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Publication numberUS20080105328 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/969,206
Publication dateMay 8, 2008
Filing dateJan 3, 2008
Priority dateNov 20, 2002
Also published asWO2008086230A1
Publication number11969206, 969206, US 2008/0105328 A1, US 2008/105328 A1, US 20080105328 A1, US 20080105328A1, US 2008105328 A1, US 2008105328A1, US-A1-20080105328, US-A1-2008105328, US2008/0105328A1, US2008/105328A1, US20080105328 A1, US20080105328A1, US2008105328 A1, US2008105328A1
InventorsJames Desmond
Original AssigneeDesmond James F
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Travel storage systems
US 20080105328 A1
Abstract
A re-usable, portable, storage travel system for storing flowable substance products such as lotions, shampoos, creams, liquid medicines, and the like for transport, particularly when traveling and, specifically designed for assisting traveler conformance to travel security recommendations for carrying such flowable substance products. The system provides methods and means for transferring flowable materials from larger containers to smaller containers, particularly small-volume, flexible, sealable, plastic squeezable-tubes. This system also provides a re-usable, portable, storage travel system for storing a flowable food-grade substance such as, for example, liquor.
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1) A method, relating to assisting air travelers to comply with airport security measures, comprising the steps of:
a) assessing airport security recommendations relating to at least one specified territory;
b) designing at least one kit product usable to assist air travelers to comply with such airport security recommendations relating to such at least one specified territory; and
c) marketing such at least one kit product to potential air travelers;
d) wherein such at least one kit product is structured and arranged to provide substantially all objects needed to assist air travelers with such compliance in such at least one specified territory.
2) The method, according to claim 1, further comprising the step(s) of:
a) performing at least one reassessing of current airport security recommendations relating to such at least one specified territory;
b) performing at least one redesigning of such at least one kit product; and
c) marketing such at least one redesigned kit product to potential air travelers;
d) wherein such at least one redesigned kit product is structured and arranged to provide substantially all objects needed to assist air travelers with current compliance in such at least one specified territory.
3) The method, according to claim 1, wherein such step of assessing airport security recommendations relating to at least one specified territory comprises assessing airport security recommendations, relating to at least one specified territory, relating to carry-on travel while carrying flowable substances.
4) The method, according to claim 3, wherein such step of designing at least one kit product usable to assist air travelers to comply with such airport security recommendations relating to such at least one specified territory comprises designing at least one kit product, relating to carry-on travel while carrying flowable substances, usable to assist air travelers to comply with such airport security recommendations relating to such at least one specified territory.
5) The method, according to claim 4, wherein such step of marketing such at least one kit product to potential air travelers comprises marketing at least one kit product, relating to carry-on travel while carrying flowable substances, to potential air travelers.
6) The method, according to claim 1, wherein such at least one kit product relates to carry-on travel while carrying flowable substances and comprises:
a) at least one substantial copy of at least one set of such airport security recommendations;
b) at least one set of objects meeting such airport security recommendations; and
c) at least one set of tools to assist in any desired transfer of at least one such flowable substance into at least one of such at least one set of objects.
7) The method, according to claim 1, wherein such airport security recommendations comprise recommendations from any authority having jurisdiction over such airport security.
8) The method, according to claim 1, wherein such at least one specified territory comprises the Unites States of America.
9) A kit system, relating to assisting air travelers to comply with airport security recommendations relating to carry-on travel while carrying flowable substances, comprising:
a) at least one substantial copy of at least one set of such airport security recommendations;
b) at least one set of objects meeting such airport security recommendations; and
c) at least one set of tools to assist in any desired transfer of at least one such flowable substance into at least one of such at least one set of objects.
10) The kit system, according to claim 9, wherein said at least one set of objects and said at least one set of tools together comprise a transport system relating to use and transport of at least one flowable substance from at least one user-selected original container comprising at least one threaded opening to at least one kit-system container comprising, in combination:
a) a plurality of containers structured and arranged to contain the at least one flowable substance;
b) at least one transferor structured and arranged to transfer the at least one flowable substance from the at least one user-selected original container to at least one of said plurality of containers;
c) wherein each of said plurality of containers comprises at least one ingress for ingress of the flowable substance from said container;
d) wherein each of said plurality of containers comprises at least one egress for egress of the flowable substance from said container;
e) wherein said transferor comprises at least one adapter structured and arranged to adapt the at least one threaded opening to transfer the flowable substance into at least one of said plurality of container;
f) wherein a user may transfer the at least one flowable substance from the at least one user-selected original container to at least one of said plurality of container.
11) The kit system, according to claim 10, wherein at least one of said plurality of containers comprises:
a) at least one threaded-opening flexible tube;
b) wherein said at least one transferor comprises at least one second adapter structured and arranged to connect with said at least one first adapter and to connect with said threaded-opening flexible tube; and
c) wherein the flowable substance may be transferred directly from the at least one user-selected original container to said at least one flexible tube.
12) A portable system for holding at least one flowable substance available from at least one user-selected storage container comprising:
a) at least one container structured and arranged to receive the at least one flowable substance; and
b) at least one adapter structured and arranged to adapt the at least one user-selected storage container to assist efficient transfer of the at least one flowable substance from the at least one storage container into said at least one container;
c) wherein said at least one container comprises at least one access-spout structured and arranged to access an internal portion of said container;
d) wherein said at least one container comprises flexible-elements structured and arranged to flexibly assist said at least one container to be transported in a substantially-flat shape when said at least one container is empty; and
e) wherein said at least one container comprises flat-bottom elements structured and arranged to assist said at least one container to be stably supported in an upright position on a flat bottom when said at least one container is at least partially filled with the at least one flowable substance.
13) A portable refilling system comprising a kit for use and transport of at least one flowable substance from at least one user-selected original container comprising at least one threaded opening to at least one kit-system container comprising, in combination:
a) a plurality of containers structured and arranged to contain the at least one flowable substance;
b) at least one transferor structured and arranged to transfer the at least one flowable substance from the at least one user-selected original container to at least one of said plurality of containers;
c) wherein each of said plurality of containers comprises at least one ingress for ingress of the flowable substance from said container;
d) wherein each of said plurality of containers comprises at least one egress for egress of the flowable substance from said container;
e) wherein said transferor comprises at least one adapter structured and arranged to adapt the at least one threaded opening to transfer the flowable substance into at least one of said plurality of container;
f) wherein a user may transfer the at least one flowable substance from the at least one user-selected original container to at least one of said plurality of container.
14) A portable refilling system comprising a kit for use and transport of at least one flowable substance from at least one user-selected original container to at least one kit-system container comprising, in combination:
a) at least one flexible bag structured and arranged to receive the at least one flowable substance; and
b) at least one funnel structured and arranged to funnel the at least one flowable substance from the at least one user-selected storage container into said at least one container;
c) wherein said at least one flexible bag comprises at least one access-spout structured and arranged to access an internal portion of said at least one flexible bag;
d) wherein said at least one flexible bag comprises flexible-elements structured and arranged to flexibly assist said at least one flexible bag to be transported in a substantially-flat shape when said at least one flexible bag is empty; and
e) wherein said at least one flexible bag comprises flat-bottom elements structured and arranged to assist said at least one flexible bag to be stably supported in an upright position on flat bottom when said at least one flexible bag is at least partially filled with the at least one flowable substance;
f) wherein said at least one flexible bag comprises a material compatible with food.
15) A method of use of a portable refilling system comprising a kit (for use and transport of at least one flowable substance from at least one user-selected original container, having at least one threaded opening, having at least one threaded original cap, into at least one flexible bag) comprising a plurality of flexible bags, each respective such flexible bag having an access-spout and an access-spout cap, and comprising a plurality of threaded adapter caps of various base diameters, each respective such threaded adapter cap having a similar nozzle structured and arranged to fit into the access-spout, comprising the steps of:
a) selecting an appropriately-sized adapter cap, from the plurality of adapter caps, structured and arranged to thread onto the at least one threaded opening of such original container;
b) threading the selected adapter cap onto such at least one threaded opening;
c) selecting at least one flexible bag from the plurality of flexible bags;
d) removing the access-spout cap from the access-spout of the selected flexible bag;
e) placing the nozzle of the selected adapter cap into the access-spout; and
f) transferring such flowable substance from such original container to such flexible bag.
16) A method of use of a portable refilling system comprising a kit (for use and transport of at least one flowable substance from at least one user-selected original container, having at least one accessible opening, to at least one flexible bag) comprising at least one catheter syringe, having a retractable plunger and a syringe tip, a length of tubing, having two ends, a plurality of flexible bags, each respective such flexible bag having an access-spout and an access-spout cap, comprising the steps of:
a) selecting the at least one user-selected original container;
b) selecting at least one flexible bag from the plurality of flexible bags;
c) measuring a user-desired length of tubing to reach from the syringe tip into the flowable substance reservoir in the user-selected original container;
d) cutting a user-desired length of tubing;
e) attaching an end of the cut length of tubing to the syringe tip;
f) drawing the at least one flowable substance through the cut length of tubing into the at least one catheter syringe by retracting the syringe plunger;
g) removing the tubing from the at least one catheter syringe;
h) placing the syringe tip into the at least one access-spout; and
i) transferring the at least one flowable substance from the at least one syringe to the at least one flexible bag by pushing the plunger towards the catheter tip.
17) A container system for holding at least one flowable substance available from at least one user-selected storage container comprising:
a) at least one container structured and arranged to receive the at least one flowable substance; and
b) wherein said at least one container comprises at least one access-spout structured and arranged to access an internal portion of said container;
c) wherein said at least one container comprises flexible-elements structured and arranged to flexibly assist said at least one container to be transported in a substantially-flat shape when said at least one container is empty; and
d) wherein said at least one container comprises flat-bottom elements structured and arranged to assist said at least one container to be stably supported in an upright position on flat bottom when said at least one container is at least partially filled with the at least one flowable substance;
e) wherein the at least one flexible bag comprises a capacity less than about 500 ml.
18) An adapter element, for assisting pouring of a flowable substance from a large container having at least one Yorker cap (with a funnel) to a small container having at least one threaded opening, comprising:
a) at least one access structured and arranged to flowably connect with the funnel of such at least one Yorker cap; and
b) at least one threaded port structured and arranged to connect with said at least one threaded opening;
c) wherein the flowable substance may be transferred directly from the large container to the small container.
19) A method of use of a portable refilling system comprising a kit (for use and transport of at least one flowable substance from at least one user-selected original container, having at least one threaded opening and at least one threaded original cap, into at least one user-selected secondary container) comprising at least one flexible squeeze-tube, each respective such at least one flexible squeeze-tube having at least one access-opening and at least one access-opening cap, and further comprising at least one receiving adapter cap, structured and arranged to connect to the at least one access-opening of such flexible squeeze-tube and to adapt the access opening to receive at least one funnel end, and further comprising a plurality of threaded transfer adapter caps of various base diameters, each respective such threaded transfer adapter cap being structured and arranged to thread onto the at least one threaded opening of such original container and having at least one funnel end structure and arranged to fit into the at least one threaded receiving adapter cap, such method comprising the steps of:
a) selecting at least one transfer adapter cap, from the plurality of threaded transfer adapter caps, to fit such original container;
b) threading the selected at least one transfer adapter cap onto the at least one threaded opening of such original container;
c) selecting the at least one flexible squeeze-tube;
d) selecting the at least one receiving adapter cap;
e) connecting the selected at least one receiving adapter cap onto such at least one access-opening of such flexible squeeze-tube;
f) placing the funnel end of the selected at least one transfer adapter cap into the selected at least one receiving adapter cap; and
g) transferring such flowable substance from such at least one user-selected original container to such selected at least one flexible squeeze-tube.
20) A method of making a flexible squeeze-tube comprising, in combination:
a) providing at least one empty flexible squeeze-tube body portion normally comprising at least one first open end and at least one second open end;
b) wherein said at least one first open end comprises a re-closable access system; and
c) wherein said re-closable access system, when closed, seals such at least one first open end; and
d) without filling such at least one empty flexible squeeze-tube body portion, sealing such at least one second open end.
21) A product comprising, in combination:
a) at least one empty flexible squeeze-tube body portion having at least one first end and at least one second end;
b) wherein said at least one empty flexible squeeze-tube body portion is new and unused for containment;
c) wherein said at least one first end comprises a re-closable access system wherein said re-closable access system, when closed, seals such at least one first open end; and
d) wherein said at least one second end comprises a permanent “linear” tube-type seal closure.
22) A portable refilling system comprising a kit, for use and transport of at least one flowable substance from at least one user-selected transferring flexible squeeze-tube comprising at least one first access-opening to at least one receiving flexible squeeze-tube comprising at least one second access-opening, in combination:
a) a plurality of receiving flexible squeeze-tubes structured and arranged to contain the at least one flowable substance;
b) at least one transferor structured and arranged to transfer the at least one flowable substance from the at least one user-selected transferring flexible squeeze-tube to at least one of said plurality of receiving flexible squeeze-tubes;
c) wherein each of said plurality of receiving flexible squeeze-tubes comprises at least one aperture adapted for passage of the flowable substance;
d) wherein said at least one transferor comprises at least one transferring adapter structured and arranged to adapt the at least one first access-opening to transfer the flowable substance into at least one of said plurality of receiving flexible squeeze-tubes;
e) wherein said at least one transferor comprises at least one receiving adapter structured and arranged to adapt the at least one second access-opening to receive the flowable substance from said at least one transferring adapter into at least one of said plurality of receiving flexible squeeze-tubes; and
f) wherein a user may transfer the at least one flowable substance from the at least one user-selected transferring flexible squeeze-tube to at least one of said plurality of receiving flexible squeeze-tubes.
23) A kit comprising a plurality of squeeze-tubes, each such squeeze-tube comprising, in combination:
a) at least one empty flexible squeeze-tube body portion having at least one first end and at least one second end;
b) wherein said at least one empty flexible squeeze-tube body portion is new and unused for containment;
c) wherein said at least one first end comprises a re-closable access system wherein said re-closable access system, when closed, seals such at least one first open end; and
d) wherein said at least one second end comprises a permanent “linear” tube-type seal closure.
24) An adapter element system kit, for assisting pouring of a flowable substance from at least one first container comprising at least one first threaded opening to at least one second container having at least one second threaded opening, comprising:
a) at least one adapter cap comprising at least one Yorker tip;
b) wherein said at least one adaptor cap is structured and arranged to connect to the at least one first threaded opening of the at least one first container;
c) at least one receiving adapter comprising at least one access structured and arranged to flowably connect with said at least one Yorker tip of said at least one adapter cap;
d) wherein said at least one receiving adaptor comprises at least one threaded port structured and arranged to connect with said at lead one second opening of said at least one second container; and
e) the at least one second container;
f) wherein said at least one receiving adapter is structured and arranged so that the flowable substance may be transferred through said at least one adapter cap connected to said at least one receiving adapter directly from the at least one first container to said at least one second container; and
g) wherein said at least one second container comprises at least one flexible squeeze-tube.
Description
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

The present application is a continuation-in-part of related application Ser. No. 10/718,361, filed Nov. 19, 2003, entitled “PORTABLE STORAGE KIT SYSTEM”, which is related to and claims priority from prior provisional application Ser. No. 60/466,993, filed Apr. 30, 2003, entitled “PORTABLE STORAGE KIT SYSTEM”, prior provisional application Ser. No. 60/455,924, filed Mar. 18, 2003, entitled “PORTABLE STORAGE KIT SYSTEM”, and prior provisional application Ser. No. 60/428,044, filed Nov. 20, 2002, entitled “PORTABLE STORAGE KIT SYSTEM”, and the present application is also related to and claims priority from prior provisional application Ser. No. 60/883,766, filed Jan. 5, 2007, entitled “TRAVEL STORAGE SYSTEM”, and is also related to and claims priority from prior provisional application Ser. No. 60/893,067, filed Mar. 5, 2007, entitled “STORAGE SYSTEM”, the contents all of which are incorporated herein by this reference and are not admitted to be prior art with respect to the present invention by mention is this cross-reference section.

BACKGROUND

This invention relates to providing a portable and re-usable storage system for use when traveling. More particularly, this invention relates to a system for storing flowable substances, utilizing re-usable, self-standing, counter-terrorism friendly, transparent flexible bag-like containers and small, re-usable, transparent flexible containers, particularly convenient for airport and international travel.

The typical air traveler is now required to follow strict security rules for storage containers for flowable substances like toothpaste, shampoo, hair care products, personal products, and even food products when carried onto an aircraft (and, which may include other regulated travel means). Such stored items are normally sold in bulk containers that are not approved by the Authorities having Jurisdiction for security and, therefore, do not provide a container for convenient transport and use. For airport and international travel, small, re-usable, self-standing, transparent containers and small, re-usable, counter-terrorism friendly, transparent flexible tubes, are not currently made for distribution to the public, nor are means for transferring such flowable substances from a bulk container to a regulation approved storage container. Such a system would assist consumers in carrying flowable substances onto aircraft and prevent millions of dollars in consumer products from being disposed of at security checkpoints by Authorities having Jurisdiction, such as, for example, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

This invention also relates to providing a re-usable, portable, storage travel system for storing lotions, shampoos, creams, liquid medicines and the like for transport, particularly when traveling, in flexible bags and flexible tubes. Further, this invention also provides a re-usable, portable, storage travel system for storing a flowable food-grade substance, such as, for example, liquor. Preferably, the consumable, flowable substances are stored in relatively small (being smaller than the original bulk container) flexible, sealable, plastic bags that will lay flat when not full (and self-stand when partially filled) or relatively small flexible, sealable plastic tubes. Such flexible bags and flexible tubes hold a small quantity volume for easy transport and use. Heretofore such small, re-usable, self-standing, flexible bag-like containers and small, re-usable, flexible tubes have not been available in a kit for consumer use. Furthermore, the re-usable portable storage travel system comprises a method and apparatus for filling and re-filling the flexible bags and flexible tubes from other containers.

Even further, an adapter for transferring such flowable substances into the top openings of flexible tubes has not been available.

It would be useful to utilize a larger storage container to fill smaller re-usable flexible bags and flexible tubes for travel or other transport by a user or group of users.

OBJECTS AND FEATURES OF THE INVENTION

A primary object and feature of the present invention is to provide a system for providing at least one set of components used to transport flowable substances compliant with transportation security regulations.

Another object and feature of the present invention is to provide a travel storage system compliant with transportation security regulations provided for by the United States Transportation Security Administration (“TSA”) and/or a cooperating group of nations referred to as the International Harmonization of Security Measures.

Another object and feature of the present invention is to provide a method of designing and marketing a kit that is fully compliant with current security recommendations for travel, particularly air travel.

Another object and feature of the present invention is to provide a method of re-assessing security recommendations and then re-designing and marketing a re-designed kit that is fully compliant with current security measures for travel, particularly air travel.

Another object and feature of the present invention is to provide a kit system relating to assisting air travelers to comply with airport security recommendations relating to carry-on travel while carrying flowable substances.

Another primary object and feature of the present invention is to provide a system for re-usable, portable, storage of flowable substances in small volume flexible bag-like containers.

It is a further object and feature of the present invention to provide such a system for re-usable, portable, storage of flowable substances in small volume flexible tubes.

It is a further object and feature of the present invention to provide such a system and method for refilling re-usable, portable, storage small volume flexible tubes and flexible bags from larger or original containers of such flowable substances.

It is a further object and feature of the present invention to provide such a system for storing a flowable substance, such as, for example, cosmetics (including soaps, lotions, etc.).

It is a further object and feature of the present invention to provide such a system for storing a flowable food-grade substance, such as, for example, liquor.

It is a further object and feature of the present invention to provide such a system for re-usable, portable, storage of flowable substances in small volume flexible tubes.

It is a further object and feature of the present invention to provide such a system that provides transparent viewing of the flowable substance when passing through security checkpoints.

A further primary object and feature of the present invention is to provide such a system that is efficient, inexpensive, and handy. Other objects and features of this invention will become apparent with reference to the following descriptions.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In accordance with a preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a method, relating to assisting air travelers to comply with airport security measures, comprising the steps of: assessing airport security recommendations relating to at least one specified territory; designing at least one kit product usable to assist air travelers to comply with such airport security recommendations relating to such at least one specified territory; and marketing such at least one kit product to potential air travelers; wherein such at least one kit product is structured and arranged to provide substantially all objects needed to assist air travelers with such compliance in such at least one specified territory. Moreover, it provides such a method, further comprising the step(s) of: performing at least one reassessing of current airport security recommendations relating to such at least one specified territory; performing at least one redesigning of such at least one kit product; and marketing such at least one redesigned kit product to potential air travelers; wherein such at least one redesigned kit product is structured and arranged to provide substantially all objects needed to assist air travelers with current compliance in such at least one specified territory. Additionally, it provides such a method, wherein such step of assessing airport security recommendations relating to at least one specified territory comprises assessing airport security recommendations, relating to at least one specified territory, relating to carry-on travel while carrying flowable substances. Also, it provides such a method, wherein such step of designing at least one kit product usable to assist air travelers to comply with such airport security recommendations relating to such at least one specified territory comprises designing at least one kit product, relating to carry-on travel while carrying flowable substances, usable to assist air travelers to comply with such airport security recommendations relating to such at least one specified territory. In addition, it provides such a method, wherein such step of marketing such at least one kit product to potential air travelers comprises marketing at least one kit product, relating to carry-on travel while carrying flowable substances, to potential air travelers. And, it provides such a method, wherein such at least one kit product relates to carry-on travel while carrying flowable substances and comprises: at least one substantial copy of at least one set of such airport security recommendations; at least one set of objects meeting such airport security recommendations; and at least one set of tools to assist in any desired transfer of at least one such flowable substance into at least one of such at least one set of objects. Further, it provides such a method, wherein such airport security recommendations comprise recommendations from any authority having jurisdiction over such airport security. Even further, it provides such a method, wherein such at least one specified territory comprises the Unites States of America.

In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a kit system, relating to assisting air travelers to comply with airport security recommendations relating to carry-on travel while carrying flowable substances, comprising: at least one substantial copy of at least one set of such airport security recommendations; at least one set of objects meeting such airport security recommendations; and at least one set of tools to assist in any desired transfer of at least one such flowable substance into at least one of such at least one set of objects. Even further, it provides such a kit system, wherein such at least one set of objects and such at least one set of tools together comprise a transport system relating to use and transport of at least one flowable substance from at least one user-selected original container comprising at least one threaded opening to at least one kit-system container comprising, in combination: a plurality of containers structured and arranged to contain the at least one flowable substance; at least one transferor structured and arranged to transfer the at least one flowable substance from the at least one user-selected original container to at least one of such plurality of containers; wherein each of such plurality of containers comprises at least one ingress for ingress of the flowable substance from such container; wherein each of such plurality of containers comprises at least one egress for egress of the flowable substance from such container; wherein such transferor comprises at least one adapter structured and arranged to adapt the at least one threaded opening to transfer the flowable substance into at least one of such plurality of container; wherein a user may transfer the at least one flowable substance from the at least one user-selected original container to at least one of such plurality of container. Even further, it provides such a kit system, wherein at least one of such plurality of containers comprises: at least one threaded-opening flexible tube; wherein such at least one transferor comprises at least one second adapter structured and arranged to connect with such at least one first adapter and to connect with such threaded-opening flexible tube; and wherein the flowable substance may be transferred directly from the at least one user-selected original container to such at least one flexible tube.

In accordance with a preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a travel storage system for holding at least one flowable substance available from at least one user-selected storage container comprising: at least one container structured and arranged to receive the at least one flowable substance; and at least one adapter structured and arranged to adapt the at least one user-selected storage container to assist efficient transfer of the at least one flowable substance from the at least one storage container into such at least one container; wherein such at least one container comprises at least one access-spout structured and arranged to access an internal portion of such at least one container; wherein such at least one container comprises flexible-elements structured and arranged to flexibly assist such at least one container to be transported in at least one substantially-flat shape when such at least one container is empty; and wherein such at least one container comprises flat-bottom elements structured and arranged to assist such at least one container to be stably supported in an upright position on a flat bottom when such at least one container is at least partially filled with the at least one flowable substance. Moreover, it provides such a system wherein such at least one container comprises at least two containers. Additionally, it provides such a system wherein the at least one container comprises at least one material compatible with food. Also, it provides such a system wherein the at least one container comprises at least one material compatible with at least one cosmetic. In addition, it provides such a system wherein the at least one container comprises at least one flexible bag. And, it provides such a system wherein the at least one flexible bag comprises at least at least one partially transparent material.

Further, it provides such a system wherein the at least one flexible bag comprises at least one capacity less than about 500 ml. Even further, it provides such a system wherein the at least one flexible bag comprises low density Polyethylene (LDPE) material having a thickness of not more than about 7 mils. Moreover, it provides such a system wherein the at least one adapter comprises at least one Yorker cap. Additionally, it provides such a system wherein the at least one flexible bag comprises at least one spout. Also, it provides such a system wherein the at least one spout comprises at least one non-spill valve. In addition, it provides such a system further comprising at least one lanyard. And, it provides such a system wherein such at least one lanyard is structured and arranged to attach to such at least one spout. Further, it provides such a system wherein such at least one container comprises at least one flexible bag comprising at least one combination selected from the group consisting of: bottom-gusset and at least one side gusset, bottom-gusset only, at least one side gusset with bottom-fold. Even further, it provides such a system further comprising at least one set of instructions for use of the system.

In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a system comprising a kit for use and transport of at least one flowable substance from at least one user-selected original container comprising at least one threaded opening to at least one kit-system container comprising, in combination: a plurality of containers structured and arranged to contain the at least one flowable substance; at least one transferor structured and arranged to transfer the at least one flowable substance from the at least one user-selected original container to at least one of such plurality of containers; wherein each of such plurality of containers comprises at least one ingress for ingress of the flowable substance from such container; wherein each of such plurality of containers comprises at least one egress for egress of the flowable substance from such container; wherein such transferor comprises at least one adapter structured and arranged to adapt the at least one threaded opening to transfer the flowable substance into at least one of such plurality of container; wherein a user may transfer the at least one flowable substance from the at least one user-selected original container to at least one of such plurality of container.

Moreover, it provides such a system wherein such adapter comprises: a plurality of filler-cap assemblies, each respective filler-cap assembly comprising, a filler nozzle element comprising an adapter base diameter structured and arranged to fit such at least one threaded opening, and a cover structured and arranged to cover such filler-nozzle element of such filler-cap assembly. Additionally, it provides such a system wherein such plurality of filler-cap assemblies comprises a plurality of Yorker caps. Also, it provides such a system wherein such transferor comprises a syringe structured and arranged to uptake the flowable substance and output the flowable substance. In addition, it provides such a system wherein such syringe comprises a catheter syringe with a capacity of about sixty cubic centimeters. And, it provides such a system wherein such syringe further comprises at least one tubing structured and arranged to transfer the flowable substance from the at least one user-selected original container to the syringe. Further, it provides such a system wherein such at least one tubing is between one-eighth inch and one-half inch plastic flexible tubing. Even further, it provides such a system further comprising a travel-bag structured and arranged to hold and portably transport such plurality of containers, such adapter and such transporter. Moreover, it provides such a system wherein such plurality of containers comprises: at least one first container comprising a first capacity; at least one second container comprising a second capacity. Additionally, it provides such a system wherein: such at least one first container comprises at least two first flexible bags; and such least one second container capacity comprises at least two second flexible bags. Also, it provides such a system wherein each respective such at least two first flexible bags and each respective such at least two second flexible bags comprise at least one spout.

In addition, it provides such a system wherein each respective such at least one spout comprises at least one non-spill valve. And, it provides such a system further comprising at least one lanyard. Further, it provides such a system wherein such at least one lanyard is structured and arranged to attach to such at least one spout. Even further, it provides such a system wherein such at least one container comprises at least one flexible bag comprising at least one combination selected from the group consisting of: bottom-gusset and at least one side gusset, bottom-gusset only, at least one side gusset with bottom-fold. Moreover, it provides such a system further comprising at least one set of instructions for use of the kit. Additionally, it provides such a system wherein at least one of such plurality of containers comprises: at least one threaded-opening flexible tube; wherein such at least one transferor comprises at least one second adapter structured and arranged to connect with such at least one first adapter and to connect with such threaded-opening flexible tube; and whereby the flowable substance may be transferred directly from the at least one user-selected original container to such at least one flexible tube.

In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a system comprising a kit for use and transport of at least one flowable substance from at least one user-selected original container to at least one kit-system container comprising, in combination: at least one flexible bag structured and arranged to receive the at least one flowable substance; and at least one funnel structured and arranged to funnel the at least one flowable substance from the at least one user-selected storage container into such at least one container; wherein such at least one flexible bag comprises at least one access-spout structured and arranged to access an internal portion of such at least one flexible bag; wherein such at least one flexible bag comprises flexible-elements structured and arranged to flexibly assist such at least one flexible bag to be transported in a substantially-flat shape when such at least one flexible bag is empty; and wherein such at least one flexible bag comprises flat-bottom elements structured and arranged to assist such at least one flexible bag to be stably supported in an upright position on flat bottom when such at least one flexible bag is at least partially filled with the at least one flowable substance; wherein such at least one flexible bag comprises a material compatible with food.

Also, it provides such a system further comprising at least one set of instructions for use of the kit. In addition, it provides such a system further comprising volume markings on such at least one flexible bag. And, it provides such a system further comprising packaging means for packaging together such at least one flexible bag and such at least one funnel. Further, it provides such a system wherein such at least one flexible bag comprises at least one combination selected from the group consisting of: bottom-gusset and at least one side gusset, bottom-gusset only, at least one side gusset with bottom-fold. Even further, it provides such a system wherein the at least one flexible bag comprises at least a partially transparent material. Moreover, it provides such a system wherein the at least one flexible bag comprises a capacity less than about 500 ml. Additionally, it provides such a system wherein the at least one flexible bag comprises Low density Polyethylene (LDPE) material having a thickness of not more than about 7 mils.

In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a system comprising a kit (for use and transport of at least one flowable substance from at least one user-selected original container, having at least one threaded opening, having at least one threaded original cap, into at least one flexible bag) comprising a plurality of flexible bags, each respective such flexible bag having an access-spout and an access-spout cap, and comprising a plurality of threaded adapter caps of various base diameters, each respective such threaded adapter cap having a similar nozzle structured and arranged to fit into the access-spout, comprising the steps of: selecting an appropriately-sized adapter cap, from the plurality of adapter caps, structured and arranged to thread onto the at least one threaded opening of such original container; threading the selected adapter cap onto such at least one threaded opening; selecting at least one flexible bag from the plurality of flexible bags; removing the access-spout cap from the access-spout of the selected flexible bag; placing the nozzle of the selected adapter cap into the access-spout; and transferring such flowable substance from such original container to such flexible bag. Also, it provides such a system further comprising the steps of: after such transfer, re-capping the flexible bag with the access-spout cap; and after such transfer, re-capping the original container with such threaded original cap.

In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a system comprising a kit (for use and transport of at least one flowable substance from at least one user-selected original container, having at least one accessible opening, to at least one flexible bag) comprising at least one catheter syringe, having a retractable plunger and a syringe tip, a length of tubing, having two ends, a plurality of flexible bags, each respective such flexible bag having an access-spout and an access-spout cap, comprising the steps of: selecting the at least one user-selected original container; selecting at least one flexible bag from the plurality of flexible bags; measuring a user-desired length of tubing to reach from the syringe tip into the flowable substance reservoir in the user-selected original container; cutting a user-desired length of tubing; attaching an end of the cut length of tubing to the syringe tip; drawing the at least one flowable substance through the cut length of tubing into the at least one catheter syringe by retracting the syringe plunger; removing the tubing from the at least one catheter syringe; placing the syringe tip into the at least one access-spout; and transferring the at least one flowable substance from the at least one syringe to the at least one flexible bag by pushing the plunger towards the catheter tip. In addition, it provides such a system further comprising the step of: after such transfer, re-capping the flexible bag with the access-spout cap.

In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a system for holding at least one flowable substance available from at least one user-selected storage container comprising: at least one container structured and arranged to receive the at least one flowable substance; and wherein such at least one container comprises at least one access-spout structured and arranged to access an internal portion of such container; wherein such at least one container comprises flexible-elements structured and arranged to flexibly assist such at least one container to be transported in a substantially-flat shape when such at least one container is empty; and wherein such at least one container comprises flat-bottom elements structured and arranged to assist such at least one container to be stably supported in an upright position on flat bottom when such at least one container is at least partially filled with the at least one flowable substance; wherein the at least one flexible bag comprises a capacity less than about 500 ml. And, it provides such a system wherein the at least one container comprises at least a partially transparent material.

In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a system, for assisting pouring of a flowable substance from a large container having at least one Yorker cap (with a funnel) to a small container having at least one threaded opening, comprising: at least one access structured and arranged to flowably connect with the funnel of such at least one Yorker cap; and at least one threaded port structured and arranged to connect with such at least one threaded opening; wherein the flowable substance may be transferred directly from the large container to the small container. Further, it provides such a system wherein the at least one threaded port is adapted to be used with at least one flexible squeeze-tube. Even further, it provides such a system wherein the at least one access is adapted to be used with at least one flexible squeeze-tube.

In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a system comprising a kit (for use and transport of at least one flowable substance from at least one user-selected original container, having at least one threaded opening and at least one threaded original cap, into at least one user-selected secondary container) comprising at least one flexible squeeze-tube, each respective such at least one flexible squeeze-tube having at least one access-opening and at least one access-opening cap, and further comprising at least one receiving adapter cap, structured and arranged to connect to the at least one access-opening of such flexible squeeze-tube and to adapt the access opening to receive at least one funnel end, and further comprising a plurality of threaded transfer adapter caps of various base diameters, each respective such threaded transfer adapter cap being structured and arranged to thread onto the at least one threaded opening of such original container and having at least one funnel end structured and ranged to fit into the at least one threaded receiving adapter cap, such method comprising the steps of: selecting at least one transfer adapter cap, from the plurality of threaded transfer adapter caps, to fit such original container; threading the selected at least one transfer adapter cap onto the at least one threaded opening of such original container; selecting the at least one flexible squeeze-tube; selecting the at least one receiving adapter cap; connecting the selected at least one receiving adapter cap onto such at least one access-opening of such flexible squeeze-tube; placing the funnel end of the selected at least one transfer adapter cap into the selected at least one receiving adapter cap; and transferring such flowable substance from such at least one user-selected original container to such selected at least one flexible squeeze-tube. Moreover, it provides such a system wherein the at least one access-opening of such at least one flexible squeeze-tube is structured and arranged to hold at least one snap-on cap. Additionally, it provides such a system wherein the at least one access-opening of such at least one flexible squeeze-tube is structured and arranged to hold a threaded cap. Also, it provides such a system further comprising the steps of: after such transfer, re-capping the at least one flexible squeeze-tube with the access-opening cap; and after such transfer, re-capping the at least one original container with such at least one threaded original cap.

In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a system related to making a flexible squeeze-tube comprising, in combination: providing at least one empty flexible squeeze-tube body portion normally comprising at least one first open end and at least one second open end; wherein such at least one first open end comprises a re-closable access system; and wherein such re-closable access system, when closed, seals such at least one first open end; and without filling such at least one empty flexible squeeze-tube body portion, sealing such at least one second open end. In addition, it provides such a system wherein such at least one first open end comprises a replacement cap structured and arranged to permit filling of such at least one empty flexible squeeze-tube body portion.

In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a product made by the above method. In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a system comprising, in combination: at least one empty flexible squeeze-tube body portion having at least one first end and at least one second end; wherein such at least one empty flexible squeeze-tube body portion is new and unused for containment; wherein such at least one first end comprises a re-closable access system wherein such re-closable access system, when closed, seals such at least one first open end; and wherein such at least one second end comprises a permanent “linear” tube-type seal closure.

In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a system comprising a kit, for use and transport of at least one flowable substance from at least one user-selected transferring flexible squeeze-tube comprising at least one first access-opening to at least one receiving flexible squeeze-tube comprising at least one second access-opening, in combination: a plurality of receiving flexible squeeze-tubes structured and arranged to contain the at least one flowable substance; at least one transferor structured and arranged to transfer the at least one flowable substance from the at least one user-selected transferring flexible squeeze-tube to at least one of such plurality of receiving flexible squeeze-tubes; wherein each of such plurality of receiving flexible squeeze-tubes comprises at least one aperture adapted for passage of the flowable substance; wherein such at least one transferor comprises at least one transferring adapter structured and arranged to adapt the at least one first access-opening to transfer the flowable substance into at least one of such plurality of receiving flexible squeeze-tubes; wherein such at least one transferor comprises at least one receiving adapter structured and arranged to adapt the at least one second access-opening to receive the flowable substance from such at least one transferring adapter into at least one of such plurality of receiving flexible squeeze-tubes; and wherein a user may transfer the at least one flowable substance from the at least one user-selected transferring flexible squeeze-tube to at least one of such plurality of receiving flexible squeeze-tubes. And, it provides such a system wherein such at least one transferring adapter comprises: a plurality of filler-cap assemblies, each respective filler-cap assembly comprising, a filler nozzle element comprising an adapter base diameter structured and arranged to fit such at least one threaded opening, and a cover structured and arranged to cover such filler-nozzle element of such filler-cap assembly. Further, it provides such a system wherein such plurality of filler-cap assemblies comprises a plurality of Yorker caps.

In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a system comprising a plurality of squeeze-tubes, each such squeeze-tube comprising, in combination: at least one empty flexible squeeze-tube body portion having at least one first end and at least one second end; wherein such at least one empty flexible squeeze-tube body portion is new and unused for containment; wherein such at least one first end comprises a re-closable access system wherein such re-closable access system, when closed, seals such at least one first open end; and wherein such at least one second end comprises a permanent “linear” tube-type seal closure.

In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a system, for assisting pouring of a flowable substance from at least one first container comprising at least one first threaded opening to at least one second container having at least one second threaded opening, comprising: a) at least one adapter cap comprising at least one Yorker tip; b) wherein such at least one adapter cap is structured and arranged to connect to the at least one first threaded opening of the at least one first container; c) at least one receiving adapter comprising at least one access structured and arranged to flowably connect with such at least one Yorker tip of such at least one adapter cap; d) wherein such at least one receiving adapter comprises at least one threaded port structured and arranged to connect with such at least one second opening of such at least one second container; e) the at least one second container; f) wherein such at least one receiving adapter is structured and arranged so that the flowable substance may be transferred through such at least one adapter cap connected to such at least one receiving adapter directly from the at least one first container to such at least one second container; and g) wherein such at least one second container comprises at least one flexible squeeze-tube. Even further, it provides such a system further comprising at least one sprayer. Even further, it provides such a system further comprising at least one syringe. Even further, it provides such a system such at least one flexible squeeze tube comprises not more than approximately three ounces by volume.

In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a system, related to storing at least one flowable substance available from at least one first container, comprising: a plurality of second containers; and at least one transferor structured and arranged to transfer the flowable substance from the at least one first container to such plurality of second containers; wherein such plurality of second containers comprise at least one flexible squeeze tube; wherein such at least one transferor comprises at least one yorker tip; wherein such at least one transferor comprises at least one adapter cap; wherein such at least one transferor comprises at least one receiver cap; wherein such at least one adapter cap substantially mates with such at least one receiver cap; wherein such at least one receiver cap attaches to such plurality of second containers; wherein such at least one adapter cap attaches to the at least one first container; and whereby the at least one flowable substance is transferable from the at least one first container, through such at least one adapter cap, through such at least one receiver cap, into at least one of such plurality of second containers.

Moreover, it provides such a system, wherein such plurality of second containers comprises at least one sprayer. Additionally, it provides such a system, wherein such at least one transferor comprises at least one tubing. Also, it provides such a system, wherein such at least one transferor comprises at least one syringe. In addition, it provides such a system, wherein such plurality of second containers comprise at least one main cap. And, it provides such a system, wherein such at least one main cap comprises at least one lid. Further, it provides such a system, wherein such at least one adapter cap comprises at least one o-ring. Even further, it provides such a system, further comprising at least one storage bag. Moreover, it provides such a system, further comprising carry-on regulations compliant indicia.

Additionally, it provides such a system, further comprising at least one one-quart bag. Also, it provides such a system, wherein such at least one flexible squeeze tube comprises not more than approximately three ounces by volume. In addition, it provides such a system wherein such at least one transferor comprises at least one non-spill valve. And, it provides such a system: wherein such at least one transferor comprises at least one tubing; wherein such at least one transferor comprises at least one syringe; wherein such plurality of second containers comprise at least one main cap; wherein such at least one adapter cap comprises at least one o-ring; and further comprising at least one storage bag and at least one transportation security regulation compliant indicia. Further, it provides such a system, wherein: such at least one flexible squeeze tube comprises at least ten flexible squeeze tubes, such at least one adapter cap comprises at least eight adapter caps, and such at least one receiver cap comprises three receiver caps.

In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a system, related to storing at least one flowable substance available from at least one first container, comprising: a plurality of second containers; and transfer means for transferring the at least one flowable substance from the at least one first container to such plurality of second containers; wherein such plurality of second containers comprise at least one flexible squeeze tube; wherein such transfer means comprises adapter means for adapting the at least one first container for transfer of the at least one flowable substance; wherein such transfer means comprises receiver means for receiving the at least one flowable substance; wherein such at least one adapter cap substantially mates with such at least one receiver cap; wherein such receiver means attaches to at least one of such plurality of second containers; wherein such adapter means attaches to the at least one first container; and whereby the at least one flowable substance is transferable from the at least one first container, through such adapter means, through such receiver means, into at least one of such plurality of second containers. Even further, it provides such a system, wherein such transfer means comprises at least one syringe. Even further, it provides such a system, wherein such transfer means comprises at least one tubing. Even further, it provides such a system, wherein such transfer means comprises at least one yorker tip.

In accordance with a preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a system related to at least one set of components for transferring a flowable substance out of at least one first container, having a plurality of second containers and at least one transferor structured and arranged to transfer the flowable substance from the at least one first container to such plurality of second containers, wherein such plurality of second containers comprise at least one flexible squeeze tube, wherein such at least one transferor comprises at least one yorker tip, wherein such at least one transferor comprises at least one adapter cap, wherein such at least one transferor comprises at least one receiver cap, wherein such at least one adapter cap substantially mates with such at least one receiver cap, wherein such at least one receiver cap attaches to such plurality of second containers, wherein such at least one adapter cap attaches to the at least one first container, and whereby the at least one flowable substance is transferable from the at least one first container, through such at least one adapter cap, through such at least one receiver cap, into such at least one of such plurality of second containers, and at least one transportation security regulation, comprising the steps of: providing such at least one set of components; and assembling such at least one set of components whereby such at least one set of components are compliant with such at least one transportation security regulation.

According to another preferred of the present invention, this invention provides a system, related to at least one set of components used to transport flowable substances and transportation security regulations, comprising the steps of: evaluating such transportation security regulations; and providing such at least one set of components used to transport flowable substances; whereby such at least one set of components used to transport flowable substances are compliant with transportation security regulations.

According to another preferred of the present invention, this invention provides a method is provided for use of a portable refilling system comprising a kit (for use and transport of at least one flowable substance from at least one user-selected original container, having at least one threaded opening and at least one threaded original cap, into at least one user-selected secondary container) comprising at least one flexible squeeze-tube, each respective such at least one flexible squeeze-tube having at least one access-opening and at least one access-opening cap, and further comprising at least one receiving adapter cap, structured and arranged to connect to the at least one access-opening of such flexible squeeze-tube and to adapt the access opening to receive at least one funnel end, and further comprising a plurality of threaded transfer adapter caps of various base diameters, each respective such threaded transfer adapter cap being structured and arranged to thread onto the at least one threaded opening of such original container and having at least one funnel end structured and arranged to fit into the at least one threaded receiving adapter cap, such method comprising the steps of: selecting at least one transfer adapter cap, from the plurality of threaded transfer adapter caps, to fit such original container; threading the selected at least one transfer adapter cap onto the at least one threaded opening of such original container; selecting the at least one flexible squeeze-tube; selecting the at least one receiving adapter cap; connecting the selected at least one receiving adapter cap onto such at least one access-opening of such flexible squeeze-tube; placing the funnel end of the selected at least one transfer adapter cap into the selected at least one receiving adapter cap; and transferring such flowable substance from such at least one user-selected original container to such selected at least one flexible squeeze-tube.

Moreover, it provides such method of use wherein the at least one access-opening of such at least one flexible squeeze-tube is structured and arranged to hold at least one snap-on cap. Additionally, it provides such a method of use wherein the at least one access-opening of such at least one flexible squeeze-tube is structured and arranged to hold a threaded cap. Also, it provides such a method of use further comprising the steps of: after such transfer, re-capping the at least one flexible squeeze-tube with the access-opening cap; and after such transfer, re-capping the at least one original container with such at least one threaded original cap.

According to another preferred of the present invention, this invention provides a method for making a flexible squeeze-tube comprising, in combination: providing at least one empty flexible squeeze-tube body portion normally comprising at least one first open end and at least one second open end; wherein such at least one first open end comprises a re-closable access system; and wherein such re-closable access system, when closed, seals such at least one first open end; and without filling such at least one empty flexible squeeze-tube body portion, sealing such at least one second open end. In addition, it provides such a method wherein such at least one first open end comprises a replacement cap structured and arranged to permit filling of such at least one empty flexible squeeze-tube body portion. According to another preferred embodiment of the present invention, a product is provided as made by the method described above.

According to another preferred of the present invention, this invention provides a product comprising, in combination: at least one empty flexible squeeze-tube body portion having at least one first end and at least one second end; wherein such at least one empty flexible squeeze-tube body portion is new and unused for containment; wherein such at least one first end comprises a re-closable access system wherein such re-closable access system, when closed, seals such at least one first open end; and wherein such at least one second end comprises a permanent “linear” tube-type seal closure.

According to another preferred of the present invention, this invention provides a portable refilling system comprising a kit, for use and transport of at least one flowable substance from at least one user-selected transferring flexible squeeze-tube comprising at least one first access-opening to at least one receiving flexible squeeze-tube comprising at least one second access-opening, in combination: a plurality of receiving flexible squeeze-tubes structured and arranged to contain the at least one flowable substance; at least one transferor structured and arranged to transfer the at least one flowable substance from the at least one user-selected transferring flexible squeeze-tube to at least one of such plurality of receiving flexible squeeze-tubes; wherein each of such plurality of receiving flexible squeeze-tubes comprises at least one aperture adapted for passage of the flowable substance; wherein such at least one transferor comprises at least one transferring adapter structured and arranged to adapt the at least one first access-opening to transfer the flowable substance into at least one of such plurality of receiving flexible squeeze-tubes; wherein such at least one transferor comprises at least one receiving adapter structured and arranged to adapt the at least one second access-opening to receive the flowable substance from such at least one transferring adapter into at least one of such plurality of receiving flexible squeeze-tubes; and wherein a user may transfer the at least one flowable substance from the at least one user-selected transferring flexible squeeze-tube to at least one of such plurality of receiving flexible squeeze-tubes.

And, it provides such a portable refilling system wherein such at least one transferring adapter comprises: a plurality of filler-cap assemblies, each respective filler-cap assembly comprising, a filler nozzle element comprising an adapter base diameter structured and arranged to fit such at least one threaded opening, and a cover structured and arranged to cover such filler-nozzle element of such filler-cap assembly. Further, it provides such a portable refilling system wherein such plurality of filler-cap assemblies comprises a plurality of Yorker tips.

According to another preferred of the present invention, this invention provides a kit comprising a plurality of squeeze-tubes, each such squeeze-tube comprising, in combination: at least one empty flexible squeeze-tube body portion having at least one first end and at least one second end; wherein such at least one empty flexible squeeze-tube body portion is new and unused for containment; wherein such at least one first end comprises a re-closable access system wherein such re-closable access system, when closed, seals such at least one first open end; and wherein such at least one second end comprises a permanent “linear” tube-type seal closure.

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FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of a reusable portable storage kit of the reusable portable storage kit system according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 shows a perspective view of a screw-on cap and adapter cap for the reusable, portable, storage kit system according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 3 shows a front view of a storage container according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 4 shows a perspective view illustrating a method of filling a flexible bag of the reusable, portable, storage kit system according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 5 shows a front view of a flexible bag of the reusable, portable, storage kit system illustrating volume markings according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 6 shows a side view of the flexible bag of FIG. 5.

FIG. 7 shows a perspective view of a flexible bag in a self-standing, partially filled state according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 8 shows a sectional view through section 8-8 of FIG. 6 illustrating an internal valve in an outlet position.

FIG. 9 shows a sectional view through section 8-8 of FIG. 6 illustrating an internal valve in a no-spill position.

FIG. 10 shows a front view of a flexible bag of the reusable, portable, storage kit system illustrating preferred volume markings according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 11 shows a perspective view of a syringe transferor reusable, portable, storage kit system according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 12 shows a perspective view of a syringe transferer of the portable storage kit system illustrating a syringe transfer according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 13 shows a perspective view of a portable storage flask kit, of the reusable, portable, storage kit system according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 14 shows a perspective view of a lanyard for carrying a flexible bag of the reusable, portable, storage kit system according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 15 shows a perspective view of another lanyard for carrying a flexible bag of the reusable, portable, storage kit system according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 16 shows a front view of a flask illustrating volume marking according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 17 shows a side view of the flask of FIG. 16.

FIG. 18 shows a sectional view through section 18-18 of FIG. 19.

FIG. 19 shows a perspective view of a flask of a portable storage flask kit of FIG. 13.

FIG. 20 shows a perspective view of a bottom and side gusseted reusable flexible bag of a reusable, portable, storage kit system according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 21 shows a perspective view of a bottom-gusseted, reusable flexible bag of the reusable, portable, storage kit system according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 22 shows a bottom view of the bottom-gusseted, reusable flexible bag of FIG. 21.

FIG. 23 shows a perspective view of a flat-bottom, side-gusseted “grocery fold” reusable flexible bag of the reusable, portable, storage kit system according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 24 shows a perspective view of a flexible squeeze tube assembly according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 25 shows section view through section 25-25 of FIG. 24.

FIG. 26 shows a side view illustrating a re-filling method according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 27 shows a perspective view of another reusable portable storage kit of the reusable portable storage kit system according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 28 shows a perspective view of a method of filling a flexible tube from another flexible tube according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 29 shows a sectional view through section 29-29 of FIG. 28.

FIG. 30 shows a perspective view of a flexible tube with an unsealed bottom portion.

FIG. 31 shows a side view, partially in section, illustrating a step in a method of sealing the bottom portion of a flexible tube.

FIG. 32 shows a side view, partially in section, illustrating another step in a method of sealing the bottom portion of a flexible tube.

FIG. 33 shows a front view of a sealing machine for sealing flexible tube bottoms.

FIG. 34 shows a perspective view of another reusable portable storage kit of the reusable portable storage kit system according to another preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 35 shows a perspective view of another reusable portable storage kit of the reusable portable storage kit system according to another preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 36 shows a perspective view of another reusable portable storage kit of the reusable portable storage kit system according to another preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 37 shows a perspective view of a re-usable portable storage kit for creating a security recommended compliant portable carry-on package of the reusable portable storage kit system according to another preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 38 shows a perspective view of a TSA compliant portable carry-on package assisted by the reusable portable storage kit according to the preferred embodiment of FIG. 37.

FIG. 39 shows an illustrated diagram of a preferred method of providing a security-compliant carry-on package according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 40 shows an illustrated diagram of a preferred method of providing an up-to-date security-compliant carry-on package according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

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FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of system 100, a travel storage kit 102, according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, the reusable portable storage kit 100 comprises at least one, and most preferably two, sets of flexible bags 104 and 106 (embodying herein at least one container means for receiving the at least one flowable substance; and, embodying herein at least one container structured and arranged to receive the at least one flowable substance; further embodying herein a plurality of container means for containing the at least one flowable substance; and, a plurality of containers structured and arranged to contain the at least one flowable substance; and, further embodying at least one first container comprising a first capacity; at least one second container comprising a second capacity), as shown. This arrangement also embodies herein wherein the at least one container comprises at least one flexible bag. Preferably, set of flexible bags 104 comprises three flexible bags 108 (embodying herein wherein such at least one container comprises at least two containers, preferably of three-ounce capacity each; and, embodying herein wherein such at least one first container comprises at least two first flexible bags), preferably, flat when empty (embodying herein wherein such at least one container means comprises flexible-element means for flexibly assisting such at least one container means to be transported in a substantially-flat shape when such at least one container means is empty; and, embodying herein wherein such at least one container comprises flexible-elements structured and arranged to flexibly assist such at least one container to be transported in a substantially-flat shape when such at least one container is empty) and self-standing when at least partially full (embodying herein wherein such at least one container means comprises flat-bottom element means for assisting such at least one container means to be stably supported in an upright position on a flat bottom when such at least one container means is at least partially filled with the at least one flowable substance; and, embodying herein wherein such at least one container comprises flat-bottom elements structured and arranged to assist such at least one container to be stably supported in an upright position on a flat bottom when such at least one container is at least partially filled with the at least one flowable substance), most preferably, comprising polyester biaxially oriented nylon linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plastic having a preferred thickness of not more than about 7 mils, most preferably about 3 mils [embodying herein wherein the at least one flexible bag comprises Low density Polyethylene (LDPE) material having a thickness of not more than about 7 mils], preferably, clear or opaque in color, as shown. Most preferably sets of flexible bags 104 and 106 comprise a capacity of less than about 500 milliliters (ml) each as described above (embodying herein wherein the at least one flexible bag comprises a capacity less than about 500 ml). Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, etc., other capacity arrangements, may suffice. Preferably, set of bags 106 comprises two flexible bags 110 (embodying herein such least one second container capacity comprises at least two second flexible bags), preferably, four-ounce capacity each, preferably, flat when empty and self-standing when at least partially full, most preferably, made of plastic, preferably, clear or opaque in color, as shown (embodying herein wherein the at least one flexible bag comprises at least a partially transparent material).

Preferably, each bag 108 and 110 comprises a spout 112, as shown (embodying herein wherein such at least one container means comprises at least one access-spout means for accessing an internal portion of such container means; and, embodying herein wherein such at least one container comprises at least one access-spout structured and arranged to access an internal portion of such container; and also embodying herein wherein the at least one flexible bag comprises at least one spout; and, embodying herein wherein each of such plurality of container means comprises at least one ingress means for ingress of the flowable substance from such container means; wherein each of such plurality of container means comprises at least one egress means for egress of the flowable substance from such container means wherein each of such plurality of containers comprises at least one ingress for ingress of the flowable substance from such container; wherein each of such plurality of containers comprises at least one egress for egress of the flowable substance from such container; even further, embodying herein wherein each respective such at least two first flexible bags and each respective such at least two second flexible bags comprise at least one spout). Preferably, each respective spout 112 comprises a non-spill spout (such as available from Seaquist Closures called a SmartSpout®) further described in FIG. 8 and FIG. 9 (this arrangement embodies herein wherein each respective such at least one spout comprises at least one non-spill valve). Preferably, bags 108 and 110 are supplied shipped in a flat unfilled state. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, shipping preference, etc., other shipping arrangements, such as pre-filled bags, etc., may suffice.

Preferably, the portable storage kit 100 further comprises a set of adapter caps 114 (embodying herein at least one adapter means for adapting the at least one user-selected storage container to assist efficient transfer of the at least one flowable substance from the at least one storage container into such at least one container means; and, at least one adapter structured and arranged to adapt the at least one user-selected storage container to assist efficient transfer of the at least one flowable substance from the at least one storage container into such at least one container; and, further embodying herein wherein such transfer means comprises adapter means for adapting the at least one threaded opening to transfer the flowable substance into at least one of such plurality of container means), preferably Yorker caps (known as “Red tip Yorker” available from Cleveland Bottle and Supply Co.; Model numbers as stated below), as shown (embodying herein wherein the at least one adapter comprises at least one Yorker cap; and, embodying herein wherein such plurality of filler-cap assemblies comprises a plurality of Yorker caps). Preferably, there are seven adapter caps 114 with each portable storage kit 100, preferably provided in such sizes to fit a majority of common household bottle openings ranging from about 15 mm in diameter to about 38 mm in diameter, as shown (embodying herein transfer means for transferring the at least one flowable substance from the at least one user-selected original container to at least one of such plurality of container means; and, embodying herein at least one transferor structured and arranged to transfer the at least one flowable substance from the at least one user-selected original container to at least one of such plurality of containers). Preferably, a user may select the appropriate sized adapter cap 114 to fit a selected original container for use to transfer the flowable substance from the original container to a respective flexible bag as shown and described herein (embodying herein wherein such transferor comprises at least one adapter structured and arranged to adapt the at least one threaded opening to transfer the flowable substance into at least one of such plurality of container; wherein a user may transfer the at least one flowable substance from the at least one user-selected original container to at least one of such plurality of containers; and embodying wherein a user may transfer the at least one flowable substance from the at least one user-selected original container to at least one of such plurality of container means). Preferably, cap 116 is a 15 mm diameter cap (model #15-415, natural). Preferably, cap 118 is an 18 mm diameter cap (model #18-400, natural). Preferably, cap 120 is a 20 mm diameter cap (model #20-400, natural). Preferably, cap 122 is a 22 mm diameter cap (model #22-400, natural). Preferably, cap 124 is a 24 mm diameter cap (model #24-400, natural). Preferably, cap 126 is a 28 mm diameter cap (model #28-400, natural). Preferably, cap 128 is a 38 mm diameter cap (model #38-400, natural). Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, durability, shipping arrangements, etc., other dimensions and arrangements, for example, diameters of other incremental scales such as inches, other sizes and quantities, etc., may suffice.

Preferably, the set of adapter caps 114 is comprised essentially of low-density polyethylene plastic (herein referred to as LDPE plastic), preferably all of the adapter caps 114 have a tip orifice 130 of about 0.030 inches. Preferably, all of the adapter caps 114 comprise a tip cap 132 that preferably is removable securable to the tip 134. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, etc., other tip cap 132 and tip 134 arrangements, may suffice. For example, the tip 134 and tip cap 132 may be screwed on or held in place by friction, among the possible options. Further, the tip orifice 130 may be slightly larger or smaller depending on the market niche of containers the user desires to control. The above-described arrangement embodies herein a plurality of filler-cap assemblies, each respective filler-cap assembly comprising, a filler nozzle element comprising an adapter base diameter structured and arranged to fit such at least one threaded opening, and a cover structured and arranged to cover such filler-nozzle element of such filler-cap assembly.

Preferably, the portable storage kit 100 further comprises a syringe 140 (embodying herein wherein such transferor comprises a syringe structured and arranged to uptake the flowable substance and output the flowable substance), and a length of tubing 142 (embodying herein wherein such syringe further comprises at least one tubing structured and arranged to transfer the flowable substance from the at least one user-selected original container to the syringe), as shown. Preferably, the syringe 140 is a sixty cubic centimeter (cc) syringe, most preferably a 60 cc catheter syringe (such as a molded #26302 60 cc catheter-tip syringe commonly manufactured by Exel National Inc. or a Model No. SS-60C-2 oz catheter-tip syringe by Terumo), holding about sixty cubic centimeters in volume (embodying herein wherein such syringe comprises a catheter syringe with a capacity of about sixty cubic centimeters). Preferably, the length of tubing 142 is vinyl tubing, preferably, clear tubing, preferably having an outer diameter of about five-sixteenths inches to about seven-sixteenths inches and an inner diameter of between about one-eighth inch and one-half inch (embodying herein wherein such at least one tubing is between one-eighth inch and one-half inch plastic flexible tubing). Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, material availability, etc., other transfer arrangements and dimensions, etc., may suffice. For example, as described below in FIG. 11 the tubing 142 is preferably utilized functionally to attach to the tip 234 of the syringe as will be further described below in reference to FIG. 11.

Preferably, the portable storage kit 100 further comprises a set of instructions 144 (embodying herein at least one set of instructions for use of the system; and embodying herein further comprising at least one set of instructions for use of the kit), a travel bag 146 (embodying herein a travel-bag structured and arranged to hold and portably transport such plurality of containers, such adapter and such transporter) and a packaging container 148, as shown. Preferably, the travel bag 146 will lay flat and fold such that it will fit into the packaging container 148. Preferably, the travel bag 146 is a flexible plastic bag, preferably clear plastic, preferably about four inches high by eight inches long having a depth of about two inches. Preferably, the travel bag 146 has a zippered closure. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, durability, etc., other closure arrangements, such as buttons, spring closures, etc., may suffice. For example, under appropriate circumstances, a cosmetics bag or other style or dimension of bag may suffice. Preferably, the entire contents of the portable storage kit 100 fit into the packaging container 148. Preferably, the packaging container 148 comprises a top portion 150, preferably comprising indicia 154, preferably advertising indicia, for the sale of the reusable portable storage kit 100. Preferably, the packaging container 148 is about eight inches wide by ten inches in height comprising a gusseted side portion, preferably, with a material thickness of about one and one-half mil. Preferably, the packaging container 148 further comprises an aperture 152 for being placed onto a display rack in a store for sale. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, etc., other methods for display and sale of the portable storage kit 100, may suffice. Preferably, the instructions 144 comprise a set of instructions as to the method of utilizing the reusable portable storage kit 100.

Reference is now made to FIG. 2 through FIG. 4 with continued reference to FIG. 1. FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a screw-on cap 156 and an adapter cap 114 for the reusable portable storage kit system 102 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 3 is a front view of original storage containers 160 and 162 of two separate sizes according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. (Original storage containers being defined herein as: any container or plurality of containers housing a flowable substance to be transferred to a kit container.)

In a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the reusable portable storage kit system 102 is utilized to transfer a flowable substance, such as lotion, shampoo, soap, cosmetics or even powder from an original storage container 160 to at least one bag 108 or 110 of the sets of flexible bags 104 and 106. This arrangement embodies herein wherein the at least one container comprises a material compatible with a cosmetic. FIG. 2 illustrates a step 164 in such transfer. Preferably, when the original container 160 comprises a screw-on cap 156 such as, for example, that shown, a user removes the screw-on cap 156 and replaces it with an appropriate-sized adapter cap 164 selected from the set of adapter caps 114, that will screw-on to the threads 166 of the original container 160, as shown. Preferably, a tip cap 132 is also used to provide a removable seal for the original container 160 in lieu of the screw-on cap 156. FIG. 3 illustrates that the original container may be a large container such as original storage container 162 or smaller such as original storage container 160.

FIG. 4 shows a perspective view illustrating a method of filling a flexible bag 104 of the reusable portable storage kit system 102 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, a user chooses an empty flexible bag 108 or 110 from the portable storage kit 100 and a container with contents the user wants to transfer to a flexible bag 108 (shown, however, bag 110 will also suffice) as shown in FIG. 4. Preferably, original container 160 is fitted with an appropriate-sized adapter cap 164, as shown. Preferably, the tip 134 of the adapter cap 164 is placed into the spout 112, as shown. Preferably, the contents of the original container 160 are then poured into the flexible bag 108. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as user preference, material to be transferred, etc., other methods of material transfer, such as squeezing, etc., may suffice. For example, the original container may require squeezing or some other form of pressure to remove the contents. Preferably, a certain amount of pressure is required to pass the contents of the original container 160 through the spout 112 and into the flexible bag 108.

FIG. 5 shows a front view of a flexible bag 170 of the reusable portable storage kit system 102 illustrating volume markings 172 (embodying herein volume markings on such at least one flexible bag) according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 6 shows a side view of the flexible bag 170 of FIG. 5. Preferably, a flexible bag is available such as flexible bag 170 comprising a plurality of volume markings 172 or other such indicia which will assist the user in determining the volume of contents in the bag 170, as shown. Preferably, the flexible bag 170 also comprises spout 174 and spout cap 176, as shown. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, shipping arrangements, etc., other spout and spout cap arrangements, such as providing the spout or spout cap separately or providing a different method of transfer such as a funnel, etc., may suffice.

FIG. 7 shows a perspective view of a flexible bag 180 in a self-standing, partially filled state 182 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, the flexible bags 180 are self-standing when in a partially filled state and come in a variety of styles as will be further described below.

FIG. 8 shows a sectional view through section 8-8 of FIG. 6 illustrating a spout 190 and internal valve 192 in an outlet position 194. FIG. 9 shows a sectional view through section 8-8 of FIG. 6 illustrating a spout 190 and internal valve 192 in a no-spill position 196. Preferably, the spout 190 comprises a two-way internal valve 192, as shown. Preferably, the two-way internal valve allows the contents 198 of the bag 170 to flow out of the bag 170, preferably when pressure is applied to the contents, preferably by squeezing bag 170, as shown in FIG. 8. Preferably, the internal valve 192 seals the bag 170 when the contents are not under pressure as shown in FIG. 9. Preferably, to avoid having the contents flow out of bag 170 due to atmospheric changes, especially during travel (for example, in an airplane), the spout cap is threadably attached to the spout 174 during transport. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, durability, valve technology improvements, etc., other no-spill arrangements, may suffice.

FIG. 10 shows a front view of a flexible bag 200 of the reusable portable storage kit system 102 illustrating preferred volume markings 202 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, the bag 200 comprises such volume marking to inform a user of the volume content in the bag 200 and about what content the bag 200 will hold. Preferably, such volume markings 202 may be added to any of the bags described herein as part of the reusable portable storage kit system 102. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, advertising preference, manufacturing techniques, etc., other volume markings 202, may suffice. For example, such marking may be incorporated into the bag manufacturing as mold marks or other readable marking.

Reference is now made to FIG. 11 and FIG. 12 with continued reference to the above-described Figures. FIG. 11 shows a perspective view of a syringe 140 of the reusable portable storage kit system 102 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 12 shows a perspective view of a syringe 140 of the reusable portable storage kit system 102 illustrating a syringe transfer 220 from a combination syringe and tubing assembly 222 into a flexible bag 224 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, the reusable portable storage kit 100 comprises a transfer means for use with original substance containers such as container 226 that are not compatible with the adapter caps 114. Such containers may comprises a wide mouth opening 228 (as illustrated in FIG. 11), or a very small opening or be in a container that is not easily lifted or comprise an opening that is “user-unfriendly” (i.e. difficult to transfer in the described manner). Preferably, for such circumstances, a combination syringe and tubing assembly 222 is preferably utilized. Preferably, a relatively short piece of tubing 230 is cut from the tubing 142 supplied with the portable storage kit 100, preferably, about two to three inches in length. Preferably, one end 232 is placed over the tip 234 of the syringe 140 and slid toward the body 236 of the syringe until the tapered portion 237 of the tip 234 seals against the tubing 230. Preferably, the syringe plunger 238 is pushed into a fully inserted position within the body 236 of the syringe 140 forcing out the air within the body 236 (preferably, the syringe 140 comprises a seal 244 at the tip 246 of the syringe plunger 238, as shown). Preferably, the other end 240 of the tubing 230 is placed into the flowable substance 242 (to be transferred) and the plunger 238 is drawn out of the body 236 of the syringe 140, preferably drawing the flowable substance 242 into the syringe 140, as shown. Preferably, a user 249 then removes the tubing 230 and places the tip 234 of the syringe 140 into the spout 250 of the flexible bag 224, as shown. Preferably, the user then pushes on the plunger 238, forcing the flowable substance 242 into the flexible bag 224, as shown. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, material selection, etc., other syringe methods of transfer and use, may suffice.

FIG. 13 shows a perspective view of a reusable portable storage flask kit 260, of the portable storage kit system 100, according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, the reusable portable storage flask kit 260 comprises at least one flask 262 (embodying herein at least one flexible bag structured and arranged to receive the at least one flowable substance), most preferably, a set of three flasks 262, 264 and 266, a funnel 268 (embodying herein at least one funnel structured and arranged to funnel the at least one flowable substance from the at least one user-selected storage container into such at least one container) for transferring liquid from a source container to a flexible-flask, and a merchandising container 270, as shown (embodying herein packaging means for packaging together such at least one flexible bag and such at least one funnel). Preferably, the portable storage flask kit 260 may be utilized to transfer and store a flowable substance, preferably food, preferably comprising alcohol (embodying herein wherein such at least one flexible bag comprises a material compatible with food).

Preferably, flask 262 holds about sixteen ounces of substance. Preferably, flask 264 and 266 hold about eight ounces each of substance. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, sizing preference, etc., other dimensions and content arrangements, such as more or less volume or measurements other than ounces, etc., may suffice. Preferably, all the flasks 262, 264 and 266 are self-standing, when at least partially filled, and fold flat when empty. Further, it is preferred that each flask comprises a spout 272, as shown (embodying herein wherein such at least one flexible bag comprises at least one access-spout structured and arranged to access an internal portion of such at least one flexible bag). Preferably, the funnel 268 comprises a tip 274 that will fit into the opening 276 of the spout to facilitate transferring liquid from a source container to one of the respective flasks 262, 264 and 266. Additional details and description is provided below in reference to FIGS. 16 through 19.

FIG. 14 shows a photograph of a lanyard 280 (embodying herein at least one lanyard: and embodying herein wherein such at least one lanyard is structured and arranged to attach to such at least one spout) for carrying a respective flask 262, 264 and 266 of the portable storage kit system 260 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, the lanyard 280 may also be used to carry any flexible bag (such as flexible bag 200 or flexible bag 224) comprising a spout 272 that will adapt to the lanyard 280, however, it is most preferable for a container comprising the spout 272 and flask taught herein. Preferably, the lanyard 280 comprises an O-ring 282, a first connecting cord 284, a quick-release clip 286, a second connecting cord 288 and an optional squeeze clip 290, as shown.

Referring to FIG. 15 and FIG. 18 with continued reference to FIG. 14, FIG. 15 shows a photograph of the lanyard with an optional squeeze clip 290 attached, according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 18 shows a sectional view through section 18-18 of FIG. 19.

Preferably, O-ring 282 is sized to slide over spout 272 and snugly encircle base 292, preferably having an outer diameter of about three-quarter inch, as shown. FIG. 18 illustrates a preferred groove 294 at base 292 into which the O-ring 282 preferably fits, as shown. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, lanyard size, etc., other dimensions, may suffice.

Preferably, a first connecting cord 284, preferably about three inches in length, connects the O-ring 282 to quick-release clip 286, as shown. Preferably, the first connecting cord 284 comprises tufting cord, preferably about one-sixteenth diameter, eighty-pound upholstery tufting cord, preferably dyed black, as shown. Under appropriate circumstances, other color and material arrangements may suffice. Preferably, one end 296 of the first connecting cord 284 is tied to O-ring 282, preferably utilizing a knot 298, preferably the ends of the knot 298 are cut and heat-sealed such that the knot 298 will not loosen. Preferably, the other end 300 of first connecting cord 284 is slipped through an aperture 302 in the quick-release clip 286, knotted with knot 304, preferably heat-sealing the knot end, as described above, then pulled tightly. Preferably, the knot 304 is large enough that it will not pull through the aperture 302 during use (pulling) of the lanyard 280. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, lanyard material, etc., other mounting arrangements for the lanyard onto the spout, such as permanent attachment, adhesive, etc., may suffice.

Preferably, a second connecting cord 288, preferably about six-inches-long, preferably looped (such that the looped portion 306 is about three inches long) connects to the quick-release clip 286, as shown. Preferably, the quick-release clip 286 is a Minimee Kitty-clip (such as available from John C Tucker Company, Inc. 2921 Suffolk Drive, Fort Worth, Tex.). Preferably, the second connecting cord 288 also comprises a knot 308, preferably with heat-sealed end 310, as shown. Preferably, the second connecting cord 288 comprises a second looped portion 312 that is optionally looped through the optional squeeze clip 290, as shown. Preferably, the optional squeeze clip 290 is a Clever-Clip model #CLC-2B (as available from Fasteners for retail, Cleveland, Ohio—1-800-422-2547). Preferably, the second connecting cord 288 is a one-eighth-inch smooth braided 16-C carrier braid (such as available from Rocky Mountain Cord Company; www.rmcord.com). The optional squeeze clip 290 provides a means for clipping the lanyard 280 to a backpack or other such carrying device, if used. If the optional squeeze clip 290 is not used then the lanyard is preferably carried by hand.

Reference is now made to FIGS. 16 through 19 with continued reference to the above Figures. FIG. 16 shows a front view of a preferred flask 320 (preferably for storing a distilled spirit) of the present invention illustrating volume marking indicia 322 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 17 shows a side view of the flask 320 of FIG. 16. Preferably, flask 320 comprises a series of volume marking indicia 322, preferably short lines 324 with numerical values 326 on each side of the short lines 324, as shown. Also illustrated is spout 272 and cap 328. Preferably, cap 328 is threadably attached to spout 272, as shown.

FIG. 18 shows a sectional view through section 18-18 of FIG. 19. As described above in FIG. 13, the spout 272 comprises groove 294 along base 292 of spout 272, as shown. Preferably, O-ring 282 fits into groove 294, as shown. Preferably, spout 272 does not comprise an internal valve and has an open throat 330, as shown. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, durability, etc., other spout arrangements, such as multiple grooves, angled grooves, raised portions in lieu of grooves, etc., may suffice.

FIG. 19 shows a perspective view of a flask of FIG. 13. Preferably, FIG. 19 illustrates flask 332 that represents any of flasks 262, 264 and 266 shown in FIG. 13. Preferably, flask 332 is self-standing when at least partially filled. Preferably, flask 332 is a self-standing bag, preferably purchased from Kapak Corporation.

FIG. 20 shows a perspective view of a bottom-gusseted and side-gusseted reusable flexible bag 340 of the reusable, portable, storage kit system 102 according to another preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, flexible bag 340 comprises a bottom gusset 342 and a side gusset 344, as shown. A gusset being an extra piece of material used to give the flexible bag added size or strength in a particular location and typically a folded portion, as shown. The flexible bag 340 utilizes a small capacity flexible container intended to also be self-standing when at least partially filled. Applicant has found that providing such flexible bag 340 with both a bottom gusset 342 and a side gusset 344 increases the dimension, capacity and strength of the flexible bag 340 while still providing a relatively small flexible bag 340 that will also fold flat when emptied. Preferably, flexible bag 340 has a capacity of about 125 milliliters while being dimensioned at 75 mm wide by 115 mm long with about a about 25 mm side gusset. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, durability, size preference, manufacturing preference, etc., other dimensions, may suffice.

FIG. 21 shows a perspective view of a bottom-gusseted, reusable flexible bag 350 of the reusable, portable, storage kit system 102 according to another preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, bag 350 comprises a bottom gusset 352, as shown. Preferably, the bottom gusset 352 is a slightly larger bottom that comprises an end portion 354 on each respective side 356 and 358 of the bag 350, as shown. FIG. 22 shows a bottom view of the bottom-gusseted, reusable flexible bag 350 of FIG. 21. Preferably, as the bag 350 is filled with a flowable substance, the bottom gusset 352 opens first providing a surface 360 that lays relatively flat and assists the bag 350 in remaining in a standing position when placed as such by a user. Preferably, bag 350 holds about 125 milliliters while being dimensioned at 75 mm wide by 115 mm long. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, durability, size preference, manufacturing preference, etc., other dimensions, may suffice.

FIG. 23 is a perspective view of a flat-bottom side-gusseted “grocery fold” reusable flexible bag 370 of the reusable, portable, storage kit system 102 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Most preferably, a “grocery fold” reusable flexible bag 370 is provided for use in the storage kit system 102. The flexible bag 370 provides an even larger capacity than the other described bags in a smaller folded position when empty, as shown. Preferably, such a flexible bag 370 holds about 125 milliliters while being dimensioned at 75 mm wide by 115 mm long with about a about 25 mm side gusset. It is noted that the above described flexible bags 340, 350, and 370 embody herein at least one flexible bag comprising at least one combination selected from the group consisting of: bottom-gusset and at least one side gusset, bottom-gusset only, at least one side gusset with bottom-fold. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, durability, size preference, manufacturing preference, etc., other dimensions, may suffice.

FIG. 24 shows a perspective view of a flexible squeeze tube assembly according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 25 shows a section view through section 25-25 of FIG. 24. FIG. 24 illustrates a flexible squeeze tube assembly 400. Preferably, the flexible squeeze tube assembly 400 comprises a flexible squeeze tube 402, as shown (such as available from JSN Packaging www.jsn.com—no flexible tube is currently available sealed and empty—reference manufacturing process described and shown herein). Most preferably, the flexible squeeze tube 402 comprises a cap 404, as shown. Such caps 404 come with a variety of attachment options, however, most preferably such cap 404 is threadably attached to the flexible squeeze tube 402, as shown. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as manufacturing, plastics technology, used preference, economics, user preference, etc., other methods of attachment of the cap to the flexible squeeze tube 402, such as snap-on caps, threaded flip top caps, round, square or other-shaped caps etc., may suffice.

Preferably, the flexible squeeze tube assembly 400 comprises a receiving adapter cap 406, as shown. Preferably, the receiving adapter cap 406 comprises the same attachment means as the flexible squeeze tube 402. In the illustrated embodiment, the receiving adapter cap 406 comprises threaded attachment means. Preferably, the receiving adapter cap 406 comprises a cylindrical passageway 408, preferably round, preferably having an internal diameter 410 that will allow a yorker-tip 134 (see FIG. 27) to fit within the inner diameter 410, preferably about nine-thirty-seconds ( 9/32) of an inch in diameter. Preferably, cylindrical passageway 408 has a height long enough to permit the yorker-tip 134 to fit tightly into the inner diameter whereby a seal is created between the walls of the yorker-tip 134 and the cylindrical passageway 408, as shown. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, ease of use, etc., other sizes and shapes of receiving adapter caps, such as square or round, etc., may suffice. Furthermore, those skilled in the art, upon reading the teachings of this specification, will appreciate that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as user preference, economics and ease of use, other diameters and heights of the cylindrical passageway 408, may suffice. Most preferably, the receiving adapter caps 406 fit at least one specific size of flexible squeeze tube fill-top 412 such as the threaded, preferably round opening 414, as shown. Most preferably the cylindrical passageway 408 aligns with the opening 414, as shown. Preferably, the described alignment provides a pathway for the filling of such flexible squeeze tube 402.

FIG. 26 shows a side view illustrating a re-filling method according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. As previously described above, the reusable portable storage kit system 102 is utilized to transfer a flowable substance, such as lotion, shampoo, soap, cosmetics or even powder from an original storage container 160 to, in this embodiment, a flexible squeeze tube 402. Such transfer occurs as described above by selecting an appropriate-sized adapter cap 164 selected from the set of adapter caps 114, that will screw-on to the threads 166 of the container 160, as shown in FIG. 3. FIG. 3 further illustrates that the original container may be a large container such as original storage container 162 or smaller such as original storage container 160. Preferably, an appropriately sized receiving adapter cap 406 is selected for the preferred flexible squeeze tube fill-top 412 and attached to such flexible squeeze tube fill-top 412, as shown.

Preferably, the air in the flexible squeeze tube 402 is removed, by folding and squeezing the flexible squeeze tube 402 in half, as shown. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, etc., other methods of squeezing out the air, such as rolling the tube, etc., may suffice. Preferably, the yorker-tip 134 is placed into the cylindrical passageway 408 of the receiving adapter cap 406 and a flowable substance is then transferred into the flexible squeeze tube 402, as shown.

FIG. 27 shows a perspective view of another reusable portable storage kit 420 of the reusable portable storage kit system 102 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, in this embodiment of the reusable portable storage kit 420, the components of the kit 420 comprise the same components of the reusable portable storage kit 100 with the following change: In lieu of bags 108, a set of flexible squeeze tubes 422, 424 and 426 are provided and a set of receiving adapter caps 428, 430 and 432 are provided, as shown. A unique characteristic as opposed to plastic bottles, flexible tubes may have most or all of the air in them purged by hand-squeezing prior to filling (as herein previously described).

Preferably, the set of flexible squeeze tubes 422, 424 and 426 comprise three separate volume “sizes” of flexible squeeze tube 402 such that differing quantities of product may be used. Most preferably, each set of flexible squeeze tubes 422, 424 and 426 comprises the same flexible squeeze tube fill-top 412. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, manufacturing preference, etc., other sizes of squeeze tubes and combination of squeeze tube tops, such as snap-on tops, threaded tops, etc., may suffice.

Most preferably, each of the set of receiving adapter caps 428, 430 and 432 comprises a different size adapter cap base such that the kit 420 may be utilized with the most commonly used flexible squeeze tubes 402 and flexible squeeze tube fill-tops 412. The preferred types of receiving adapter cap attachments are to fit flexible squeeze tube fill-tops 412 as follows: M-8, M-5 and 22-400 tops (an industry standard as described by Seaquist Closures, www.seaquistclosures.com).

In such manner, kit 420 provides a kit for filling both flexible bags 110 (of any size), and flexible tubes 402. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, supplier preference, other styles of flexible containers [including such containers as “tottles”; a combination of a flexible container and a bottle such as available from Fenton, Weber & Jones (www.FWJpackaging.com)], etc., other combinations of such flexible containers within the kit, may suffice.

FIG. 28 shows a perspective view of a method of filling a flexible tube 500 from another, preferably larger, originating container that is also flexible tube 502 according to a preferred embodiment 504 of the present invention. FIG. 29 shows a sectional view through section 29-29 of FIG. 28.

As previously described above, the reusable portable storage kit system is utilized to transfer a flowable substance, such as lotion, shampoo, soap, cosmetics, or even powder from an original storage container to, in this embodiment, a flexible squeeze tube 504. Such transfer occurs by selecting an appropriate-sized transferring adapter cap 506, preferably selected from a set of transfer adapter caps (as described above and further described below), that will screw-on to the threads 508 of the flexible squeeze tube 504, as shown in FIG. 28. Preferably, the transferring adapter cap 506 is a Yorker cap, as shown. Most preferably, at least one such the Yorker cap comprises M-8 threads, a common thread for flexible tubes. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, thread size, cap style preferences, etc., other sizes and dimensions of threading, other cap styles, etc., may suffice.

Preferably, a receiving adapter cap 510 is attached to the flexible tube 500 to be filled, preferably attached by screw-on threads 512 to the flexible squeeze tube 504, as shown in FIG. 28. However, those skilled in the art, upon reading the teachings of this specification, will appreciate that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as cap attachment and flexible tube technology improvements, other methods of attaching an adapter cap 510, such as “snap-on” means, may suffice.

In operation, the flexible squeeze tube 504 is folded or squeezed by the user; preferably utilizing the user's hand(s) 520, until the majority of the air is removed from the flexible squeeze tube 504. Next, preferably, the tip 514 of the transferring adapter cap 506 is placed into the opening 516 of the receiving adapter cap 510 such that a seal is created between the tip 514 and the sidewalls 518 of the receiving adapter cap 510, as shown. Preferably, the content of the originating container, flexible tube 502, is then squeezed from the flexible tube 502 into the flexible squeeze tube 504, as shown.

FIG. 30 shows a perspective view of a flexible tube 530 with an unsealed bottom portion 532. FIG. 30 represents the tube structure (open bottom, capped top) in which flexible tubes 530 are commonly manufactured for use and filling by a manufacturer for an end user. Typically, the tube is filled and then sealed, as heretofore filling such tubes from the top portion has been impractical. Applicant has determined that such tubes may be sealed and sold without filling (empty), particularly in combination with Applicant's storage kit system 100 and filling system and methods as described herein. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, etc., alternate flexible tube configurations, flexible tube cap configurations, etc., may suffice.

FIG. 31 shows a side view, partially in section, illustrating a step 540 in a method of sealing the bottom portion 532 of a flexible tube 530. FIG. 32 shows a side view, partially in section, illustrating another step 550 in a method of sealing the bottom portion 532 of a flexible tube 530. FIG. 33 shows a photograph of a sealing machine 560 for sealing flexible tube bottom portions. Preferably, bottom portions 532 of flexible tubes 530 are sealed, as shown, preferably in a linear fashion as in most tube-type seals. Preferably, sealing machine 560 is utilized such as sealing machine TP-30 available through www.aline.com, as shown.

FIG. 34 shows a perspective view of another reusable portable storage kit 570 of the reusable portable storage kit system 102 according to another preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, kit 570 comprises the elements of reusable portable storage kit 420 and an additional transferring adapter 506, most preferably a Yorker cap, preferably to fit flexible squeeze tube top size M-8 (as described above, an industry standard as described by Seaquist Closures, www.seaquistclosures.com).

FIG. 35 shows a perspective view of another reusable portable storage kit 580 of the reusable portable storage kit system 102 according to another preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, kit 580 comprises the elements of kit 570, with the following exceptions: no flexible bags 106 and an additional flexible tube 582, as shown. Those skilled in the art, upon reading the teachings of this specification, will appreciate that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics and user preference, other quantities of flexible tubes, such as more or fewer than described, may suffice.

FIG. 36 shows a perspective view of another reusable portable storage kit 590 of the reusable portable storage kit system 102 according to another preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, in this embodiment the kit 590 comprises additional flexible tubes 592, 594, 596, and 598, packaging container 148 comprising top portion 150, preferably comprising indicia 154, preferably advertising indicia, for the sale of the reusable portable storage kit 590 and a set of refilling instructions 600, as shown. Preferably, the additional flexible tubes are sized for a customer/user preference and used in combination with a parent kit, such as kit 570, which includes all the adapter caps for use with a variety of original containers. Upon reading the teachings of this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now understand that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as economics, user preference, other styles, dimensions and quantities of flexible tubes and kit components, etc., other elements and components as described above, in combination or separately, etc., may suffice.

FIG. 37 shows a perspective view of a re-usable portable storage kit for creating a security recommended compliant portable carry-on package of the reusable portable storage kit system according to another preferred embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 38 shows a perspective view of a TSA compliant portable carry-on package 911 assisted by the reusable portable storage kit 900 according to another preferred embodiment of the present invention (see FIG. 37).

System 100 (illustrated by FIG. 37) preferably comprises kit 900 (essentially a tool kit with every item and all information an air traveler 1100, for example, needs to make a carry-on package 911 for flowable substances which fulfills legal/security requirements to assist traveler 1100 to travel without unnecessary security hassles) comprising: ten easy-to-fill, leak-proof flexible squeeze tubes 901, one approximately 1.75 ounce (approximately 52 ml) sprayer 902 (so a user may carry a user desired amount of hairspray, facial moisturizer, other sprayable substance, etc.), and at least one set of instructions 920, preferably encoded on at least one digital media disc 930, as shown in FIG. 37. Of the ten flexible squeeze tubes 901, preferably about six may hold 2.5 ounces (approximately 75 ml) of a flowable substance and preferably about four may hold about 1.5 ounces (approximately 45 ml) of a flowable substance. Preferably, all ten flexible squeeze tubes 901, sprayer 902, and, optionally, at least one travel size toothpaste fit within at least one of the four provided heavy-duty Transportation Security Administration (TSA) carry-on compliant one quart bags 903, preferably having a Ziplock™ or Ziplock™-type closure, included in the kit 900, as shown in FIG. 38. Preferably, bags 903, when filled, comprise TSA-compliant carry-on packages 911, as shown.

Kit 900 is preferably utilized by travelers with carry-on flowable products. Kit 900 is for use by travelers to help provide carry-on packages 911 in compliance with transportation security regulations, for example, TSA and the International Harmonization of Security Measures Accord initiated Nov. 6, 2006. Such Transportation security regulations preferably comprise laws, rules, and/or policies, preferably related to air and/or international travel.

Kit 900 may preferably transfer almost any flowable product from large economy bottles and tubes to smaller, more convenient travel size flexible squeeze tubes. Kit 900 preferably fits all common size bottle necks from approximately 15 mm (approximately 0.59 inch) to approximately 38 mm (approximately 1.5 inch). Kit 900 preferably provides for refilling of travel size toothpaste tubes. Flexible squeeze tubes 901 are preferably made of high quality, preferably odor proof, food grade material. Upon reading this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now appreciate that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as cost, structural requirements, available materials, user preferences, regulatory security changes, etc., other containers using materials such as, for example, plastics, glass, ceramics, etc., may suffice.

Preferably, almost any liquid, lotion, cream, flowable substance, food substance, etc., can be thus transported conveniently; and preferably flexible squeeze tubes 901 may be used again and again. Flexible squeeze tubes 901 and sprayer 902 have “no-leak” closures. Flexible squeeze tubes 901 preferably stand on cap-head 907 which is preferably flat-bottomed, so that contents are always ready to use. Kit 900 preferably allows a user to transfer almost any personal care product, food product, etc., from larger-sized containers and tubes to smaller-sized containers in seconds. Kit 900 preferably provides a seal during transfer between the large container and smaller kit 900 container, preferably providing for no spilling, leaking, or other messiness. Kit 900 preferably comprises delivery spouts 904, receiver caps 905, and spout caps 906 which are made to be durable and provide a long service life.

Flexible squeeze tubes 901 are preferably filled, from store-bought large containers, by first removing flat-bottomed cap-head 907 from flexible squeeze tube 901 and placing the correct receiver cap 905 on flexible squeeze tubes 901. Preferably, a properly fitting delivery spout 904 is attached to the store-bought container. Preferably, the delivery spouts 904 are color coded for easy user-recognition. More preferably, a delivery spout 904 with a black ring is the correct delivery spout for large flexible squeeze tubes 901 and a delivery spout 904 with a red tip is preferably the correct delivery spout 904 for smaller flexible squeeze tubes 901.

To fill a flexible squeeze tube 901, the flexible squeeze tube 901 is preferably folded in half and preferably flattened out to remove air. Preferably, receiver cap 905 is placed over the respective spout cap tip 999 and inserted as far as possible (up to rim 998). Preferably, an original container 160 (See FIG. 3 for example) is preferably inverted, preferably causing the contents of the original container 160 to flow to the tip of delivery spout cap 906. Preferably, when the flexible squeeze tube is about 90% full, flow is stopped, the original container screw-on caps 156 (see FIG. 2, for example) are preferably placed back onto the original container 160, and flat-bottomed cap-head 907 is preferably placed back on flexible squeeze tube 901. Preferably, flat-bottomed cap-head 907 is opened, or is loosened on flexible squeeze tube 901, in order to expel any air from flexible squeeze tube 901, which preferably prevents any substance from spitting out of flexible squeeze tube 901 when a user first opens the flexible squeeze tube 901 at a destination having a varied atmospheric pressure from the atmospheric pressure when filled and capped. Upon reading this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now appreciate that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as cost, structural requirements, available materials, user preferences, changes in security regulations, etc., other filling arrangements, may suffice.

To fill a flexible squeeze tube 901 from a glass or metal container, tubing 909 is preferably attached to catheter syringe 908, and a proper fitting receiver cap 905 is attached to flexible squeeze tube 901. Tubing 909 is then preferably placed into store-bought container and plunger 910 is drawn back on syringe 908, until syringe 908 is full. The filled syringe 908 is then preferably removed from the tubing 909 and placed into the receiver cap 905. Preferably, after air is removed from flexible squeeze tube 901, preferably by folding flexible squeeze tube 901 in half, plunger 910 is pushed back in on syringe 908, filling flexible squeeze tube 901 to about 90% full, as overfilling is not recommended. Preferably, flexible squeeze tube 901 is first folded in half before substance transfer, in order to create the necessary vacuum created when flexible squeeze tube 901 attempts to unfold back to its original shape. Sprayers 902 are preferably filled in the above described fashion, preferably to approximately 85% full. Flexible squeeze tubes 901 as well as other components, including but not limited to receiver caps 905, are structured so as to create a seal between both the receiver cap 905 and flexible squeeze tube 901, preferably so as to create a vacuum and/or remain leak proof at altitudes in excess of that at which airplanes fly. Flexible squeeze tubes 901 are preferably manufactured and sealed while they are empty, preferably so as to assist in creating a vacuum whereby flexible squeeze tube 901 attempts to return, after folding, to its sealed original shape.

Preferably, the set of instructions 920, preferably encoded on a digital medium (CD-ROM or DVD), instruction disc 930, comprise information relating to the use of the kit, current security regulations, and other important and relevant information. Preferred embodiments of the instructional information follow:

Instructions for 3-1-1 Totally Compliant Carry-On Kits

The delivery spout caps come with no hole in the tip. Depending on how viscous the liquid that is going to be transferred is, the tip should be snipped with scissors to accommodate easy flow. Caution do not cut tip off past first notch or spout tip will not fit into the receiver cap.

To fill a flexible squeeze tube from a large plastic supply bottle or tube:

    • 1. Remove cap from the flexible squeeze tube and place the correct receiver cap on the tube.
    • 2. Place the correct delivery spout cap on the supply container (The delivery spout with the black ring inside is the correct delivery spout for large flexible squeeze tubes. The small spout cap with the red tip is the correct delivery spout for smaller flexible squeeze tubes).
    • 3. Fold the squeeze tube in half and flatten it out to remove the air.
    • 4. Place the receiver cap over the spout cap and invert the supply container
    • 5. When the contents of the supply container flow to the tip of the delivery spout cap, squeeze the supply container and let go of the bottom half of the tube at the same time.
    • 6. When the flexible squeeze tube is about 90% full, stop, NEVER OVERFILL, and replace the original caps on both the supply container and the squeeze tube. Open the flip top or loosen cap on the squeeze tube, expel any air from the tube and close the cap. This will prevent any spitting when you first open the squeeze tube at you destination due to differences in altitude. Rinse the delivery spout cap and the receiver cap, dry and return both to the kit.

To fill a flexible squeeze tube from a glass or metal container use the Catheter syringe and tubing in the kit as follows:

    • 1. Attach the tubing to the syringe and place the proper receiver cap on the flexible squeeze tube.
    • 2. Place the tubing into the supply container and draw back the plunger on the syringe until full.
    • 3. Remove the filled syringe from the tubing and place the tip of the syringe into the receiver cap.
    • 4. Fold the flexible squeeze tube in half and flatten it out to remove the air.
    • 5. Push the plunger on the syringe and release the bottom of the tube to fill the flexible squeeze tube, repeat until the tube 90% is full. NEVER OVERFILL see #6 above
    • 6. Draw back the plunger on the empty syringe and place on the tubing, push the plunger down to expel the remaining contents of the tubing into the supply container.
    • 7. Rinse the syringe and tubing, dry and return to the kit.
      To Fill Envirosprayers:
    • 1. Remove Cap.
    • 2. Fill Envirosprayer to about 85% to allow for the insertion of the siphon tube.
    • 3. Replace cap, slightly depress the sides of the Envirosprayer body before tightening the sprayer cap.
    • 4. If when you get to your destination the sides of the Envirosprayer appear to be depressed or expanded, loosen the sprayer cap slightly to equalize the pressure. This is a result of a change in altitude.
      Warning: This Kit contains small parts. Prevent choking. Keep out of the reach of small children.
TSA and International Carry on Rules

Taken from TSA Website Nov. 8, 2006

Make Your Trip Better Using 3-1-1

3-1-1 for carry-ons=3 ounce bottle or less; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3 oz. container size is a security measure.

Consolidate bottles into one bag and X-ray separately to speed screening.

Be prepared. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier checkpoint experience.

3-1-1 is for short trips. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked luggage.

Declare larger liquids. Prescription medications, baby formula and milk are allowed in quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.

Come early and be patient. Heavy travel volumes and the enhanced security process may mean longer lines at security checkpoints.

TSA working with our partners. TSA works with airlines and airports to anticipate peak traffic and be ready for the traveling public.

International Harmonization of Security Measures Underway

On November 6, the members of the European Union, as well as Norway, Switzerland, and Iceland, will begin implementation of new security rules pertaining to liquids in carry-on bags in an effort to harmonize, to the maximum extent possible, with measures enacted by the United States and Canada in September 2006.

These changes are the first in Europe since the total ban enacted after the United Kingdom foiled a liquid explosives plot on Aug. 10, 2006.

Effective November 6, travelers going to and from the U.S., Canada, the 25 member countries of the European Union, as well as Switzerland, Norway and Iceland, can now use the same one quart, clear plastic, zip-top bag to transport their travel-sized liquid, gel and aerosol items in carry-on bags through various security checkpoints here and abroad. To put this in perspective, approximately half of the world's travelers will be governed by similar security measures. This is an historic and unprecedented accomplishment.

This collaboration is a monumental development in international airline security. The clarity and consistency of security measures will help remove confusion for passengers traveling internationally while concurrently making the detection of threat items easier at the checkpoint for all security officers.

Source: British Airways PLC

Re-Introduction of Liquids for UK Departing Flights

NEW YORK, Nov. (PRIMEZONE)—British Airways welcomes today's announcement from the UK's Department for Transport adopting new security rules that permit the carrying of liquids, gels and pastes in limited quantities through airport security in cabin baggage for flights departing the UK.

The new European Union rules have been implemented for all air travelers traveling from any EU airport, including UK airports, as well as those traveling from Albania, Kosovo, Switzerland, Norway, and Iceland, regardless of their destination, from Monday, Nov. 6, 2006.

Liquids must be held in individual containers not exceeding 100 ml (approximately 3.5 fl. oz). Liquids, gels and pastes that may be carried include: shampoo, creams, hair gel, hair spray, suntan lotions, toothpaste, liquid or aerosol deodorants, perfumes, cosmetics such as mascara and lip gloss, water and other drinks, soups and syrups and other items of a similar consistency.

All liquid containers must be carried in a clear plastic, zip-top or re-sealable bag that does not exceed 20 cm×20 cm (8 inches×8 inches) or one-quart capacity. Each passenger will be permitted to carry one of these re-sealable bags. Items must fit in the bag comfortably and the bag must be completely closed. At the airport security search, the plastic bag must be removed from the cabin bag and x-ray screened separately. Cigarette lighters must not be carried through security.

Robin Hayes, Executive Vice President the Americas, said, “We welcome the introduction of the new regulations allowing the carriage of liquids as it brings the UK in line with the rest of the EU. We continue to urge passengers to pay close attention to the new regulations so that they can be fully prepared before they reach the airport.”

As a reminder, passengers traveling on a flight FROM the UK may take one industry-sized cabin bag no bigger than 56 cm×45 cm×16 cm (22 in×17.5 in×9.85 in).

The following nations are implementing new security measures as part of the international harmonization of security:

Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Canada
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Lithuania
Latvia
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom

Preferably, the above instructions 920 and information (indicia) may be printed or supplied on disc 930, or both. Upon reading this specification, those with ordinary skill in the art will now appreciate that, under appropriate circumstances, considering such issues as cost, structural requirements, available materials, updated rules, etc., other instructions may suffice.

FIG. 39 shows an illustrated diagram of a preferred method 1000 of providing a storage travel Kit 900 described herein (and as shown in FIG. 37) according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, in order to provide a carry-on package 911 that is fully compliant with current security measures for travel, particularly air travel, the present invention provides for method 1000 wherein airport security recommendations 1020 are assessed (step 1002) relating to at least one specified territory 1030, such as a state 1040, country 1050 or group of countries 1060, as shown. Preferably, such security recommendations are assessed by kit designer 1070 who designs (step 1004) at least one kit product 1080 (currently “tool” kit 900) usable to assist air travelers 1100 to comply with such airport security recommendations 1020, as shown.

Preferably, designed kit product 1080 is assembled along with instructions and other items as described for Kit 900, as shown. Preferably, the designed kit product 1080 is then marketed (step 1090) to potential air travelers 1100, as shown. It is most preferred that the kit product is structured and arranged to provide substantially all objects needed to assist air travelers with compliance with the security measures in at least one specified territory, as shown. Preferably, an air traveler may then personalize the kit 1010 by placing the air traveler's personal flowable substances into the kit component squeeze tubes and take the now personalized carry-on package 911 (See FIG. 38) through airport security screening 1120 and onto at least one airplane 1130, as shown.

FIG. 40 shows an illustrated diagram of a preferred method 1200 of providing an up-to-date-with-regulations carry-on package 1110 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, in order to maintain a storage travel kit 1220 that will assist travelers to provide a carry-on (particularly for flowable substances) that is fully compliant with then current security measures for travel, the present invention comprises a preferred method of providing an up-to-date-with-regulations storage travel kit 1220, as shown. Preferably, as described in FIG. 39, storage travel kit 1080 is provided based on a first security recommendation 1020 from a first time period 1240, for a first territory 1030, as shown. Preferably, at least one second time period 1270 at least one reassessing step 1280 takes place using the most current airport security recommendations 1260 relating to at least one specified territory 1250, as shown and/or previously described. Preferably, if the security recommendations 1260 have changed between the first time period 1240 and the second time period 1270 at least one redesigning step 1290 of the storage travel kit 1010 is performed by at least one kit designer 1030 and the storage travel kit 1010 is re-designed to an up-to-date storage travel kit 1220, as shown. Preferably, the now up-to-date regulation storage travel kit 1220 is marketed in step 1300 to potential air travelers 1100, as shown. Most preferably, the up-to-date regulation storage travel Kit 1220 is then taken by air traveler 1100 and is personalized by placing the air traveler's personal flowable substances into the kit component squeeze tubes and the now personalized carry-on package 1110 (See FIG. 38), after having followed the updated kit instructions, through airport security screening 1120 and onto at least one airplane 1130. Preferably, the up-to-date storage travel kit 1220 is structured and arranged to provide substantially all objects needed to assist air travelers with the most currently-compliant carry-on package 1110 of the security recommendations 1230 for at least one specified territory 1030. Preferably, the above described re-design is continually updated at other appropriate times 1340, such as, for example, during or after new regulatory announcements of new security recommendations 1350, as shown.

Although applicant has described applicant's preferred embodiments of this invention, it will be understood that the broadest scope of this invention includes such modifications as diverse shapes and sizes and materials. Such scope is limited only by the below claims as read in connection with the above specification. Further, many other advantages of applicant's invention will be apparent to those skilled in the art from the above descriptions and the below claims.

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U.S. Classification141/2, 206/581, 141/114, 141/351, 141/382
International ClassificationB65B3/04
Cooperative ClassificationA45D34/00, A45F5/00, A45C2003/008, A45C13/42, A45C11/00, A45C3/00, A45D40/24, A45D2200/25
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