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I’m Linda, a graphic designer, and a very organized mom. I love to sew. I also like to design ways to keep our family organized. Over the past few years, I’ve done a lot of packing for both business and leisure. This blog allows me to share a few great tips that make preparing and packing for a trip easier and with style. I've completed all the Travel Goods Association requirements to become Certified Travel Goods Specialist.

Homepage: https://galgear.wordpress.com

Organize Your Personal Information Before Traveling

Before you leave for your trip, make sure you have a copy of your important information with you and with a family member or friend. This will make it easier to get help when an emergency arises. The Gal Gear Travel Information Form includes contact information for you and your emergency contact, ID numbers, medical information, credit card numbers and your flight numbers and times. The form prints as an 8.5″  x 11″ page that contains two copies of the form. One for you and one for your emergency contact.

Step 1 – Download the Form … its free.

Step 2 -You can print a blank form, and fill in your personal information by hand or you can fill out the form when the document is open with Adobe Acrobat.

If you are completing the form before printing, click on the blue highlight and fill in your information. You will see that as you complete the information on the left form, your information is automatically added to the second form on the right. You can easily print or email the completed form.

If you want to print the form and add your information later, please note the blue boxes displayed in Adobe Acrobat will not print.

For a free, full size copy of this form, click here:    Gal Gear Travel Information Form

Do you have any other information that you would include in this form? Let me know in the comments section below.

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Quick Tip: Handwashing

Handwashing a garment in your hotel room. Your garment will air dry quicker if you remove as much water as possible before hanging it up to dry. Instead of wringing the garment, which can leave it misshapen, lay out a dry towel with the wet garment on top and roll them together. Squeeze the rolled towel and it will pull the water out of the garment. Unroll and hang or lay out to air dry.


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Packing: what should I take?

First things first…

Things I just won’t leave home without:

You may never use these items, however if you need them, you don’t want to spend time looking them.

  • Emergency Rain Poncho
  • Tide Powder Laundry Soap
  • Motrin, Aspirin and Tums
  • Neosporin and BandAids
  • Thermometer (old school… it takes up very little room)

This is why I carry rain ponchos in my bag when we travel…

After spending the day on a walking tour of Chicago, we boarded a boat that would take us out on Lake Michigan for a beautiful view of the city at dusk. A quick moving storm front made this a memorable adventure. The rain ponchos really came in handy.

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Gal Gear website has new features

The Gal Gear web store has been redesigned. It provides more information about each product and easy checkout. The photo zoom feature lets you see all the quality details of our handmade products.

Home Page

Each Catagory has a Directory Page

see all the colors and styles available

 Product Information

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PC World’s 20 Best U.S. Airports for Tech Travelers

The last question I ask before leaving on a trip is, “Do you have your charger with you?” Each person in the family has an electronic device that requires an outlet charger. It’s very frustrating to discover you don’t have one when you have a miniscule amount of battery power left. So, I carry a car/iphone charger in my purse for the roadtrips. However, air travel sometimes requires us to split up in a terminal looking for an outlet to recharge our devices, so we each carry an outlet charger. It’s a common concern for many travelers.

PCWorld’s Mark Sullivan did a series of stories about the best U.S. airports for the tech traveler. He ranked airports, terminal, and airlines for outlets, cell and Wi-Fi signals. For more information… check out the articles, here.

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Preparing for Travel… Hemming Jeans

If you’re lucky to find the right size jeans, chances are that you can’t find the perfect length. However, if you can find a pair with a longer length, grab them. Hemming denim jeans to look like the original hem is easier than you think. Here is a quick and easy hemming technique I use to hem jeans. Take your time… you can do it.

How to Hem Denim Jeans

  Measure the jeans to find the amount of length to remove.
2  Turn the pants inside out. Pinch the fabric just above the hem to create a fold that is equal to the amount to be removed from the original length.

3  Pin the folded area back, and fully extend the leg with the folded edge facing out. Machine stitch as close as possible to the original hem.

4  Press the folded fabric back to allow the original hem to create the lower edge of the jean. Turn the jeans right-side out and press again near the “original” hem.

NOTE: be careful not to press too close to the folded edge of the extra fabric and avoid creating a pressing mark

5. Optional

To prevent the folded area from falling down towards the hem, add a few stitches to tack the hem to the side seams.

Congratulations!  

The result is a pair of jeans that only you know were hemmed.

The “after” jeans are gray denim, the “before” jeans are traditional dark denim. I had to use the gray denim as my “after” sample, because my son grabbed the dark denim pair this morning and wore them to school. That’s proof that this technique is kid approved.

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Quick Tip: Business Card as ID

Place a business card in your jacket (coat or sweater) pocket before you place it in the overhead compartment in the airplane. This will help get the jacket back to you, if you forget to grab it before leaving the plane. If you don’t have business cards, you can make your own with Avery business card paper for your inkjet printer.

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