Pack like a Professional

By / 12th October, 2016 / Packing Tips / No Comments

About to hit the road or jump on a plane? Space is Key.

  1. Only bring the essentials. Seems easy, right? If you are packing in a hurry this can be difficult. Instead of rushing through packing, organize your outfits by day. Choosing articles that can be worn for multiple days with different outfits.
  2. Roll your clothing. Stuff your socks or undergarments inside your shoes, and make sure to wear your bulkiest shoes on your travel day. Also it is good to leave your bulkiest item, like a coat or jacket, out of your bag so you have more space.
  3. Have sample sizes of your toiletries (this is especially helpful if flying and you don’t plan on checking a bag because they fit the <3oz criteria). For an added measure, cover the tops of your bottles with plastic wrap before returning the lid to the product, this will prevent leaks, especially in the case of a pressure change.
  4. Travel can be stressful enough, so make sure to have the items you need handy, and keep your valuables and wallet close to prevent theft. For example, always keep your jewelry in a small container in the bag you plan to keep on your person. The same goes for things like your cell, e-reader, ect.
  5. Always keep an eye mask, earplugs, and headphones to your music player. These items will allow you to sleep if you need to, and music can make your trip much more relaxing.
  6. Try not to stress. Your trip is meant to be enjoyable.

Planning Your 2017 Route 66 Trip by Motorcycle

By / 28th September, 2016 / Road Trips / No Comments


The Mother Road can be an incredible experience, especially via a motorcycle. Main Street USA traverses across a wide variety of landscapes, climates and locales so it is important to prepare for your journey adequately. Below are some of the best tips for traveling the Mother Road comfortably on your bike.

  • Plan it out
    • Know if you are going to rent a bike, where you are starting from, and how you will be getting yourself (and your bike if not renting,) home.
    • Plan out about how long your trip should take, and set some goals for where you want to hit, when.
    • May-October tends to be the best time to travel across the US.
    • Get your bike checked out to make sure everything is working correctly. This includes making sure that your tires have the appropriate number of miles left on them.
  • Set Realistic Travel Goals
    • The trip is meant to be enjoyable, so make sure you plan enough time to experience the sights, while giving your body the time to rest. It can be very strenuous to ride for long periods of time, and taking care of your body is paramount on a long journey. Rest as often as you need it and consider getting on the road around 7 a.m., because it is a pleasure to watch the landscape wake up. Go to bed somewhat early (about 10 p.m. or so) to ensure that you will be alert and safe on the road.
    • See the attractions.
    • Eat heavier meals at night, nothing is worse than getting sleepy in the middle of your day.
    • Save booze for when your bike is parked for the night.
  • Pack the Essentials
    • Clothes: If you don’t pack it, you’ll probably need it. Bring waterproof, well ventilated equipment. Consider a cooing vest, and extra layers for changes in climate. You may consider purchasing touch screen capable gloves for your smartphone.
    • Maps: Use as a backup if your phone GPS dies, or for loss of service. Michelin Maps are good to use and are available on Amazon .
    • Backup Battery, Bluetooth Equipment: Make sure you bring your GPS capable smartphone for emergencies, and for documenting your journey, as well as a backup power pack. They are inexpensive and can get you through charges. You may consider a Bluetooth enabled helmet so you can listen to your music or directions on your journey.
    • A Toolkit, Fix-a-Flat and a flashlight or headlamp
    • Towel
    • Book