7 Tips To Look Good While Traveling

7 Tips To Look Good While Traveling

Traveling is no exception to looking your best. Packing for a fun vacation is simple, but packing for meetings, formal business functions, or simply looking amazing while packing light is not. Now a must to have when you travel, your packs of InstaSteam pods.

After all, packing the appropriate products that look elegant while also being functional is always a challenge. Now more than ever, it is easy to arrange to look amazing while traveling.

These basic guidelines put together by our InstaSteam team will help you plan a trip with family, friends or even a work trip.

7 Tips To Look Good While Traveling

Bring Your Traditional Favorites

We all have favorite clothes items in our closets. We adore them since they always look wonderful on us. You know which ones to pack first, no matter how many times you’ve worn them.

Set Up Your Basics

Putting together luggage full of stylish and practical basics is never easy. Remember, you want to look stylish and comfortable wherever you go without spending a fortune on new clothes. Even if you own a handful of bright button-ups, they won’t do much for you if they’re boring.

Find items that may be worn for a conference, supper, or a beach lunch without adding bulk to your suitcase. Dresses, socks, underwear, jewelry, shoes all multi-purpose and remember shirts should all be long-sleeved.

Bring Practical Luggage

Excellent overnight or carry-on luggage is perfect. The extensible laptop tote is essential for laptop users. It’s light, water-resistant, and has a padded laptop pocket (usually up to 15′′). It has many pockets for convenient organization and storage. The back sleeve allows it to be clipped onto the handle of roller luggage, which is highly convenient and anti-theft.

A favorite item is the phone wristlet with three credit card slots and RFID technology (to protect your personal data from being stolen). The wristlet can be detached or clipped to the bag.

Exquisite Jewelry Never Goes Wrong

You don’t need a new wardrobe for holiday photos. Simple jewelry may completely change your look. Yes, Jewels can liven up even the plainest tees and trousers. A huge ring or a traditional bracelet can easily add shine to your clothing. Remember to keep a few pieces with you wherever you travel, but don’t put them in your checked luggage in case of theft, which is on the rise.  Instead, keep your valuables in your bag.

Before You Pack

If you throw anything you can find in your bag 10 minutes before leaving, you’re planning for disaster.  You will either have too many or too few clothes. Plan your clothes, shoes, and other accessories ahead of time. Imagine your journey location and what items you need to leave behind, and always remember extra InstaSteam pods, as you never want to show up wrinkled.

Beautiful and Useful Combined

Remember that un-comfy clothes, shoes, and accessories aren’t worth it. Leave out the shoes that make long walks difficult or the earrings that create headaches.

Make sure your makeup bag has your favorite beauty products like red lipstick, mascara, cleanser and of course your favorite palate. For men, face cleanser, aftershave, hair trimmer/razor and small travel portions of hair product.

For both men and women, you can never show up disheveled and wrinkled so keep our InstaSteam pods handy to always look your best.

Weiss is on a mission to help turn an entrepreneur’s idea into the next Billion Dollar Idea

Weiss is on a mission to help turn an entrepreneur’s idea into the next Billion Dollar Idea

Princeton native Ben Weiss, founder of beverage companies Bai and Crook & Marker, is giving 15 entrepreneurs the opportunity to secure up to $1 million in investment money and his mentorship.

Through Weiss’s new show Billion Dollar Idea, which debuted on FOX Business Network on April 26, Weiss will select six entrepreneurs out of the 15 he meets across the country.

The six selected will join him at the Basement, described by Crook & Marker as an entrepreneurial hub, at his headquarters on 1 N. Johnston Ave. in Hamilton.

As host, Weiss will put the six entrepreneurs through a series of challenge assignments with the goal of choosing one entrepreneur and helping them turn their idea into the next Billion Dollar Idea.

The chosen entrepreneur will receive a residency in the Basement, his mentorship and investment.

Weiss has chosen the first of the six entrepreneurs during the debut of Billion Dollar Idea. A new episode arrives each week on Tuesdays on FOX Business Network at 9 p.m.

“Entrepreneurs are the backbone of America and are fundamental to fueling the economy, especially during times of uncertainty like the current pandemic,” Weiss said to The Princeton Packet. “The timing of Billion Dollar Idea is perfect because the show takes an inside look at entrepreneurship in a way that’s never been done before.”

He added that nearly 5.4 million new businesses were registered in 2021.

“Which is up 23% over 2019 — and it’s the highest number in single year in more than 15 years. Only a small number of those businesses will survive,” Weiss said. “Entrepreneurship is a grueling journey and not everyone is cut out for it, no matter how good their ideas are. Our show will give viewers a better sense of how demanding the journey is — and how rewarding it can be, too.”

Weiss did not go into what the specific challenges would entail for the six entrepreneurs, but that the challenge assignments would test their business acumen, their products and their grit.

“In general, we wanted to expose them to some of the real-world experiences that I’ve faced over two decades as an entrepreneur. I had more failures than successes before I hit it big with Bai — and I learned as much, if not more, from losing than winning,” he said. “To be a great entrepreneur, there’s nothing more important than grit and determination. You can learn all the fine points about whatever business you’re in along the way.”

For Weiss he wants people watching each week to understand that entrepreneurship is a challenging journey.

“A challenging journey that requires what I call “Basementality” — a mindset that blends foresight, scrappiness, flexibility and passion to empower you to achieve success,” he said. “The basement has a special meaning for me. It’s the quiet, safe place you go to become one with your idea. But the key is you can’t stay there for too long.”

Weiss said people have to fight to get out of the basement to turn their idea into reality and bring it into the world.

“New businesses are like babies — they come out kicking and screaming, so you have to learn how to crawl and walk and eventually you’ll be ready to run. They need the entrepreneur to provide attention and nurturing 24/7 to become a success,” he added.

Weiss founded Bai, an antioxidant beverage brand, in 2009 during the Great Recession. With Bai’s growth following its founding in the basement of his house, Weiss sold Bai to the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group in a $1.7 billion acquisition.

Then later in a next adventure Weiss founded Crook & Marker, an organic low-calorie alcohol beverage company.

“Technology continually creates new opportunities and challenges in our business landscape, but the fundamentals of entrepreneurship remain the same over time: passion, grit and determination,” he said. “I advise new entrepreneurs to be original rather than simple creating new versions of popular trends — to be a black sheep rather than just one of the flock.”

Weiss added that it is critically important to also identify something they’re passionate about that needs fixing and dedicate themselves to creating the solution.

“For me, the enemy is ‘Big Sugar.’ My solution was Bai and now Crook & Marker. I understand the challenges that entrepreneurs face today because I’m back at it again with Crook & Marker,” he said. “After leaving Bai, I started to think about what I wanted to do next and saw another industry that was ripe for disruption — beer. So I went back to the basement to create Crook & Marker, the world’s first zero sugar organic cocktail portfolio.”

According to Weiss, Crook & Marker is giving consumers great-tasting USDA organic margaritas, mojitos, piña coladas and palomas, and some new innovations with consumers in recent years seeking to escape sugar, carbs and calories in beer.

When asked about what are some of the top skills or abilities an entrepreneur needs, Weiss said, “Entrepreneurs must wear bifocals — they must be equally focused on the unsexy hard work in front of them at all times, while also looking into the distance to the future they’re trying to turn into reality. You can’t fully accomplish one without the other.”

He added that as an entrepreneur, people must be willing to risk it all to achieve proof of their concept.

“That’s the only way to find and then scale success. Perhaps most challenging, entrepreneurs must take the time and effort to understand their end game even as they’re just getting started,” Weiss said.

“Too many entrepreneurs fall in love with their ideas and start businesses without really knowing what they’re trying to accomplish. Do you want to create and run an iconic brand for years? Do you want to build your business for a big financial exit? Put your vision and goal down on paper and use them to guide your journey.”

Originally published at: centraljersey.com

Use Steam — Ironing Your Clothes Is Worse Than You Think

Use Steam — Ironing Your Clothes Is Worse Than You Think

There are many different reasons that steaming your clothes is the best option for making them look fresh and clean.

The first and most important reason that InstaSteam is the best option, is that it releases the wrinkles from your clothing without you having to do any work. Yes, ironing and the shower can do the same thing, right? No. Although ironing clothes is the most ancient way of getting out wrinkles, it is not the best. Ironing your clothes can actually shrink, melt, burn and do many more horrible things that will cause your clothes to have a very short life, not to mention the pain of setting it up. Showers, well, they don’t usually do the job and can get your clothes wet.

Now, what else can InstaSteam do besides steaming your clothes? Good question. Steam, aside from releasing wrinkles, can also kill odor-germs and reduce allergies. Cool no? The heat of the steam actually kills bacteria that causes odor and helps remove dust mites from your clothing.

InstaSteam is the quickest and most efficient way to steam your clothing and will actually save you money on your dry cleaning bill. InstaSteam will help keep your clothes fresh and clean in between washes or dry cleans. Oh, wait! InstaSteam is also electricity-free and disposable. That means no plugs, no batteries and doesn’t take up space! Just use it and throw it away. InstaSteam is eco-friendly and made up of all-natural minerals. InstaSteam cares about you, your clothes and our environment.
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Packing for Cruise - Instasteam Blog

10 Must Pack Items for a Cruise

Packing essentials for life’s greatest moments.

1. Passport or birth certificate.
 Because you’ll probably be visiting exciting ports in foreign countries, you’ll need to come prepared with identification. If you don’t have a passport, never fear: For closed-loop cruises (AKA those that both start and end at the same U.S. port), an original copy of your government-issued birth certificate may suffice. Just double-check here in advance to make sure it’s OK for each of the ports you’ll be visiting. And always remember to leave copies at home.

2. Carry-on.
When you board the ship, you’ll want to start having fun right away. So while your luggage is being delivered to your room, keep the essentials (like a swimsuit, sunscreen, and some reading material) close at hand in a lightweight carry-on. Bonus: The extra bag doubles as a handy tote for whatever you need during shore excursions, or as a way to bring home souvenirs.

3. Portable charger. 
Cameras, smartphones, and tablets aren’t much fun when their juice is gone. Make sure you bring device chargers and a portable charger that lets you charge on the go.

4. Formal attire.
Days on-board (and on land) are pretty much come-as-you-are. In the evenings, the dress code is smart casual for ladies and pants and a collared shirt for men. For ships with formal nights, you’ll want to dress up. Ladies should bring a cocktail dress or nice pants suit, and men should pack a suit (tie optional).

5. Aloe vera. 
In case you get a little overzealous with the sun-worshipping, you’ll be glad you remembered this skin-saving balm. Pro tip: Buy the spray-on stuff for easy application; just make sure to put it in your checked bag if you’re flying to your port of departure.

6. InstaSteam — You won’t find an iron in your stateroom (fire safety first!). InstaSteam Pod’s are TSA and Cruise Line Approved for travel, making InstaSteam the world’s first electricity-free & hands-free clothing steamer option, keeping you and your clothes fresh wherever & whenever life brings you!
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7.Quick-drying cover-up or pair of shorts. Because some shore excursions involve getting a little wet and wild, you’ll want a cover-up (or change of clothes), so you can ride back to the ship dry and comfortable.

8. The right mix of shoes. We know you won’t forget the flip flops, but make sure you toss some sneakers in your bag as well if you’re planning to work out or climb the onboard rock-climbing wall, dressy shoes for formal nights, and anti-slip, closed-toed water shoes for all of those active shore excursions.

9. Binoculars. 
Sure, you don’t have to bring these, but with the amazing views you’ll encounter on deck and from your stateroom window or balcony, you’ll be really glad you can get a closer look.
10. Travel Size First Aid Kit. (No explanation needed)

4 Reasons To Steam Your Clothing

“4 Reasons To Steam Your Clothing”

What’s the worst part about laundry? Yes, that’s right. Ironing. Ironing is, simply put, no fun at all. Some would say it’s…the worst. Thanks to the creation of the steamer and InstaSteam, though, ironing is no longer a necessary household chore! Check out these 4 reasons and if by the end you’re not convinced, we won’t insist.

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Reason 1: It’s Faster
Ironing can take a whole afternoon, if you’re used to ironing several garments the same day. However, if you choose to do it on a daily basis, getting the wrinkles out of your outfit in the morning before work or school, ironing may just be too time consuming. You have to set up the ironing board, heat the iron and work your way around tough spots like buttons and collars. Or, you have to rush out in your wrinkled shirt. Yes, it may smell just like a fresh laundry pod, but a wrinkled shirt will just look unkempt.
Steaming, on the other hand, takes about half the time that ironing does. You simply hang your clothing on the rod or on a hanger and steam away the wrinkles.
Reason 2: It’s Easier
Where ironing requires you to turn your clothes, lay them out this way or that and approach the pieces from different angles to reach all the wrinkles, steaming is more…user friendly. It requires
less strength to get the wrinkles out and, definitely, less tossing and turning. There are, however, some measures you can take for your clothes to get out of the dryer less wrinkly than usual. You can use unscented dryer sheets for example, or you can get your clothes out of the dryer the instant they’re done and hang them. When doing laundry, it’s always good to plan ahead.
Reason 3: It’s Better For Clothes
Many people are unaware of the damage their irons do to their everyday clothes. When getting rid of wrinkles, the iron is actually crushing the fragile fibers of the textiles, and may cause damage to the clothes and shorten their lifespan. Since a steamer works with only slight contact with the clothes, it is far more gentle and less damaging.
Reason 4: More Uses
Irons are best for small pieces of textiles, often limited to unembellished clothing or small textiles like handkerchiefs and placemats. They are also the best solution for wrinkles on dress shirts and every other type of work shirt and leaves them crispy smooth. If that’s what you are going for and are a guy that wears suits almost everyday, then an iron is best for you. The same goes if you’re a woman that is used to wear shirts everyday or most days.
However, you can use a steamer to de-wrinkle beaded or sequined clothing, delicate fabrics, clothes with ruffles, pleats and frills and even curtains or tablecloths. In other words, an iron goes a long way for dress shirts but a steamer is better for every other types of clothing.
If you’re on the verge of buying a steamer, but are still not sure, we hope this post can tip you over and you can make the correct decision. Remember, caring for your clothes is more than just choosing which is the best laundry detergent or what is your favorite fragrance of dryer sheets. An effective laundry routine is part of a lifestyle. After all, putting on clothes in the morning is pretty much the only part of our routine that goes unchanged through our entire lives.

Eco-Friendly Industry Trends and Tips for Hotels

“Eco-Friendly Industry Trends and Tips for Hotels”

– According to the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, tourism contributes about 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions — a figure they expect to grow by 130% by 2035. Meanwhile, the International Tourism Partnership found that for the hotel industry to align with the Paris Climate Agreement, it will need to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions per room per year by 90% by 2050 (compared to a baseline from 2010).
Sobering statistics they are indeed, especially considering the current and forecasted rates of growth of the industry.
In the past five years, the global hotel industry has grown by 2.3% to reach revenues of over €1.28 trillion in 2018 (IBISWorld, 2018). At the current pace, more than 80,000 hotels will join the existing supply by 2050.
So, the challenge we face is not an insignificant one. As sustainable hospitality expert Dr. Willy Legrand explains it, we need to find a way to grow the industry, accommodating more and more guests and building more and more properties, and at the same time reduce the sector’s carbon footprint to achieve complete decarbonization by 2050.
Here’s a look at how some organizations and properties are tackling that challenge.
Current trends in sustainable hospitality
According to Dr. Legrand, whose expertise about sustainable hospitality was instrumental in creating this article, “A large section of the hospitality industry is joining the unprecedented mobilization across the globe in mitigating negative environmental impacts and facing the many societal challenges ahead.”
The guest editor-in-chief of the Hotel Yearbook 2018 — Sustainable Hospitality and the Hotel Yearbook Special Edition — Sustainable Hospitality 2020, Dr. Legrand pointed out several key eco-friendly hotel industry trends, such as:
-Cutting down on food waste. For example, by growing food onsite, sourcing food locally, and shifting social norms to ensure that “plate waste” is no longer considered acceptable (Benjamin Lephilibert, HYB2018).

  • Minimizing water usage beyond the hotel room. In addition to encouraging guests to be mindful of their water and towel usage, some properties are turning to innovations such as showers that filter their own water (Inge Huijbrechts, HYB2018).

Eliminating plastic. 
A step beyond recycling, doing away with single-use plastic products can help limit the huge amount of waste stemming from creating and discarding these items. Getting rid of plastic water bottles and plastic bags is a good place to start (Jeanne Varney, HYB2020).

  • Conserving energy. This “economically sustainable method” is effective and easy to apply, for example by redesigning the guest experience to encourage guests to apply adaptive behaviors. One way is to replace the mini-fridge and coffee machine in each room with a communal amenities area in an open guest space (Christopher Warren, HYB2020).

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*InstaSteam Pods, are a perfect alternative to the old fashion plug in iron, for the hotel and lodging industry. InstaSteam is the world’s first electricity free, and hands free clothing steamer which completely eliminates the guest necessity of having to utilize electricity to press, steam, or deodorize their garments while enjoying their lodging. Decreasing energy bills, while also increasing profits makes alternatives like InstaSteam one of many tools the industry will be leaning towards as business owners discover more and more ways to deliver on eco-friendly lodging practices for not only their overall guest experience and property value but for the entire worlds benefit.

Creating a paperless hotel.
A task made easy by a modern property management system, which will simplify operations and streamline the guest experience while reducing carbon emissions (Terence Ronson, HYB2018).

-Integrating sustainability into the hotel architecture. In building new properties, there is a “three-zero-concept” approach: using local construction materials and skills (zero kilometers), prioritizing energy management and lower emissions (zero carbon dioxide), and introducing life-cycle management into the building process (zero waste) (Matteo Thun, HYB2020).

Upgrade Your Travel Experience Instantly, With These 6 Hacks

Upgrade Your Travel Experience Instantly, With These 6 Hacks

1.) To “Rock” A Look, Always “Roll”
“To maximize luggage space and minimize creases, always roll your clothes when packing,” says Sloan Sheridan-Williams. Not only will your first-night wardrobe be ready to wear, but this technique also provides useful safe havens for delicate items like electric toothbrushes, razors, and portable accessories.

*(BONUS HACK)
InstaSteam Pod’s are TSA and Cruise Line Approved for travel, making InstaSteam the world’s first electricity-free & hands-free clothing steamer option, keeping you and your clothes fresh wherever & whenever life brings you!
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2.)Sandwich Your Seats
If you’re traveling as a pair, always book “sandwich” seats — the aisle and the window seats in a row of three. Unless it’s a full flight, it’s unlikely that anybody will then pick the middle seat, ensuring you have the entire row to yourselves. If somebody does end up between you, simply ask to switch seats so you can sit next to your partner!

3.) Always Mark Checked Luggage As Fragile
“This is a great way to ensure that your baggage is handled correctly,” says Thompson. “Your luggage will be kept at the top of the pile because of this, which will make it one of the first bags to be released too.”

4.) Never Order Tap Water On The Flight Home
Speaking of hygiene here’s a damn fine excuse for having a beer instead of water on a plane. A study by the Wall Street Journal tested tap water on 14 international and domestic flights. They found everything from salmonella to tiny insect eggs. Likewise, don’t ask for ice if you’re flying from a country with a suspect water supply. The trays will have been filled there, not at home.

5.) Combat Jet Lag Before It Even Happens
“It might sound obvious, but leaving home well-rested will minimise any subsequent jet lag,” says Sheridan-Williams. “Ensure you have a relaxing 48 hours before your departure and pre-prepare a chilled playlist to help you zone out in-flight.”

6.) Cap Your Shoes
Whether your shoes are dirty when you’re packing them — or they get muddy during your trip — there’s an easy way to prevent them from marking the clean clothes they’re now bag sharing with, says Mark Sansom, editor of Food And Travel magazine. “Simply grab a cheap shower cap to place them in during transit, and prevent any dirt from getting on your clothing.” Packing a small tumble dryer sheet for a fresh smell in your luggage is always a good idea too.

How To Protect Yourself Against Corona Virus and Stay Safe

How To Protect Yourself Against Corona Virus and Stay Safe

World Health Organization recommends people take these simple precautions against coronavirus to reduce exposure and transmission
How does the coronavirus spread?

  • The Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak is a new illness and scientists are still assessing how it spreads from person to person, but similar viruses tend to spread via cough and sneeze droplets.
  • When an infected person coughs or sneezes, they release droplets of saliva or mucus. These droplets can fall on people in the vicinity and can be either directly inhaled or picked up on the hands then transferred when someone touches their face, causing infection. For flu, some hospital guidelines define exposure as being within six feet of an infected person who sneezes or coughs for 10 minutes or longer.

Stay six feet from infected individuals.

  • Viruses can also be spread through droplets landing on surfaces such as seats on buses or trains or desks in school. However, whether this is the main transmission route depends on how long viruses survive on surfaces — this can vary from hours to months.
  • There is anecdotal evidence that the virus can be spread by people before they have symptoms. Some other illnesses such as flu can be passed from one person to another before symptoms occur — but the extent to which this is happening with the Wuhan coronavirus is not well understood yet.

How to protect yourself and others:
Wash your hands.

  • Wash your hands: wet your hands with clean, running water and apply soap. Lather your hands, including the backs, between your fingers, and under your nails and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Rinse.

Cover your mouth.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the bin and wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue to hand, cough or sneeze into your elbow rather than your hands.

Clean and Steam your clothes.

  • Clean and steam your clothing after travel or after coming home for the day to get rid of all the germs. Whether you are at home or in a hotel, you want to try to avoid touching things that other people have touched such as irons, handheld steamers, and sending your clothes to the dry cleaners. To avoid these problems you can use InstaSteam. InstaSteam is your HANDS-FREE way to steam and deodorize your clothing. With an InstaSteam starter kit stowed in your bag, you can pull together a perfectly pressed look when on the fly — literally — without needing access to an outlet. Fill the pod with water and put it in a garment bag. It creates wrinkle-smoothing steam in minutes and is disposable when the job is done.

Face masks offer some protection.

  • Face masks offer some protection as they block liquid droplets. However, they do not block smaller aerosol particles that can pass through the material of the mask. The masks also leave the eyes exposed and there is evidence that some viruses can infect a person through the eyes.

Seek medical help.

  • Seek early medical help if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, and share your travel history with healthcare providers.

Avoid live animals.

  • If visiting live markets in affected areas avoid direct, unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces that have been in contact with animals.

Avoid raw foods.

  • If you have returned from an affected area in the last two weeks, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people for 14 days. This means not going to work, school or public areas.

Seek medical advice before leaving home.

  • If you have returned from an infected area and develop a high temperature, cough, runny nose, sore throat or difficulty breathing do not leave your home until you have been given advice by a doctor.
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