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Friday Finds Under Fifty: The On the Move Edition | Manolo's Basement of the Bargains

Friday Finds Under Fifty: The On the Move Edition

Sometimes you just have to get away from it all. When that moment arrives, you’ll want to have everything you need right to hand. After all, part of living the life superfantastic is being prepared for things no Boy Scout ever had to face.

For instance, that pesky question of how to store your delicates en route. I don’t recall my father and brothers discussing that matter when preparing to go to Scout camp back in the day. Tent stakes, yes. Silky undies…not so much.

Luckily enough, we have other resources than the Boy Scout manual to draw on for our needs. We have places like Wrapables.com.

MaggiB Lingerie Trio See, they have this practical and attractive set by MaggiB for handling your undies and for pampering yourself en route. The set includes: an 11″ x 13″ pouch for your lingerie, and a second pouch containing a pair of slippers (for shoe sizes up to 8.5), and an eyeshades, all in a matching satin brocade in your choice of black (shown) or mint. Just slip one pouch into your luggage and the other into your carry on, and go, all for just $16.99 (regular price $34.95).

One thing that always makes travel more difficult is identifying one’s luggage if it has been out of one’s hands during transit. So many suitcases look alike, it’s easy to wind up with the wrong bag and thus the wrong belongings.

After all, I once read the cautionary tale of a woman who was traveling by air to do a film with Andy Warhol. She packed her costume and wig into a black briefcase and checked it in when she boarded the plane. On arrival, she grabbed her black briefcase and headed to the hotel…whereupon she opened up the briefcase and discovered that it contained a man’s white dress shirt and two pairs of boxer shorts. She said she often wondered what that poor businessman thought when he opened up her briefcase to find a silver minidress, silver wig, and go go boots.

Do not let this happen to you.


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Instead, consider getting a really distinctive luggage tag like this one by Tossicon. The leopard print will catch your eye as soon as your bag arrives on the carousel, the sturdy trim around the edges will keep it handsome and in good repair for dozens of trips, and the window is sized to hold a business card perfectly.

And then there’s the bit where it’s on sale at Saks Fifth Avenueicon for just $14.90 (regular price $25.00).

Of course, one reason to get away from it all is so that you can relax. That doesn’t mean you can’t pack a little insurance.


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This is the Collective Calm Collection by Originsicon. In the set, you’ll get 6.7 oz of Body Souffle, 3.4 oz of Body Smoother, and 3.4 oz of Body Cleanser all in a relaxing lavender and vanilla scent along with a matching bath mitt. The retail value of this spa in a bag is $54.50, but you can get it from Beauty.com for just $42.50.

And what is a vacation without a good book? Don’t answer that, just head to Amazon and take a glance at some of the great deals they have on equally great summer reading.

Kitchen Confidential If you’re one of the few people who hasn’t read Kitchen Confidential, now is a great time to change that sad deficiency. This no-holds-barred look at the goings on in restaurant kitchens is by turns hilarious, horrifying, and generally outrageous. From tales of drug-fueled chefs, to patrons gone wild, to the reason why you should never, ever order fish on a monday, you’ll learn more than you ever would have thought to ask about the world of professional cooking, all told in a breezy yet crude style that rings true on every page.

In short, it’s perfect summer travel reading: fun, engaging, but easy to put down and pick up again should something more interesting come along.

Oh, and it’s on sale, too. The regular price is $15.95, but you can get it  from Amazon for $10.85.

Wherever you go this summer, have safe, fun, and superfantastic travels!

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