Packing for your vacation means making a lot of decisions about what you can and can not live without for the length of your trip. Do you need 3 different pairs of heels? Should you pack your rain coat? What about the book series you are in the middle of? While it is hard to say what you will need for each different vacation, here are a few things that you will rarely need to pack. The Hair Dryer Most, if not all, hotels and resorts offer a hair dryer for guest use. It may not be the … [Read more...] about Don’t Pack This!
Elaine Karlson is planning a vacation to Cooperstown, N.Y., to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and to watch her grandson compete in a baseball game. And she's worried. First, there's the price difference between the refundable airline tickets and the nonrefundable ones -- the refundable ones are three times as expensive. There's also the question of what to do if she and her husband have to cancel. Instead of paying extra for the less restricted ticket, she's considering travel … [Read more...] about We’ve got your covered for objective travel insurance information
The airport can be tedious for adults, so when you consider it from a child’s perspective, it is downright boring. But not to worry! I’ve got a few ideas for how you and the kids can make the time fly by while waiting to escape to tropical paradise. First, start by making the packing fun and have each kid put together their personal bag for the airport and flight—with your supervision of course so as to avoid accidentally bringing the whole toy box. Also keep in mind of all those usual … [Read more...] about Keep Little Hands Busy at the Airport
My husband and I have recently braved a couple of long car rides with our three youngest children. Since they can end up brawling on the shortest of trips, we wanted to make sure they were occupied for the trips. I have tried a lot of things but these are the things I found most useful on our trips... Managing a long car ride with kids: Travel trays: Each kid gets their own tray that has a cup holder and a pocket for storing books, writing utensils, etc. There are fewer spills and … [Read more...] about How to survive a long car ride with young children
If you think Santa’s list is long, you should check out the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority’s (CATSA) What Can I Bring list. It’s basically a naughty-or-nice list for airport security – a searchable database saying what can and cannot pass through airport security in your carry-on or checked luggage. It has hundreds of items, so here’s a seasonal selection of what’s ho-ho-ho and what’s no-no-no. Naughty Replica weapons: This shouldn’t be too surprising, but if you’re helping … [Read more...] about CATSA’s naughty-or-nice list for airport security
It’s summer, you’ve been planning your big vacation for a while, and all you can think about is getting to the lake/beach/mountain (select dream location here). But with your mind’s eye fixed on your destination it’s easy to forget about the journey, particularly security screening at the airport. The good news is that being prepared can help you breeze through the screening checkpoint, leaving you more time to shop, eat or just relax before your flight. The first step is doing your homework … [Read more...] about Help yourself to faster airport security this summer