Following are a few of the latest products to hit the market to help you make the most of your travel experiences. To read Part 1 click here.
For Ladies Only
Whether at home or travelling for business or pleasure, a visit from “Aunt Flo” can put a little cramp (no pun intended) into your routine. And, easy and discreet access to your supplies can sometimes be challenging.
A great option for us girls is the Tbox. Made of durable plastic and about the size of a small clutch purse, the Tbox holds up to 8 tampons and comes with suction cups that you can stick to the side of toilets or inside gym or school lockers. Or, remove them to carry the Tbox in your purse or travel bag. These cute and convenient containers are available great for tweens, teens and mature women, and come in white as well as several fun girlie designs (the leopard print one is a hoot!). I have to say that using it really lightens the mood of having to entertain “the monthly visitor.”
A Few Last Travel Tips
Now that you’ve chosen your destination, booked the flight, packed your bags (and your cool new travel necessities!) and are ready to go, there are a few tips and tricks that can help your travel move along a bit more smoothly.
- Make the most out of packing. Instead of trying to fit everything you need into your suitcase, wear your bulkiest/heaviest clothing. Not only will you save space, but big sweaters and coats make great pillows and blankets when on the road.
- Instead of throwing out those plastic bags used to deliver your newspaper, slip your shoes into them before placing them in your bags. They are lightweight, disposable, and will keep your clothes from getting dirty.
- If traveling by plane, be sure to keep a full change or clothes (including undergarments), medicines, emergency information and hygiene products (toothbrush, toothpaste, hand lotion, feminine hygiene products) in your carryon bag. It is no fun to have everything in your checked suitcase, only to learn that it was delayed or lost and you have to do without for several hours or a few days.
- When traveling overseas with family or friends, exchange copies of your important information i.e. your passport, medical cards, credit cards, etc., so in case something happens to your purse, wallet or suitcase, or you have a medical emergency and are unable to speak for yourself, they can get you the help you need more easily.
- If you are taking gifts, particularly during the holiday season, consider having them shipped directly when you order them to your destination (with specific instructions not to open until a certain date, of course). Because TSA is a little, err, “attentive” at times, you might consider leaving any gifts you are bringing unwrapped, tuck the bags and tissue paper flat in your bag or suitcase, and wrap them when you arrive. It will save you a lot of space and time.
- Although many airports now offer a wide variety and food options (and a lot healthier ones too!), it’s a good idea to keep a few snacks in your bag at all times. Dried fruits, nuts, healthy chips, granola/energy bars and the like are small enough that they won’t take up much room, but filling enough to hold you until you get where you’re going (this is a must if you are traveling with small children!). Also, it’s a good idea to carry a bottle of water in your bag to keep hydrated during the flight, and particularly if you have an unexpected lengthy wait time on the tarmac either outbound or inbound when the flight attendants are not serving beverages (remember, you have to buy it after you go through security).
To read Part 1 click here.