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Travel Tips for Packing

Posted: April 29th, 2016 by

 

 

Travel tips for packingYou’ve researched, you’ve planned and you’ve booked

Now you’re counting down the days till you set off.Just the packing left to do.

How well this stage goes will depend on what sort of packer you are.

Read on for some tips you may have forgotten or just not seen.



#1 Organize your case and instantly compress your clothes

Travel_organize your case and compress your clothes at the same timeIf fitting everything in your case is a major challenge, then maybe you have not discovered or tried packing cubes.

Several companies make them and you can buy them from various stores.

I tried them for a recent 10 day trip to Europe and I easily fitted all my clothes into a carry on size case.

Not sure how they could possibly save space or if you could fit all your clothes in?

Watch this cute short video and perhaps you’ll be converted too!

 


 

#2 Packing a suit in a small suitcase? No problem!

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Think it can’t be done?

I packed my husband’s suit in a small suitcase for a recent trip abroad along with all his other clothes.

He was very skeptical and unconvinced, and I was worried that it might not go as planned, but thankfully it worked perfectly!

No creases or wrinkles after several days travelling.

Watch this video to see an expert do it

 

 

 


 

#3 Rolling, Folding or Bundling?

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Are you a Folder and like the ‘neatness look’ to your case when you are done?

Perhaps you are a Roller – rolling every piece of clothing and confident you will use up every available space in your case.

Or maybe you are a Bundler –watch this video and decide if this is more your style of packing

 

 

 

 


 

However you like to pack, remember the wise words of Leslie Wilmott, a packing expert:

‘It’s a suitcase, not a closet”

Happy Packing!

April Showers and Flowers

Posted: April 14th, 2016 by

The month of April is everything we are looking for after the winter.

Glorious bursts of colors as flowers gently open to the warm rays of the sun.

Travelling can be dull and boring, so brighten the experience by checking out nearby Botanical Gardens



 

Nashville, TN

Cheekwood

 

Cheekwood Botanical Garden, not too far from the Scottish Inns Hotel located at 426 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, TN 37210

Ranked #9 in USA Today 10 Best Botanical Gardens and features 55 acres divided into a dozen themed areas including a Japanese Garden, an herb garden, two perennial gardens, a color garden, water garden, seasons garden and an award-winning wildflower garden. Sounds relaxing and peaceful, so different to the Interstate that you may be travelling on.

 

Pine Mountain GA

Travelling south of Atlanta along the I85 means you can take a break wandering around the Callaway Gardens.  The Callaway Azalea Bowl looks wonderful this time of the year.

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This 40-acre garden is home to more than 3,000 native and hybrid azaleas, which explode into a colorful palette of pinks, reds, lavenders and whites each Spring. Additional plantings include 2,000 trees and shrubs that provide an array of foliage and blooms throughout the year. With wide walking paths that criss-cross the hillside gardens, the Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl is a delightful spot for a leisurely stroll in any season. A gazebo overlooking Falls Creek Lake is an ideal resting spot from which to drink in the picture-postcard beauty.

Glencoe IL

Visiting Chicago IL and need a break? Then take time out and visit the Chicago Botanic Garden. 385 acres with 26 gardens and 4 natural areas that include Japanese gardens and an English walled garden. This beautiful site is ranked #8 in USA Today 10 Best Botanical Gardens and is well worth a visit. Just a few minutes drive from the Red Carpet Inn located at 3207 Buckley Rd. N Chicago, IL 60064

 

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There’s even a tram to take you on a tour if you want a rest from walking. The tram ride is 2.3 miles and runs  through the Japanese Garden, the McDonald Woods and alongside the Garden’s 81 acres of water.

Happy Travelling!