Deep Clean Before You Travel

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I know it can be hectic to plan and prepare for a vacation or business travel, so what I’m about to recommend might sound a little crazy, but just here me out …

You should deep clean before you travel. I know. I know. I’m adding another “to-do” to your list before you depart for vacation, but trust me when I say it is wonderful to return to a clean, fresh and beautiful apartment or home after vacation. And, if you’re too busy, you can always hire a maid service just before you leave for travel.

Here is what I recommend you deep clean in your home before you travel:

Bathroom

You should deep clean your bathroom before you leave. This means you should scrub the walls of your shower and the bathtub too. Try to remove all soap scum or rust from water and use a scented product for fresh smell.

You should also clean your toilet before you leave. You will just need a toilet brush, toilet bowl cleaner and a little elbow grease to complete this project.

Living Room & Bedrooms

Clear all of the clutter off of your floor and do a load of laundry too so it’s not waiting for you when you return.

You should vacuum the carpet in the bedrooms and living rooms and even hire a local carpet cleaning service if it’s been awhile. I always call Chem-Dry of Fort Wayne before I travel.

Dust all the surfaces in the bedrooms and the living room. Spray a deodorizer in the room too to return to a pleasant scent in your home instead of a stale aroma in the air.

Don’t leave a messy bed behind either. Clean your sheets and comforters and make the beds before you go. The less you need to do when you return, the better, as you will need to focus on family or work once you return from travel.

Kitchen

Deep clean the inside of the oven and the burners. Also deep clean your refrigerator and remove all old food and leftovers. You should throw away anything that’s about to expire and try to eat or drink everything in the refrigerator before you leave. You will have to go to the grocery store when you return anyways.

Wipe down the countertops and empty the dishwasher. Don’t leave any dirty dishes or silverware in the sink or they will leave a bad odor. Be sure to wipe down the floor too and mop if needed.

Yardwork

If you have a yard, you should trim the bushes and pull the weeds and mow the lawn. You don’t want things to get out of control during your vacation. An overgrown lawn can also be a sign that no one is home and this could attract attention you don’t want.

You will be exhausted when you return from travel and there will be work to do for your family or your job too. Try to eliminate one more thing from your post-vacation “to-do” list and perform a deep clean before you travel. You won’t regret it!


Tips to Not Lose Luggage

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There is nothing worse than losing your luggage after a long flight. The last thing you want to do is spend more time at the airport and you don’t want your vacation to be ruined because you won’t have various items you need that you packed in the checked luggage.

You should do whatever you can to help prevent your luggage from being lost or unavailable for too long. Here are a few tips:

#1. ELECTRONICS

If possible, pack all of your electronics in your carry-on bag. Electronics can look suspicious during luggage inspections and delay the luggage from being placed on the airplane. If you do pack electronics in your checked luggage, place them all in a single quart-sized resealable bag so the inspector does not have to rummage through the luggage to inspect everything and delay the bag from reaching the airplane.

#2. ITINERARY

You should write out your itinerary including your final destination, your hotel and a phone number the airline can reach you out and place it on top of your clothing and other items in your luggage. This could help expedite the process of the luggage being delivered to you if it isn’t available at the airport after the flight.

#3. RIGHT ON TIME

Some travelers like to arrive at the airport very early before a flight and complete their check-in and the TSA security checkpoints to relax before boarding the airplane. The problem here is that you do not want to check your bag too long before the flight. The longer a piece of luggage sits around, the greater the chance it gets lost or forgotten. I recommend you do not check your luggage any earlier than 90 minutes before the flight.

Of course, the best way to avoid losing luggage is to only pack carry-on bags. If it is at all possible to avoid checking baggage, I recommend it. Find carry-on policies here.

You can wear layers and additional clothing on an airplane to free up space in luggage and you can pack the correct size liquids for airplanes to avoid having to check larger containers with too many ounces of liquids.


What to Wear on an Airplane

 

Air travel doesn’t have to be 100% comfortable. You can make your flight and time at the airport more comfortable if you wear the right clothing.

You want a mix of style and comfort when you travel with a slight edge toward comfort. You can always change into something more stylish when you reach your destination.

Here are tips for what to wear on an airplane:

Layers: I recommend you wear layers on an airplane regardless of the season. You should bring a sweatshirt or lightweight jacket even if you are traveling from a warmer location or it is the summertime. You can remove the layer if the airplane is too warm. This also allows more room in your carry-on luggage for items you won’t need on the plane.

Fabric: You should choose lightweight fabrics for air travel. This includes linen and cotton. You want the clothing to be breathable and allow air and moisture to pass through it. In 2017, workout-wear has become a popular choice for air travel due to its moisture-wicking technology. You will see several travelers in athletic jumpsuits and pants and shorts.

Tennis Shoes: Leave your high heels in your checked baggage or carry-on and opt for comfortable shoes with a flat bottom. The best choice is sneakers and tennis shoes and they will match athletic wear should you choose to wear workout clothes on the airplane.

Pockets: Wear clothing that has a lot of pockets. You will want fast access to headphones, chewing gum, IDs and other necessities for travel and having pockets means you won’t need to rummage through your purse or carry-on luggage to find what you need.

Loose: You want the clothing you wear on an airplane to be loose and comfortable. You do not want the fabric to be tight on your skin during travel. This will be very uncomfortable over the course of a long flight.

I recommend packing a stylish top or bottom in your carry-on to change into in the bathroom of the airport of your destination. You should have your travel liquids and cosmetics in the carry-on too. This means you can start your trip in style but you will be comfortable on your way there.


Air Travel with Pets

pet carrierI love to travel with my cat. He is very small so it is not much of an inconvenience and then I do not have to leave him home alone for several days in a row.

To travel with my cat does require that I find hotels that are pet-friendly. I also have to research each airline for their policies for airplane travel for pets.

There are four ways an airline will allow your pet to travel:

CARRY-ON BAGGAGE

Smaller pets are allowed to travel in the cabin for some airlines if you place your pet in an airline compliant carry-on carrier. You will need to place the carrier under the seat in front of you and the carrier will count as one piece of carry-on luggage for you.

This is my favorite option if the airline allows it but it is only applicable for smaller pets.

CHECKED BAGGAGE

If the airline won’t allow pets in the cabin or if your pet is too large for the cabin, you will need to put your pet in a carrier and check your pet. Your pet will then travel in the cargo bay of the airplane. This is 100% safe for your pet but it might scare your pet to be alone in the cargo bay for several hours.

MANIFEST CARGO

If you are not traveling but your pet is, you will need to register your pet and the carrier as manifest cargo. Your pet will not be allowed to travel in the cabin and will need to travel as cargo for the duration of the flight.

SERVICE ANIMALS

If you suffer from a condition that requires you to have a service animal by your side at all times, most airlines will accommodate this need. Your service pet will be allowed to travel in the cabin with you and your pet will not count towards your carry-on items either.

I recommend you research each airline and call their customer service for information on their policies for traveling with pets. You might have to pay more for your airline travel to find an airline that accommodates your pet best but it might be worth it to you in order to comfortably bring your pet along for the journey.

Learn air travel policies and airplane rules for liquids here.


Liquid Rules for Airplanes

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It isn’t very easy to pack liquids for a weekend trip anymore. That is because new travel restrictions will not allow you to pack several ounces of liquid in a carry-on bag or suitcase.

This is a larger problem for women than men since we have to travel with shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, body lotions and several cosmetic products. You will also need to consider contact solution if you wear contact lenses.

You can travel with liquids that are 3.4 ounces or more if you purchase them after you pass through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) lines or if you pack them in the bags you check.

But for shorter trips, it can be more convenient to just bring one or two carry-on bags and you don’t want to spend extra money at the shops in the terminal because prices are very high.

Here are the liquid rules for airplanes:

You are allowed to pack some liquids in your carry-on luggage. But there are restrictions. You are allowed to bring 3.4 oz containers of liquid. You can bring as many of these containers that will fit in a 1 quart-sized resealable bag.

You can purchase 3.4 oz containers from retail stores like Target or Walmart or on Amazon. You then need to consolidate liquids from a larger container into the smaller 3.4 oz. container.

Once all of your cosmetic products and liquids are each in their own 3.4 oz plastic container, you need to place each one into a quart-sized plastic bag. A larger sandwich bag from the grocery store is perfect for this.

Then when you enter the TSA lines you need to place the quart-sized bag containing all of your liquids into its own bin so that the security personnel can inspect it through checkpoint security.

There are some exceptions to the rule. Medication is one exemption. The medication will need to be screened first and once it passes it will be allowed. Another exemption is breast milk for infants and newborns traveling with you. The breast milk will also need to be screened but it will be allowed once it passes the screening.

For containers of liquid larger than 3.4 ounces, you need to pack them in your checked luggage.