Make Traveling Easier with FlyBag, ecoLiving Essentials and Me No Speak

No matter how organized you are, traveling is tough. There's the planning, packing, waiting, rushing.

Make it easier on yourself with these awesome finds:


I am always nervous about packing toiletries. Did I use the right size containers? Did I take my tweezerss out of my carry-on and put them into my luggage? What kind of liquids can I bring on the plane with me?

The Flybag is piece of mind in one easy, compact case that meets TSA regulation so you can board with ease and peace of mind.

There are bags to choose from - Blue Bomb, Gray Dagger and Pink Scissors - though all contain the same items.

I got the Pink Scissors, whose insert design matches my carry-on lining. Sweet.

The thick clear bag allows me (and most importantly, airport security) to see the 3-2.5 oz. bottles, cushy eye mask and super potent ear plugs and the black nylon band with pink stitching (aww!) and big zipper pull (thank you!) give it a little big city sass and style.

I love that you can just fill up the bottles and not have to think about rules and regulations with the Flybag.

You've got enough to worry about - like getting up at 3 a.m. to get to the airport on time and where was it that you put your passport away in a "safe place" when you got back from Cancun last time?


ecoLiving Essentials

Now that you're a world traveler, maybe it's time to start changing the way you pack and travel. Like all of those plastic zipper bags you're using for cotton swabs, etc.

That's where ecoLiving Essentials comes in.

Their products are not only biodegradable, but they are made locally from sustainably resources!

That means that you can travel in both comfort and with a clean conscience.

They currently carry 2 items:

The Biodegradable Shower Cap is disposable yes, but eco-friendly. It is BPA-free and can be recycled, composted, or mixed in with trash.

Isn't that awesome?

It has a long shelf life, which means you can get some now and pack them in your luggage so that you'll be sure to have them for your next getaway and there's nothing that says you have to use them just once. Reuse it throughout your trip and then recycle it.

It also has the added bonus of being anti-static, unlike those hotel ones that leave your hair standing on end.

And you're going to love their Biodegradable Travel Booties!

These puppies are so that you can protect your feet while going through airport security. Just think: you take your sandals off to go through the metal detector and now you're completely barefoot - you don't even have socks to protect you!


These booties protect your feet and meet the TSA requirements, so you can glide on through to the other side without having to walk barefoot where millions have gone before you.

The packaging is made of plant material, so it's certified biodegradable and certified compostable. It is FDA approved for direct food contact and all the labels are printed with soy ink on recycled materials.

This is one smart company. You're going to want to get these for every trip you take from here on in.

I know I'm going to.

Me No Speak

There is nothing more frustrating than traveling to a country and not being able to speak the language, communicate to people what you need when you need it (especially when it's a bathroom!).

That's why you're going to want to take along a Me No Speak guide on your next trip abroad.

We all know that trying to cram in lessons on CD while you're driving back and forth to work isn't going to cut it. And there's no time to take night classes - you're already maxxed out as it is.

These were developed by Cheryn Flanagan and Benjamin Kolowich:

"It all started one night in a Chinese hotel room, wondering how we could possibly get a train ticket or order food when no one spoke English--we solved the issue with hand-drawn pictures and phrases. The technique was so successful, we just had to turn the idea into a book. We believe travelers should attempt the language of their destination, but sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words."

The book gives you the English words or phrase and then you point to the characters of said destination, so the person with whom you're speaking to will understand and you will get what you're asking for.

So when "I'd like to change my room," "no spicy" and "The ATM ate my card," is required, you're ready and armed with a book that you can count on.

Nothing says that you can't learn Chinese. But just not in 2 weeks for your 4 day business trip.

Let Me No Speak do the talking for you just this once. That way you can actually enjoy your trip and remember what you saw and experience instead of spending time trying to make the man behind the counter understand you wanted a cycle rickshaw and not a mechanic.

Stephanie Dickison

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