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How to Pack a Suit

In order to successfully pack a suit, you need to learn how to fold one.

Folding a suit can be tricky. Some may say there’s an art or science behind it—and we like to think there is, too. Here is our step-by-step tutorial on how to fold, and pack, a suit.

First, grab your sports jacket/blazer and lie it down on a flat surface with the front of it facing down.

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Then, fold over each arm of the jacket.

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Be sure to flatten and smooth the sides down to prevent potential wrinkles.

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Once you have a flat and wrinkle-free jacket, grab your pants and fold them.

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Place your folded pants on top of the jacket, then fold the jacket over.

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Now you have a neatly folded jacket, pants included.

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And, viola! Your suit is ready to be packed in your suitcase.

 

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6 Tips on How to Avoid Jet Lag

If only there was one magic solution to avoid jet lag…

In a perfect world, we’d be able to successfully avoid jet lag by resetting our internal clock and going to sleep earlier and earlier every night leading up to a big trip. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a perfect world. But a world with far too many things to worry about before we travel to a different time-zone—now, that exists. And we’re all too familiar with it.

From preparing the family with last-minute packing to preparing your office for your absence, there’s so much to do to get ready. Therefore, getting enough sleep is the last thing on your mind. Here’s where we help. Check out these 6 tips on how to avoid jet lag.

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Avoid Jet Lag Tip #1: Skip the cup(s) of Joe.

Caffeine may seem like an obvious way to NOT avoid jet lag, but people still drink their coffee within the 12 hours leading up to their trip. We get it, you need it… but you don’t. Even if you want to be awake longer to avoid jet lag, it will affect you and cause you to wake up more often when you do eventually fall asleep, which reduces total sleep time.

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Avoid Jet Lag Tip #2: Do NOT raise your glass. No alcohol.

Did you know that one drink in the air equals to two or three on the ground? Alcohol dries you out and it’s important to stay hydrated. You don’t want to worsen the symptoms of jet lag with a hangover. Sure, alcohol may relax you, but is temporary relaxation worth you being in zombie-mode for your trip?

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Avoid Jet Lag Tip #3: Red-eye flights are no longer an enemy.

Most people don’t enjoy an overnight flight because it can mess with their normal sleep schedule, but that’s not the case for you. Choosing a flight that will land at your destination in the morning is the best way to reset your internal clock. You’ll land and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on a new adventure in a new destination.

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Avoid Jet Lag Tip #4: Don’t leave until the party’s over.

If you’re being thrown a “Bon Voyage” party, then don’t leave until the party’s over… way over. Make sure the party is being planned in advance so you’re not partying the night before you have to be on a long flight where you will suffer from major jet lag. Plan early, party early, and avoid jet lag.

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Avoid Jet Lag Tip #5: Chase the sun.

Daylight is a powerful thing, and it can regulate your biological clock. Staying indoors will only worsen the jet lag. If you see the sun, then chase it. Get outside, soak up some Vitamin D, and wake yourself up. You might hate it (and us) at first, but you’ll be thankful later when your jet lag fades away.

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Avoid Jet Lag Tip #6: Stay hydrated.

This snowballs off of the important reason to avoid alcohol. Plane rides can be dehydrating, trust us. You need to stay hydrated, so drink up. Keep in mind that you should drink at least 8 ounces of water per hour that you’re in the air, even if you don’t think you’re thirsty.

 

Bonus Tip to Avoid Jet Lag: Do NOT make big plans the first day.

When you land, the last thing you want to do is worry about any huge things. That’s why we recommend skipping baggage claim and heading straight to your hotel room. You can settle down, relax, and have your bags delivered straight to you. Use Bags VIP Luggage Delivery to make your trip a jet lag-free one.

8 Best Travel Apps

Some trips are meant for unplugging, especially when you know the place like the back of your hand, however, most trips are new and exciting, which means you could use a little help―virtual help. For the adventure seekers, world travelers and professional go-getters, this list of the 8 best travel apps is for you. Start downloading in 3… 2… 1…

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For itinerary creators: TripIt

If your motto is plan, plan, plan, then that’s just what you’ll do with TripIt. This is like having your personal travel agent in the palm of your hands. You can customize itineraries on your own or you can forward your email confirmations of your flight, hotels, rental cars and other tickets to plans@tripit.com and then watch TripIt construct the itinerary for you.

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For self-proclaimed meteorologists: The Weather Channel

It’s nice to know what the weather is going to be like for wherever you are going so you can prepare your wardrobe and trip accordingly. This is the classic weather app that has a sleek interface, which is very user-friendly. Bonus points for telling users what airport conditions are like near you.

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For social butterflies: Scout GPS 

If you’re one of those travelers who visits a new place and wonders where all the people are, then you’ll find your answer (and potential new friends) with Scout GPS. This app pinpoints neighborhood hot spots, like restaurants, museums, hotels, etc. in your area. Best part? It also finds nearby events, so you can check out local concerts, shows, plays and so much more.

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For data avoiders: Free Wi-Fi Finder

With the constant worry of using all your data, it’d be nice to finally relax while you’re out of town. Free Wi-Fi Finder by JiWire helps you do just that by locating free wireless connections. You can either search through a directory or just enable the Wi-Fi scanner. You’ll be able to locate the nearest hotspots with the click of a button.

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For memory capturers: Camera360

Taking photos of your trip is the best way to make memories. Unfortunately, we’re not all professional photographers here. Camera360 provides countless editing features to enhance any picture you take. Now you can look back at your photos and remember it as if you were back on vacation.

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For road warriors: GasBuddy 

Saving time and money is an essential part of any trip, especially when you’re on the road. GasBuddy locates the nearest gas stations and provides approximate pricing. This is useful when you’re running on empty or you just want to find the closest gas station for the most affordable price.

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For adventurous riders: Uber

For those who fly and don’t particularly enjoy renting a car, Uber will be your go-to app. Not only are they more affordable than taxis (most of the time), Ubers are also reliable by giving you an ETA and contact information of your Uber driver. They also give you fare estimates, so you don’t have to commit to anything until you’re ready to be picked up.

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For prepared flyers: GateGuru

There’s nothing worse than layovers and delays, and we feel your pain. Fortunately, GateGuru acts as your own personal airport assistant. Lost and need a map of the terminals? Done. Hungry and need a map of the restaurants in the airport? Done. GateGuru also provides you with average wait times at each terminal’s security checkpoint.

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Once you’ve planned your trip and downloaded your best travel apps…

Be sure to check in your bags with Bags VIP so you can skip baggage claim and have your luggage delivered to you.

Checklist for Packing a Lighter Suitcase

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For those of you who have a hard time parting ways with your belongings, here’s a checklist for packing a lighter suitcase. Pack now, thank us later.

Gather the essentials first…

  • Passport, ID, credit cards, cash, etc.
  • Cellphone + charger
  • Contact lenses and/or glasses (pack extra contacts)
  • Toiletries: travel-size shampoo, conditioner, soap deodorant, face wash, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, sunscreen, razor, makeup, etc.
  • Comb and/or brush
  • Sunglasses
  • Headphones

Here comes the wardrobe…

  • Neutral colors/clothes you can mix and match
  • Double duty pieces, like a scarf that can act as a picnic blanket, tablecloth, head scarf, privacy curtain, etc.
  • 1 Jacket/sweatshirt (which you can wear on the plane)
  • Socks (stuff inside your shoes) and underwear
  • 2 pairs of shoes (wear your bulkiest pair on your flight and pack the other, or wear 1 versatile pair for entire trip)

Things you do NOT need…

  • Camera (say hello to your phone)
  • Batteries (if you need them, you can purchase batteries anywhere)
  • Alarm clock (hello again, phone)
  • iPod/iPhone dock and/or bluetooth speaker (put your phone’s volume on high and place it in a bowl)
  • Books (read from your phone for this trip — you probably won’t get much reading accomplished)
  • Towels
  • Jewelry
  • Blankets
  • Hair dryer (most hotels already have one)
  • Purses (carry one with you on the flight and that’s it)
  • Gym clothes for that “possible workout”
  • Valuables
  • Laptop (use your phone or a tablet)

When you can’t compromise on packing a lighter suitcase…

If you end up packing more because you simply need the extra items or because you’re going on a long trip/vacation, that’s ok! Be sure to check your bags through Bags VIP Luggage Delivery. Our luggage delivery service allows you to skip baggage claim entirely because we’ll deliver your bags to your destination.

Best Airlines for Business Travel in 2014

Whether you seek efficient route networks, desirable in-flight products, excellent customer service, or skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airlines and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel for air passengers.

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There a few things that every business traveler looks for when flying from meeting to meeting. Whether you seek efficient route networks, desirable in-flight products, excellent customer service, or skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airlines and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers. So which airlines are keeping up with the needs of today’s traveling businessmen and businesswomen?

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With the recent American and US Airlines merger, American Airlines is considered to be one of the top performers of 2014 by industry analysts. Brian Kelly, founder of ThePointsGuy.com points out, “They are in the process of updating their fleet with a top lie-flat long haul product, have not devalued their frequent flyer program… and still offer top frequent flyers complimentary upgrades–even on transcontinental routes.”

Whether you seek efficient route networks, desirable in-flight products, excellent customer service, or skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airlines and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel for air passengers.

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Delta and American Airlines are also letting you connect to in-flight wireless internet and offering regularly scheduled flights across their broad networks. Virgin America will play a bigger role in the business travel world in 2014 as it expands its presence in New York City, and JetBlue is poised to launch their Mint business class transcontinental service this summer. According to Brian Kelly, “The pricing allows small and large business alike to buy premium transcontinental seats at a fraction of the regular price that the major legacy airlines charge.”

Some industry analysts say that one important thing to keep in mind for 2014 is the changes to Delta Airlines and United Airlines’ frequent flyer mileage programs. Grant Martin, contributor to Forbes.com, points out that new constraints in both programs limit the flexibility to earn miles when traveling with partner airlines, and eligibility for elite status in the 2015 year will be based in part on how much you spend with the airline. If you earn elite status on these airlines by frequently booking low cost tickets, changes to the programs may put you in jeopardy of not meeting the minimum spend requirements.

Other Airlines, including the American Airlines group and Southwest, are refraining from major changes to the frequent flyer programs. However according to the article on Forbes.com, once its merger is complete the new American Airlines may follow suit with competitors.

No matter which airline you choose for your business travels this year, use Bags VIP luggage delivery to help you make travel easier. At your destination, a Bags VIP agent will retrieve your luggage from baggage claim and deliver it to your hotel, home or office.

5 things to watch in airline industry in 2014

2014 is shaping up to be a big year in the airline industry. With big mergers, fewer restrictions and record profits, airlines will be getting a lot of attention this year. Here are some of the big things to watch for in the airline industry for 2014. From cell phone usage on planes to route changes to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airports and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

The Wright Amendment

From cell phone usage on planes to route changes to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airports and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

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Wright Amendment of 1979 is a federal law governing traffic at Dallas Love Field, an airport in Dallas, Texas, USA. For the last 35 years it has restricted flights from Love Field to several nearby states. However on October 14th of this year, the last of the restrictions under the Wright Amendment will be null and void. This will likely alter the flight schedules of larger airlines, like Southwest who use the Love Field airport, allowing them to make long haul trips to destinations such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. We will also likely see changes in fares as the airlines compete for business at the surrounding airports.

American Merger

From cell phone usage on planes to route changes to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airports and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

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On December 9 of last year American Airlines and US Airways officially merged to form American Airlines Group — the world’s largest airline. The Group has begun sharing codes across business segments, allowing their passengers to book flights on either airline. They have also given members of club and benefit programs reciprocal rights, allowed frequent flier program miles to be honored across the airlines, and have begun training for customer facing employees. The majority of technology integration is expected to come in 2015, but the airlines new leadership will need to tackle thousands of policies and processes this year.

New leader at DFW

From cell phone usage on planes to route changes to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airports and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

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In 2014, DFW airport will be getting a new leader. After 19 years Jeff Fegan’s position will be filled by former Virgin Australia executive Sean Donohue. Donohue took over the top spot in late October and hasn’t made any significant changes yet. However 2014 is a new year. Donohue faces new competition from Love Field as the Wright Amendment ends and will to keep costs down on the airports $2.3 billion terminal renovation project.

 

 

 

Cellphones on planes

From cell phone usage on planes to route changes to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airports and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is ready to repeal their ban on cell phone use in flight. However, some carriers, including Delta and Southwest airlines have announced that they will still not allow calls while in the air. Be sure to watch out to see how the federal laws and carrier policies battle for control.

 

Airline profits

From cell phone usage on planes to route changes to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airports and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

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The airline industry has seen a good last few years, and 2014 looks to be even better. The International Air Transport Association said it expects global airlines to earn a net profit of $19.7 billion in 2014 on revenue of $743 billion. This would be the largest profit from the airline industry ever. The large revenues are largely related to an increasing passenger demand, increasing 5 to 6 percent, which in return boosts the airline profits from ancillary fees.

Big Travel = Big Business

Are company paid business trips an investment in the future, or just money down the economic drain? Though many organizations write these trips off as regular expenses, a recent report from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) shows evidence that they can be much more. Their research reveals that in-person business trips are actually important investments in the growth of individual businesses, and the global economy as a whole. For example, the report shows that if worldwide business travel were to be cut by 25% for two consecutive years, global GDP would fall 5%, with a resulting loss of 30 million jobs worldwide! The WTTC report, Business Travel – A Catalyst for Economic Performance, also shows that such trips can be very profitable. The report found that travel for business purposes can yield a return on investment of ten to one (or as much as twelve to one in the US). That means a $10,000 return on a $1,000 expense!

So before you decide to cut the budget on your business travel account, check out some more facts from this info graphic below on business travel and remember, big travel can equal big business! If you are traveling, you skip luggage shipping and use Bags VIP Luggage Delivery services to help you make travel easier. Bags VIP agents will retrieve your checked luggage and deliver it to a destination of your choice, freeing you to make the most of your trip.

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Hyatt’s World’s Largest Focus Group Provides Travel Insights

From getting more sleep to reducing stress to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airports and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

Hyatt recently released the results of what they coined the “world’s largest focus group,” a study of more than 9000 tweets collected from business and leisure travelers. The results were interesting. From getting more sleep to reducing stress to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, companies like Hyatt and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier.

From getting more sleep to reducing stress to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airports and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

  • 1 in 3 business travelers experiences stress when traveling, compared to 1 in 6 leisure travelers. Business travelers’ top causer of stress? Getting less sleep.
  • Responders feel travel would be easier if they skip hotel check-in and go straight to their room.
  • If you’re one of the 58% of responders who like navigating new things, do so by asking locals, consulting hotel staff, using public transportation and get lost (on purpose!).
  • When not in meetings, two thirds of business travelers prefer to work in their room. 65% of women prefer to work in their pajamas.

For more telling insights, and the more detailed infographic just hinted at here, check out the Experience Hyatt blog and read the #HyattWLFG tweets.

15 Time-Saving Tips for Business Travel

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It can take anywhere from 30-45 minutes to retrieve your luggage at airport baggage claim. That’s 1-to-1.5 hours, every trip, of accomplishing nothing other than waiting for bags to make their way around a carousel. Factor in the time we spend packing, checking-in for flights, booking rental cars, filling out expense reports, and forgetting where we parked, and we’re left with disconcertingly little time for actual business.

You may have a sense for where we’re going with this: a recommendation to register for our Bags VIP luggage delivery service. You saw that coming.

But we’re going to take it a step further: while our Bags VIP service saves a significant amount of time and adds substantial convenience, it is only one part of a larger time-saving travel strategy. We’ve amassed a list of time-saving travel tips that, when combined our Bags VIP luggage delivery service, have the potential to save an enormous amount of business-travel time.

Here are 15 start-to-finish time-saving tips for business travel:

  1. Enroll in our Bags VIP luggage delivery service – Bags VIP allows you to bypass baggage claim while our agents deliver your luggage – saving you up to 30-45 minutes every time you fly. We can even deliver equipment so you don’t have to worry about things like shipping golf clubs or skis ahead.
  2. Keep a packed bag – if you travel on business frequently, maintaining a packed bag at all times can save several hours of last minute packing.
  3. Seek out the most direct travel routes – not necessarily the most inexpensive option, but you could save a couple of hours if you can book a direct flight or can fly out of a regional airport rather than a more prominent one.
  4. Check-in for your flight online – avoid long airport check-in lines and print your boarding passes from home. Also, checking-in online will allow you to select your seats on the flight, which could get you off the plane quicker if the seat is located near the front.
  5. Consider obtaining a Clear Security Pass – this pass provides access to faster airport security lines, eliminating the need for early arrival or providing you with more time in the airport to review that sales presentation.
  6. Enroll in frequent flyer programs – if you’re loyal to a particular airline, accumulating frequent flyer miles may grant you access to faster check-in lines, priority boarding, and free upgrades.
  7. Save time moving through airport security – Use a clear Ziploc bag to carry keys, wallets, phones, and any other items you would normally carry in your pockets. That way, you can have security screen all of your items at once without having to fumble through your pockets loading and unloading the security bins.
  8. Use the hotel concierge – utilize the hotel concierge to make advanced dinner reservations so you won’t have to allot any time to meal planning when you arrive.
  9. Use mobile expense reporting – rather than wasting time manually filling out paperwork, complete it on-the-go with an online expense application. For example, with Concur for Mobile, you can book itineraries, capture receipts, and submit expense reports all from your smartphone or tablet.
  10. Consider an airport VIP lounge pass – if you can’t avoid time spent at the airport, due to either flight delays or layovers, an airport VIP lounge is a quiet and comfortable place to get some work done. Equipped with Wi-Fi and conference rooms, you can squeeze in some business between flights.
  11. Get around quicker – if you’re renting a car, consider enrolling in any available frequent rental programs for a quicker check-in process. Also, ensure that the rental car facility is located in the airport and not at an off-site address. This will prevent wasted time commuting from the airport to the rental car facility.
  12. Pre-program your GPS – taking the time to pre-program addresses into your GPS before arrival can save commuting time.
  13. Keep organized – designate one folder for all travel related documents such as itineraries, boarding passes, and receipts. You’ve worked hard to save time using the other strategies; don’t waste time on something as simple as not being able to find a document.
  14. Park smarter – searching for your parked car after your flight lands is not a good use of time. Many airports offer parking plans and valet services that can speed vehicle retrieval. If you want to avoid the expense, simply take a photo of the lot with your smart phone for reference.
  15. Register for our Bags VIP luggage delivery service for the return flight – bypass baggage claim and head home while we deliver your bags.

Individually, some tips have more time-saving potential than others; collectively, their time-saving potential is enormous. Using a Clear Security Pass will get you through security quicker on departure, booking Bags VIP luggage delivery service will get you past baggage claim on arrival, and between the two services a significant amount of time has been saved on both legs of the trip. Incorporate the other recommendations and you’ll now have the time to start adding additional meetings to every business trip.

Let’s see how long we can grow this list: share your time-saving travel tips with us.