June’s 5 Must Know Travel Tips
1. How To Release A Stuck Zipper On The Road
I’m enjoying the travel tips … and have a recommended addition to # 26 re: the “stuck zipper”. While lip balm or candle wax aren’t always available to free up a stuck zipper, soap always is! And it’s free. And it washes away easily when necessary. I’ve used it for decades and it ALWAYS works. It is also useful when the slide-away handles of rolling luggage get stuck … just rub the rails of the slider with any bar soap and voila … as good as new!
Barton Hodes, Tucson, Arizona
2. Ladies, How To Pack Light
PACK LIGHT, WOMEN, REGARDLESS OF LENGTH OF STAY:
Avoid waiting at the airport or worse yet, experiencing lost luggage. For a spring, winter, or fall trip to England: Travel with just a carry-on and a smaller purse/bag. In two-gallon Ziplock bags, pack 3 short-sleeve knit shirts, 2 long-sleeve knit shirts, 1 sweater, and two pr. of black wrinkle-free dress pants. (two shirts or pants per bag. Makes for easy retrieval of your clothes, especially if you have to dump everything out at the airport, and keeps clothes from getting wrinkled.)
Also pack two Cudl-Duds t-shirts and two Cudl-Duds long johns. Works for pjs and layering if the weather is cold. On the plane, wear black wrinkle-free dress pants, long-sleeve knit shirt, polar fleece zip jacket and rain-repellent lined jacket with hood. Wrinkle-free black pants and black shoes always looks semi-dressy. Take Tide packets and a clothesline.
Whether you’re going to be gone for 7 days or 17 days, these clothes, along with a few undies and sox, will be plenty for the entire trip, since you can do mini-laundry every few days. Of course you’ll take the toiletries that fit into a quart ziplock, copies of your documents, and your camera.
3. How To Avoid Holding People Up On Metro Systems
DON’T HOLD UP THE QUEUE:
For quick passage through Tube Turnstiles, keep your Visitor Travelcard or Oyster card in your inside left breast pocket of your jacket (if right-handed) and right inside breast pocket (if left handed). If you don’t have an inside pocket, sew one in by hand. It’s very handy for quick retrieval and safe-keeping of your travelcard.
4. How To Avoid Jet Lag
ANOTHER JET-LAG AVOIDANCE TIP:
Don’t change your watch until you get to your destination. That way, you’ll avoid the extra meals they try to give you on the plane. When you look at your watch and it’s only 2 A.M., refuse the breakfast they want to give you, although you should drink a lot of water in flight. Make your first meal of the day the one that coincides with a meal at your point of departure. The worst thing is to arrive at your destination full and miserable because you’ve eaten meals that would have been, back home, the middle of the night! And plan to go to bed early that first night.
5. How To Safely Store Your Emergency Cash And Credit Cards
Hi, love all the tips but I add this to protecting travel documents (copies), the extra credit card and cash I have no intention of needing or using. I place it all in an envelope and duct tape it to the underside of the liner. This way it cannot be found or accidentally misplaced during security searches. Thanks, Katy
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