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Monday Rave: Real Smart

It's a cruel irony: People with clutter problems love buying magazines about how to control clutter, thereby creating more clutter. That's why I like Real Simple Magazine's Web site and its hordes of useful -- and paperless -- tips on organizing. Imagine my glee, then, when I discovered they have packing tips, too. Hooray!

I love Real Simple's focus on using everyday items in surprising ways (I seem to remember a whole story on new ways to use aluminum foil), and their "4 Double-Duty Vacation Items" slideshow doesn't disappoint. If only I'd thought of sticking an address label on my lost iPod!

In the site's travel section, there are the usual round-ups of packing tools (really, I don't think I need to buy a packing cube), but it also has bright little stories like ideas for car games for kids, instead of, say, telling parents to hand a child a GameBoy.

As for us Travel Loggers, we love travel, whether writing, reading, thinking or dreaming about it. Now I've got one more resource to scour for packing tips -- none of them involving aluminum foil.

I know there are other sites out there with similarly no-nonsense advice and easy browsing. Any other faves out there?

By Christina Talcott |  July 28, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  | Category:  Christina Talcott , Monday Raves
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Um, comment on that iPod/return address label thing.

In May, my family did a Disney trip, and on the way home, my father (while still outside security), lost track of his carry-on for about 45 seconds. 45 seconds in which it got stolen.

The bag itself was recovered, but it was minus the iPod and digital camera inside. And the identifying business card he kept inside.

While my parents have instituted a watch on their credit and no one has actively tried to steal their identity, they have had a rash of people substituting the phone number and address for references.

Get a messenger bag, don't unstrap it from your body, and keep your travel valuables in that. Don't give thieves another way to rip you off even after they rip you off, Martha. Geez.

Posted by: Chasmosaur | July 28, 2008 10:05 AM

I'm with the other commenters in recent weeks wondering what's happened to this blog. Giant hole in a jet, massive airline layoffs, hurricanes, fires and whatever else, and the best you can come up with is an advertorial for a magazine?

Posted by: Puzzled | July 28, 2008 10:30 AM

Online magazines are the future, and it's good of you to point out ways to be a little friendlier to mother earth while getting travel tips!

People might like to also check out our new online women's travel magazine, Galavanting.

We know that not every female is in search of the world's perfect facial. And that women without trust funds travel too.

Co-editor, Galavanting

Posted by: Kim@Galavanting | July 30, 2008 3:56 PM

Magellan's website has travel articles as well as being a commercial selling site. Their packing tips are not unusual but still useful.

Posted by: lovetotravel | July 30, 2008 4:08 PM

j Een plaatje zegt alles, toch ? g Het volledige rapport is hier te vinden. Lees natuurlijk z de blogposting. v k
паркетная доска 4f

Posted by: ламинат | August 12, 2008 3:36 AM

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