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Survey Takes a Suitcase Snapshot of Traveler Packing Habits

November 6, 2015 2:42 am

Fold or roll? Procrastinate or plan ahead? Carry-on or check? A recent Cheapflights.com survey unpacked the packing practices of American travelers, finding that across the board, most American travelers are organized.

"When you people-watch at the airport, you see an amazing cross-section of travelers passing through with luggage of every shape and style," says Amanda Festa, editor at Cheapflights.com. "From heaping baggage carts and bulging backpacks to sleek rollerboards and kids atop ride-on suitcases, luggage is proof there's a story behind every journey, and it starts with getting packed and organized for a trip. We wanted to know more about how Americans pack and what, if any, common practices we share. It turns out there are a lot!"

According to the results of the survey, just over 56 percent of travelers make packing lists and 77 percent plan or lay out outfits. Forty-two percent start packing two to three days before leaving on a trip, and an additional 30 percent start packing a week ahead of a trip.

The survey also found that getting by with only carry-on luggage is the goal for more than half of Americans travelers. Thirty-nine percent of survey respondents admit to regularly pushing the limits on the size and quantity of the luggage they try to carry on. On the checked bag front, 31 percent say they've pushed the limits on size and weight, and 42 percent try to minimize this issue by weighing their luggage before going to the airport.

As for the fold versus roll debate? Seventy percent of survey respondents report folding their clothes; just 30 percent report rolling them. Suitcase cracked!

Source: Cheapflights.com

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Turkey Talk: Thanksgiving Tabletop Décor with a Twist

November 6, 2015 2:42 am

(BPT)—Without a doubt, the turkey majorly influences all things Thanksgiving, right down to our tabletop décor. Turkeys and the platters they’re served on have a colorful history, nearly as old as the holiday itself.

"You can find a turkey platter that will blend well with any china pattern, from the very old to the very new," says designer Julie Robbins. "Turkey platters aren't necessarily bird-themed; you'll find them in designs ranging from florals to even scenic vistas. I suggest starting a wonderful family tradition of dedicating a special platter for your Thanksgiving turkey and making it the centerpiece of your holiday gathering."

Lenox and several other manufacturers produce turkey-shaped platters and other autumn themed serving pieces in alternative metal serveware. This is a special alloy that maintains a constant temperature to keep foods warm or cold when heated or chilled.

Whether you're planning a huge buffet or an intimate dinner with close family and friends, Robbins says the color trends for Thanksgiving entertaining remain a bright version of fall: strong oranges, sages and brilliant turquoises.  Both individual candles and groupings of candles are also popular picks for the Thanksgiving tabletop.

If Tom Turkey isn't the right design element for your table, Robbins says you can still create a seasonal feel, minus the bird.

"You can use fall leaf or even woodland patterns to create a classic Thanksgiving table without going with a turkey motif. Beautiful classic fruit patterns give your table that horn of plenty flair,” Robbins says.

To tie this look together, Robbins suggests combining whole spices, such as cinnamon and nutmeg, with natural elements like nuts, small pumpkins, fall fruits and colorful leaves to create a cornucopia-type centerpiece.

Source: Replacements, Ltd.

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