This Carry-On Suitcase Is Designed to Be a Collapsable Closet

Solgaard Design
Solgaard Design

Hate unpacking on vacation? We do, too. Luckily, a new suitcase design makes living out of your suitcase a far neater experience, no hangers required.

The Carry-On Closet 2.0 features built-in soft shelving that collapses to fit into a regular-sized suitcase shell. Currently available on Kickstarter, the unique design ensures that your careful pre-trip organization remains in place throughout your trip.

The suitcase by Solgaard Design has a flexible hanging shelf unit, not unlike what you might use to organize shoes or sweaters in within your closet at home. It's also designed to be opened while still upright, allowing you to expand the shelves upward and hang them from the top of the suitcase handle, forming an instant closet on wheels.

The Carry-On Closet open to show the expanded shelving unit
Solgaard Design

The shelving unit is removable, just in case you want to take a trip that involves stuffing something bulky in your suitcase. The shell also features a TSA-approved lock and a USB port and pocket designed for a portable power bank. The standard 36-liter suitcase weighs 7.6 pounds and can fit five to seven outfits, while the bigger 46-liter option weighs 7.9 pounds and can fit six to nine outfits.

These are the newer and better versions of a similar design Solgaard released in 2018, made to better fit airline size restrictions and with upgraded features. The Carry-On Closet 2.0 measures 21 inches by 13.5 inches by 9 inches, which meets all the size restrictions for carry-on luggage for the major airlines. The 46-liter Plus suitcase measures 22.5 inches by 14.6 inches by 9.6 inches, which is also acceptable for some carriers. (Many domestic airlines, including American, Delta, United, JetBlue, and Lufthansa, technically require a depth of 9 inches or less for carry-on bags, so keep that in mind when ordering. Solgaard Design writes on the Kickstarter that "we've tested on 20+ flights with the Carry-On Plus size and never been denied," so do with that what you will.)

Get one on Kickstarter in black or navy blue, and never roll your clothes again. The regular Carry-On Closet is available for $150, while the Carry-On Closet Plus sells for $165. The suitcases will ship in May 2019.

How to Avoid Paying for Your Already-Booked Hotel Room When Your Flight Is Canceled

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The news that your flight has been delayed or canceled is the last thing you want to hear on your way to the airport. Flight disruptions are more than just inconvenient—they can be expensive. If you planned your trip around arriving at your destination at an exact time, rearranging your itinerary and rescheduling bookings can end up significantly stretching your travel budget. Fortunately, canceling accommodations at the last minute doesn't always have to lead to financial loss. According to Lifehacker, there are tactics you can use to get a full refund on your hotel room.

In some cases, hotels will refund your money without any hassle. Take a look at the fine print of your reservation confirmation: Many major hotel chains give customers the leeway to change or cancel their stay up to 48 to 72 hours before they arrive.

If you're canceling due to a change in flight plans, you're likely scrambling to figure things out with little time to spare. But missing the official window to change your reservation doesn't necessarily mean you're out of luck. Call the hotel's front desk directly and explain your situation. There's a chance they'll take pity on you and refund your money or allow you to tweak your dates at no extra cost. If the reason for your rescheduled flight is a severe weather event that's also affecting your destination, it's especially likely that the hotel will be understanding—and possibly even overbooked and desperate to make room for other guests.

Of course, after trying every trick in your arsenal, the hotel may simply refuse to accommodate you and force you to pay full price for a reservation you can't make use of. When that happens, it's time to look elsewhere for compensation. Under the Montreal Convention, a treaty that covers most international travel, you can receive a payout of up to $5870 to cover financial loss caused by international flight delays in some cases. Here's how to receive the biggest reimbursement possible for the cancelled flight itself at the same time.

[h/t Lifehacker]

Here’s How to Find Out If Your MacBook Pro Was Just Banned by the FAA

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Back in June, Apple issued a recall of approximately 460,000 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops sold between September 2015 and February 2017, stating that “the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.” Now, Bloomberg reports that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned airlines to ban those batteries from flights.

Technically, airlines could have started banning the laptops as soon as Apple issued the recall, since 2016 airline safety instructions mandate that all recalled batteries may not fly as cargo or in carry-on baggage. The FAA has essentially alerted them to the recall and reminded them about the existing rules.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency banned the laptops in early August, which has been implemented so far by TUI Group Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Air Italy, and Air Transat. Domestic airlines in the U.S. are now following suit, so it’s worth finding out if your laptop battery is part of the recall if you have plans to fly soon. Even if you don’t have any current travel plans, it’s a good opportunity to get your recalled battery replaced—which Apple will do for free.

Fast Company outlines exactly how to check your device: Click the Apple icon in the upper left corner of your screen, and tap “About This Mac.” If you see “MacBook Pro (Retina, 15 inch, Mid 2015)” or a similar description, copy the serial number, and paste it into the box under the “Eligibility” section on this page. If your laptop was affected, scroll down and follow the directions to make an appointment for a replacement battery.

Once your battery is replaced, you’re free to fly with your MacBook; just make sure to bring documentation of your battery replacement to the airport, in case officials ask for proof.

[h/t Bloomberg]

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