Travel Tips

Image result for SuitcaseI started this page to refer to mostly for packing as I can be a pack rat if I don’t start packing early then go back through it a time or 2 as the trip gets closer (plus I or the weather may change my mind on what I want to wear)

I do know It’s best to take 3 shirts for every pair of pants you have (if you are going to be somewhere, for a week take 2 pairs of jeans of 2 different styles like a boot cut and regular pair.) If you are going out take along a dressy pair of jeans or a skirt that will work with one of the other shirts you packed. Be sure You have a couple of T shirts, a button down or 2 for more dressy casual times (like a dinner out) wear your sneakers or boots and pack your shoes.(unless you have something you can wear with all your outfits. Then just pack slippers.

When it comes to footwear I prefer to just take what I wear on my feet, something that will go with everything.  When I would go upstate to hockey games that’s all I would wear is my sneakers or the boots I’d wear on the bus up, unless there was a booster club dinner for the team then I’d bring my shoes (or a pair of nice dress boots that work with the outfit.)  Usually I just wear my socks around the hotel room or at someone’s house so I usually don’t pack ‘slippers’ (or  flip flops if its the summer).

I also take some things with me to entertain myself like a book/magazine to read on the bus (or other form of transport) or in the room, some of my writing (my little journal with poems to work on or my binder with the stories I’m writing.) Also my portable DVD player so I could watch a movie or any new one I purchased. Now that I have a Kindle fire, I can just take that with me (for the books & video) but if there’s no Wifi then aside from reading it’s useless for most of the games, and other apps as well as watching a movie (unless its one of the on deck videos)

Even though I don’t wear make-up daily, I take some with me just in case, I do go out, or am just in the mood. Usually it’s just a foundation & powder plus some eye shadow and a lipstick or gloss.  Then there’s the toiletries (and man have they gotten expensive! Some are just as much as a regular size bottle!) I prefer to use lush products (especially for those of you that fly, using Lush’s Godiva shampoo/conditioner  bar (and man I love the smell) as well as their hand lotion bar is convenient or even better. They also sell ‘Fun’ which is Shampoo, Soap and bubble bath all in one (You can also use it as modeling clay… great for both adults and kids. Sit back relax in your bubble bath after a hard day and play with ‘clay’

Time for your vacation?  Here’s all sorts of Travel Ideas (from Trying to do an A-Z) I’ve come across to help you with Booking, where to go, packing, entertainment and more

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For Emergencies

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First Aid Kit

Sea/Motion sickness pills

Insect repellant

some medical masks.

Sunscreen & After Sun

First Aid Ointment

Hydrocortisone cream  & (anti-)Itch cream

Vitamin C


Sore Throat Lozenges

Vicks inhaler or rub

Ibuprofen and Tylenol

anti-diarrheal, & heart burn medicine

Band-aid, Wrapping Bandages (for sprains and twists)

Tweezers, small scissors


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SAVE Money

  1. Order tickets  for a Tuesday or Wednesday early morning or overnight flight 4-10 weeks in advance
  2. be flexible for travel dates and in off season
  3. Pre-book Parking OR see if a friend or family member can drop you off (and when you get home pick you up, or at least leave the car there to pick up)
  4. Cheapflights and app Skyscanner canfind cheapest prices
  5. Avoid rising prices  due to cookies telling airline you are interested. Use incognito window to search/purchase tickets.
  6. Use Travelocity     or trivago

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Getting There

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 Unique Ways to Travel

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How to travel to Iceland

Getting Through Security faster


  1. Know the rules for the country you are leaving from.
  2. Be sure your phone and laptop are charged and be prepared to take them out of your bag or pocket.
  3. Dress appropriately without metal embellishments (NO belt buckles, jewelry, trim, etc) and
  4. Secure all liquids and gels in a clear plastic bag no larger than one-quart.
  5. Dump out your water before entering the security line. (We bring our empty bottle through and fill it on the other side of security.)
  6. Wear quick to remove shoes, and wear socks if you don’t want to walk on the generally filthy floor whilst barefoot.
  7. Wear a light-weight jacket with velcro or zipper pockets. Transfer everything from your pants and shirt pockets, including RF shields, into the jacket, before reaching security.


  1. You will probably get through faster if you lineup behind a no-nonsense business person than if you are behind a family.
  2. Be sure to Have your passport and boarding pass in hand.
  3. Once at the front of the line, Don’t make jokes, or draw unnecessary attention to yourself.
  4. you will place your jacket with the pockets zipped, your shoes, belt, plastic bag of liquids, computer, phone, and backpack in the plastic security bin and everything should go smoothly.
  5. sign up for TSA PreCheck,  If flying out of the USA frequently, this will speed up your process.



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Cut down on some of your packing using your smartphone! (or a tablet* in some cases)

  • Alarm Clock*
  • Emergency contact list
  • Itinerary
  • Image copies of  Passports, IDs, insurance cards, Tickets, and immunization records*
  • Storage for copies of all bookings and reservations*
  • Games & entertainment*
  • GPS / Travel maps
  •  APPs  for travel (help with planning) and Languages*

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be sure to bring a couple of items that suit the environment you will be in. If you will be hiking or camping. You need rugged ‘heavy duty’ shorts and sneakers/boots.  Be sure you have insect repellent. (Those mosquitoes like neutral colors and are attracted most to you after you eat a banana!)


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When You get there

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