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.

You Can Rent This Wizard of Oz-Themed Cottage in North Carolina

Airbnb
Airbnb

This year marks the 80th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, the classic 1939 adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s book. In addition to watching the film, you can opt for a more immersive way to celebrate the occasion. As Travel + Leisure reports, a cottage in West Jefferson, North Carolina offered on Airbnb is perfect for any traveling Oz fan—and it’s only $35 a night.

The studio cottage is considered a glamping destination and is slim on amenities—it has a breakfast nook, porch, sofa bed, and a Porta John—but the Oz-themed details more than make up for the lack of luxurious perks.

A pair of stockinged feet are visible under the home, hinting at a witch’s untimely demise; a character mural of Dorothy and her three escorts, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion, appears on the side of the cabin; inside, various other decorations pay homage to Baum's books, including a pair of ruby slippers and a few stuffed Totos.

A cottage with a 'Wizard of Oz' theme in West Jefferson, North Carolina is pictured
Airbnb

If you go, you’ll have to act quickly. The cottage is open only in the spring, summer, and fall, as it has no heat.

The Airbnb listing has a perfect score across 16 reviews. You can book it here.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

Visit Any National Park for Free on September 28—or Volunteer to Help Maintain Them

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
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By the end of September—which always seems especially busy, even if you’re not a student anymore—you might be ready for a small break from the hustle and bustle. On Saturday, September 28, you can bask in the tranquility of any national park for free, as part of National Public Lands Day.

According to the National Park Service, the holiday has been held on the fourth Saturday of every September since 1994, and it’s also the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort. It’s up to you whether you’d like to partake in the service side or simply go for a stroll, but there is an added incentive to volunteer: You’ll get a one-day park pass that you can use for free park entry on a different day. Opportunities for volunteering include trail restoration, invasive plant removal, park cleanups, and more; you can see the details and filter by park, state, and/or type of event here.

If you’re not sure how you should celebrate National Public Lands Day, the National Park Service has created a handy flowchart to help you choose the best course of action for you—which might be as simple as sharing your favorite outdoor activity on social media with the hashtag #NPLD.

National public lands day celebration flowchart
National Park Service

There are more than 400 areas run by the National Park Service across the U.S., and many of them aren’t parks in the traditional sense of the word; the Statue of Liberty, Alcatraz Island, and countless other monuments and historical sites are also run by the NPS. Wondering if there might be one closer than you thought? Explore parks in your area on this interactive map.

For those of you who can’t take advantage of the free admission on September 28, the National Park Service will also waive all entrance fees for Veteran’s Day on November 11.

And, if you’re wishing a free-admission day existed for museums, you’re in luck—more than 1500 museums will be free to visit on Museum Day, which happens to be this Saturday.

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