Need to Pack Light for a Long Trip? These Compression Bags Convert Into Backpacks

Packing for a long trip can be quite the puzzle. Even once you figure out what you'll need to bring clothing-wise, the bags you carry through the airport might not be the best option for carrying the necessities around the city once you arrive at your destination, and vice versa. But there's no need to stuff an extra backpack, tote, or fanny pack into your already-loaded carry-on. A new storage solution designed by Revelar Workshop adds room to your suitcase while also converting into a bag you can carry around during shorter trips.

Cubepacks are multi-use travel bags that feature hidden straps that turn them into convertible day packs. You can stuff them with socks, shirts, and other clothing items while packing, zipping the cubes tight to shrink them to a fraction of their original size. Then, once you arrive at your destination, you can unpack your clothes and use the bags as convenient carry-alls.

The three available Cubepack sizes turn into into a backpack, a shoulder pack, and a hip bag (also known as a fanny pack). The large bag has a capacity of about 4.7 gallons, the medium pack about 2.6 gallons, and the small about 1.3 gallons. Each has zip compression, reinforced seams, and mesh for breathability, as well as backpack straps, top carrying handles, and magnetic closures for when you're using them around town.

Cubepacks might useful for all getaways, but could be a major space saver on long journeys, especially if you plan on doing any outdoor activities. They're perfect for any trip where you might end up on a short hike (including week-long backpacking trips when you might not want to lug your full pack around on every outing) or at the beach for the day, as well as for long vacations where you might take a quick overnight trip to another city.

Buy a Cubepack (or several) on Kickstarter starting at $29 for the small size, $39 for the medium size, $49 for the large size, or $89 for all three. They're due to ship in September 2019.

And if you're looking for even more ways to squish as many items into your suitcase as possible, we also recommend Pacum, a travel-sized compression vacuum that promises to double your suitcase space.

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You Can Get a Passport in 24 Hours—Here's How

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Randy Harris/iStock via Getty Images

Between driver's licenses, replacement social security cards, and passports, receiving tangible evidence of your identity from the government can be a glacial process. It can take six to eight weeks to process your initial passport application and weeks more if you need to renew one that’s expired.

As incredible as it may seem, there’s a way to turn that long wait into something as brief as one business day, Conde Nast Traveler reports. But it’s going to cost you.

A service called RushMyPassport has teamed up with FedEx to offer new passports or passport renewals that can be turned around in just 24 hours. Their business model involves hand couriers that visit U.S. passport agencies after they receive your documentation.

Why the rush? Sometimes people simply forget to glance at their passport and make sure it’s still valid before booking an expensive international trip—or don't realize that the country they're traveling to requires visitors' passports to be valid for several months past the planned end of their stay. Others don’t realize how long it can take to obtain their first passport.

The service is counting on people who are willing to pay a premium for expedited delivery. Overnight renewal will set you back $449. If you can wait a few more days, other packages ranging from two-day service ($399) to an 10- to 14-day wait ($99) are available. You also need to pay the $170 processing fee charged by the government.

The paperwork requirements are plentiful and include proof of identity, proof of citizenship, and proof of travel. If you’re applying for a new passport, you’ll still need to visit a Passport Acceptance Agent, like the ones found in post offices, to verify your identity.

[h/t Conde Nast Traveler]

Oscar Mayer Is Renting Out the Wienermobile on Airbnb For Overnight Stays

Airbnb
Airbnb

Oscar Mayer is about to make all of your hot dog dreams come true. To celebrate National Hot Dog Day (today), the meat-industry titan has listed its legendary Wienermobile on Airbnb for overnight stays. Mark your calendars for July 24, when reservation opportunities will go live throughout the day, with prices starting at $136 per night.

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile on Airbnb
Airbnb

The 27-foot-long locomotive hot dog, parked in Chicago, can accommodate two people and includes a sofa bed, sitting area, and outdoor space with a bathroom and “hot dog picnic zone” where you can lounge in Adirondack chairs while enjoying a savory snack. The 'mobile will also be packed with all the hot dog amenities you didn’t know you needed: Highlights include a mini fridge stocked with hot dogs and Chicago-style fixings, a custom Wienermobile art piece by Chicago artist Laura Kiro, and an Oscar Mayer roller grill that you get to keep forever. And that’s not the only souvenir: each guest will also receive a welcome kit with as-yet-unidentified “hot dog-inspired accessories.”

Other features include air conditioning, free parking, breakfast, a hair dryer, and the essentials: towels, bed sheets, soap, shampoo, and toilet paper.

Interior of Wienermobile on Airbnb
Airbnb

Interior of Wienermobile on Airbnb
Airbnb

The booking dates overlap with Chicago’s famed Grant Park music festival Lollapalooza, which takes place from August 1 through 4. The lineup this year includes Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, The Strokes, and Kacey Musgraves, to name a few. What better way to stay nourished and well-rested after a musical marathon than in a cozy, oblong automobile filled with meat?

If you can't book a Wienermobile getaway, you can still celebrate July as National Hot Dog Month by hosting your own hot dog picnic wherever you are (just make sure you know the proper way to plate, dress, serve, and chow down on a plate full of frankfurters).

Check out the full listing on Airbnb.

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