Packing to Fly Without Checking Your Bags

Flying is all about convenience, and what could be more convenient than grabbing your carry-on, getting off the plane, and walking directly out to a taxi or rental car without having to wait around at the baggage claim carousel? Of course, you have to be prepared to travel lightly if you don’t want to bring along a giant suitcase, but with a little extra effort, you can skip the baggage check altogether and just sail on through the airport with your one bag.

1. Know the Baggage Limitations

Do a little research beforehand to find out what your limits are for a carry-on. If you do not currently have a bag that will suit your needs as well as the airline’s regulations, then it may be best to shop for suitcases or a new carry-on bag. It needs to be able to fit in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you, so small suitcases, overnight bags and backpacks typically work. You can only have one carry-on plus one small personal item, such as a purse or laptop bag. If you have a decent-sized personal item, you may be able to use that for packing smaller items, such as hairbrushes, medication and electronics. For anyone who’s decided to try out CheapOair, they have links to all the major airline’s carry-on policies so you can see immediately what’s allowed and what’s not.

2. Remember the 3-Ounces Rule

If you’re carrying all your luggage onto the plane, you’re going to have to remember what’s prohibited and what’s allowed. Take travel-sized hygiene products along with no more than 3.4 ounces of liquid or gel. That means leave the regular-sized shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste at home. You also can’t bring most tools, anything sharp or weapons. If you absolutely need to bring along scissors, golf clubs, knives or safety razors — disposable razors are permitted — then you’re going to need to check at least one bag.

3. Pack Only the Essentials

The key to taking everything in your carry-on is only packing the things you absolutely need. If you’re staying at a friend’s house and have easy access to laundry, you don’t need to pack more than a couple days’ worth of clothing, leaving more room in your carry-on for other things you do need. Leave your laptop at home and stay up-to-date with your Facebook and email using your smartphone. Ask the people you’re visiting ahead of time if you can borrow a sweatshirt or coat while you’re there, and you’ll have even more room!

4. Check In Online

The best thing about traveling light is that it allows you to zoom through the airport. If your airline lets you check in online and you’re not checking any bags, you don’t have to stand in line at the ticket counter or kiosk. Just show up at the airport with your boarding pass and head straight to the security line. Be ready to have your carry-on inspected, especially if you have a lot in there, but if all goes well, you could be at your gate in a matter of minutes, ready to board your flight.

If you don’t have a lot of stuff to bring along with you, why spend all that time checking your baggage and waiting for it to be delivered to you? Figure out how to pack the essentials in your carry-on, and you’ll spend less time waiting in line and more time doing a crossword while sitting comfortably!

At The Asian Market

Hello Pretty Shop

Hello Pretty Shop

My family and I went to a park one weekend to let my darling daughter go biking.  We went to the Bob Woodruff Park Trail in Plano.  It has biking trails that stretch for miles.  We took the toddler bike with training wheels so the little one enjoyed biking on the trail while me and my husband were walking along.  We stopped to get in the shade under the big trees once in a while so we won’t get very sweaty.  She had so much fun.  We enjoyed it, too.



Then we head to check some seafood at H-Mart Asian Store in Plano.  We didn’t buy any cold products because we didn’t bring a cooler.  It wasn’t in our plans anyway.  We just wanted to check the prices of their seafood.  But first we had to look at some kitchen electrics and utensils at one store in the building. I saw a few very nice-looking rice cookers. But boy, they were expensive. Prices were between $100-$450.  I wonder what’s the difference between a $20 rice cooker and a $450 one.  The prices of the seafood were okay, though.

Anyway, there is a food court there too.  Then the little one saw a Hello Kitty store across.  It’s called Hello Pretty.  So we went in to check some stuff.  She picked some cute little hair clips.  So that’s our small weekend travels went.

Three Locales That Should Make Your Travel List

The spirit of adventure encompasses us all beginning in the innocent imaginations of childhood and carrying on through the wildest dreams of adulthood. As adults, however, we tend to keep our adventures in our dreams alone and do not allow them to enter our realities. Daily responsibilities creep in and our focus turns to the basic needs of our everyday life instead of the freedoms of adventure. But sometimes life needs a little color, a hint of childlike imagination that breathes fresh energy and excitement into our daily existence. Rediscover all the treasures that life has to offer by traveling to one of these three adventuresome locales.

1. African Safari –Take a wildlife safari through the African bush of Tanzania and discover the beauty of this untamed land firsthand. Brave the wilds of the savannah amongst the lions, leopards, elephants, and the rhinoceros, some of the most majestic and deadliest creatures on the continent.

2. Alaska – Considered to be the Last Frontier, Alaska is the only remaining state that remains largely untouched. With rivers that flow so abundant with fish you could literally walk across their backs to the other side, the wilds of this northern state are a sight to be seen. Whether you are visiting the coastal fishing villages or cruising amongst the magnificent glaciers, the spirit of adventure will find you.

3. Europe – European history has shaped the world, leaving behind the adventurous spirits of all who have made their footprints in the sands of time. Whether you wish to honor our comrades on the French beaches of Normandy or revel in the arts by taking in a Shakespearean play at The Globe Theatre in London, Europe provides a treasure trove of adventure for anyone seeking a glimpse into days gone by.

Embrace the freedom of adventure and begin a new journey of discovery in your life by trading in the mundane daily tasks for the treasures of the world. Women’s Own Adventure offers a variety of tours in locations worldwide, including walking holidays where you can walk from one destination to the next and truly become one with your surroundings. Visit and start planning your next holiday today.

Rose Garden Annual Event

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Yours truly in the beautiful Rose Garden in Tyler.

I am already excited because my mother-in-law is inviting us to the Rose Festival at the Rose Garden in Tyler (Texas).  I haven’t been to the festival before since I arrived here in Texas.  This time, I will be witnessing it for sure.  Hopefully the weather will be wonderful next Saturday.

The Tyler Rose Festival is an annual event which celebrates the rose-growing industry.  The organizers of these festivities prepare special events for the public to witness.  The Tyler Rose Festival is visited by thousands of tourists each year.

We seldom visit the Rose Garden whenever we visit our folks in Tyler.  We go there to relax.  Also, if the weather is nice, we go for a walk at the garden and smell the roses along the way.  It’s a very beautiful and peaceful place to have a get-together.  There is also a picnic area where the family and friends can sit and have a meal after a long walk in the garden.

I cannot wait to see the Rose Queen and be at the Queen’s Tea event next Saturday.  Of course, I will be taking my little girl.  She will like seeing the lovely roses, lavish gowns and costumes, and the Queen’s Tea event itself.


Putting Community Dues To Good Use

The people who pay dues to a community or homeowner’s organization want to know what their money is paying for. The most concerned citizens want to make sure that all of their money is being used properly. When the community spends its money with a company like, the will be able to get many more services than they would otherwise. In fact, the small payments that are made to these community managers can create a new air in the community.

The Management Of Funds

All the funds that are passed through the community organization can be handled by a third party. This third party person takes out any semblance of impropriety, and the community manager can report to anyone in the neighborhood about the state of the funds. This means that the people in the community will not have to wonder where their money is going, and they know it is being spent by someone who has a job to do.

The Use Of Funds

The use of the funds can be put in the hands of the community manager. The community manager can use these dues to pay for landscaping, security and improvements. The people in the community can make sure that they are getting what they believe their money should pay for. Also, the people in the community are going to have a chance to see the changes their money will bring about.

Most changes will be aesthetic. The money can pay for landscaping to be done in the community every week, and the money can pay for better pools and tennis courts. These amenities alone make the homes in the community more valuable. These amenities also make it much more pleasant for people to live in the community.

When the money that is donated by each person in the community is put to good use, the community will flourish. A community manager will be able to use those funds wisely, they can make the community look better and they can make it a better place to live. These third party workers have the best interests of the people in the community at heart.