Some of the most popular travel destinations get plenty of rainfall. Going In Style has just launched a new raincoat and rain gear mobile compatible website to browse on your smart phone or tablet featuring Mycra Pac Raincoats and Travel Rain Gear. Visit goinginstyle.org to find rain gear for traveling to rainy destinations such as London, China, India and Kauai.
If you are a wine lover you are sure to want to bring back your favorite bottle of wine from every country and region you visit. If you are not a wine drinker, a bottle of wine makes the perfect gift for friends and family. This is why every traveler needs a Vinnibag. The Vinnibag protects fine wines and spirits by suspending your bottles in an inflatable air cushion. The air chamber conforms to the contents of the bag ensuring your items get home safe and secure. VinniBag is specifically engineered to withstand fluctuations in the altitude and temperature.
You can use the Vinnibag for all sorts of items, not just wine, including lotions, shampoos, eye shadows, blush, figurines, vases, food items such as vinegar, spices and herbs. Avoid the disaster of breaking your favorite eye shadow, or your lotion ending up all over your luggage making a big mess.
The Vinnibag is a reusable, blow up bag designed to provide superior protection against impact and leakage, is easy to use, and stores flat, rolled or folded when not in use.
And VinniBag is eco friendly – see Vinnibag’s recycling program. VinniBag is easy to use. Simply insert a bottle into the center, inflate by mouth (only takes couple of breaths), roll up the bottom flap to form a leak proof seal, and snap the buckle closed. Designed to optimally protect standard 750 ml wine bottles, but can accommodate other items such as olive oil, champagne and distilled spirits.
Whether you are traveling by plane, train, bike or boat every traveler needs the Vinnibag for their fragile items. When not traveling you can keep your Vinnibag in the trunk of your car to transport re-corked bottles from a restaurant or party.
This week Going In Style is giving away a Vinnibag to one lucky winner. To enter, go to our Facebook page and click on the Sweepstakes Tab. Enter your name and email address for your chance to win. Contest ends 5/3/13. For more details and complete rules see our Giveaway Page.
A travel money belt is a portable safe used as precaution against theft while travelling. It offers peace of mind and is a safer option than a travel wallet because it’s hidden under your clothes. Think of it in the same sense as your underwear. You put it on in the beginning of the day and throughout the day it’s out of sight and out of mind.
Remember, a money belt is only worth its value if worn properly – under your clothes. Keeping cash, a passport and a debit card in your money belt in your bag defeats its purpose. If the bag is stolen, then too will be your money belt. Yes, thieves are aware of money belts, but it very unlikely that they will undress you to steal something – they are looking for items that are quick and easy to grab.
There are a variety of different money belt designs. They can be worn on different parts of your body depending on different comfort preferences. Here are a few of the most common money belt designs:
- Waist Money Belts – the most common design in money belts, worn around the waist under clothes
- Neck Money Belts – typically a pouch that is worn under clothes around the neck or across a shoulder
- Arm Money Belts – small secret pouch worn on arm under clothes
- Leg Money Belts – secret pouch worn under clothes on bottom half of leg, usually above the ankle
- Hidden Money Pouches – a pouch that can be strapped to a belt and then tucked inside pants, shorts or a skirt
- Belt Money Belts – an actual belt that looks like a regular belt with a hidden zipper pocket to slip in small items
Money Belt Reminder: you don’t want to keep all of the items you need for the day in your money belt. It will defeat the purpose if you are reaching in and re-hiding the money belt on a regular basis. Keep cash, one credit card and one form of identification deep in your front pockets for daily use. The money belt should be used for small personal belongings that are of most importance and value during travels. Some conventional items include:
- Emergency Cash
- Debit Card
- Credit Card
- Driver’s License
- Travel Tickets and Documents
- Room key
- Emergency Contact Information
Read more on our MONEY BELT 101 page.
Travel Safety Tips:
- In case of an emergency it’s a good ideas to leave copies of your itinerary, passport and visas with family or friends.
- Leave expensive jewelry at home – this also includes expensive-looking jewelry – you don’t want to make yourself a target.
- Don’t forget to fill in the emergency information page of your passport.
- For extra security carry your valuables in a hidden money belt – most travelers find the waist version most comfortable.
- Get health insurance and make sure it will cover you at your destination.
- Use traveler’s checks or a credit card for large purchases. Both of these are traceable and replaceable if you lose them and are a better option than large amounts of cash.
- To avoid pickpockets carry your money in different places on your body, rather than together in a highly visible waist pack – money belts are your best bet.
- Keep a copy of your credit card numbers and credit card companies in the hotel safe. If your credit card is stolen you’ll still have access to report it and freeze the card.
- Be wary if someone bumps into you, the person might be a pickpocket.
- Know where the nearest U.S. embassy, a police station or hotel is in case of an emergency.
- Don’t share personal information with anyone you don’t know.
- Travel in numbers to ensure safety.
Going In Style is now carrying a new product, the Tea Length Mycra Pac Donatella Raincoat. Mycra Pac Raincoats have been our top seller for travel clothing because of its beautiful and classic style and because it is easily pack-able. All Mycra Pac Raincoats fold up into their own pouch and are wrinkle resistant.
The tea length coat is the same timeless swing style coat as the other Donatella coats that Going In Style offers. The coat is fitted through the shoulders and gradually flares out and swishes around the calves. A tea length has the advantage of being more formal than the short Donatella coat, yet a flirty and fun alternative to the long style coat. And for the lady that likes to show off a fabulous pair of shoes, the tea length perfectly highlights a great pair of heels or boots.
The Mycra Pac Tea Length Donatella Raincoat hits at the calf to keep you dry on a rainy day. This tea length coat is elegant and glamorous. All Mycra Pac Raincoats can easily be worn either for daytime sightseeing or for a fancy evening of dinner and cocktails. Since the coat is reversible from the scroll or colored side to the solid black and is easy to pack, it is as if you are traveling with two coats in one.
Also see the Folding and Care Instructions for the Mycra Pac Raincoat.
Ordering clothes online can be difficult since clothing fits everybody differently – Going In Style now has a size chart for the mini, short, tea and long coat. The size chart features measurements of the garment itself – you can take a well fitting coat that you already own and measure to compare sizing.
Washing & Care for your Mycra Pac Raincoat
Machine wash coats in cold water – we recommend Forever New Laundry Detergent. Tumble dry low. For scroll styles hand wash and hang to dry or lay flat to dry.
To avoid wrinkles fold the coat neatly and tightly before you pack it in your bag. Wrinkles are caused by either stuffing the coat into the bag or movement of the coat inside of luggage. You can remove wrinkles from your coat with a clothes steamer. If you do not have a clothes steamer you can hang your coat in the shower and let the shower steam relax the wrinkles out of the coat, or you can take a hot wet wash cloth and sponge the coat.
Step 1: Lay the coat out flat and put the bag next to it to envision its width as you fold the coat. Button the two buttons and lay the raincoat flat with front facing up. Next, fold the coat 4 or 5 times from the edges to the center. Remember the raincoat is still long. Now, the width of the folded raincoat should be a little smaller than the width of the bag.
Step 2: Second, starting at the bottom, make folds that are shorter than the height of the bag and fold up from the bottom to the top – as you fold it the coat will seem to get a little bigger so make sure to account for that.
Step 3: Fold up to the top of the coat and simply tuck the coat into the hood and it will fit nicely into the bag. Once you fold it a couple of times, you can pack a coat in about two minutes.
Going In Style is starting the year off right by giving away fantastic travel accessories each month. Every couple of weeks Going In Style will put up a new giveaway so check back often to see what we are offering.
This week we are giving away an Insulated Curling Iron Cover to one lucky winner. The Curling Iron Cover features a heat resistant lining that allows you to pack the iron even while it is still warm. Just unplug your curling iron and pack the wand away inside this curling iron holder. This lightweight curling iron holder is perfect for travel since you can quickly pack your curling iron away after you are done using it. The outside features a soft, yet durable, velvety fabric with a beautiful floral design featuring colors such as beige, pinks, reds, greens and blues. Each floral design is unique.
A bonus pocket on the outside makes it possible to store your curling iron cord, bobby pins, alligator clips, hair ties and small bottles of hairspray or heat protecting hair spray. Traveling with your curling iron has never been more convenient.
To enter to win this unique curling iron cover, visit our Facebook page and enter your information. The contest ends 1/28/13 and one lucky winner will be chosen at random.
But if you don’t win or you miss the deadline, don’t despair; Going In Style will be offering new giveaways throughout the year. You can check our Giveaway Page to view the prize winners and to see what great travel accessory we will be giving away next.
Going In Style will be giving away the GRID-IT Travel Organizer to two lucky winners. Visit our Facebook page to enter the giveaway.
The GRID-IT Travel Organizer makes a great travel accessory for organizing all of your digital devices such as your cell phone, Kindle, iPod, camera and chargers. The GRID-IT is also great for everyday use to organize either a laptop bag or brief case. The GRID-IT makes a great gift for anyone who likes to stay organized.
Entrants must be over 18 years old and must be located in the United States.
No purchase necessary to enter or win.
The contest begins Friday, November 9, 2012 and ends Monday, November 26, 2012 at 12 Midnight Pacific Time.
Two winners will be chosen at random. The winners will be notified by email and will be announced on Facebook. Each winner will receive one GRID-IT Travel Organizer.
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Packable raincoats by Mycra Pac are perfect for traveling under cloudy skies and uncertain schedules… These stylish raincoats made of a lightweight micro fiber blend are reversible, and easily pack into their own pouch. This Donatella fashion raincoat features and an over sized pleated hood and does not wrinkle. Shop all Mycra Pac Raincoats
Debug your hotel room when you arrive—and your clothes and suitcase when you leave. This odorless, nontoxic spray (safe for people, pets and plants) kills bedbugs, eggs and larvae on contact and can be used on any surface. Fast-acting minerals ensure you don’t need to wait between spraying and sleeping. Contains no oils or fragrances; leaves no stains or residue.