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.

New Jersey's Anthony Bourdain Food Trail Has Opened

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Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Before Anthony Bourdain was a world-famous chef, author, or food and travel documentarian, he was just another kid growing up in New Jersey. Earlier this year, Food & Wine reported that Bourdain's home state would honor the late television personality with a food trail tracing his favorite restaurants. And that trail is now open.

Bourdain was born in New York City in 1956, and spent most of childhood living in Leonia, New Jersey. He often revisited the Garden State in his books and television shows, highlighting the state's classic diners and delis and the seafood shacks of the Jersey shore.

Immediately following Bourdain's tragic death on June 8, 2018, New Jersey assemblyman Paul Moriarty proposed an official food trail featuring some of his favorite eateries. The trail draws from the New Jersey episode from season 5 of the CNN series Parts Unknown. In it, Bourdain traveled to several towns throughout the state, including Camden, Atlantic City, and Asbury Park, and sampled fare like cheesesteaks, salt water taffy, oysters, and deep-fried hot dogs.

The food trail was approved following a unanimous vote in January, and the trail was officially inaugurated last week. Among the stops included on the trail:

  1. Frank's Deli // Asbury Park
  1. Knife and Fork Inn // Atlantic City
  1. Dock's Oyster House // Atlantic City
  1. Tony's Baltimore Grill // Atlantic City
  1. James' Salt Water Taffy // Atlantic City
  1. Lucille's Country Cooking // Barnegat
  1. Tony & Ruth Steaks // Camden
  1. Donkey's Place // Camden
  2. Hiram's Roadstand // Fort Lee

Chernobyl Creator Craig Mazin Urges Visitors to Treat the Exclusion Zone With Respect

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Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Following the success of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, one tour company reported that bookings to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone located in Ukraine rose 35 percent. Now, series creator Craig Mazin is imploring the new wave of tourists to be respectful when snapping selfies at Chernobyl, Gizmodo reports.

A 2500-square-kilometer exclusion zone was established around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant shortly after its reactor exploded in 1986 and flooded the area with harmful radiation. The abandoned towns are still too radioactive for people to live there safely, but they have been deemed safe to visit temporarily with the supervision of a guide.

Chernobyl has supported a dark tourism industry for years, but thanks to the miniseries, photographs taken there are gaining new levels of attention online. News of influencers posing for irreverent selfies at the site of the nuclear disaster quickly went viral. Mazin tweeted:

Regardless of why people are visiting the site, being respectful in the presence of tragedy is always a good idea. It's also smart to resist leaving a tour group to snap the perfect selfie in some abandoned building: Tour companies warn that breaking rules and wandering off approved paths can lead to dangerous radiation exposure.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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