Travel

Simplify Your Packing

When I was in my twenties, every vacation was an opportunity to wear fabulous outfits.  Of course, wearing a fabulous outfit means bringing multiple pairs of shoes and a lot of accent pieces and accessories.  Luckily I grew out of that phase, and I now pack very simply, bringing things that are easy to pack and easy to wear.  I never pack more than I need. The one exception has always been my jewelry.  I am crazy about costume jewelry. …

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Another Travel Buddy: Mini Surge Protector

On my last trip of the summer, I brought along my latest travel buddy:  the Belkin Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger. It includes three AC outlets and two USB outlets.   That means you only need to find one free outlet at an airport or in your hotel room, and then recharge five devices.   Plus, as the name says, it’s got a surge protector built in.

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GRID-IT Is My New Travel Buddy

We visited our daughter at camp this past weekend.  It’s a performing arts camp, and there are performances at the end of each 3-week session.  She is attending for 9 weeks, so including the trip to drive her there, that means four round-trips this summer.  (Two down, two to go.) It’s about a 3-hour drive each way, and since we are among those uncool types who play an iPod full of show tunes and sing along, the time passes quickly.  But in addition to…

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The Power of Labeling

Two of my basic organizing principles are:  (1) Every item must have a home, and (2) Keep like with like. By selecting a home for every item, you know where to look for it when you need it, and you know where to put it away when you are done.  By keeping like with like, you avoid creating multiple homes for similar things. I’ve discovered a great way to reinforce these two principles: labeling.

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