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Hotel Toiletry Kits

If you pack your toiletries in your checked luggage (thanks to TSA regulations) you understand the increased horror of lost or delayed luggage. Instead of dropping a bundle at the nearest department store, ask your concierge how he/she can help.

Most hotels will offer you the basic shampoo and soap, but a few go beyond.

  • Best Western will supply shaving foam, razor, toothbrush and sanitary napkins for no extra charge.
  • Kimpton Hotels offers sunscreen, hair styling products and even a wrinkle remover (for your clothes) at no charge or for a small fee.
  • Wyndham Hotels remembers what you forgot: deodorant, sanitary napkins, shaving cream, razor and other toiletries for no charge.

~ GG Staff

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Disney parking lot nightmares

Disney parking lots are more challenging to navigate than the theme parks. And forget trying to remember where you parked after a day of upside down rides, cotton candy messes and meltdowns (yours and your kids).

Disney Parking LotDisney Parking LotAfter you lock the car in the morning, step back and take a picture of the section you're in with your digital camera. Getting back to it after dark will be a dream - one that doesn't leave you searching aimlessly in a sea of mini vans.

~ GG Staff

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Contact the U.S. Embassy

Do you know how to contact the U.S. Embassies and Consulates when you're traveling outside the U.S.?

Protect YourselfProtect YourselfBefore you leave home, visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs for information you may need while abroad. They're open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Another source of help in an emergency is the Office of Overseas Citizen Services in the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs.

You can reach them at 888-407-4747, if calling from the U.S. or Canada, or 202-501-4444, if calling from overseas.

~ GG Staff

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Shopping Anyone?

When I travel, I always pack a scrunchable duffle in my bag for the return trip. Even if I fold everything neatly again, I've usually bought too many extras to get into 1 bag.

Remember to distribute heavy items through both bags though so you don't max out the weight restrictions.

~ Pat, Philadelphia

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Direct Flight vs Non-Stop

Do you know the difference?

Direct flights aren't the same as non-stops, and if you're not careful you could be cramped in a plane for 3 hours on a tarmac wondering what's going on.

Air TravelersAir TravelersA direct flight takes you directly to your destination airport without a connection or plane change, but layovers are allowed. Non-stops are generally more expensive but there are no connections and no layovers.

As long as you know what's more important - your time or your money - you'll have no problem deciding which is right for you.

~ GG Staff

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Cruise Past the Laundry Room

You might be tempted to cheap out on your stateroom assignment - you really aren't in your cabin all that long. But a room beside the laundry can be noisy, especially if you're on an extended cruise.

~ Jenny, Chicago

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Choose a Carry-on Bag

Pack and Travel in StylePack and Travel in StyleIf you're like me and committed to traveling lighter this year, getting the right carry-on bag can mean the difference between a smooth trip and one that's fraught with frustration. If you're in the market for a new carry-on, consider these 3 things:

 

 

  • Quality: Your carry-on will take a beating, so make sure it's up to the job. The type of zipper (chain is more durable), an internal tie-down and external compression straps, type of material the overall design all affect how useful a bag is and how long it will last.
  • Functionality: Because you're actually carrying the bag on with you, it has to be easy to maneuver and not outweigh the contents. Soft-sided bags without wheels are easier to stow under your seat or cram into overhead compartments than heavier wheeled bags.
  • Airline limits: Every airline has its own unique idiosyncrasies when it comes to carry-on regulations. A common rule of thumb is length + width + height equals no more than 45 in. Weight restrictions are trickier though. Airline and Airport Links can help get you started.

~ GG Staff

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