27 January 2022

The Gentleman's Guide for Packing a Suitcase for Travel

 When traveling, it is important to pack light. However, you also want to make sure that you have everything you need with you. This can be a difficult balance to achieve. This blog post will provide tips for packing a suitcase that will help ensure that you are ready for anything that comes your way!

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1) Start With The Essentials

When packing a suitcase, it is essential to start with the essentials. This includes items like underwear, socks, shirts, and pants. Make sure to pack enough clothes for the duration of your trip, but try to keep it light. You do not want to be lugging around a heavy bag all day!

If you are traveling for business, it is important to bring along a suit or other formal attire. If you are doing any sightseeing or participating in other activities, make sure to pack appropriate clothing as well. It is also a good idea to bring along a few extra sets of clothes just in case something happens and you end up getting wet or dirty.

2) Pack Smart

When packing a suitcase, it is important to be smart about how you pack. This means folding your clothes in a way that will save space. You can also use packing cubes to help organize your belongings. Another tip is to bring along smaller items like shampoo and conditioner that can take up less space.

It is also essential to think about what you will need during your trip. If you are traveling with a laptop, for example, make sure to bring along the appropriate charger and cables. If you are going on an outdoor adventure, make sure to pack sunscreen, insect repellent, and other necessary items.

3) Make Use Of The Available Space

One of the best tips for packing a suitcase is to use the available space. This means using every nook and cranny to store your Men's Balenciaga clothes.. You can use shoe bags to store smaller items or pack underwear and socks inside your shoes.

Another great way to utilize space is by packing clothing that can be worn multiple ways. For example, a t-shirt can be worn as a shirt or a dress. A skirt can also be doubled up as a pair of shorts. By packing clothes like this, you will save room in your suitcase.

4) Use A Suitcase That Is The Right Size

When packing a suitcase, it is important to use a bag that is the right size. This will help you avoid overpacking and ensure that you have enough room for everything you need. It is also essential to choose a sturdy suitcase and easy to carry.

If you are traveling with children, it may be helpful to bring along a smaller suitcase or backpack that they can carry themselves. This will help keep them occupied and prevent them from getting tired and cranky.

5) Label Your Bags

When traveling, it is important to label your bags. This will help ensure that they are not misplaced during transit. You can use a luggage tag or some other type of identification system.

It is also a good idea to pack an extra set of clothes and essentials in your carry-on bag. This way, you will be prepared if something happens to your suitcase and gets lost or delayed.

6) Have Fun With It

While it is essential to be organized when packing a suitcase, it is also important to have fun. This means including some personal items that will make you feel comfortable and at home.

This could include a favorite book, headphones, or travel-sized toiletries. By having these items, you will help ensure that your trip is enjoyable from start to finish!

7) Stay Organized

One of the best ways to stay organized when packing a suitcase is to use a checklist. This will help ensure that you do not forget anything important. You can either create your list or use one provided by a luggage company.

Another way to stay organized is to pack your clothes and belongings in categories. This could include items like shirts, pants, dresses, and underwear. By packing this way, you will find what you need quickly and easily.

In conclusion, there are a few key things to remember when packing a suitcase for travel. By following these tips, you can ensure that your luggage is well-organized and that you have everything you need for an enjoyable trip.

5 January 2022

Why Part Of Me Will Always Be "Bridget" (And That Is Allowed)

There is a thought that has been building in my head lately.  Well, not lately, for some time now.  

Why do I feel that, at a time where arguably (in the first world) women are at our most liberated, are there more rules imposed on women than ever?

We are at a point in history where we are told that women can be all things, that nothing is impossible. We can do anything we want, be anything we want to be.  The rules and shackles imposed by society for so very long are being thrown away and we are creating and running our own lives the way we want to.  Or are we?

Somehow, despite all of this liberation; it seems that we are once again being told what to do, how to look, how to act and how to think, increasing not just from men, but from other women. 

Sometimes it feels that the only thing we are not allowed to be, is ourselves.  

I was watching Bridget Jones Diary over Christmas.  Bridget Jones Diary was written in 1996 and released as a film in 2001.  For so many of us, Bridget encapsulated so much of who we are, our characteristics and both our flaws and our strengths.

Her silliness, her hope, her need for love and looking for it in all the wrong places.  Her inability to make the right choices.  Her ability to pick herself up and dust herself off to try again, after an obligatory vat of wine and a few renditions of "All By Myself".  

I saw so much of myself in Bridget and indeed, now over twenty five years since the book came out, I still do.

The thing is, we are all multifaceted people.  Aside from my many similarities to Bridget, I am also many other things.  Many of which are contradictory to the other.  I am independent, but feel an innate need to be loved, cared for.  I am both secure, and insecure in my appearance, my character, my trajectory in life.  I may have finally reached a point where I no longer walk about swathed in black, but I still change my clothes as many times before deciding on an outfit.  Whatever the occasion. 

I have a career, but it does not drive me more than being happy in my life outside of work.  

I have both a traditional and non traditional relationship with my partner.

All of the above is the way I choose to live my life.  It is who I am.  Because I am be more than one thing.  I can, and do, have opinions about a thousand different subjects.  They don't all have to be on the same wavelength.

This, for me, is what the women before me fought for.  To be the person I am.  To think the way I want.  Act the way I want.  Do what the hell I want.

After watching the film, I later watched a documentary about the writer, Helen Fielding who spoke about her own similarities to Bridget, which inspired her to write the book.  One of the people in the documentary was Germaine Greer,  who made comment about the routine that Bridget went through in order to ready herself for her first date with Daniel.

Germaine was eyerolling at the fact that Bridget felt the need to do all of this.  Why was she thinking more about whether to wear sexy underwear or control underwear rather than, as Germaine said "Don't worry about your pants girl, just kiss him".

That is true enough.  What we know, certainly by Bridget's age, is that a man cares more about getting into your knickers rather than their style.  They don't care.  From my own experience with my partner, he tells he loves the "wrapping", but it is what inside that counts.  The body and the mind.

But should that mean that we should also not care?  Is that now not allowed? The effort that we put in is never just about them, it is part of who we are.   

But, now, in 2022, being like Bridget is discouraged.  Embarrassing even.  All of those traits that we saw in Bridget reflected in ourselves are now frowned upon.  At a time when even the word woman is being taken away from us, by men who have decided they are women; why are our feminine traits being seen as wrong and traits attributed to men, now right?

There is nothing wrong with being confident.  Forthright.  Competitive.  Single minded in our pursuits.  Assertive.  All typically "male" behaviours.  An increase of these behaviours is all good for women, but more and more I see them the things that make us women, now actively discouraged and forbidden.

There is no right way to be a man or a woman.  We can be any and all things, but by our choosing.

Even the choice to be a stay at home mum is now judged.  I overheard a conversation the other day where a young twenty something was saying to friends that what she wanted most in life was to be a mother.  At home, with her children.  She was immediately jumped on.  What about your career, your independence, your money.  You can't "just" be a mother.

Of course she can.  She can be anything she wants to be.  Can't she?  

I am not writing an anti Germaine Greer post, but I saw this quote from her relevant to this post.

If a woman never lets herself go, how will she ever know how far she might have got? If she never takes off her high-heeled shoes, how will she ever know how far she could walk or how fast she could run?

Can I not wear high heels?  Put on my makeup, take an eternity to decide on what to wear?  Why do these have to detract from the person that I am?  Does this now make me vapid and silly?  Why can't I be silly?  Doing those things are part of what makes me, me.  It does not make me less intelligent, less willing and able to be successful and walk the path that I want to.  

But I want to walk that path the way I chose.  Not chosen by others.

It feels sometimes like we have moved on from changing from we look like and how we dress for men, to now editing who we are as people and the persona we show to the world, for (some) women.

I walk to the beat of my own drum.  Not others.  I won't be told how to live my life or how to act/be.  I see how far women have come, what we have achieved, what generations before us fought for and gained for us.  I don't think they would want me to be put in another box.

We make our own rules.  What we cannot and should not do, is impose those rules on others. So yes, part of me is Bridget.  And I am not ashamed of that.  Nor should I be.

3 Tips To Buy Your First Motorcycle


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Quite a few people want to drive motorcycles rather than cars. There are plenty of reasons why. Many bikers claim that it offers more freedom.

It’s also a decision that you’ll need to put some thought into. That’s especially true when you’re going to buy your first motorcycle.

While the same could be said for buying a car, it’s especially true with a motorbike. You’ll need to make sure you’re extra safe in it.

When you’re buying your first motorcycle, you’ll need to focus on a few key things. Once you do, you should be certain that you get the one that you want.

Buy Your First Motorcycle Easily With 3 Tips

Focus On Safety

Safety will be the most important factor to focus on when you buy your first motorcycle. There’ll be fewer safety features on a motorcycle than a car or SUV.

You’ll need to maximize the safeness of your choice. There are multiple ways of doing so. As a first-time motorcycle owner, you should choose something that doesn’t have too much power.

You should also consider your riding gear. The helmet will be the most obvious part of this, although you’ll need to think of protective clothing too.

You’ll also need to be safe while driving. If you’re involved in an accident, discuss your case with a lawyer.

Know What To Consider

Multiple factors will affect your decision when you buy your first motorcycle. You should be aware of these before you start looking.

Doing so lets you keep them in mind as you’re researching different dealers and motorbikes. Some factors will be more important than others.

The largest are:

  • Condition

  • Price

  • Technology

  • Insurance Costs, and more.

You can use each of the above to narrow down your decision. Some options will be too expensive, for example, while others will affect quality.

Knowing what you want and what you’re looking for will be a large part of the buying process. Spend enough researching things before buying.

Have A Type In Mind

You might be surprised to know that there are multiple types of motorcycles. You could already be aware of some of them, though there may be more than you’re aware of.

They’ll all offer different advantages and disadvantages. Some of the more notable types include:

  • Cruiser

  • Dual Purpose

  • Sport Bike

  • Touring

  • Sport Touring

  • Electric

When you’re buying your first motorcycle, you’ll need to differentiate between these types. Some will be more appealing to you than others.

To properly take advantage of this, you’ll need to put some research into the different types. Doing so lets you make a much more informed decision.

How To Buy Your First Motorcycle: Wrapping Up

If you don’t know how to buy your first motorcycle, the process could be slightly overwhelming. You’ll have multiple things you’ll need to consider.

Once you know what you’re doing, you shouldn’t have a problem deciding which motorbike is the right one for you. Cost and other factors can also come into play.

These should come after the above, however. Safety and other factors will be paramount. These can often be worth paying for.often be worth paying more for.

4 January 2022

Top Tips For Buying Your First House


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Everyone dreams of buying their first home. It takes quite a while to be able to, however. When you can, you’ll want to make sure you go about it the right way.

That’s much easier said than done for many people. When you’re buying your first house, it’ll naturally be your first time doing so. You mightn’t know what to expect.

You’ll likely already know about budgeting, getting a mortgage, and more. These are the most obvious parts of buying property.

They’re not the only things you’ll need to keep in mind, though. With the various factors that can affect whether or not you’ll like or want a particular, you’ll need to know a few things.

Once you do, you’ll have no problem moving in.

What To Know Before Buying Your First House

Check Out The Neighborhood

While you’ll typically focus on the house that you’re considering, you should also consider the neighborhood itself. You’ll need to make sure that you like it.

Visiting the neighborhood several times will give you an idea of what it’s like. You should make sure to do so at different times of the day and week.

That’ll give you an accurate idea of what it’s like to live in the neighborhood. With how large of a factor this should be to the home, you’ll need to consider it.

Work With A Trusted Real Estate Agent

Working with a real estate agent when you’re buying your first house is highly recommended. There are multiple benefits to this. They can guide you throughout the home buying process.

They can also answer any of the questions that you might have. You shouldn’t pick the first one you come across, however.

You’ll need to put some research into different real estate agents. The likes of Compass, among other options, can be recommended, depending on where you’re looking.

For first-time buyers, this can be the best-recommended option.

Know How Much To Offer

Many people believe that they should offer the listing price when they’re buying a home. In many cases, that wouldn’t be enough to secure the purchase.

There’ll likely be other people trying to buy the house. These will often be different to your offer. You’ll need to figure out how much to offer.

While a real estate agent can help you with this, you should also do your research. Online searches can be more than helpful with this.

Focusing on a local area and similar properties is recommended. Doing so will give you a ballpark figure of how much you should offer for a specific house.

Though there might still be some negotiation after this, you should be much closer to a sale once you have this research done.

Buying Your First House: Wrapping Up

As thrilling as buying your first house is, you should go into it with your eyes open. There’s a significant amount of money on the line; you’ll want to make sure you don’t misspend it.

Then there’s the fact that the house buying process can be an overwhelming one. You could have to see multiple properties, jump through countless hoops, and more.

It’s easy to feel stressed during this. Using multiple tips and tricks will minimize this, however. Once you do, you should be unpacking in your new home in no time.