With the sunshine season in full swing, today begins a series of summer-themed topics to help you enjoy these lazy, hazy days in the most wonderful ways.
First Stop: Summer Vacation!
Whether you’re going on a short jaunt or a long trip, here are some tips to simplify the travel process and maximize the fun:
- Keep a packing list and write things down immediately when you think of them.
- Limit your luggage to what you can wheel or wear.
- Pack coordinating clothing items that can be interchanged—and layered.
- Don’t pack more than one dressy outfit; clothes that require ironing; or anything you haven’t worn before.
- Do pack extra underwear.
- Zip-lock bag it! If something can leak, it probably will. And an entire kid’s outfit can fit in one bag…and then be used for dirties.
- Stuff socks inside shoes.
- Don’t forget chargers. And be sure to check each outlet at the end of every trip.
- Always pack a first aid kit.
- If you’re staying with someone, bring a small gift for your host.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
- Keep what’s needed within reach. In a car, this includes cleaning supplies and emergency items. Baggies also come in handy to corral your necessities such as gum, tissues, iPod, and anti-bacterial wipes.
- For any long trip, bring your own blanket and/or pillow.
- Layer your outfit for changing temps.
- Pack an activity bag for kids (and yourself) with new surprises and reliable favorites.
- Always bring snacks!
*Put your credit card on travel alert before you go.*
- Don’t carry your wallet in your back pocket or your purse on your shoulder.
- Never leave your valuables in your vehicle.
- Closely inspect all final bills—and don’t be afraid to question extra charges.
Make it Memorable
- Ask locals for suggestions on restaurants, directions and activities.
- Keep a journal. You’ll be amazed at how much you would’ve forgotten if you didn’t write it down.
- Take tons pictures and videos, but don’t forget to enjoy the moment while you’re capturing it.
- Spring for that silly souvenir! It will surely inspire a smile in years to come.