Road Test: Pack-It System
What is it? The Pack-It System, a series of bags that supposedly allow you to "pack easy, pack simple, pack more."
Putting it together: I always overpack, so the thought of overpacking more was enticing. Using a plastic board as a folding guide (diagrams for the packing-challenged are printed on its surface), I stacked shirts better than a Gap employee. The neat arrangement then went into a nylon-webbed "folder," with Velcro flaps to keep everything in place. Mesh cubes held smaller items and toiletries. What had been a messy pile of clothes became an orderly collection of totes inside my duffel bag.
Unpack your troubles: The compact folder kept my shirts remarkably wrinkle-free, even after a five-hour flight.
Cost: Pieces range from $10 to $48, depending on size. (Eagle Creek, 800/874-1048 or www.eaglecreek.com.)
The Verdict: The system's great at streamlining those with a loose packing style, but somewhat redundant if you're already an organized traveler.
--H. Scott Jolley
wired in las vegas
The Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas may not have a casino, but it does offer the latest business technology: each of the 424 rooms has access to a Megabit Ethernet link. At a speed 50 times that of a traditional dial-up connection, networking can take place among guest rooms, meeting rooms, home offices, and several convention centers around the country. So now you can keep an eye on what's going on at the conference while you're still in your underwear. Prices vary; a 10-room network begins at $1,100 per week. The hotel is considering supplying in-room computers, but right now it's strictly BYOPC.
going my way
Name: Marcia Kilgore
Occupation: Founder, Bliss World (incorporating the two Bliss spas and the BlissOut catalogue)
Home base: New York City
Try it, you'll like it: I'm constantly testing new beauty products--both our own and other companies'--for the catalogue. My theory is, if it makes you look good in hotel lighting, then you know it's a good product.
House brands: Hotel shampoos and conditioners are so dismal, I don't even bother with them. In fact, I change shampoos depending on which country I'm in, since the water varies from place to place and affects your hair differently. But here's a trick: if your hair is looking dull on the road, go buy some apple-cider vinegar at a grocery store and use it as a rinse. It restores the pH, so your hair is less alkaline and looks shiny again. A boar-bristle brush (I like Medicis brushes best) can also work wonders: it lines up the keratinized fibers on your hair shafts and makes your hair instantly shiny.
Must-have: I don't go anywhere without Diamancel nail files. They last for years, even banging around in the bottom of your bag. The files that hotels give you are like No. 20 sandpaper--so gritty they just rip your nails up. These will save you.
Packing smart: I'm always worried something will explode in my bags, so I choose thick shampoos that won't spill as easily or as much. Small bottles. Solid perfumes. Anything that's a roll-on or a stick is great.