1. How To Say Goodbye To Currency Exchanges
International travel: Rather than exchange dollars for the local currency at the Exchange booths, I prefer to use the ATM in the country where I am visiting. The bank card of choice for me is a debit card because there is no charge from my home bank as opposed to a credit card withdrawal. The banks are good at negotiating a good rate because they have so much volume and I have an immediate transaction record.
Verna Duchesneau, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
2. An Unusual Way To Recycle Hotel Shower Caps
I’ve been living and traveling overseas for over 30 years and I always bring back those shower caps the hotels give to you. I use hem in place of plastic wrap for covering bowls or dishes of food once I’m home. Much better than fighting with Saran Wrap!
Elaine Kokoska, West Redding, Conn.
3. An Unusual Way To Recycle Dry Cleaner Bags
I save the dry cleaner’s sweater bags and pack my clothes in them. One for underwear, night clothes, one for tee shirts, socks, one for blouses, etc. Things stay neatly organized – even after rummaging through the suitcase for a needed item. Once our bags were left on the tarmac in Madrid during a rainstorm – everything in my suitcase was dry, and my husband, who had not put his things into plastic bags in his suitcase, had soggy clothes for days after.
4. How To Avoid Motion Sickness Using Duct Tape And A Macadamia Nut
I always carry a small roll of duct tape with me whenever I travel. I usually use an empty scotch tape spool to hand roll a few yards of 1 in wide tape and throw it in my carry-on. During a particularly choppy cruise in the Med several years ago, the ship’s store ran out of Sea Bands, those elastic wrist bands for seasickness that place a little pressure over the P6 pressure point on the wrist. (3 finger breadths above the wrist break line between the two tendons).
I created a few dozen seabands of my own using strips of duct tape to fit around each wrist and a half of a macadamia nut (I split them myself) pasted to the sticky side of the duct tape. I had many grateful passengers whose symptoms of nausea and vomiting improved significantly ! This accupressure point has now also been shown to be helpful for patients with nausea of pregnancy.
Ed Jacobs, MD (Board-Certified OB-GYN)
5. How To Avoid The Need To Do Laundry While Traveling
I always pickup very inexpensive undies at wallmart……..throw them away each day and don’t waste time doing laundry in hotel rooms.
I learned this from a travel catalogue advertising paper throw away undies and they were a lot more expensive!