Friday, June 28, 2013

Identity Travel Tip

Do you use your email account when traveling? Have you ever set up an email account just to use when traveling?

It might be a good idea to create an email account to use only when traveling. This is especially good if you are accessing wifi in an unsecured network.

Something like That way if someone would access that account, it doesn't contain any personal data, any work or financial data or emails, or anything you don't want to lose. Be sure to set a password entirely different from those you may already use. And, give that email address to those you want to communicate with while traveling.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

More Travel Essentials

Another item that makes it into my carry on bag or purse is disinfecting wipes. Many places carry them in packs of one or two. They are flat and fit easily into my bag.

Their uses appear to be endless. Use them for wiping off phones or remotes in a hotel room, dusty shoes after a walk, sandy seashells, and questionable door handles. They come in handy in rest rooms with no paper towels or with dirty surfaces. Wipe up spills before they set. Of course...use them to clean your hands!

There are so many other uses and I've used them in many places. What about you?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Travel Essentials

What are some of your travel essentials? There are several I always take on a trip.

My shawl is one of the first things I pack in my carry on or my purse. It's made of a thin wool, polyester blend so it rolls up nicely and fits in a small space. I have used it to keep warm on a plane, to dress up a simple outfit for dinner, as a skirt to enter a church in Italy, as  pillow, as a backrest, and to wrap my camera in. Plus, I'm sure I've used it for more than that...

I'll let you in on a few other secrets next time...

Monday, June 17, 2013

Travel With Food

When packing food for a road trip, use small frozen gel packs in your coolers. These can fit between layers of food, keeping both sides cold. Keep in mind they won't last for long periods of time, though. For short trips, trips to the beach, etc. they work great. Check out ones that are made for diaper bags. They tend to be more streamlined and don't take up as much room.

Some foods that travel well include: veggies like carrots or celery, cheese cubes, apples, bananas, nuts, cookies, granola, and dried fruit. I'm sure you have your favorites. Travel healthy!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Different Cultures and Traveling

It's always a good idea to read about the culture of a country or city before you visit. Check out everything from what to wear suggestions to whether tipping is expected or included in your bill.

Learn about the language, history, and common courtesies. It will make your trip more enjoyable and you will bring home great memories.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Travel Tip for Countries to Visit

The State Department issues travel warnings about countries when there are long term issues or periods of unrest that make a country dangerous or unstable. If you have any questions or thoughts about the country you want to visit, check out for the current listings.

The site also has great information on living abroad, traveling abroad, emergency situations, and so much more.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Travel Tips for Important Numbers

Do you make a list of phone numbers associated with the credit cards you take on vacation? It would be a good idea. If they are lost, misplaced, or can call the credit card company.

Do you make a copy of your passport? Again, it would be a good idea to have that with you.

Just one thing...don't keep the lists in your wallet or in the same place your credit cards are! Keep them in a safe place.

Do you have the phone numbers for your airline, your rental car company, and your hotel? Are they stored in your phone and easily accessible? You may need them if your travel plans change or you get delayed.

Storing them in your phone is great...unless you don't plan on using your phone in Europe or where ever you are. You might want to think about keeping those numbers in more than one handy spot.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Travel Tip for Credit Cards

I may have I mentioned this before...

Plan which credit cards you will take with you on your trip. Then, call those companies to let them know you will be using their cards where ever your destination is.

You can go one step further and ask them to put a dollar limit on the card. This works by the transaction and they will notify you immediately if a transaction on that card is in the process of exceeding that limit.

If you are taking your debit card, call your bank to notify them as well. If you use ATMs, pay attention to where they are located and who is around. It's common sense...but sometimes we get in a hurry.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

San Francisco

Buckets of flowers at the Alemany Market

Foggy day in the city looking at Alcatraz

More fog crossing the Golden Gate

Hard to believe this temp in the city...especially when we came home to 108!

Late lunch was awesome at Bin 38

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Travel Tip for Immunizations

Do you need any special immunizations for the country where you will be traveling? Not sure? It's a good idea to check out for latest on what shots or immunizations are needed by country.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Travel Tip for Hikers

Have you ever heard of this tip? Since the outside material of your hiking socks can be softer and smoother than the inside...wear them inside out. Supposedly, this prevents blisters.

Has anyone done this and does it work?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Carry On Travel Tip

If you are a mom traveling with kids, you probably have an oversized travel purse with a gazillion compartments.

If you are traveling without kids, you may still have a travel purse with a gazillion compartments.

How do you keep track of what you put in each compartment? How do you know where your passport and your boarding pass are? Need some aspirin or some lip gloss? Which zippered slot is it in?

Any idea where you put your snacks? You could search for days and still not find what you were looking for...right?

For starters, always keep your passport in the same spot. Same goes for your boarding pass. If it's always in a certain spot, it will be easy to grab when you need it. Think about a bright pink folder or wallet that holds both. You'll spot it easily, you can grab it easily, and it won't get lost in the bottom of your bag.

Put things like lip gloss, hand wipes,and  tissues in one spot. Use another compartment for snacks and aspirin.

Organize it so it makes sense to you. Then, do it the same way each time. Get a system and stick to it. It makes your carry on bag so much more efficient.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Plan for Your Trip

Planning is always a good thing when traveling. While it's fun to be spontaneous, sometimes a little extra planning can make a trip go smoother. This is especially true if traveling with kids.

Make a list and check it twice. Kids need different things than adults. And, they need different things in airports, on planes, waiting in line, in restaurants, going through get the idea.

If you are waiting in a connecting airport, check out that airport on line to see what restaurants or activities are available for kids. Older kids may enjoy the museum at the airport while younger ones may be entertained by the aquarium.

Travel as light as you can. This is where your list comes in handy. Try to pack a day or so before you leave. Forget something? No worries...there are stores where you are going. If you are staying with or visiting relatives, ask if they can pick up simple supplies you use. No sense packing a week's worth of diapers if you don't have to.