Summer Splashes

Try some of these travel tips this summer…
Ever need an ice bucket when you are on vacation? Ever tried to pack one in your luggage? How about using an inflatable one instead? They pack flat, you can blow it up and fill with ice and use it to keep just about anything cool for a while.
Uses for contact lens cases are plenty. I’ve used them for moisturizer, antibacterial cream, aspirin, make-up foundation and hair gel…just to name a few. Use a permanent marker so you know what is in each one! And the nice part…they don’t take up much room and can be packed in your carry-on as they hold less than three ounces.
I’ve always packed a shawl…to use as a make-shift blanket, skirt, pillow, shoulder covering or back rest.
Want to find a great souvenir for a woman? Look for a scarf from the region.
Will you be washing and drying your clothes? If you pack a couple of balloons, you can blow them up and put them in your pants, shorts, shirt or skirt to cut down on the drying time.


With summer travel heating up, what should you do if the airline loses your luggage?
First contact the airport’s lost and found department and file a lost bag claim form. Then ask about your airline’s policy for replacing any essentials you don’t have with you in your carry-on. If you need to replace anything, remember to keep the receipt. You may need it.
Before you leave it’s a good idea to email your itinerary, flight info, hotel name and number and any other important information to yourself and to a friend you can get it touch with easily. Take photos of your passport as well as having the number easily available.
These may be common sense to you…but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.