Diversity Woman Magazine

FALL 2016

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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52 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N Fa l l 2 0 1 6 d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m 8 Get personal On most flights, you can bring a smaller personal item along with your carry-on luggage. Again, the rules vary among the airlines. American and United have no specific size limits for personal items, but American does speci- fy that it must fit under the seat in front of you. Make the most of your personal item. If you carry a purse, laptop, or camera, try to find a bag that fits them all. "I re- cently found the dream bag for me: the O.M.G. by Lo & Sons," says travel writer and editor Kristin Luna. "Whether I'm traveling for a night or two weeks, I never leave home without a MacBook Pro, Can- on DSLR, multiple lenses, charging cords, Kindle, iPhone, and smaller camera ac- cessories like a GoPro, and I'm amazed that the O.M.G. fits it all seamlessly. Even better, it slips over the handle of my roll- ing bag." A backpack with wheels and a telescop- ic handle is the personal item of choice for Michelle Greenwald, CEO of Inven- tours, a firm that creates curated trips to creative cities. "I put my purse in the backpack and it usually counts as one personal item." Still need more room? Check out each airline's list of exemptions from the "one-bag plus one personal item" rule. ese often include reading mate- rial, coats, hats, umbrellas, and pillows. If your bags are bulging, wear or carry these things by hand onto the plane. Most airlines also allow you to bring food and beverages bought after going through security, duty-free purchases, strollers, child safety seats, and mobility devices, such as wheelchairs and crutch- es. Some airlines, including American, don't count diaper bags toward the two- bag limit, either. DW Born in Germany, April Kilcrease grew up on three continents. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, AFAR, and e Guardian. Y ou don't have to fold clothes with the precision of an origami artist to fit everything you need into your carry-on luggage. Follow these simple tips to make sure your bag travels with you and not in the cargo hold. Of the varying methods that help keep clothes wrinkle-free, the rolling technique is the easiest—and it saves space. Fold pants in half lengthwise, and fold shirt- sleeves back, then roll the shirt from the bottom up like a sleeping bag. The layer cake method may keep your clothes smoother, but it takes up a bit more room. Fold and stack your clothes normally, and place a plastic dry-cleaning bag or tissue between each layer. The slippery material helps prevent wrinkles from setting. For extra-speedy unpack- ing, leave clothes on their hangers. If avoiding creases is your top prior- ity, try the bundle method. Start with a blazer, collar side down, arms out. Then lay a long-sleeved shirt, front side up, in the opposite direction, overlapping at the sleeves. Continue to center shirts along the sleeves and stack pants on top of the shirtsleeves. Alternate which direc- tion the shirts (north/south) and pants (east/west) hang off the suitcase. Place a square of tightly folded casual clothes in the middle and then carefully wrap your business attire around the core. If wrinkles are a frequent travel con- cern, consider investing in a rollaboard with one or more garment suiters. These compartments function like garment bags within your carry-on. Be sure to pack your largest items first, placing the heaviest closest to the wheels of your rollaboard for balance. Wear your bulkiest shoes and pack an additional pair along the edges of the bag. To help maintain the shape of your shoes, and save space, fill them with rolled socks or underwear. Slip clothes into compressor bags or large zip-top plastic bags, and press or suck the air out before sealing, essen- tially vacuum-packing your clothes. Eagle Creek's Pack-It Compression Sacs claim to reduce packing volume by up to 80 percent. Use packing cubes or pouches to keep track of smaller items, including chargers and other tech accessories. Pack Like a Pro DW Life > THINKSTOCKPHOTOS

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