Packing Problems Solved with Genius Multi-Way Travel Clothes
I have a packing problem. My problem with packing is that I’m too proficient, which is quite problematic. I’m quite proud of my prolific packing skills, though part of me sees it as a curse. And that part is my back.
On my recent European trip to Munich, Switzerland, Austria, and Paris, I learned a lesson. No, I didn’t learn that I shouldn’t put so much stuff into my bag. Instead, I learned how to say, “Oh my god, this is heavy” in German, Romansh, Swiss-German, Swiss-French, Austrian, and French. Though, a grunt is universally understood.
Add my Tumi backpack, and this is pretty typical.
I profusely apologized more times than I can count to taxi drivers, bellmen, airport workers, and random helpful people on the train. I rationalized my heavy bag by mentioning that it was full of ski stuff for my two weeks in the Alps. Of course, I didn’t need two ski jackets, three pairs of ski pants, and enough Under Armour to start my own store. Frankly, my vow to pack better is also similar to my pledge to eat more vegetables. I start with the best of intentions, but that broccoli just rots away in the refrigerator untouched, just as my suitcase continues to tip the scales at the airport. I guess that’s why the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
My trips tend to be longer compared to most. After all, many Americans only get two weeks of freedom per year. And in my skewed, travel-centric world, I see fourteen days merely as a jaunt. My trips also are quite varied. For instance, I may stay in luxury hotels and dine in restaurants with dress codes, but I’m also pounding the pavement touring a city or doing something sort of sporty in the country. Throw in varied climates, and that’s a recipe for a packing disaster.
I’m a clotheshorse from way back, and it’s difficult for me to find a happy medium between my Boy Scouts “be prepared” motto and my want-to-be “less is more” mantra. These two are conflicting at best. However, last summer I got an email from a lovely lady by the name of Jia Li asking if I’d like to collaborate with her. She identified herself a clothing designer living in New York City. Well, you can imagine THAT grabbed my attention. Jia said her line is designed for women on the go and who travel a lot.
That’s totally me!
These two pieces will be mine.
I tried not to get too excited, as most women’s travel-type clothes I’ve seen involve zip-off pant legs in various earth-tone colors. And that just ain’t my bag, y’all. So, I hopped over to Ms. Jia’s site to check out exactly what sort of wares she was peddling.
Well, well, well…
What I found on the Jia Collection website wasn’t some lovechild of Eddie Bauer and Chico’s. Nope. These were clothes that I would actually love to own. Dresses, skirts, shirts, coats, all beautifully done, and not a single cargo anything in sight. I browsed through the pages, taking mental note of the items I wanted, which keeping track of the things I didn’t want would have been a lot easier.
Six ways! How is that even possible?
I jumped over to the Press page. Ok, so the likes of Travel + Leisure, InStyle, Lucky, and O Magazine have featured Jia’s creations. Stars like the always stunning, Kerry Washington (Scandal, anyone?), Jennie Garth (hello, Ms. 90210 herself) and Julia Ormond (who didn’t adore her in Sabrina?) have been spotted wearing Jia Collection.
This was one email that wasn’t going in the deleted message bin. Furiously my fingers tapped away on the keyboard. I gushed about her designs and praised her creativity and style. A few more emails were exchanged, a Skype call was taken, and then a package was delivered to my front door. In that brown box, perhaps, was the path to solving my over packing woes.
Thanks, Whitney Martin, for this awesome old-school film photo.
Being that it was August, which in Houston equates to the face of the sun, Jia sent me two dresses from her spring/summer collection. The Estee, with its A-line silhouette, can be worn two ways. The Florentina, a knit wrap dress, can be worn four ways. Easy-peasy. By just looking at the dresses, I knew I could throw on some metallic sandals and chunky bracelets and be dressed for a casual brunch. Or, I could strap on a pair of heels and some blingy jewelry, and I’m suitable for cocktails at a swanky locale.
As advertised, the dresses were versatile. I took them to Toronto, where they looked city chic. They then made their way to Maui and O’ahu. Both were island appropriate and comfortable for my grazing through two food and wine festivals. Thank goodness for stretchable knit and a flattering fit.
Don’t let the St. Moritz sunshine fool you. It was cold, but I was warm.
Winter rolled around, and again, a big, brown box arrived at my door. Knowing that I was heading to the Alps, Jia sent a care package to help keep me warm. I ditched my beloved J. Crew winter coat for the Hayden. Faux shearling on one side and brown leatheresque fabric on the other, this coat can be worn six different ways. Seriously, I didn’t believe it until went all Inspector Clouseau on the coat. Sure enough—six ways! I wore it long in the mountains, then zipped off the bottom and wore it short in the cities. It was perfect.
Leaving Davos for Innsbruck…and off with the bottom.
The coffee-colored Lidiya lambswool and angora sweater was a welcomed addition to my stuffed suitcase. I actually pulled out three sweaters and replaced them with Jia’s (progress, people!). With removable sleeves it can be worn as a long or short-sleeved sweater. I even threw a cream-colored turtle neck under the short-sleeved version for an additional look. Something that I didn’t figure out until I got home is that tunic-length sweater can actually be made shorter with a synch and knot. So technically, this sweater can be worn four ways (or six if you do my little turtleneck trick). Super!
Because a fur hat and a glass of whiskey are perfect accessories in St. Moritz.
Perhaps admitting I have an over-packing problem is the first step on the road to recovery. Who am I kidding? I’ve been through this process previously. I profess that I’ll do better, then I find myself paying the price in overweight fees and sore shoulders. Maybe the second step is acquiring every piece designed by this wardrobe wizard, or at least adapt the Jia Collection’s chic, multifunctional mantra. I’m starting to realize that sometimes more is just more, especially when it comes to clothes. Better late than never.
Jia Collection is offering a discount of 25% to my readers. Please enter “LEAHTRAVELS” upon checkout.
I was provided pieces from Jia Collection to preview. In no way was I persuaded to write a positive review based on the perfectly tailored pieces, the phenomenally creative designs, or the pretty patterns. As always, opinions are mine. Find Jia’s recent interview on Forbes.
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33+ Helpful Moving Tips Everyone Should Know
Moving from one house to another can be stressful and exciting all at the same time. Staying organized, making lists, and planning ahead make the whole process a lot easier, but so does having a few handy moving tips and tricks up your sleeve!
Staying organized, making lists, and planning ahead makes the whole process a lot easier.
Because my family is planning a big move in the near future, I've spent the last week looking for ways to make the whole moving process more enjoyable. I'm really not one to obsess over the little things, but I do want to get our belongings from one place to the other in one piece. We've just purchased a few new furniture items and I don't want to risk any damage. These are the moving tips and tricks that were most helpful to me!
I've also included a checklist of non-packing essentials that should be planned in advanced. Hope they help! Plus, I found this great (very thorough) checklist from Art & Home for you to follow, from picking your move date to setting up your beds for your first night in your new home.
Use Clever Clips
Instead of spending money on expensive clip hangers for your kiddo’s closet, hit the dollar store for a pack of clothespins. Keep those adorable two-piece outfits together by clipping the pants or skirts to the bottom part of the hanger.
45 genius solutions to your stupid problems around the house
I'm a science fiction fan, and this is the year 2020. I was always led to expect that when year numbers started looking like that, there would be robots or androids available to handle all the stupid problems around the house so we humans could focus on picking out space suits, mastering techno-babble, and learning to pilot our flying cars.
But here we are, still struggling with issues like mosquitoes in the bedroom, drafts underneath the door, rotting produce, and sock drawers in chaos. It's all good, though. I don't think I want to live in a universe where there is no shopping — and shopping is what makes it possible to solve all of those conflicts. So, after boldly going where no AI can, I found 45 solutions to different household issues — and they're all on Amazon.
Nothing on this list is too expensive, but all of it is necessary if you want to prepare meals with ease, organize your closet, create a comfier WFH environment, and live a life free of mundane hassles and irritations. Trust me: You probably need these things — and once you get them, you'll be wondering how you have been getting along without them until now.
44 Genius Things On Amazon That Fix Annoying Problems Around Your Home
It’s easy to get used to the little inconvenient things that pop up in everyday life — but the good news is that sometimes you just don’t have to. There are tons of genius things on Amazon that can fix annoying problems around your home. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your existing furniture, appliances, or tech, or you simply want to make your daily routine easier, there’s a product that can help.
The items on this list span a wide range of functions, but they all solve very relatable problems around the home. When clutter piles up, it can get in the way of everything, but clever organizational products like storage bins, key holders, and space-efficient hangers can offer an easy upgrade. If your furniture or flooring is looking worse for wear, try out a furniture repair kit or felt pads to prevent scuffs. Kitchens and bathrooms pose all sorts of unique challenges, from clogged drains to smelly garbage disposals — fortunately, there are products that can tackle those problems and more.
Scroll down to see 44 of the best items on Amazon to prevent and fix the things around your home that annoy you. (And don’t be surprised if you have a hard time imagining everyday life without them again.)
Eagle Creek Travel Gear
Available in three colorways (black, blue, and red), this packing cube set is from trusted travel brand Eagle Creek. It includes three different sized cubes for clothing and accessories, and each of the cubes has built-in mesh so you can easily identify what&aposs in each compartment without having to open them. The brand recommends you roll your items within the cubes to maximize storage and minimize wrinkles. The only downside is this set does not come with a laundry bag, according to customers.
One fan said: "I travel a lot, but this is my first experience using cubes, and I will use them from now on. Much easier to pack, find and repack [items] — especially when you don&apost have a dresser available to you. It just makes you feel more organized. In the future, though, I&aposll bring along a small duffel or plastic bag for dirty laundry."
Buy It: Eagle Creek Travel Gear, $20 for set of 3, was $28, amazon.com
Best Budget: AmazonBasics Four-Piece Packing Cube Set
While a lower price usually means lower quality, the AmazonBasics packing cubes remain durable and affordable. Although there are six color options, if you’re not picky with the color you can save a few bucks (for example, red and blue are often cheaper than other options). The set is made of polyester and comes with four travel cubes: two medium and two large – ideal for heavier packers. The large cubes measure 17.5 x 12.75 x 3.25 inches and comfortably hold hoodies, sweaters, and jeans, while the medium ones (13.75 x 9.75 x 3 inches) are great for pants and long-sleeve shirts. They also feature dual zippers and a mesh front for identifying items quickly.
Bikepacking Bags & Packs
The most significant gear innovation that has helped popularize bikepacking is the commercial availability of bike-specific soft bags. Replacing traditional racks and panniers, these consist of a framebag, a handlebar bag or harness, a seat pack, and peripheral bags. Light, rattle free and tailored to modern mountain bikes, they’ll optimize your bike’s carrying capacity without significantly adding to its weight or affecting the way it handles. Most are made by small-scale cottage industries – some are custom made on a piece by piece basis, and others are available pre-designed to fit certain frame brands and sizes. Consider investing in a seat pack and roll bag first, then a framebag when you’ve settled on a bike you’re happy with. Alternatively, check out our ideas below on how to get by with what you might already have.
If you don’t want to buy bags, you can use a few simple pieces of gear you probably own to do a quick overnighter. For starters, a comfortable daypack, along with dry bags lashed to your handlebars and seatpost, makes a good barebones approach. Small panniers will probably work if you’re pedaling forest service roads and plan to be out for several days. But if you’re exploring technical singletrack on a one- or two-night trip, it might be best to leave the panniers at home. Remember, bikepacking is about having fun on the trail, and not being overloaded with gear.
Seat Pack Dry Bag
For a seat pack, use a 5-7 liter dry bag clipped around the seatpost and cinched to the saddle rails with a webbing strap. Store a change of clothes and a few other odds and ends in it. To help stabilize the load, add something stiff within the bag, such as tightly rolled clothes.
On The Handlebars
On the handlebars, use a larger 14-20 liter dry bag cinched to the handlebars with two webbing or Voile straps. Include a small tent (the poles will help keep a straight shape to the bag) and a lightweight down sleeping bag. Long and slender bags work better than short fat ones. Sea to Summit Big River bags work well.
Although we generally aspire to riding without a backpack, they can be useful for more technical rides—especially those that require their fair share of hike-a-biking—or for carrying a camera, or if you don't yet have bikepacking bags. For such purposes, a 14+ liter hydration pack will do. Or, just use a day pack you have lying around. This can carry extras like sleeping gear, rain gear, or food and cooking supplies. Here are a few.
Find out a little more about how that kit works in An Impromptu Overnighter.
If you’re interested in investing in purpose-built bikepacking bags, here are a few pointers and resources. Or, if you have access to a sewing machine, make your own! In addition, make sure to check out our Complete Guide to Bikepacking Bags.
Grab a basic seat pack. They essentially strap onto your seat rails and around your seatpost. There are several readily available options for under $100. One easy and available offering worth noting is the Revelate Designs Viscacha Seat Pack.
On the Frame
There are also frame packs designed to work within the bike’s frame triangle, available in variations for both full-suspension and hardtail frames. The most obvious and universal type is a half frame pack. These are especially usable on a hardtail or rigid bike.
As mentioned, it’s pretty easy to strap a dry bag to you handlebars, but you can also get a purpose-built bag or harness. Additionally, there are various accessory bags that can add peripheral packing space to your kit.
If you need advice for camping and cooking equipment, apparel, and other such gear, start at our Bikepacking Hacks and then take a peek at our list of long-distance tested stuff, Bikepacking Gear That Lasts.
More About P^cubed® - Pick-Pocket Proof® Travel Clothing
Travel Pants Meets Money-belts: P^cubed® or Pick-Pocket Proof® Travel Pants are a true travel revolution and the result of years of travel knowledge and a first hand experience at the hands of a pick-pocket.
Best described as, "gear masquerading as a pair of pants," our apparel represents the future of travel and the fusion of travel pants with the security of money-belts. First, we start off with an incredible pair of pants. Then build in the functionality and security of 4 money-belts right at your fingertips! Imagine no longer having to dig into your waist or pull your valuables out of your shirt. Pick-Pocket Proof® Travel Pants literally puts security back in the hands of the traveler and lets you choose one, two or even three layers of protection between your wallet and the world!
First, zip the zipper to seal the pocket. Then secure the button flap for twice the protection. For even more security, lock what's most valuable in the triple secure hidden passport pocket. Pick-pockets are looking for an easy target and in our Pick-Pocket Proof® Travel Clothing, they'll have to find another victim & you'll be free to enjoy the beauty of the world around you!
The Look & Feel of Cotton + All the Benefits of Nylon: We are proud to introduce our new four season fabric featuring Wrinkle, Rain & Stain Resistance™!
Our [travel] pants are designed to be worn every day - whether at home or abroad. Working directly with one of the worlds largest nylon manufacturers, our designers were able to create an innovative fabric that mimics the wearability found in traditional cotton material. We are proud to offer 100% Nature-Like™ Nylon on both our Adventure Traveler & Business Traveler Lines.
Just as we have revolutionized what you expect from pockets on past releases, our new generation of Pick-Pocket Proof Pants® will redefine what you'll come to expect from quick-dry travel wear. Our Nature-Like™ Nylon travel pants offer the look and feel of Cotton (breathable, comfortable, moisture wicking), with all the benefits of Nylon (lightweight, wrinkle resistant, quick-dry, durable). Rated at UPF 50+, they also provide incredible protection from the sun.
We then take it a step further to make sure that our pants are everything a travel garment should be: Wrinkle, Rain & Stain Resistant™! A Durable Water Repellent (DWR) & Stain Resistant finish is added directly into the fiber of our fabric prior to weaving. This increases the longevity of the pants, lowers drying time & makes them easier to care for! Spilled drinks will roll right off the pants and stains will have less of an effect on the material.
Inspired by the Bell Tower of Xian, where pick-pockets and pedestrians converge in overcrowded underground walkways. Pick-Pocket Proof® Travel Clothes are the result of a near miss with a pick-pocket beneath the tower in late 2007.
Pick-pocketing is a major problem in Xian and signs reading "Beware of Pick Pockets" are all around - but you never think its going to happen to you! We were attacked by a team from behind and luckily noticed something was happening just in time to see them disappear in the crowded mass behind us.
Personally, we hate carrying money-belts. They are uncomfortable, unwieldy and inefficient but a necessity for a traveler - until now! Pick-Pocket Proof® Travel Clothing allows you to select your level of security based on your surroundings. Perhaps you're not worried about a pick-pocket walking in down your street at home but when you're about to enter the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul or infamous Chunking Mansions in Hong Kong, you'll never again think about travel security the same way with a double or triple secured pocket!
As travelers, we know that everyone has a unique travel style. So we've modeled our innovative Pick-Pocket Proof® family after your own! Each traveler has an individual destination and unique way of getting there - we offer two types of fabric in travel friendly colors geared toward the Casual - Business Traveler and the Adventure Traveler.
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