The 7 secrets of super-smart packers
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Calling all AvGeeks and travelers! Here's a fun way to take your next video call….from a United Polaris seat, the cockpit or cruising altitude. We're introducing United-themed backgrounds for use on Zoom, a video conferencing tool that many people are using to stay connected.
So for your next meeting or catch up with friends and family, download the app to either your computer or mobile device to get started. If you've already downloaded Zoom you can skip ahead to updating your background image (see instructions below).
- Start here by downloading your favorite United image to your computer or mobile device. Just click "download" in the bottom left corner of the image.
- Next go to your Zoom app (you'll need to download the app to access backgrounds) and click on the arrow to the right of your video camera icon in the bottom of the screen.
- From here select, "choose virtual background" to upload your uniquely United photo.
When and where possible, we are working to repatriate travelers who are stranded abroad in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Our teams are working closely with government officials here in the U.S. as well as in other countries where flying has been restricted to gain the necessary approvals to operate service. In regions where government actions have barred international flying, we have coordinated with the the U.S. State Department and local government officials to re-instate some flights. Additionally, we have been operating several extra flights to countries in Central America and South America as we continue to play a role in connecting people and uniting the world.
We have operated more than 56 repatriation flights from Panama City, Guatemala City, Quito, Lima, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa and Roatan, bringing nearly 8,000 people home. We will continue working with government officials to operate extra flights to Houston from Quito, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa and from Lima to Washington Dulles and beginning April 5, we will begin operating multiple charter flights between Delhi and San Francisco. We continue to review more opportunities for flights between the United States and other countries to bring citizens home.
Video provided by the U.S. Embassy Ecuador of Americans returning home on United.
Additionally, our Customer Solutions and Recovery team is working with customers in the following markets to rebook them on flights back to the United States as capacity allows, either on our aircraft or on one of our airline partners' planes:
- Quito, Ecuador
- Managua, Nicaragua
- Roatan, Honduras
- San Pedro Sula, Honduras
- Seoul, South Korea
- Melbourne, Australia
We also recently reinstated several international flights back into our schedule to support customers and essential businesses which depend on these routes. As a result, we will be the only airline to offer service between Newark/New York and London, San Francisco and Sydney, as well as Houston and São Paulo, Brazil.
In the midst of mobilizing our cargo operations, our teams at New York/Newark (EWR) and Jacksonville (JAX) stepped in to assist Roche Diagnostics with transporting a vital component for an instrument being used for COVID-19 testing.
The component was stuck at EWR en route to the Mayo Clinic in Florida after another airline's flights were cancelled. A Roche employee contacted us asking for help and, within a few hours, our teams had the piece loaded onto a Jacksonville-bound aircraft, with arrangements in place to deliver it to the Mayo Clinic.
The item we shipped will allow the Mayo Clinic in Florida to process hundreds of COVID-19 tests per day. Mayo Clinic Laboratories has been on the front lines of increasing testing capacity to expedite caring for patients at this critical time and working to ease the burden being felt at test processing laboratories in a growing number of areas.
Together, we are facing an unprecedented challenge. United Together, we rise to meet that challenge.