Thinking about a Disney vacation this Labor Day? Well, Travelocity’s globe-trotting web series Let’s Roam recently went on location at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida to roam through three of Travelocity’s favorite Disney theme parks: Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Magic Kingdom. Here’s a video journey through the eyes of Let’s Roam’s wayfaring host, Courtney Scott.
How to pack? What to pack? What to pack in? The packing dilemma continues to be a big one, and everyone has adopted their own method for packing success. For me, successful packing means never having to check luggage, whether you’re traveling for a weekend or a month. And if you’re traveling for a month, I challenge you to follow these easy steps to be able to fit everything you could possibly need (and nothing you don’t) exclusively in carry-on luggage.
Step 1 — Pre-Arrange Your Outfits to Maximize Mixing and Matching
Packing for 30 days does not mean you should pack 30 outfits. An ideal travel wardrobe is one that can be mixed and matched into a variety of outfits. At least a week before your trip, lay out all of your favorite clothing items and accessories,then start coordinating. Avoid playing the “What If” game when packing. What if I get invited to a fancy party? I’ll need a floor-length gown. What if I end up hiking Mt. Everest? I’ll need a winter parka. Weed out items that don’t coordinate, that are too bulky, and that just don’t make sense for your particular trip.
Step 2 — Use These Packing Lists as Guides
2 pairs of flats — they take up no room and are most comfortable
1 comfortable wedge shoe — easy day-to night shoe
1 dressy shoe — for night or fancier event
1 pair of sneakers or casual shoe – for working out or hiking
6 bottoms (pants, jeans, shorts)
2 skirts – not easily wrinkled
2 dresses – that can go day to night
12 versatile tops
2 long sleeve shirts
1 thin but warm sweater or pullover
15 pairs of underwear — hand wash mid-way through your trip
2 sets of pijamas
2 casual/cool shoes like Toms or Converse that can go day to night
1 pair of flip flops
1 dresssy shoe – for night or fancier event
1 pair of sneakers – for working out or hiking
8 bottoms (pants/jeans/shorts/bathing suit shorts)
6 button-down shirts
12 t-shirts — I love American Apparel
2 long sleeve cotton shirts
1 thin but warm sweater or pull-over
15 pairs of underwear – hand wash mid-way through your trip
5 pairs of socks
2 Belts (rolled)
Step 3 – Pick a carry-on that’s spacious and pliable
I have found that hard case carry-ons, while they are rugged and durable, don’t expand enough for me to fit everything that I need. I prefer a soft carry-on that has a little stretch. I own this Bric’s X-Bag 21” rolling duffle carry-on and I am happy with the spaciousness of the interior compartment and thankful that it has met all regulations for carry-on luggage, even on small shuttle flights.
Step 4 — Pack from the bottom of your body up
Think about packing your suitcase from your feet up. Shoes go on the bottom, then start building two stacks. Pants always go on the bottom, then sweaters, long-sleeve shirts, tank tops, then scarves.
Step 5 – Compress
Don’t forget to use your compression straps to tighten down each stack of clothes. They will not only keep items from shifting around, but they also create extra room around the edges and on top of your clothing stacks. Use that extra space to stuff scarves, bras, belts, bathing suits, socks etc.
Step 6 — Where to put the laptop?
Many carry-ons have a separate outside compartment especially for a laptop, which are ideal, but I can even fit my laptop on top of all my clothes inside the compartment. It easily slides in and out at security.
Step 7 — Invest in a large tote for your personal item
Don’t forget that you can bring a carry-on suitcase plus one personal item on any flight, so maximize the size of your personal item and go for an oversized tote bag. I picked up this Day Gweneth Bag in Copenhagen and love how flexible and open it is. It fits everything! In this tote should be all additional items for your month around the world like toiletries (all 3 oz. and under), medications, camera equipment, cosmetics/shaving kit, sunglasses, jewelry, wallet, passport,etc.
Over the past three decades, Michigan has grown to become one of America’s premier summer golf destinations, drawing golf’s leading architects to build world-class resort destinations and award winning stand-alone golf courses. Below are five of our favorite Michigan golf courses.
Shepherds Hollow – Clarkston, MI: The Southeast region of Michigan has become a hot bed for great golf courses in recent years, and leading the way in the Motor City area is Shepherds Hollow. A 27-hole Arthur Hills design, the course is located on 420-acres of dramatically rolling and wooded land, which is one of the highest points in the region. Hills described the property as, “as good an inland site for golf as there is anywhere in the U.S.” The award winning course features spectacular scenery with strategic holes and water hazards, and combined with the charming Victorian clubhouse makes it one of the leading destination courses in the area.
Harbor Shores Golf Club – Benton Harbor, MI: Golden bear tracks have been found in Michigan’s Southwest corner. Jack Nicklaus designed his second signature course in the state in the St. Joseph/Benton Harbor area, which is part of a major reclamation project that includes home-sites along the golf course, a marina surrounded by lifestyle shops, a spa and green space.. Harbor Shores, which plays host to the PGA Senior Championship (2012 and 2014), is one of Michigan’s more innovative courses featuring dune holes just a wedge away from dramatic views of Lake Michigan and the remainder of the course cut through wetland areas, sand dunes, rivers, and hardwoods.
The Gailes – Oscoda, MI: The Northeastern part of Michigan’s lower peninsula has been billed as the “Sunrise Side,” and if you plan to visit, make sure to start your golf adventure at The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort. The Gailes, which was voted the No. 1 New Resort Course in 1993 by Golf Digest, recreates the look and feel of the famed seaside Scottish courses. The Gailes is one of the most authentic links style courses in America. Golfers will experience large double greens, meandering berms, sod faced pot bunkers and long fescue grasses. Whether you have experienced Scotland or not, The Gailes will fulfill all your expectations of a seaside links experience.
Forest Dunes Golf Club – Roscommon, MI: Forest Dunes Golf Club, located near Roscommon in northern Michigan, is one of the top award winning courses in the country. In 2013, Forest Dunes was included among the elite list of America’s 100 Greatest Courses by Golf Digest, and is always ranked among Michigan’s top courses. Forest Dunes was designed by former British Open winner Tom Weiskopf, who has said that Forest Dunes is in the top three among his designs in the United States. The unique design features a combination of parkland-style holes meandering through corridors of red and jack pines, and holes that play through rugged native sand dune areas. The new Lake AuSable Lodge enhances the golf experience at Forest Dunes.
Sweetgrass Golf Club – Escanaba, MI: Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, known more for hunting, snowmobiling and meat pies called pasties, has joined in on the state’s golfing craze as a top golf destination. Leading the way for the U.P. is the new Sweetgrass Golf Club at the Island Resort and Casino near Escanaba. The course pays homage to Tribal legend. The name, itself, refers to a sacred plant, used in Indian peace and healing rituals, and is found along the course. Masterfully crafted rock work, and cedar posts are prevalent throughout the design, which also boasts an island green, a Redan green, and a pair of breathtaking waterfalls, which greet golfers as they walk up the ninth and 18th holes to an enormous, shared green.