Getting a grip on packing
Missing toothbrushes, rumpled clothes, forgotten essentials -- traveling tests the organizational abilities of even the most compulsive neatnik. J. C. Penney fashion experts offer the following advice to avoid any unpleasant travel surprises:
Stress quality over quantity, with separates centering on one "pivotal piece," a jacket or a skirt.
Choosing wrinkle-free fabrics such as leather, suede or sweater knits can make life a lot easier.
Call ahead if you've booked a room to see whether your accommodations provide a hair dryer, iron, shampoo, lotion or bath robes.
Put makeup, toiletries and accessories in clear plastic sandwich or freezer bags.
Pack no more than half the underwear and stockings you'll need. Do a mini-laundry nightly.
Dress for bed in an easy-fitting tunic and pants -- more appropriate for running to the ice machine or front desk than nightgowns and pajamas.
Plan on bringing two pairs of shoes -- one for dress, one for serious walking.
If you must pack the night before, leave suitcases open to prevent wrinkling.
Several months ago it was announced that the masterminds at Revlon offered to donate $50,000 to the top charities chosen by American teen-agers. Teens cast their ballots at store displays of Electric Youth -- that's the fragrance being promoted by pop teen queen Debbie Gibson. The company agreed to divide the $50,000 based on the percentage of support each charity received from voters. The winners are "Just Say No" International, the Coalition for the Homeless, the American Association for Protecting Children and the America the Beautiful Fund.