briefcases and folders are impressive, but I've found
that buying a nice vinyl "school folder" (with spirals
and pockets) works better for me. Firstly, it has a
zipper, and I'm forever stuffing loose things into it,
and when I'm transferring from trains or hotels, it's
one less thing I have to worry about falling all over
the place. When not in use, or while I'm on the move,
I put my school folder in the front zipper pocket of
my full-size suitcase. When I'm stuck waiting for something
(like a train), I can just slip the folder out in a
minute, complete with all it's loose guts. Finally,
it doesn't look too professional which dissuades not
only theft of the folder, but makes me look more like
a common (not rich) tourist.
Kate Spring, Colorado, USA
organza safety kit...
The best tip I can offer is to buy a small bag (I have
a lovely organza one with a drawstring) and keep it
stocked with a few things to make you feel safe and
secure as you travel: a candle, a lighter or safety
matches, a rubber door stop, a miniature flashlight
and a nightlight. P.S. For double duty -- I always try
to find a candle in a scent that encourages relaxation
and which helps me to unwind at the end of a busy day.
Lisa Villeneuve, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
In a hotel room I always remove the bedspread before
sitting or lying on the bed to relax. I believe that
the first thing most travellers generally do is flop
down on top of the bedspread -- shoes and all. Unlike
the lovely fresh clean sheets we�re provided with, the
bedspreads are probably changed a lot less often.
Jaci Heye, San Diego, California, USA
I take my favorite shawl on the plane to wrap up in.
Then, in my room I drape it over a chair for a feeling
of familiarity in a strange and usually sterile environment.
I also e-mail friends and colleagues well before my
trips to say I would like to spend time with them and
also, to make sure that they'll be in town at the time
Debby Brimlow, Houston, Texas, USA
Her packing system...
I've tried and tested this packing system and it really
works! If you want to pack your clothes in as tightly
as possible and still not crease them, try to fold them
as usual and then roll them all up so they are compact
like sausages. This way nothing shifts in your luggage,
no new creases happen and you can put many more things
in your bag!
Anna Abbott, Hong Kong
One of my favorite "must haves" for business or pleasure
travel is a small spray bottle filled with filtered
water and a few drops of aromatic oil. I've found that
a quick spritz on my face during long, dry plane flights,
before meetings, after jet-lag-recovery naps, before
bedtime, or after exercise is a perfect refresher and
energy boost. I've even misted my hair for a quick restyle
when I can't get back to my room before an evening out.
My favorite combination is lavender and mint, as it's
both energizing and calming, but just a couple of drops
of lavender alone also makes for a wonderful spray.
It's easy to refill the bottle with bottled water and
a few drops of lavender oil to add to baths, sprinkle
on my pillow for a more restful sleep, and even dab
on when I want a bit of fragrance. As an added bonus,
there's nothing like a wonderful, familiar fragrance
to make one feel at home anywhere in the world!
Gale Roanoake Imrie, Walnut Creek, California, USA
Do you leave kiddies behind when you travel on business?
Why not stay in touch by faxing them original one page stories
about your adventures that can be read to them at bedtime.
These short tales can be created at home ahead of time --
an ongoing saga like, �Mom Goes to Hong Kong� -- describing
the people you meet, the things you do and the different kinds
of food you eat. You can even dress your stories up with funny
stick figures. A great way to send your love and to stay in
touch with your little tykes.
(Evelyn Hannon Journeywoman files)
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