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Travel Hacks To Make Packing Easier July 31, 2017

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If you’re planning for a weekend getaway or even a few months of travel time, packing is typically what most people don’t like having to do. And, it can feel like a total ordeal. What if you forget something important? What if you don’t have room? What are you supposed to even bring? Stop stressing. We’ve got your back with a few hacks that will make your time packing fly by and save you from a few common packing headaches.

Tangled Jewelry No More! It’s time to feel like your favorite necklaces wont get tangled in your perfect earrings. Avoid the tangling problem by using press and seal plastic wrap. Put the jewelry in between two pieces and voila! Jewelry that stays put in transit. Another tip, use a daily pill organizer for rings.

Banish wrinkles by putting clothing that’s prone to wrinkling in dry cleaning bags and proceed to pack and fold as normal. Don’t forget to check the weather at your destination(s)! It might be hot or cold or both so pack accordingly by looking at the weather forecast.

To save space try rolling the clothes that are wrinkle resistant.  By rolling them you’re saving more space in your suitcase. If you’re worried about the dirty soles of shoes touching clean clothing put them in a shower cap to leave a layer of distance between the two.

Find The Ultimate List! If you don’t want to forget something there are tons of awesome notebooks online that are prefilled with a list of every possible thing you may need on your vacation for both genders.

Bring a mesh bag for dirty laundry. That way if it gets dirty or smells it can be separated from the rest of the clothing that hasn’t been worn yet. And, it can be an easy way to keep your clothes off the hotel floor. We’re not saying we doubt the cleanliness of a nice establishment, but sometimes it’s best to be safe rather than sorry if you’re a bit of a neat freak!

Start packing early and do a little bit day by day until only the essential daily’s are left then just get it done. Not only does this take the stress off of doing it all in one day but chances are you may even get it done early.


Ultimate List of Scuba Diving Essentials July 17, 2017

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It’s getting hot out there! Which means it’s time to start hitting up your favorite summer water activities like scuba diving! Scuba diving isn’t just something you can run out and do… like running. It’s a water adventure that takes preparation, planning, and the proper equipment to have a successful dive. Don’t dive into the life of scuba until you have all the tools you need to have fun under the sea.

Abingdon Dive Watch – This one is a no brainer.

Scuba Style – Find a scuba outfit you really love. Style doesn’t have to stop in the water. If you like how you look it only adds to the fun of the whole experience, and it’s an easy way to personalize your dive. A suit you love and a mask you can call your own. Don’t forget your wet suit shampoo!

Sunblock – Before you get in the sea you have to be out on the boat. Just because you’ll spend time under water don’t underestimate the time that you’ll be spending in the sun. Just remember to protect the sea life and find products that are eco friendly!

Dry Bag – Valuables that aren’t water proof or water resistant and need to be protected will be safe in a good dry bag. They range in size so you can bring a lot or only a few of your most important things. The thick, strong material also adds to the feeling that your belongings are being protected.

Log Book – If you’re an experienced diver or this isn’t your first time then chances are you want to document your adventure. Record the location of your dive, the purpose, the tropical fish and more. Not only is this a great way to remember your trip it’s a great way to calculate your current qualifications or up coming goals to get more.

Regulator – A demand valve supplies air whenever you want to take a breath via the mouthpiece. You will also have a second demand valve – known as an octopus – which you or your buddy can use as an alternative air source. The regulator is attached by a hose to an air cylinder that you wear on your back.

Buoyancy Compensation Device – This is a streamlined jacket connected via an inflator hose to your air cylinder. At the surface, enough air can be injected into the jacket to keep you afloat while, underwater, small amounts of air can be added and adjusted so that you are neither rising or sinking – this is known as neutral buoyancy.

Weight belt/integrated weights – This helps you descend instead of accidentally floating to the top and getting nothing done. It may sound a little intimidating but it’s an essential part of getting down to the good stuff.

Fins– These allow you to control your movement as you go through your under water adventure. Fins are for the fish and they’re for divers like you as well!

Gauges – You need to know how much air you have. Sort of essential.

Dive Computer – This lets you know how deep you’ve gone. It also lets you know how long you have been underwater and how long you can safely stay at the depth you are at. This information assists you in having a safe dive.

Torch – If you’re going deep enough for light to be scarce or diving in a darker area a torch will allow you to spot marine life more easily and help you know where you’re going.

Mask De-Fogger – So you’re down there, enjoying the beautiful fishies and swimming along. But then your mask starts to fog up, this can happen and may become a hindrance in continuing forward. We all know that our saliva is a free and natural way to help prevent mask fog. However, many find this technique somewhat off-putting so it’s probably a good idea to invest in a mask de-fogger if you’re in that category.



A Brief Timeline Of American Aviation July 3, 2017

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1903: Orville and Wilbur Wright make first powered, controlled flight in a flying machine. The Wright brothers’ achievement would change the development of aviation and kick start the 20th century. From this moment forward aviation turns a corner, and things begin to move forward in ways that many had not thought possible.


1911: Aircrafts are being used for warfare internationally. Aviators were styled as modern-day knights, doing individual combat with their enemies. Several pilots became famous for their air-to-air combat; showing their flying prowess as a real asset in war.

1932: Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. All we’ve got to say about this is: get it, girl. She showed the world what women are capable of; challenging the mindset of a male lead field and expectations of what women of that time could do.

1933: The first modern plane, the Boeing 247, takes flight for the first time. At the time it was the fastest transport around, with a top speed of over 200 miles per hour. The twin-engine ten passenger plane ushered in a new era of air travel.

1942: World War II introduces another element of aircraft use. the world’s first operational jet aircraft, Not only airplanes, but also helicopters saw rapid development in the Second World War

1958: NASA is established. The goal of reaching the moon is established by President John F. Kennedy a few years later.

1961: Sky is no longer the limit. The United States responded by launching Alan Shepard into space on a suborbital flight in a Mercury space capsule. He had a lot of competition, and realized that he needed to step up his game to bring forward bigger success in his challenge to take on aerospace. In that realization he stopped drinking, smoking, took up jogging and more… looks like it paid off!

1979: The Gossamer Albatross (The Gossamer Albatross is a human-powered aircraft built by American aeronautical engineer Dr. Paul B. MacCready’s company AeroVironment) became the first human powered aircraft to cross the English channel. This achievement finally saw the realization of centuries of dreams of human flight.

1986: Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager flew an aircraft, the Rutan Voyager, around the world without re-fueling and without landing. The aircraft was first imagined by Jeana Yeager, Dick Rutan, and Dick’s brother Burt Rutan as they were at lunch in 1981. The initial idea was first sketched out on the back of a napkin.

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Aviation has come a long way in many different applications, from war games to passenger luxury. America has been on the edge of aviation development since the beginning, bringing forward changes and ideas that have pushed planes to fly to the heights they do today.