Tag Archives: travel

Outsmarting Jet Lag

The first time I flew to a time zone three hours ahead of my own, I missed a large part of an important meeting the following morning. That’s because my body had refused to heed the clanging alarm at what … Continue reading

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Light Up Your Travel Nights

If hotel-room lights tend to blind you during any nocturnal wanderings you may make, and you plan to spend several days in one location, you might consider taking along a compact plug-in nightlight. One such option is GE’s electroluminescent version. … Continue reading

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Roadworthy Illumination

While traveling in places where light is inadequate, it’s difficult trying to read printed books, maps, and brochures. Years ago I solved the problem with a lightweight folding book light from Lumatec that also happens to double as a flashlight. … Continue reading

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One Small Tube, Many Travel Uses

The trick to packing light is squeezing as many uses out of one item as humanly possible. That’s why I always take a small tube of petroleum jelly in my carryon. Just like hand-sanitizer, this inexpensive product has dozens of … Continue reading

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5 Advantages to Packing Your Own Hangers

Although most experts say that wire hangers don’t do your clothing any favors, whenever I travel, I always pack two of the flimsiest wire hangers available. Sometimes I even use them for hanging clothes. Here are five situations where bringing … Continue reading

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Reduce Wrinkles by Bundling

An excellent method of packing clothes in a carryon suitcase is the bundle method. Here’s how to do it: Select a suitcase that opens to a box-like section. 1. Lay your longest clothing item across the opening, with both ends … Continue reading

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The Power of Premoistened

Prepackaged moist wipes, pads, and towelettes allow you to get through security with fewer items stuffed into your quart-size liquids bag. Their purpose is generally for cleansing, but sometimes they also include medicinal products. At home you might be frugal … Continue reading

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Fighting Germs on Your Journeys

While you can’t always count on skies being friendly these days, you can count on them being germy. According to Charles Gerba, professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, the three most bacteria-laden spots on airplanes are toilets, tray … Continue reading

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Save Room—Wear Your Pillow

In my opinion, one’s pillow can make or break a good night’s sleep. I prefer a fairly flat pillow, filled with genuine down, that I can fluff exactly the way I want my head and neck to be supported. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Packin’ Poodles

My cousin Joyce is a dedicated “doggy mom” to two adorable poodles, Tuffy and Looney. As a great mother—and daughter—to humans too, she often travels by air to visit family. Naturally the dogs come along. Joyce has trip-preparation with her … Continue reading

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