit friends and relatives in the U.S. and they understood.

By the time I left for Europe a few days later, I was feeling much better.

And then it happened again. Two weeks later, the cold returned. And it was bad. For the next 10 days, I sneezed, coughed, switched back and forth between a runny nose and stuffed one. The cough continued for another week.

And if you can believe it, just 12 days before returning to OBOW World Headquarters, I’ve come down with another cold. I’m in Dublin in a nice hotel, top executive floor, with warm, rainy and humid weather. Unfortunately, the hotel does not have air conditioning. So the room was very hot and humid. What did they do, bring up fans, of course. And while I know you can’t get a cold from a fan, they’ve been running constantly and I’m feeling terrible.  (I thought it might just be sinus issues from the fans but the cold symptoms didn’t go away when I went out.)

So what did I do? Fortunately, on long trips I schedule in some down time to relax and recuperate. When my illness is at its worst, I stay in for a day or two and try to shake it. (I know for those of you on short trips this is not possible.)

I had to skip a few things that were planned but I know that if I don’t shake the cold, it could get worse. (It also gives me an excuse to plan a return visit to some parts.)

And that’s something I’d like to bring up. The concept of rest days. If you’re going on a one or two-week trip, or spending the entire time on a beach, then this concept is not needed. However, if you plan to spend time sightseeing, and are 21+ in age–okay, perhaps a little older–it’s important to schedule some rest days. Sleep late, do laundry, sit in a cafe, whatever you can do to just relax. Let your body and mind recuperate.

And if you get sick, you will have to make the decision on what to do–continue on or take it easy.

The other topic is whether or not you should bring a pharmacy with you in case you get sick.

In most cases, you can find what you need almost anywhere. I take just enough meds for the basics to get me started. I ask myself: “It’s midnight and I need ???. Can I wait until the morning to try to find it or do I need it right now. If right now, I take enough for a day or two. If not, I may wait to buy it should the need arise. I bought a small sample bottle of Naproxen Sodium and haven’t had to use any. I brought a box of Pepto Bismol tablets and have already had to go out and buy more.

Note, Pepto isn’t sold everywhere. And that is something important to know. 🙂

 

 

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Faroe Islands http://1bag1world.com/2016/06/faroe-islands/ http://1bag1world.com/2016/06/faroe-islands/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:50:29 +0000 http://1bag1world.com/?p=1912   Do you have a travel bucket list? I do. It’s not very big. Just a few key places I want to see before I can no longer travel. At the top of that list was the Faroe Islands. And …

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Do you have a travel bucket list? I do. It’s not very big. Just a few key places I want to see before I can no longer travel.

At the top of that list was the Faroe Islands. And during this current trip, I got there.

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The first question I usually get when I mention the Faroes is….where? Don’t feel bad if you asked that question even to yourself. About six years ago I noticed them on a map. I had never heard of the Faroes and looked into them. The photos I saw online looked amazing. It immediately went on my bucket list.

First, the basics……The Faroe Islands are a group of islands located about halfway between Iceland and Scotland. They have a population of 50,000 with 20,000 in the capital, Torshavn.

Technically part of Denmark, they accept the Danish Kroner but also have their own paper currency, the Faroese Kroner.

 

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The islands are not easy to get to, only one airline offers service, Atlantic Airways,  the official airline of the Faroes, with just a handful of flights daily. A couple of years ago they extended the runway and last year built a new terminal. There are now two gates.

Thankfully, tourists have yet to discover this beautiful place so there are no tour groups and only a few cruises calling on the islands each year.

I flew from Edinburgh and what surprised me was that it seemed half of the people on the plane knew each other and a few even hugged the flight attendants while boarding.

There is one airport on the Faroes and it is about a 45 minute drive to Torshavn. If you go, you need to pre-arrange for a taxi but there is a public bus service as well. The taxi runs about 200 Kroner ($30 US.) per person and is shared with one or two other people.  The bus is not free but doesn’t cost much. The ride from the airport into town is beautiful.

The hotels are a little behind the times–mine had the old fashion type of metal keys with the big key fob meaning you hand your key in when you leave the hotel and ask for it when you return. There are only five hotels in Torshavn with the largest, at about 100 rooms, just on the outskirts. I stayed at the Hafnia which is one of the oldest hotels but centrally located.

However, there is wifi everywhere and very good cell service.

The bus service in Torshavn has five lines and they are free. It’s a good way to see the city. The schoolkids use the buses to get to and from school as well as visit their friends and to the mall. I have never seen such well behaved kids.

Weather, surprisingly, isn’t that severe. While they do get snow in the winter, temperatures rarely go below 20 degree F in the winter nor above 60 in the summer.

Prices are high because just about everything has to be imported. Almost  everyone I met spoke English very well, there is no crime to speak of–most people told me they leave their car keys in their cars and sometimes don’t bother to lock their house doors–and people are very friendly.

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If you look in the above photo, you will see a church spire just left of center. To the right of that is a building with a glass top floor. That was my hotel and from there I took the first photo and the one below.

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The pace of life in the Faroes is slow. Or should I say relaxed. I never saw anyone rushing or stressed out. Everyone seemed fairly happy.

The one mistake I did make was not renting a car. While there is a bus service to many areas of the islands, some of which are connected by tunnels, the best way to see the island is by car. Note, there are four traffic lights in the Faroes; Three are on one street in Torshavn and the fourth is in one small town somewhere.

Since I plan to go to Iceland in the fall, I think a return visit to the Faroes, only slightly more than an hour away by plane,  will be necessary.

One last thing….there are no McDonald’s on the Faroes but there is a Burger King located in the city’s largest shopping mall, SMS. Including the supermarket and the three eateries in the food court, there are about 20 stores. For reference, a Whopper, fries and a coke went for just over $12. Ketchup was extra.

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Divorcing a Hotel http://1bag1world.com/2016/05/divorcing-a-hotel/ http://1bag1world.com/2016/05/divorcing-a-hotel/#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 22:35:30 +0000 http://1bag1world.com/?p=1905   A hotel stay can be like a marriage; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t and sometimes it’s a disaster. Get yourself a cup of coffee or tea. This is going to be a long post. As part of my …

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2016-05-01 15.06.09

 

A hotel stay can be like a marriage; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t and sometimes it’s a disaster.

Get yourself a cup of coffee or tea. This is going to be a long post.

As part of my “Adventure,” I planned to spend a week in Paris. I have been to Paris many times but thought it might be fun to get an apartment type hotel, with kitchen, shop in local markets and instead of eating out all the time, do some cooking.

I found such a hotel, part of a small chain, that had a small, but usable, kitchen in every room. They supplied pots, pans, utensils, a stove, refrigerator, and microwave. Free wifi, weekly housekeeping and a 24 hour reception desk.

I’m not going to name the hotel because they probably don’t want me telling the following story and I don’t want a law suit.

Check-in was uneventful and I given a room on the top floor (7th). As soon as I walked in, I was hit with an obnoxious, pungent cooking odor. It got stronger as I walked into the closet size kitchen. When I opened the microwave to try to find the culprit of this malicious smell, it hit me so hard I literally cringed and took a few steps back.

A call to the front desk had them sending up a housekeeper who tried to wipe away the smell. (Good luck with that.) I asked for a new microwave and while first saying no, they finally agreed. It wasn’t much better.

After that was taken care of, I went into the bathroom. As I approached the sink, the odor was horrible. It smelled as if someone had shoved some very stinky cheese down the bathroom sink. I tried using hot water to flush whatever was in there down the drain but it didn’t work.

I wasn’t staying in the room.

By this time, it was after 5:00 PM on a Friday. The manager was gone for the weekend as well as any person from maintenance.

They found me a new room but it was on a lower floor facing the front of the hotel. The hotel was situated on a very busy street with the elevated metro literally level with my room. The windows were not soundproof and the noise was ridiculous.

The young woman at reception said that was the only other room available so I decided to stay in my original room. I walked to the supermarket down the block and bought room freshener and  drain cleaner hoping they would help.

They didn’t.

Finally, at 10:00 PM, I couldn’t take the smell anymore and said I had to move. Miraculously, another room facing the back garden, as my original room did, became available.

I checked it out. It was fine. No smell, quiet location and even had a small balcony.

Okay, I thought, a rough beginning but things were now looking up.

I slept okay even though I could hear every step the person above me took.

Early the next morning, the person above me must have liked to move furniture because for two straight hours I heard nothing but heavy movement on the ceiling.

Then, the front desk called to see if I wanted to move. I said no, I was fine in this room.

An hour after that, I was called again and told that I would have to move. My room was scheduled for maintenance on Monday from outside technicians that couldn’t be rescheduled.

But, because of my troubles, they would upgrade me to a better room. One right next door to my original room on the top floor. I would be called when the room was ready.

While waiting, I decided to do some work but started to have problems with the wifi. For some reason, within a couple of minutes of my connecting, it would disconnect me. For the next three hours, I was working with the front desk people as well as on the phone with their tech support to try to find the problem. Finally, they said they would allow me to access their business line and it worked fine.

By 4:30, I had not heard from the hotel about changing rooms so I went down to find out. They said the room was ready and I could move.

I decided to check it out first and I am glad I did. The room reeked of cooked fish. Really smelly cooked fish.

I refused the room and said I would stay where I was until Monday. The front desk folks said they would try to find out how long the maintenance people needed to see if I needed to leave.

This hotel offered weekly housekeeping but tells their guests that there is a housekeeping room on the second floor they can use if they want clean towels, new soap, trash bags, etc. I went to check it out and found out they rarely keep it stocked.

Not looking forward to more moves and problems, I decided to change hotels. This one insisted on payment up front and I was concerned they wouldn’t refund the balance.

I told the front desk personnel that I planned to leave and wanted a refund. They said they would have to get permission from their manager but it shouldn’t be a problem.

When I came back from dinner–I didn’t do any cooking because the utensils in the kitchen weren’t that clean–they asked what time I planned to leave the next day. Check out was 11:00 and that’s when I planned to leave.

Could I be out by 8:30 AM, they wanted to know, because that was when the workmen were coming. As an incentive they offered me a free  breakfast. Fine, I thought, let me out of here.

The next morning they called at 8:30 to say the workman was there but was going to do another room first. And, I could leave my things in the room as the maintenance guy only needed about a half hour. (It turned out he only needed 10 minutes).

I had breakfast, got my refund and left.

Hotel #2 was across town and with a taxi stand across from my first hotel, grabbed one rather than hassling with the Metro.

It was early but the new hotel had a room ready. It was a little musty and I thought, oh no, here we go again. (This was a regular hotel, not one with kitchens in the room.)

The second room was fine but I had problems with getting a wifi signal. Their maintenance guy came up and told me straight out in French he did not speak English. That was fine, I said in French, and if he spoke slowly I could understand.

He spoke faster.

Eventually, I got a third room that was fine.

Hotel #2 had a very friendly front desk staff (the friendliest ones were from Italy), excellent breakfast, great views from their rooftop deck, small but comfortable rooms, and was very quiet.

I was happy until the next to last day of my stay. Not feeling well, I told the housekeeper I didn’t need my room cleaned but would like new towels and clean coffee mugs.

She brought the new towels without taking the old ones and then did something that literally made my mouth drop.

She took my old coffee cups into the bathroom and with her bare hand, washed them out. (The same hand, I guess, she uses to clean toilets.) She then took them to her cart and used a dirty cleaning cloth to dry them off.

I literally stood there wondering what I should do. This was a 4 star hotel and I didn’t expect that.

I went down to the front desk and asked to speak to the manager. Only it was a holiday in France so the manager wasn’t there. I told the person at reception who didn’t seem to really care.

I tell this story because I have never had a hotel stay like the first one and I learned from the second to always wash out my own hotel room cups even if they look clean.

I wish I could say these were the only hotel stories, but since writing the first draft, I’ve had more. But I’ll give you a break and tell you more later.

How about you? Any horror stories in hotels?

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Where to begin? http://1bag1world.com/2016/05/where-to-begin/ http://1bag1world.com/2016/05/where-to-begin/#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 15:52:26 +0000 http://1bag1world.com/?p=1899   As I sit on the rooftop terrace of my Paris hotel–I think looking at the picture you would have guessed it was Paris–I realized it has been two weeks since I left for my little adventure and needed to …

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As I sit on the rooftop terrace of my Paris hotel–I think looking at the picture you would have guessed it was Paris–I realized it has been two weeks since I left for my little adventure and needed to do some posting.

The problem, you see, is trying to decide what to post. Do I want this to become like every other travel website out there, waxing poetic about what I’m seeing? Writing about how romantic Paris is….the food, the wine, the baguettes. Or  about London and the pubs, beer and the Queen?

Nah.

This website has always been about finding ways to travel easier. Or lighter. Or better (with you defining what is “better.”)

I’m going to tell you about what I’ve encountered, the mistakes I made, and I’ve made a few, but then again, too few to mention….sorry, I went off on a Frank Sinatra tangent…and yes, a little bit about the places I visited.

Two weeks have passed and I have stories to tell.

Stay tuned.

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The Adventure Begins http://1bag1world.com/2016/04/adventure-begins-2/ http://1bag1world.com/2016/04/adventure-begins-2/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:01:48 +0000 http://1bag1world.com/?p=1895   British Airways First Class Johnnie Walker Blue The Adventure Begins…………..

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British Airways

First Class

Johnnie Walker Blue

The Adventure Begins…………..

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New Packing Cubes http://1bag1world.com/2016/03/new-packing-cubes/ http://1bag1world.com/2016/03/new-packing-cubes/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2016 22:33:39 +0000 http://1bag1world.com/?p=1867 Over the past few months, there have been a slew of new packing cubes introduced–many in new sizes, shapes and materials. I have all of the ones mentioned in this post and will present them in alphabetical order to  show …

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Over the past few months, there have been a slew of new packing cubes introduced–many in new sizes, shapes and materials. I have all of the ones mentioned in this post and will present them in alphabetical order to  show no favorites.

eBags

 

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eBags has a new line of Ultralight Packing Cubes available individually or in sets. The sizes are slightly different than standard packing cubes. The large is 13 x 13 x 3.5 inches, the slim is 13 x 6.5 x 3.5 inches and the small is 6.5 x 6.5 x 3.5 inches. (Two smalls equal a slim, two slims equal a large.) They are made of Codura nylon, have a slight frame to help keep their shape, a mesh top to see what’s inside and come in Blue, Green, Orange and Gray. $12-70 depending on which ones you order. Some are currently on sale at Amazon.

 

Genius Pack

 

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Genius Pack has a set of three compression packing cubes that really do compress. The secret is the stretchable mesh top. When packed full, the stretch will push items down.  The set includes three sizes:  large at 13 x 8 x 3 inches, medium at 10 x 7 x 3 inches and small at 7.5 x 6.5 x 2. inches. You get a choice of black or red.  $38

 

Lewis N Clark

 

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Lewis and Clark has added three new sizes to their Electrolight Packing Cube line.  All are made of silnylon and have mesh tops.

The expandable tube cube is 13 x 4 x 3 inches, expandable to 5 inches, and weighs 2 oz. ($18.99). The expandble mini cube is 6 x 6 x 2 inches expandable to 5 inches and weighs 1 oz. (12.49).The micro cube doesn’t expand but measures 4.5 x 4.5 x 2 inches and weighs 0.5 oz. (8.99). The tube cube and micro cube will easily fit in the well formed by the retractable handles of most rolling bags. A good way to use that space and stay organized.

(While the good folks at Lewis & Clark sent these to us for review, I would not be doing my job if I didn’t tell you that REI has virtually these same items with a slight design change.)

 

Standard Luggage

 

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Standard Luggage has come out with a set of packing cubes with a new twist. Available in sets of three, each cube measures 12.5 x 10 x 3 inches and weighs 4 oz. What’s unique is that they can be put together via a velcro strip on the back of each one and then hung up.  The zippers on each cube only open up on one side so items don’t fall out when hung up but this also hinders packing some items. $59

 

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Standard Luggage has also come out with a Backpack Packing Cube. As a cube it measure 12.5 x 10 x 3 inches but expands to 15 x 10 x 3 inches in backpack mode. It even packs into itself for storage or when not using it as a packing cube. Good for those who truly want to minimize their load. 10 oz. $39

 

Tom Bihn

 

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Tom Bihn has come out with a new line of ultralightweight packing cubes made of a new material they call Aether. They are sized to fit their Aeronaut 45, Aeronaut 30 and Tristar bags but can be used in any bag. The material is water resistant and to save weight Tom Bihn has downsized to a size 3 YKK zipper. They are available in carbon, violet and wasabi. $21-24

 

Travelon

 

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Travelon has come out with a new expandable packing cube. It measures 14 x 11 x 4.5 inches and expands to 8 inches. Inside are two compartments one of which has a zip shut lid. On the outside, and hard to see in the photo above, are two slots for sandals or flip-flops. Available in Aqua, Gray, Black and Lime.  $25 (or slightly cheaper on Amazon.)

I like all of the cubes and wouldn’t hesitate using any of them. If one or more gets your interest, give them a try.

 

 

Some of the products mentioned in this post were supplied by the manufacturer. OBOW is an Amazon affiliate.

 

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Spirit Airlines to Change Personal Item Size http://1bag1world.com/2016/02/spirit-airlines-to-change-personal-item-size/ Tue, 02 Feb 2016 02:35:49 +0000 http://1bag1world.com/?p=1858 Spirit Airlines, one of the first a la carte airlines to charge for just about everything, is changing the size of the allowable personal item carried on board. Spirit charges for a full size carry-on but allows a personal item …

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Courtesy of Spirit Airlines

Courtesy of Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines, one of the first a la carte airlines to charge for just about everything, is changing the size of the allowable personal item carried on board.

Spirit charges for a full size carry-on but allows a personal item up to 16″ x 14″ x 12″ for free.

However, starting March 31, the dimensions of that item will change to 17″ x 13″ x 8″.

No official word to the change has come from Spirit but one of our observant readers found it in the airline’s Terms and Conditions.

I wonder if they plan to make an announcement or just surprise unsuspecting passengers with a carry-on fee?

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