Saturday, May 31, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Let’s get our quart sized zip top bags ready and pack for that flight!
A note on air travel… If you have not traveled our friendly skies in awhile you may want to check out the newest guidelines for what you can/cannot take aboard. Make sure to keep this list handy for packing AND for souvenir buying. In case you were curious, snow globes are a no go for your carry-on. http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm
Many of you are familiar with the spare suit case trick. You take along an empty bag inside of a full bag so that when you are shopping on a trip you already have luggage in which to stow the loot for you return trip. I have mixed feelings about this process, but thought I would put it out there. I say, just pack some spare travel space bags and shrink you clothes down to size for the return. There is no extra luggage. This saves you money and space.
The essential carry-on and what it should contain (prescriptions and OTC medications, cosmetics, a hair tie, a toothbrush/toothpaste duo, your cell phone, a change of underwear, a spare tee, a spare pair of pants/skirt (from the girl who has flown cross county wearing an OJ soaked pair of cargos- yes this is a good idea), I also take spare socks, snacks (for when you are stuck on the runway), and entertainment (a book, magazine, deck of cards). Just in case your luggage doesn't make it when you do, you'll have your important items with you. Wearing a light sweater aboard is also a advantageous idea. (Of course if you are a handsome saxophone player just put the necessities in the horn case and pray your suitcase makes it to your final destination when you do.)
One more note... Tag Tag Tag you luggage with something obvious for baggage claim. Lime green luggage tags, the yarn atop the handle, whatever it takes to make your bag stand out and easily recognized. (I even saw animal shaped tags at Target this week. Sure they are meant for the kiddos, but why should they have all the fun?) One final note: ALWAYS check the tag before leaving the baggage claim area (or security checkpoint) to ensure that someone else wasn't like-minded in their choice of luggage and tag.
Be aware that most airlines are starting to charge for extra bags and may have weight limits or additional charges for all baggage.It's time to take 15 minutes and... peruse the above website.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
I’ve decided to deem May as “Travel Month”
Keep in mind that I am only thinking of domestic travel with this list. When going abroad there are so many things to contend with, contacting you friendly local travel agent is wise.
As promised, the aforementioned packing list TA DA
One Plastic Laundry Bag per person. Put a dryer sheet in each bag. You’ll thank me at the end of the week when your dirty laundry is following you around. (If you have little ones, remember the bags for diaper disposal, as well.)
Add a separate bag for wet stuff (swim wear or otherwise).
Diapers AND WIPES/Underwear/Pull Ups
Dresses and SLIPS
Swim Wear (and swim diapers)
Shoes/Sandals/Sneakers/Dress Shoes/Flip Flops/Water Socks.
Hair dryer, if not provided
Hair product – spray, gel, pomade
Hair clips and ties
Razor, Shaving Gel, After Shave
Cosmetics Bag – Don’t forget the moisturizer!
Lip Balm SPF
Sunscreen AND after sun lotion
Contacts, Solution, Case, Drops
OTC and Prescription Medications
Special blanket/Pillow, and for the kiddos stuffed animals/lovies
Snacks and drinks (and napkins)
Camera and spare batteries
Rain gear – Umbrella/poncho/hat/coat
Zip top bags
Flashlight and spare batteries
Cell phone – cord and charger
Travel Alarm (if not integrated into your phone)
Palm, Ipod, etc – charger
Laptop – cord and accessories
Stamps for mailing postcards “Wish you were here!”
Sporting Equipment/Musical Equipment/IT Equipment
Notebook and pen
ID and Insurance information
MAPS for en route
MAPS of your destination
Airline tickets or e-tickets
CONTACT INFO for your destinations (lodging) and family members. (Yes, I pack my address book)
This moves us along to ITINERARIES- two copies. Make sure to take one copy with (on your person/in your carryon) and leave a copy behind with a trusted family member or friend. This is especially important when flying. Include phone numbers of your destinations and your flight numbers on the itineraries. Make sure your confirmation numbers are recorded here. ALSO include the hours of operation and phone numbers for attractions.
Obviously we are talking about domestic summer travel. If you need to forgo the swim wear and pack the parka, then by all means make this list your own.
Take 15 minutes and customize this list! Then make sure Fluffy and Fido have their summer reservations. If pets are traveling with you, pack their items as well (kennel, leash, water and food dishes, bottled water and food, litter box, special bed/blanket/towel).
In case ya didn't notice EL, You're on your own with that whole weird "camping" thing.Tell me fellow travelers, did I omit anything essential?
Traveling with children.
The pre vacay clean up.