One of the biggest frustrations when traveling is staying organized in your hotel room. An over-the-door shoe organizer is one of the most helpful items you can pack.
After you check-in, hang this on the bathroom door and fill it with all of your toiletries or other items – yes, even shoes. The clear plastic variety is the best, so you can see the contents – and so can everyone else in your traveling party.
It works great for toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair brushes/combs, hairspray, aspirin, rain ponchos, etc. Everything is at your fingertips!
I don’t know if it’s the maid setting the room’s alarm clock as a prank, or the occupants prior to my stay. In any case, too many times I have been abruptly awakened to a blaring alarm or loud music booming at my head from the nightstand.
Not the best way to start off a relaxing vacation.
Therefore, it’s become my custom to check — and turn off! — the room-provided alarm clock when I first arrive so there will not be any surprises at dawn. Or worse: at pre-dawn.
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When traveling, always get an extra ATM card.
A spare card can save the day if the ATM machine eats your card unexpectedly, or if you lose you card along the way.
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Packing liquids in Ziploc bags doesn’t always cut it. It might protect everything else you packed from getting soaked if your shampoo leaks, but it won’t fix another problem: you need whatever might spill.
To stop leakiness in the first place, rip off small pieces from plastic shopping bags (the thinner supermarket kind work better than those from the mall) and stick them on top of each bottle before screwing the cap back on.
Your clothes and your liquid necessities are safe!
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Traveling with your beloved pooch often takes the same careful planning as hitting the road with young children. Utilize these tips to ensure a smooth ride:
- Give your pup a thorough brushing before loading him into the car, greatly reducing the amount of flying fur.
- Pack travel necessities for your road trip like water and a bowl, treats, paper towels, and cleanup bags.
- Unless your dog requires specialty food, don’t try to squeeze a bag of food into your already packed car: stop and purchase a bag once you arrive.
- Identify places to stop prior to leaving to assure your doggie can relieve himself and strech every few hours.
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