.I’m traveling to NY in the near future, which got me to thinking…
Travel Tips Post!
I’m going to send my luggage ahead by Fed Ex. Now that airlines are charging a fee per bag, why not spend just a little extra and eliminate the hassle of check-in, the extra time in security lines (which for me equates to running through the airport after my husband, still trying to get my belt through the loops) as well as an often interminable wait at the other end for your bags to hopefully come hurtling down the carousel shoot. Recently, my older son’s bags never did show up. He’d packed electrical equipment, including new speakers and presents (not the kinds of thing you can take in carry on) and the bags were stolen. The airline reimbursed us $0 -as in ZERO, as they do not cover electrical or photographic equipment. They didn’t even reimburse for the cost of the luggage because we couldn’t produce luggage receipts. Extremely irritating. Anyway, this way my bags will hopefully be ready and waiting for me at the hotel, my husband will be happier and I will arrive calm, cool and collected (perhaps just one belt loop missed)
1) When we traveled in Bhutan with a couple of very well dressed friends, I marveled at how crisp and immaculate their collared shirts looked-even after hiking and scaling up the sides of the Bhutanese mountains (and yes, you heard me, my friends wear collared shirts while hiking-they also always stand whenever ladies are leaving or arriving at the table) I thought they must have secreted away an amazing laundress at the rustic countryside hotel we were staying in until they let me in on the secret; Brooks Brother’s Non- Iron Shirts. They call them Miracle Shirts, and I can see why.
Fantastic for travel, kids in college, or just anyone that doesn’t really love ironing…and I know there’s a few of you out there. They come in both Men’s and Women’s styles.
2) While we are on the subject of fashionable male travelers, how great are these Pumas?! From the URBAN MOBILITY LINE, the Urban Flyer Fold makes slipping shoes on and off through airport security a breeze. The back heel part just flips up and down.
“This is a brand new shoe from PUMA’s Urban Mobility Collection and won’t be available until late of February. The shoe will be available on shop.puma.com. at select retailers including Atrium (NYC), American Rag (CA), Gimme Shoes (SF), Kitson (CA), Shoe Mania (NYC), and Madison (LA) and other select online retailers” (from the Puma website)
3) I’m still using the first permutation of The Kindle from Amazon (not cheating on you Jeff…yet) but I was with a friend the other day who had the new “Nook” from Barnes & Noble and I must admit, I experienced a little electronic-reader envy. Just a tad. That coloured screen at the bottom, and the bright white of the pages caught my fancy as much as I tried to resist.
But if I got one, I wouldn’t want to part with my original Kindle as it has so many books on it, so then I’d have to carry both, plus my laptop and my iphone (and my Blackberry for out of the country) plus 17 magazines and one real book just for security and old time’s sake.
Hmmm…you see my dilemma…and the need to send baggage ahead.
and why my husband doesn’t want to be in line with me.
( The Nook $259. Available at Amazon. KIDDING!)
And BTW, have we figured out what the iPad actually does that our laptops and iphones don’t and if we really need to get one?
4) Are you like me and constantly leaving your adapters, chargers and battery packs plugged into the walls of your hotel room after check out? If so, these nifty little USB ports might be the perfect solution for us! How can we miss these bright colours sitting right on the desk as opposed to the black or white of chargers in the wall outlet? They might not be the chicest knife in the drawer, but a great idea just the same-and only about $8. Think of all the money we’ll save on replacing electronic accessories, not to mention what a great chew toy they make if you have a baby sitting next to you on the plane :-) (Colorful Flexible USB 2.0 Hub 4 Ports $7.89 Amazon)
5) What, besides electronics, books and magazines and any medications you can’t live without, makes you absolutely panic if you’ve forgotten once you get settled into your seat (that naturally is not the one you booked online)?? For me it’s warm socks.
O. M. G. The very moment the realization sets in I’ve forgotten my fuzzy socks I go borderline frost-bite. Honestly, I don’t care if my feet look like golf club covers once I’m settled in to my little Pod of Peace (God willing) for the next 5 1/2 hours (unless of course Sawyer is sitting next to me) I just cannot bare my feet being cold.
They’re chilling up now just thinking about it.
Other necessities? Mints, travel bottle of perfume or perfumed sachets (I once sat in the midst of a soccer team on a European flight…apparently right OFF the field and onto the plane. I’ve never quite recovered) 6) Bliss Problem Salved 20-in-1 Wonder Balm, 7) Baume de Rose Lip Balm from By Terry, notepad and pen, camera, 8) Bose Quiet Comfort head phones, 9) Bananagrams, my own tea bags, a big warm scarf, layered clothing, whenever possible my own pillow, moisturizer, incense, travel candles, extra socks in every bag.
10) I now keep a “Travel Drawer” at home, where along with my bag of various adapters and extra camera batteries etc., I store my small travel pillow, things that might be fun for upcoming trips, and all sachet and small bottled free samples of moisturizers, perfumes, hand and eye-cremes, shampoos etc. I get when purchasing cosmetics. Sometimes, if it’s just a short trip, I can get away with a toiletry bag just filled with samples, eye-make up remover, cotton pads and nothing else. It’s great. I always check out the “travel size” section in good pharmacies when I travel too-you never know what new thing you simply can’t live without.
Lastly, a couple of “On the Plane” things we need to discuss;
-Establish your elbow room early. It appears to be on a ‘I Was Here First’ basis. GET THERE FIRST. If you have to go to the bathroom, put something on the armrest to mark it as yours, not unlike a theatre seat. (you’re never going to see this person again-although as Murphy’s Law goes, he’s probably the same person who saw you singing and dancing in your car on the highway last week)
-Try to avoid having ice in your drinks if at all possible. I know this is difficult if you’re American, but if you can secure bottles of water rather than cups from the flight attendant you are one step ahead of the game. If they refuse, drink cold white wine (note: IF forced to do this, maintaining control of the armrest skills might diminish)
-Start a little garbage bag at your seat and make it obvious to the person beside you you expect Martha Stewart-esque standards in your shared zone through-out the flight. You might even want to decorate by displaying magazines prominently out of the seat pocket in front of you. Little curtains of perfumed sachet sheets on either side of the magazine can be fun too.
- and to end on an indelicate but vitally important note: ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS make sure the toilet seat cover is down before you flush in those tiny bathrooms. I once read that 100 billion zillion infinity germs spray up into the room (and on you) with the extreme pressure of plane loos.
Please feel free to share any travel tips you may have- I’d love to hear them.
et Bon Voyage!!