This Guy Checked A Single Beer Can As His Luggage
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This Guy Checked A Single Beer Can As His Luggage

And it actually made it.

Nothing about checking bags at the airport is cool. It usually takes longer than expected, and if you don't want to scissor kick every TSA employee, than you deserve an award.

This anonymous passenger from Australia finally said enough is enough. He decided to check a single beer as his luggage and it actually made it to his destination on time and in great condition.

Sometimes you have to go to great lengths to crack open a cold one with your boys. I'm sure other unhappy travelers got a great laugh out of the situation. In my opinion, the fee he payed to check this precious cargo was well worth the price!

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How To Pack For A Weekend Trip

I am literally always traveling.

Save yourself the headache of waiting for your luggage at the baggage claim and pack the smart way. I've always spent a lot of my time traveling.

When I was younger, it was to visit family, and then it was for school programs and other activities. Now, I find myself traveling a lot for school. So, trust me when I say I've got the whole airport scheme down. Here are my go-to packing trips for a three to five day trip.

1. Get a suitcase, please.
Nothing is worse than carrying a huge duffle bag through an airport. It hurts your shoulders and it hurts my eyes, dear god they are ugly. Opt for a small suitcase like this from Ralph Lauren instead. If this isn't your style, take your pick from, they have tons of awesome, affordable options.

2. Start with your shoes.
I always pack my shoes first so I minimize the amount of clothes that are actually touching them, because, ew, gross. When you do place your shoes in your bag, place the biggest ones in the mesh compartment above to save space. Then, put all of your smaller shoes in the main section. Pro tip: pair them so the soles are touching one another, instead of your clothes.

3. After you have your shoes in there, start by adding smaller items like shirts.
Be sure to roll them, it saves so much space! Trust me, you'll need that later for your bigger items like toiletries and makeup. A how-to guide for shirt-rolling for dummies:

4. Once you have your shirts packed, you can move onto bulkier items of clothing like pants and shorts.
I have found that rolling these pieces takes up more space than just folding them as you would normally. Pro-tip: stack your bottoms biggest to smallest to keep everything in line.

5. Now it's time for the big stuff, grab your toiletries, makeup and hair supplies.
Place those in the space you have left.

6. Get the stragglers.
At this point, your suitcase is probably pretty stuffed, but if you're like me, and maybe belong to an "over-packers anonymous" club, then here's the trick to stuffing the last few items in there as well. Fold jackets on top, and strategically place odd-end items in there. Hey, it doesn't have to be pretty, as long as you've got it in there, am I right?

The last tip I have for you guys is to get TSA pre-check. If you're traveling more than five times a year it's worth it, trust me. It saves you time when during security and makes the whole process much easier! To apply for TSA pre-check, click this link.

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Packing Tips For People Studying Abroad

Study Abroad Survival Guide: Part 1

Congratulations, you have made the (correct) choice to study abroad for a semester or year during your time at college!

The concept of studying abroad is not actually much different from going to college. You are away from your family and living in a place that is new to you, pretty much on your own. Except when you study abroad, you probably don't have your parents helping you move all your stuff in - actually, you don't have enough space in your luggage for all the stuff you brought your freshman year.

The biggest struggle for me was figuring out what clothes to pack. I was use to having a whole closet full of clothes I could rotate through and not have to repeat articles of clothing for weeks on end. I had to carefully select items of clothing that 1) could be layered for different looks 2) be versatile in different situations 3) weren't so unique that people would notice I wore the same piece a week ago and 4) all fit in my single suitcase.

I scoured the internet for packing lists and asked several friends about their experience. If you're looking for some advice on packing for your semester away, look no further.

You can live with only a handful of clothes.
This may be obvious to some of you. Again, I was used to having quite a bit to choose from. I was worried about being bored with my clothes selection and not having appropriate items for specific situations. Guess what? I found that one suitcase of clothes was plenty for four months away. The semester I came back I pretty much ended up wearing those same outfits over and over because they were such staple, go-to pieces.

Dress for the weather!
Another obvious tip, but really take this into consideration. Are you going to Grenada, Spain, where it's approximately 5 billion degrees every day? Are you living in Denmark where it's gray, cloudy, windy and rainy most of the fall season? Will you be traveling to Norway or Iceland to go see the icy landscapes and backpack in the snow? What about going on a cruise through some fjords? Or living by the beach? Or visiting Budapest public baths? Or going to a fancy ballet performance? The trick is to include clothes that can be used/layered in these situation.

What do the people wear there?
Expressing individuality is good. I do so through what I wear. But man, it was painfully obvious that I was American because the fashion trends were just so different. If you want to stand out, great. I promise you will whether you wear flashy clothing or not - people in other countries can just tell we are American. But sometimes looking like a local is what you're going for. Research fashion trends in your area. I ended up buying some clothes so I could fit in a bit better - and also because their fashion was on point. I really appreciated my decision to bring my long black jacket over my bright red jacket, as everyone in Europe wore something similar (I basically wore all black 80% of the time).

If you're traveling to a country where modesty is required, you're probably already thinking about this - way to be ahead of the game!

What will you wear to the club?
Obviously you're going to go out, and some places have dress codes. I found myself in Madrid having to buy the cheapest pair of heels I could find because I simply could not go out without wearing a dress and heels - I might not have been let into the club in the first place. Then again, I had to wear my winter jacket and boots while going out and about in Copenhagen because it was too damn cold to be strutting around in typical club-wear.

Bring your sweats!
I figured in Europe I would be dressed to the nines all the time because that's what everybody else does. I packed one pair of really nice, could-be-passed-off-as-regular lounge pants that I found myself wearing all. the. time. in my host family's house. I ended up buying a pair of cheap, super soft sweatpants at a random H&M in Amsterdam because I couldn't take it anymore and needed to not wear actual pants.

If you lost or damaged that item, would you be mad/sad?
Like, so angry or sad that you would scour the internet to find an exact replica? Because if that's the case, leave that at home. In the off chance that your stuff gets stolen during your stay at a hostel or ripped/stained, you're going to either have to live with it or ditch it.

Leave space for more stuff coming back.
Or, if you are lucky and your parents come to visit, ask them to take stuff back for you. Even with my extremely limited amount of clothing, I ended up sending back quite a few items of clothing and some pairs of shoes with my parents when they visited me. I also ended up buying some things I wanted to keep, and I needed space in my suitcase to fit all that stuff.

Get "new" stuff at the thrift store!
Due to my storage/moving-out situation at the end of the school year, I wasn't able to pack all the exact things I wanted for the next semester, so I was at a loss for some clothes I had accidentally stored. My solution was to go to the thrift stores near me and browse for similar items or things that I was okay with wearing and also ditching if need be. I got a nice haul of "new" clothes for very cheap, most of which I ended up using! Your program might also have a clothing exchange from previous students; my program allowed students to leave behind anything they didn't want and incoming students had first pick of clothing, shoes and appliances before they were donated.

Remember that people who live there buy clothes there.
If you damage or lose your clothes, or are just not feeling it, remember that there are clothing stores there. If you live in an expensive country, look for thrift shops. If people who live there can figure out their clothing situation, you can, too.

Keep these in mind while packing for your upcoming adventure, but also remember: this is all one big adventure. What's study abroad without a little wardrobe malfunction? You'll be just fine.

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The Top 5 Most Outrageous Things I Have Seen At A Tailgate

I can't make this stuff up people...

It's 8 a.m. and your alarm is screaming in your ear adding to the misery of your headache from slapping the bag one too many times last night. You turn your alarm off and lay there staring at the ceiling trying to piece together your night while also praying that you can continue to drink without throwing up.

Fast forward an hour to when you are in zombie-mode walking to the tailgating fields to get your drink on to bring you back to life. You get those first couple beers down and it's go time!

Who knows what you will see during this tailgate, but there is always something.

In honor of all the ridiculous things I have seen at tailgates, I made a list of my top five favorites.

1. Chugging beer out of a shoe.
This disgusting act of savagery was done by a friend of mine this past tailgate season. It's probably not shocking to know that this happened later in the day after the beer and liquor were flowing like the Nile River, but I can't make this stuff up people.

He literally took his shoe off and poured his beer in it and chugged it. The worst part.... He put the shoe back on.

2. Combining a Four Loco and a 40.
If you are determined enough to get drunk, you will go to great lengths to do so... and I have seen (and maybe done) some heroic acts of drinking, but I have also seen some desperate ones too.

The 40-Loco is one of the top worse drinking acts I have seen. This guy decided to drink half of a 40, then fill up the space with a Four Loco; he didn't make it into the game.

3. Pukefest.
Spending the entire day drinking has some consequences, and they normally involve spewing chunks out of your mouth. The amount of times I have seen someone throw up/seen throw up is innumerable.

Also, while we're on the topic of bodily fluids, it's safe to say that pee puddles are another very common guest on tailgating fields.

4. Broken stuff.
Something is always broken at a tailgate. Always! The worst I have even seen was the suspensions of my friends truck. About 20 drunk people, including the owner of the truck, were jumping up and down in the bed of the truck as if it were a trampoline.

Needless to say the truck does not bounce up and down anymore.

5. Pranks.
There is always that one idiot who falls asleep during the tailgate, and it is an unspoken rule to mess with them. At the most recent tailgate I went to, one of my guy friends passed out in a beach chair, so we immediately started brainstorming ideas.

We came up with the idea to put ranch on his leg and try to convince him that it was jizz. Of course we were drunk af so it seemed like a flawless plan. When he woke up we franticly told him the story of a guy walking by and jizzing on his leg and he actually believed it for a few seconds!

Looking back on it, I question my thought process for this prank. Like how drunk do you have to be to believe/think of this prank involving jizz, but whatever - it made for a good story.

You're welcome.

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    Seven Things I Wish I Knew Before Packing To Study Abroad

    Europe is where shoes go to die.

    Packing is never fun, unless you're some completely decisive, super organized, minimalist freak...erm...person, who can also see into the future. Having to pack for an entire semester in another country adds another level of difficulty to the struggle. Here are some things I wish I knew before I packed to study abroad.

    Bring things you don't necessarily want to bring back. You may be relying on a wardrobe smaller than what you're used to when normally at school, this means that you'll be wearing the same clothes more and they'll wear out a lot quicker. So bring things that you like, but maybe not your favorite items. Pack basics and jeans that you'd be fine throwing away before heading back home. (This also helps make room for souvenirs.)

    Europe is where shoes go to die. You'll be doing so much walking on different terrains that your shoes will likely need to be tossed by the end of the semester. Pack a small variety that are versatile (stylish walking shoes, boots, etc) and you won't be heartbroken if you need to leave them.


    Layers are your best friend. There's hardly ever a situation where layers aren't the answer, and this holds true when packing for abroad. Light layers are always the best bet in terms of weather and fashion. They are easy to mix and match, which is especially useful when working with a smaller wardrobe. Scarves are great for this while also being perfectly European.

    Be (overly) prepared for rain. Do you know how much it rains in Florence, Italy? I sure didn't before I went, but now I will never forget how much I got drenched. If you haven't already, before heading abroad is the perfect time to invest in a good rain jacket, and for the love of God, do not forget your umbrella.

    Rock a messenger bag, but one that doesn't make you feel like a grandma. For me, messenger bags always feel the most secure and are easiest to lug around all day. You should pack two purses, at most: one, a mid-sized messenger bag is great for flying and touring and then a smaller and fancier bag big enough to hold essentials, but also small enough to not be a nuisance at a club.

    Bring a towel. My abroad housing provided bedding and towels, but you never know what the situation will be at a hostel or sketchy hotel, or if you'll need an extra. A beach-sized towel is the most versatile; but again, bring one that you can ditch abroad so space isn't unnecessarily taken up in your suitcase on the way home.

    Bring a soft, super-light bag as your carry-on. While you might wish you had a wheeled-suitcase when you're lugging it around, fabric bags are easier to overstuff in a bind and weigh less. If you need to move things around from your checked luggage to fit weight limits, or squeeze some extra items in, it's way easier with a more duffel-style bag.

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    Five Things You Should Know About Studying Abroad

    Pack light. Seriously.

    Studying abroad in Italy may conjure an image of eating massive amounts of pasta and pizza, taking pictures holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and flirting with Europeans. While all these things may be parts of the study abroad experience, there is so much more to take away from a semester away. Here are some things I learned after my three months in Florence, Italy.

    It's more than just taking classes. Having the chance to hop around to different countries on the weekend is not something that many 20-something college students have the chance to do, so take full advantage of it while you have the chance. Your semester abroad is the time to lighten your course load, if possible, and allow time for other things. Take every opportunity to travel and experience the culture of the area. You'll learn more from embracing other cultures than anything you can learn in a class. Also, taking classes specific to your abroad location can also be more rewarding and meaningful than taking a general course that you could take at home.

    In some ways, it's like a freshman year do-over. Much like the beginning of freshman year, everyone is ready to meet new people and try new things. You're with a small-ish group of people with some predetermined commonalities (you all chose to study abroad, and in the same place), making it a great time to make friends. I made some of my best friends in college when I was studying abroad and really can't imagine college any other way.

    Pack light. When you're deciding what you need for the semester abroad, lean towards the minimalist side. Make sure you have enough, but you'll appreciate having lighter luggage and more room for souvenirs on the way home. And if you feel you need more clothes, you'll have more fun purchasing new things abroad (that then become souvenirs) than lugging around extra items you may not even need/wear.

    It's a resume line. It's not just about having a blast while you're there--studying abroad is also something you can put on your resume. It shows that you are well-rounded, sets you apart from the crowd, and makes it more believable that your your Italian skills are actually up to snuff if you've lived there for 3 months.

    Just do it. Seriously. I mean this about studying abroad in general and all the experiences you'll be presented with while abroad. Go to that weird bug opera with your school program or try the seemingly unappetizing classic dish of the area. If college is the time to try new things and gain new experiences, studying abroad is ultimate time during college to be a yes-man/woman and completely jump in.