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TRAVEL SOS 1: Amazing Race Goth team, Kent & Vyxsin, 5 clever suitcase packing tips

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Published on Jan 25, 2012

La Carmina - http://www.lacarmina.com - is back with a new video series, which you can find on Huffington Post! In "Travel SOS," she answers travel questions with the help of her well-known friends... staring with Amazing Race's KENT and VYXSIN.

Kent Kaliber and Vyxsin Fiala know all about packing light. On two seasons of the hit show, they raced around the world with their belongings in a single backpack -- black eyeliner and glitter polish included.

The Goth duo shares five tips for minimizing luggage.

1) Be a space cadet.
Fill empty spaces, such as inside hats and shoes. Vyxsin protects a camera by stuffing it in a sneaker.

2) Multi-task.
The Goths demonstrate how a scarf and handkerchief can be used in many ways: a sarong, a headband, a washcloth.

3) Travel size it.
Vyxsin recommends buying toiletries in mini-size and refilling them. Instead of a bulky flat iron, she brings a tiny version.

4) Avoid panic packing.
Start early. Make lists so you won't forget your passport and mobile charger.

5) Leave non-essentials at home.
Before you put something in your suitcase, consider whether you really need it. Keep out items you can easily get on the road.

Coming up: more episodes, filmed in different cities. Keep your eyes peeled to my La Carmina blog for updates - http://www.lacarmina.com/blog

Did you enjoy Kent and Vyxsin's "Travel SOS" advice? What are your favorite ways to save space when packing?

Photos and video by La Carmina. Thanks to Kent and Vxysin, the Orlando Hotel in West Hollywood, Alice and the Cat for the intro graphic, and Lov/Recs for the music ("Human" by Trans-X).

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LA CARMINA - http://www.lacarmina.com - is a pop culture / travel / fashion TV host (Travel Channel, Food Network, CNN), prominent blogger, author of 3 books (Penguin USA and Random House), coolhunter and journalist for AOL Travel / Huffington Post.

TV HOST: La Carmina has appeared on The Today Show and co-hosted an
episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern for Travel Channel, which
airs in 75 countries. NHK Japan filmed two documentaries about her work;
recent TV hosting and arranging credits include Food Network, Dutch Pepsi, Sony Australia, Canal Plus France, Belgium TV, Norway TV, Fuel / Discovery
/ National Geographic, and CNN International. Presenting reel: http://tinyurl.com/lacarminatv

TRAVEL SHOW: She hosts, writes, arranges and field produces a "Coolhunting America" travel TV show for Huffington Post / AOL. La Carmina travels and scouts out underground attractions and bizarre subcultures, starting with Wisconsin. First episode - http://t.co/9JAgu3J La Carmina has debuted a new series, "Travel SOS," where she answers travel questions with celebrity co-stars.

COOLHUNTER : She runs a trend consulting / TV hosting and arranging
company: La Carmina & The Pirates. The crew specializes in Cool
Japan, style, music, art, design and youth subcultures. (http://lacarmina.com/pirates)

BLOGGER + JOURNALIST: Her popular blog - http://www.lacarmina.com/blog - has been featured in major publications (The New Yorker, Washington Post, WWD, Cosmopolitan, Vogue Italia, LA Times). She is a travel and pop culture journalist for CNN, and Huffington Post / AOL. La Carmina was one of the world's top style bloggers invited to LuisaViaRoma's Firenze4Ever, in 2011 and 2012, and will speak at Independent Fashion Bloggers conference at NY Fashion Week.

AUTHOR: She's written 3 books about Jpop culture for major publishers (Random House, Penguin USA). These include Cute Yummy Time (about decorating food to look adorable) and Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo (maid cafes, cat cafes, vampire and ninja restaurants). La Carmina is a graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School. More about her books:http://www.lacarmina.com/books.php

FASHION DESIGNER: La Carmina designs clothing with various fashion brands. She recently released the HOPE t-shirt collection, and Soho Hearts Swarovski panda necklace, with funds going to Japan's earthquake and tsunami victims. More: http://www.lacarmina.com/main.php

CONTACT: For more info and to work with her, please visit La Carmina's website - http://www.lacarmina.com
EMAIL - gothiccarmina at gmail dot-com

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