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Travel Tips: Happy Trails to You

Today’s blog takes a side trip from my usual blogs about the FACS classroom and colleagues. But it is still about FACS, as these tips will make your travel more efficient, effective and enjoyable!

School is out for the summer, which means many of you are taking some well-deserved R&R. Some of you may be embarking on some enjoyable trips to new and exciting places. There are lots of travel tips out there, but here are a few which I have found especially helpful over the years.

In regards to packing, one tip is to lay your clothes flat on the bed and to roll them up together and then place them in your suitcase. This helps to keep the wrinkles out of your clothes and allows you to have a little extra room in your suitcase. Once you reach your destination, you can unroll the clothes to easily hang them.

This second tip is really slick when you visit an amusement park or major attraction/event. Arrive first thing when the gate opens in the morning. Then immediately head all the way to the back of the park. Start your attractions from the back, and work your way to the front of the park. You will get on rides much faster and you will not be moving with the bulk of the park visitors. I read this tip in a guide book over 15 years ago and have been practicing this strategy ever since. It really works, and every one with whom I travel thinks I am very clever. Give it a try!

Food while traveling can tend to be expensive and not as healthy. When I pack for the trip, I make sure to include some granola bars and microwave popcorn packets in my bag. I pop the popcorn using the hotel microwave. If the hotel does not offer a microwave, the staff will usually pop it for me in their employee lounge area. After a busy and tiring day of sightseeing, popcorn is great while watching movies in the hotel room. Another practice we have is to stop at a grocery or drug store in the town we are visiting in order to pick up a case of bottled water and some healthy snacks including fresh fruit and vegetables. We place the water in the hotel room fridge if they have one or in some ice from the ice machine if they don’t. If we are on a vacation with lots of day trips, I bring a small backpack or insulated tote so I can bring along a day’s worth of water and snacks. The ice from the hotel ice machine can keep your water and restaurant leftovers nice and cold.

I hope you find these trip tips helpful. What are some travel tips you have to share?

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