Ep 5; Travel Kits and Proper Packing

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Preparing to travel made simple: keep your kits packed and ready. Travel kits come in all colors/textures/sizes and should be machine washable. Ready to kit up?

Time Stamped Show Notes:

0:32 – Intro

0:55 – This Week’s Trip (just how much do these ladies travel?)

1:37 – Piper’s Travel comes in two parts; day-job (85% of the time) and author trips

2:12 – “You live in transit Piper.” -Gail

2:16 – Piper breaks down her typical (consistent/inconsistent) travel schedule for work

3:00 – “The ‘oops’ of being scheduled on two projects at the same time => literally flying ocean to ocean each week for six weeks”  -Piper

3:46 – Piper travels to conventions for author stuff: networking, book-signing, teaching and instructing, etc

4:53 – Gail travels as a full-time professional author to essentially a convention a month as well as multiple writing conferences each year and (the thing she hates) two-week long book tours

6:12 – The infamous hellmouth airport of DIA forced Gail to do a 20 minute signing at ComicCon

7:13 – Preferred traveling days (avoid Friday and Sunday)

8:08 – The perks of being a westcoaster in overcoming jetlag – it means you can stay up late and hang out at the bar when you travel east

9:07 – Arrive early, volunteer, meet the staff, and have fun

9:30 – Dead dog party (“secret” post-con meetup the Sunday night after a convention finishes)

10:08 – Main Topic  ->  Kits!
-tea kit
-redeye kit
-sleep kit
-emergency kit (“Piper Repair Kit”)
-emergency repair kit (for vintage dresses or corsets)
-makeup kit
-lipgloss kit
-electronics kit

10:54 – Preparing yourself for “the zone of the hotel” -Gail

13:29 – Corset corner (tips and warnings for wearing)

13:53 – “Kits permanently live in their kit state.” -Gail   (always packed and ready to go)

15:08 – When do you refill your kits if they’re always packed?

15:36 – Adjusting the makeup kit based on season, location, and purpose of visit (keep the basics in there always: base, foundation, eyeliner)

16:44 – “Bigelow and Lipton’s are verboten”

17:09 – Varying your kit bag based on its purpose (color and texture); so that you can produce the desired kit when unable to see into a bag

18:46 – kits help organize your “bag of holding’s” pocket universe

19:21 – Zippers are king

20:06 – Yay Gadgets!
-Piper -> kit bags from mochithings.com
-Gail -> TravelOn zipper envelopes (great intro to cheaply figure out what sizes/types of kit bags work for you)

24:18 – Piper’s been experimenting with silicone (bottles for storing shampoo’s, lotions, conditioners, etc)

26:39 – ZojiRushi (Japanese thermos company) food storage mug

28:15 – ZipLock bags are wonderful kit bags too (waterproofing)
-or a garbage bag to become a poncho for your carry-on
-and don’t forget to double up your ziplock bags

30:11 – Outro and thanks to:
            John Anealio for his song Steampunk Girl


Thanks for listening and safe travels!

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