This is How You Pack a Suitcase

Wrap it up; you're outta here

This is How You Pack a Suitcase

packing a suitcase like a burrito

If you're headed out on a trip any time soon, either for the holidays or to some tropical paradise, well, lucky you. But a word of caution: you may want to watch this video before you go and screw up while packing your suitcase.

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For everyone who's been ironing and carefully folding only to find the contents a wrinkled, jumbled mess upon arrival, I have good news for you. The answer is in bundle wrapping, which is kind of like swaddling for your clothes. 

In this popular video courtesy of NBC, shows you how to form the perfect "garment burrito" beginning with undergarments and socks before moving on to other items like shirts and jackets. Of course, as viewers point out, this may work wonders for the solo business(man) traveller. But what about the rest of us?

I can see that this option would work if you were headed to a single destination—and could unpack the nest and hang items immediately—and not on the move each day as I did on a recent vacation. Also, if you choose to bundle, just cross your digits and pray that the TSA or equivalent doesn't decide to choose your luggage for a spot search.

My other half is meticulous about his ironing and vac-packing. Me, I'm just too damn lazy to be bothered. Typically I'm a roller, which is the favoured packing method of the military, apparently. And if anyone knows efficiency, it's the military. 

You tell me: What's your packing style? Will you try the burrito?



The Dirtiest Thing in Your Home (It's Not Where You Poop)

A Nightmare on germ street

The Dirtiest Thing in Your Home (It's Not Where You Poop)

Think your toilet seat is the dirtiest thing in your house? Think again. The good people at Buzzfeed Blue have been a gross-out reconnaissance mission. They have drawn on the results of a microbiology study from the University of Arizona in which researchers swabbed common household items to find those with the most bacteria per square inch. 

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The results are surprising, and more than a little horrifying, to say the least.

We all know that cutting boards and keyboards harbour germs galore. But the most bacteria-infested spots in your house aren't the obvious ones.

I don't consider myself a hard core germophobe by any stretch, and to some extent I credit my laissez faire attitude with my family's robust health. 

Yet, though I have happily abided by the five-second rule for years, after this video I'm thinking I need to up my hygiene game at home. Starting with this itty bitty insidious item.

Imagine, something you use to clean your body being so unspeakably filthy... Oh, the irony! 

You tell me: Got any tried-and-tested tips for ridding your place of bacteria?

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Halle Berry Takes Ex To Court Over Daughter's Hair

Star Accuses Ex of wanting to make daughter look less African-American

Halle Berry Takes Ex To Court Over Daughter's Hair

Halle Berry, racism

In what appears to have racial issues connected, a conflict between celebrity Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry over their six-year-old daughter's hair led them all the way to court.

The Monster's Ball actress accused her ex-boyfriend of altering Nahla's hair to "make her look less African-American." Berry claims Aubry had the girl's hair straightened and highlighted without permission.

“I want both Gabriel and I to make decisions together that affect our daughter, her growth, her development and her general welfare,” Berry said. “I continue to hope that Gabriel and I can find a way to work together to be successful co-parents."

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The judge ruled that neither Aubry and Berry, who have joint custody, may alter the nature texture or colour of their daughter's hair. 

It's crazy that Berry had to invoke legal action, but there it is. Together for four years, the pair broke up in 2010, and Berry went on to marry Olivier Martinez in 2013. They had a son together last year.

Berry, who was born to a white mother and black father, insists that her daughter must find her own racial identity, just as she did. 

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"And I think, largely, that will be based on how the world identifies her. That's how I identified myself," she said in a 2011 interview with Ebony. “But I feel like she's black. I'm black and I'm her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory.” 

Co-parenting is hard enough without such dirty battles. It saddens me when estranged parents use children to take aim and lash out at each other where it hurts most. Certainly Aubry must have known that altering Nahla's hair would wound Berry—unless of course the girl requested the changes herself. At six years old, it's entirely possible that she wants the same hair as Ana and Elsa. And therein lies part of the problem... 

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