Sue McCarthy’s Travel Tips
Got wrinkles in your clothes? Pack an empty spray bottle and when you arrive at your destination, fill the bottle with water, hang up your clothes on the shower rod and spritz your clothes lightly. By morning the wrinkles will be gone and no ironing.
Pickpockets are everywhere and you need to be prepared for them. Place a large comb in the fold of your wallet (men) with teeth facing up. If a pickpocket tries to run off with your wallet the teeth will catch on the inside of your pocket causing resistance and delay for the thief. Another method is to wrap your wallet with a rubber band.
If you find yourself in a foreign destination and you need change for the parking meter, search out the nearest laundry mat and their change machine.
When you park at the airport and you don’t want to “lose” your car, use your GPS’s “favorite” function to mark your car’s location. We have a little round ball with a baseball cap as our antenna marker to help us find our car.
If you are visiting a theme water park take along several sizes of Zip Lock bags to
keep your cell phone, wallet or camera dry when riding the log flume or other water
Pack your own snorkel gear if heading to a beach destination where you will be using them daily. You'll save money and it won't take up much room in your suitcase.
Car Rental for summer road trips. Before leaving the parking lot at the rental agency
take photos of any scratches or dents on the car.
Give your kids a whistle in case they get lost at an amusement park or hiking. Put a
ribbon through it so they can put it around neck. It will also be handy if they are approached by a stranger they feel uncomfortable around.
When you are traveling with others talk about where you will meet up if you are
separated from the group.
When traveling with another person pack half of their clothing in your bag and vice
versa. If either of you end up with a lost bag at least there will be some clothing for
both of you in the other suitcase.
Do not lock your checked luggage unless you use one of the TSA approved locks or
twist ties that can be undone.
Use the large zip lock bags to separate your clothing in your luggage; underwear,
socks, and pj's. This makes it easier to find what you need and you can just take the
bags out of your suitcase and throw it in the drawer. The bags can be used on your trip home for dirty laundry.
Pack several clothespins to use to close the drapes in your hotel room to keep the
morning sun from streaming in.