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Thursday, June 3, 2010


Marlys Vandenburg, American Woman’s fashion editor, was scheduled to blog today, but Marlys has informed me she has better things to do and has left me in the lurch at the last minute.  This is so typical of la prima donna Marlys.  You’ll see what I mean once Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun by author Lois Winston is released in January.  For now, you’ll just have to take my word for it.  Luckily travel editor Serena Brower has another travel tip handy and agreed to step in as a last minute replacement. -- AP

Benvenuto! Willkomen! Beinvenue! Welcome!  Serena Brower here again.  That Marlys is a real piece of work.  As Anastasia said, you’ll just have to wait until January to get the full effect of what the rest of us put up with on a daily basis.  For now, I’m here to offer another travel tip.

Ever notice how guys have an edge when it comes to that 1 carry-on/1 personal item rule imposed by most of the airlines?  Guys don’t carry purses (well, most guys don’t.)  So in essence, they get to bring TWO carry-on pieces of luggage onto the plane, whereas we women are limited to one plus a purse.  Totally unfair, right?

Well, here’s how you get even.  Buy yourself one of those oversized handbags, the ones big enough to hold everything, including the kitchen sink.  Trust me, it will fit under the seat in front of you.  Besides what you normally carry in your purse, you’ll be able to store your laptop, all your make-up and toiletries, a book or two, even a change of clothes.

Don’t want to lug a mini-suitcase under your arm once you arrive at your destination?  No problem.  Pack a small purse in your other carry-on.  Switch to that one once you arrive.

Another great idea, Serena!  And thanks for coming to my rescue today.  I’ll bet our readers have had travel nightmares with all the various rules and restrictions we now have to deal with when we fly.  Want to share any?  Remember, anyone who posts a comment this week is entered in the book giveaway for
Photo, Snap, Shot by Joanna Campbell Slan. -- AP


Kathye Quick said...

Great tip. I use it all the time for trips lasting less than 3 days. Some of the new tops and pants can be rolled up and stashed at the bottom of the bag. Unroll then when you get to the hotel and they look as good as new.

It's the make-up that gets me. I need a lot to cover all the wrinkles I've earned!

Janet said...

I have a roll up make up kit that can be stashed conveniently in the bottom of a bag. If I am traveling a lot, I keep extra make up there so I can just grab and go.

Thanks for the tip.

Kathye Quick said...

Thanks Janet. I'll go out and find one this weekend, I have a three day NYC stay coming up