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The 7 secrets of super-smart packers

By The Hub team, July 19, 2016

Over the river and through the woods would be a heck of a lot easier if you were carrying only one suitcase. That's why we rounded up seven tips to help you pack more efficiently and arrive in (wrinkle-free) style.

J. Crew Handbag Duster

USE HANDBAG DUSTERS TO ORGANIZE OUTFITS

Make getting dressed easy by planning outfits ahead of time and rolling them up in pretty handbag dusters--like the one that came with the purse you just bought. Then stuff the pre-packed satchels in your suitcase for ready-to-wear vacation outfits. (Don't have a handbag duster? Start collecting luxe laundry bags during hotel stays--they're free!)

Women with suitcase and bag

COMMIT TO A COLOR SCHEME

Cut down on bulk by limiting yourself to a uniform palette, which means every outfit can be mixed and matched. A good rule of thumb: In addition to neutrals, allow yourself only two complimentary colors.

Clothing packed into a suitcase

REDUCE WRINKLES WITH GROCERY BAGS

Instead of stuffing your silk dress in your suitcase, use plastic grocery (or dry cleaner) bags to help prevent creases in transit. When you're packing, just lay the bag on the bed, then put the dress on top of it and fold it like you normally would, picking up the plastic with every fold. Hang your wrinkle-free dress when you arrive and you're good to go.

Plastic wrap being placed over bottles of shampoo

USE PLASTIC WRAP OVER BOTTLE CAPS

Avoid the dreaded exploding shampoo container by covering the top of the bottle with Saran Wrap and securing it with a rubber band. This way, even if the cap pops open, your clothes will be safe from spillage.

Shoes being placed in shower caps and into a suitcase

USE SHOWER CAPS AS SHOE COVERS

Do you really want the sneakers you wore all over New York City touching the dress you're wearing to dinner? We didn't think so. Place them in a shower cap to keep dirt and grime off your nice clothes.

Jewelry in a pillbox

SORT YOUR JEWELRY IN A PILLBOX

Tangled necklaces are the worst. A pillbox--which costs all of $3--will keep your precious baubles (earrings, rings, necklaces) organized and easy to throw on fast.

Phone screen with photo apps

REPLACE MATERIAL ITEMS WITH APPS

The most efficient way to lighten your load? Go digital. Replace your moleskin notebook with Day One (an app that makes it easy to take notes and record your travels), your magazines with Texture (a digital subscription service that gives you unlimited access to periodicals) and your guidebooks with smart travel apps (for example, Detour uses GPS to pinpoint your location, then offers recommendations based on what's nearby). Whoa, you just lost ten pounds.

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United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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