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Travel Tip Tuesday: Tips From DockATot Founder, Lisa Furuland

Happy Tuesday AirPretty travelers! Every Tuesday we offer you some helpful travel tips from our community of travel experts. Share your tips in the comments below and you might be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts on Travel Tip Tuesday!

Here are some tips from DockATot founder & Family Travel Expert Lisa Furuland:

The words ‘luxury’ and ‘baby’ might seem on the surface to be the equivalent of ‘oil’ and ‘water’ but fear not! It is possible to have a fabulous vacation without leaving your baby at home with your mother-in-law. You just need to do a little planning in advance.

Ship the bulky goods ahead of time

A suitcase full of diapers? A crate of formula? Not necessary! Ship what you think you will need that is bulky (diapers, wipes), or where having different brands may cause issues (formula), to your trip destination. Companies like Luggage Free  make this possible, and Amazon is a great resource too.

Exception to this rule? The car seat. Whether you bring it on board or check it at the gate, this is one piece of equipment that you don’t want to be without. While rules about car seats vary from country to country, safety does not.

Baby under two? Buy them a seat anyway

Even a relatively short flight can end up feeling like forever if you don’t have enough space to spread out. While infants can be carried on your lap, having a seat for them has its advantages. Bring the car seat and give them a place to rest, play, and be comfortable and safe throughout the flight.

You can try and get the seats by the bulkhead that often have a bassinet. But if there is more than one baby on board, you might not get that seat. A great way to leverage a separate seat with a baby is to bring along a DockATot lounger. Your baby can sleep on the airplane, safely and comfortably. For the rest of the trip, the stylish lounger can double as a beach chair and a hotel room bed. You can even get an awesome travel bag to carry the lounger in, keeping it clean and within easy reach.

Also- Nothing says un-glamorous than spit up on your shoulder. A great way to be ready for upsets is to wear multiple layers. This way, you can peel off the layer that has been soiled without having to become an airplane bathroom contortionist. And have a pashmina on hand. If you get down to the last layer by the end of your flight, you have an elegant way to cover up.

Be a VIP

Many airlines have VIP services that you can buy, and you don’t have to be a celebrity to get access to them. From curbside greeting by a representative of the airline and front of the line access at the security check to VIP lounges and an electric cart ride to the gate, you can fly in style, even if first class is out of reach. You can even get assistance with connections and arrivals for many destinations.

Family friendly airports

If you have to suffer a layover, see if you can manage it at a family friendly airport. Layovers are the part of the trip where even the most well-traveled toddler could begin to lose it.

What are your options? Here are just a few examples. Chicago O’Hare International has an aviation themed playground and LEGOs. Boston Logan has family friendly seating, including rocking chairs, throughout the airport and plenty of family restrooms. At Orlando International, the kids will be mesmerized with the 3,000 gallon aquarium tank, with over one hundred species of underwater creatures and fish.

Get the biggest space you can

Whether you’re renting an apartment in the Marais district of Paris or you are opting for a beach resort, get enough space so that baby has a separate sleeping space. That way, you aren’t required to go to bed at 7:30 too! Ideally, a suite with a separate bedroom will give everyone some quiet time in the evening.

While renting an apartment will lack the luxury in terms of services (room service, housekeeping), it can be a good choice for longer stays in large cities around the world.

If you do opt for a hotel, look for a space where you’ll also have not only a refrigerator but a mini-kitchen. That way, heating up a snack for your wee one doesn’t involve calling room service. Unless, of course, you want to!

If you’ve always dreamed of going to a five star resort, now is the time.

beach-resortAll the top hotel chains and resorts have locations around the world with a variety of activities designed for children, including kids clubs, camps and babysitting. The ultimate resorts are ones like the Franklyn D. Resorts in Jamaica or Turtle Island in Fiji, where a booking includes a nanny for the duration of your stay! So while you’re still having a family vacation, you can also sneak away for a couples massage or a dinner that doesn’t involve mushed peas and carrots.

The better the resort, the more amenities you will receive. From a beautifully appointed crib and baby bath accessories to changing tables, baby monitors and diaper genies, luxury family resorts want you to relax and enjoy your trip, not worry how you’re going to clean your baby’s bottles.

Whatever vacation you choose to have with your little one, do what you can to minimize the day to day stresses. Plan in advance so you can enjoy every minute of your trip.

Don’t forget to share your tips in the comments below for a chance to be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts on Travel Tip Tuesday! Check back next Tuesday for more helpful travel tips!

Travel Tip Tuesday: Tips From Carly Fauth of MoneyCrashers

Happy Tuesday AirPretty travelers! Every Tuesday we offer you some helpful travel tips from our community of travel experts. Share your tips in the comments below and you might be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts on Travel Tip Tuesday!

Here are some tips from Carly Fauth of MoneyCrashers:

Introduce yourself to any of the flight attendants when travelling by air. Letting them know who you are and being cordial will usually increase the enjoyment of your flight and minimize issues.

Unless you’re travelling in the dead of winter, fly wearing a skirt or dress. More than likely you’ll need to use the restroom at least once. And quite frankly, some of the stuff that is found on bathroom floors is nothing you want on your clothing.

Make sure you travel with noise cancelling headphones as well. This can be helpful if you’re trying to get some work done or simply taking in an in-flight movie.

Carry a scarf or sweater in your carry-on baggage so you can handle any temperature issues without problems.

Drink lots of water. Airplane cabins are almost always dry, so staying hydrated will reduce the chance that your skin gets dehydrated.

Always keep moisturization in mind – you should always have hand cream, eye cream, lip balm, and face lotion.

Don’t forget to share your tips in the comments below for a chance to be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts on Travel Tip Tuesday! Check back next Tuesday for more helpful travel tips!

TSA Rules on Cosmetics and Liquids- Simplified

At AirPretty, we know that women shouldn’t have to compromise the way they look and feel just to get from point A to point B. We all have our favorite beauty and comfort products. For some of us, having them with us is just a necessity. However, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) mandates specific regulations that impact our ability to pack our entire bathroom cabinet. These rules are in place for safety, but they can sometimes put a wrench in our packing plans. Not understanding these rules can result in entire bottles of product being tossed out at the security line, and that can be heartbreaking! For your convenience, we’ve compiled a simple explanation of the TSA rules on cosmetics and liquids.

The 3-1-1 Rule

By now, most of you have heard of the 3-1-1 rule. It states that all liquids of 3.4 oz or less must go through security in 1 clear bag that is 1 quart in size. 3.4oz, 1 bag, 1 quart. 3-1-1. Any liquid, gel, or aerosol in a container larger than 3.4oz (or 1000 mL) needs to go in your checked bag.

TSA Rule
Liquid makeup like foundation, lip gloss, liquid eyeliner, etc., as well as toiletries like toothpaste, mouthwash, hair styling products, and liquid soap all go in a clear bag. (Exceptions to this rule include important items like breast milk and medications, and ice packs to keep them cool.)

We find it’s easiest to have these liquids packed ahead of time in a clear TSA compliant bag. That way, you’re not digging through your luggage at the security line, and you have everything you need at your fingertips.

Non-Liquid Cosmetics and Toiletries?

The good news is that non-liquid cosmetics (powder, lipstick, blush, eye/lip pencils, etc.) don’t need separating. Keep those in your carry-on bag with other toiletries like your stick deodorant (not aerosol or gel), tweezers, disposable razor cartridges (not blades), and even scissors with blades shorter than 4 inches.

TSA will have no problem throwing away anything they deem unsafe. When in doubt, follow these general rules:
1. Don’t take any product over 3.4 oz with you in your carry-on bag.
2. Put anything you think might be a “liquid, gel, or aerosol” in the clear quart sized bag.
3. If you think it might not be allowed on an airplane, leave it at home.
4. Don’t bring anything with you that you would be heartbroken to lose.

Have any questions or ideas for us? Post them in the comments and we’ll do our best to address them for you!

Travel Tip Tuesday: Tips From Depart Smart Executive Director, Sheryl Hill

Happy Tuesday AirPretty travelers! Every Tuesday we offer you some helpful travel tips from our community of travel experts. Share your tips in the comments below and you might be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts!

Here are some tips from Sheryl Hill, Executive Director of Depart Smart:

I always feel like I need a shower after I get off a plane.  You never know when the tray was last wiped (or with what). Call me obsessive compulsive but I hate getting sick after a flight… It used to happen often.

Now I pump up my immune system with vitamins and rest before departure.  I carry antibacterial wipes for the tray table, arm rests, and seat belt buckle, and a small towel to cover the chair headrest (there’s no telling when that was last sanitized). I have a little inflatable cushion to prop my feet on, a hat to keep my hair under control, and a wrap instead of the on board blankets.

As far as carry on amenities, I pack a portable toothbrush and some toothpaste, deodorant, a small spritzer of perfume, hand sanitizer, and lotion.

We all know how stressful travel can be, so I make sure to have a collection of classical music to keep me calm.

Safe journeys!

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How to: Avoid Germs and Stay Healthy on a Plane

If you’re still grossed out by the Top 8 Dirtiest Places on an Airplane article we posted last week, we don’t blame you! The good news is that, as promised, we have some tips on how to avoid germs and stay healthy on a plane.

We know that a cold or flu is the last thing you want to deal with when you’re traveling for a business meeting or a relaxing vacation. However, according to the Journal of Environmental Health Research, you’re up to 100 times more susceptible to catching a cold on an airplane than in your normal day-to-day life. ONE HUNDRED TIMES!

Here’s our “How to” on keeping yourself healthy and germ free on an airplane:

Stay hydratedStay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will keep your body and immune system functioning properly so you can have the best defense against pathogens and germs.

Disinfect your seating area. As you read in the last post, your seat, seat belt buckle, entertainment system, tray table, and seat back pocket are all crawling with germs. Since they don’t get disinfected often (certainly not between each flight), using antibacterial wipes on these surfaces will help kill a majority of the germs.

Don’t drink from bathroom tap water (or the on board coffee or tea). The tap water in the tank does not follow the same filtration standards of the bottled drinking water. In fact, a study by NBC  found traces of dangerous bacteria in the tap water. Use the sink water to wash your hands, not to drink.

man-person-people-train-largeAvoid aisle seats.
Aisle seats actually put you at more risk of getting sick
 than middle or window seats. People passing through the aisle to get to and from their seats and the restroom expose the aisle seats to more germs. If possible, try to trade the leg room for a more secluded seat.

Use the air vent to blow secondhand air away. There has been some speculation about the air vents actually causing more harm than good. But, the truth is that modern air filters do a great job of cleaning the air before it even gets to you. In addition, if you position the vent so it is blowing just in front of your face , it could be a great first line of defense against other passengers’ secondhand air.

wash handsKeep your hands clean. This sounds like common sense, but it’s true! According to the Center for Disease Control keeping your hands clean can prevent up to 30% of bowel related sicknesses, and 20% of respiratory sicknesses (like colds).

Load up on the Vitamin C. Another no brainer, Vitamin C not only strengthens the immune system, but it can prevent further complications and worsened symptoms of the common cold and flu. Additional benefits include decreased stress and younger looking skin (WOOHOO!) So order a tall glass of orange juice, take a Vitamin C tablet, and enjoy the benefits!

Bring your own pillow and blankets. Seriously. Unless you want to snuggle with pillows that numerous other passengers have breathed, slept, and drooled on, we suggest using your own. An investigation by the Wall Street Journal found that airplane pillows and blankets are normally cleaned every five to 30 days- YUCK! Using your own, clean pillow, can help you avoid those germs altogether.

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Travel Tip Tuesday: Tips From Tenerife Tourism Director, Stephanie Wear Pintado

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Happy Tuesday AirPretty travelers! Every Tuesday we offer you some helpful travel tips from our community of travel experts. Share your tips in the comments below and you might be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts on Travel Tip Tuesday!

Here are some tips from Stephanie Wear Pintado, Director of Economic and Air Service Development for Tenerife Tourism:  

stephanie-wear-pintadoAs someone who travels for work, I often find myself in a new place almost every month. While balancing work with pleasure, I try to get the most out of the short time I have for leisure everywhere I go. While traveling solo can present some challenges, it also provides unique experiences that everyone should experience at least once. Normally, I find myself catering to everyone else’s needs, whether it’s at home or traveling with co-workers or friends. Solo travel is my opportunity to experience a new place under my own terms.

Follow the tips below to get the most of your next solo trip!

Always leave a copy of your passport and other travel documents at home with your significant other or trusted friend. You never know when you’ll be in the unfortunate situation where you’ve lost your passport or had your bag stolen.

Travel light. Pack less than you need and focus on versatile clothing that you can wear more than once. It’s important to be able to get around easily with your bags. Hopefully you’ll also get some shopping in, so you’ll want the extra space to pack your new items and souvenirs.

Download popular travel apps before your trip. I use Evernote to take pictures of business cards, receipts, where I parked at the airport, and phone numbers that I’ll need to access later. There are other great apps perfect for your travels, such as TripIt for organizing your travel itinerary, Citymapper for getting around in a city you’re not familiar with, OpenTable  for finding local restaurants, and Google Translate for translations.

Drink water! This tip isn’t specifically for solo travel, but is so important for travelers so I’m including it. Keeping hydrated while traveling will help you remain healthy and enjoy every ounce of your trip.

Take extra precaution to ensure safety when traveling alone. Whether this means keeping your travel plans private from the taxi driver or not letting other hotel guests overhear your room number, it’s important to make sure you are conscious of your surroundings. I’ve also known friends who take precautions such as carrying a rubber doorstop for extra security in their rooms.

While you should take steps to ensure your security, make sure you’re still enjoying the culture and meeting locals. Sit and eat at the bar to strike up conversations with other people traveling or eating solo.

Don’t forget to share your tips in the comments below for a chance to be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts on Travel Tip Tuesday! Check back next Tuesday for more helpful travel tips!

The Top 8 Dirtiest Places on an Airplane

Any traveling woman knows that flying on an airplane is like putting your immune system under siege. Between the recirculated cabin air, the coughing passengers, and the kids with sticky fingers, there’s no wonder why many of us feel awful during and after a flight. It’s hard to feel and look great when it seems like the odds are against us from the moment we board the plane!

And in fact, they are.

Think about all the other people who have sat in the same exact seat as you… who have touched the same things that you’re touching…. used the same restrooms…. You get the idea. Of course we feel gross when we fly- there are germs literally everywhere.

Here are the top eight dirtiest places on an airplane:

Dirty places on Airplane#8 Bathroom stall locks

#7 Seat belt buckles

#6 Toilet flush button

#5 Seat back pockets

#4 Magazines

#3 Touchscreen entertainment system

#2 Overhead air vent

#1 Tray table

So what can you do about germ prevention and keeping yourself from getting sick? Stay tuned for our upcoming blog post on tips and tricks to stay healthy and clean while flying. And remember, #TravelAirPretty and feel AirPretty wherever you go!

Travel Tip Tuesday: Tips From Travel Writer, Suzanne Ball

Travel Tip Tuesday- Tips from Our Travel Experts!

Happy Tuesday AirPretty travelers! Every Tuesday we offer you some helpful travel tips from our community of travel experts. Share your tips in the comments below and you might be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts on Travel Tip Tuesday!

Here are some tips from Suzanne Ball, freelance travel and health writer:

Women definitely have more challenges than men when it comes to keeping up appearance when flying. I know this all too well.

And it all begins with that damned “3-1-1” ziplock bag.

Airplane TravelHow to cram even a few necessities to make me look like I haven’t traveled in a hair-crushing, zero-humidity, ego-deflating plane? Men stand up, run their hands through their hair, smooth out the wrinkles in their shirts…and off they go. Women? Find a place to apply some blush, make some kind of sense out their hair, replace the comfy airport shoes, put in contact lenses, finally do a spritz of perfume…

There is only so much space on a plane so I have to choose: comfort or looks? If I bring the neck pillow, then the cute shoes won’t fit in my backpack. Wearing pants limits my ability to complete my outfit for the meeting. If I need to apply blush, do I use the cramped–and filthy–plane toilet?

Over time, I did figure out a few things. Sensible haircut, basic black travel wear with endless scarves, uninspired footwear. Practical makeup (yes, applied an hour before landing in that icky toilet) and daily wear contacts to replace the glasses. Call me vain, but it’s important to me not to look as I just got off a stage coach. Domestic or international, it feels good to look good.

It becomes second nature over time. For years, I was a weekly business traveler. Now I’m a freelance travel and health writer. The destinations have changed, but not the routine.

Don’t forget to share your tips in the comments below for a chance to be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts on Travel Tip Tuesday! Check back next Tuesday for more helpful travel tips!

Travel Tip Tuesday: Tips From BubbleBum CEO, Grainne Kelly

Travel Tip Tuesday- Tips from Our Travel Experts!

Happy Tuesday AirPretty travelers! Every Tuesday we offer you some helpful travel tips from our community of travel experts. Share your tips in the comments below and you might be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts on Travel Tip Tuesday!

Here are some tips from Grainne Kelly, travel expert, former travel agent, child passenger safety technician, and inventor of BubbleBum:

Grainne Kelly, CEO of Bubblebum is AirPretty

One time my suitcase was lost when I traveled to China. With size 10 feet and size 8 clothes, it was extremely difficult to find items to wear in the Chinese stores that cater their sizes to the common Asian physiques. I begged store owners to check in the back of the store for the biggest underwear they had. No luck with shoes though- I had to accept that I’d never find shoes that fit.

Now I wear loose-fitting, smart attire when traveling so I know I will have to have something to fall back on. I bring my biggest wrap if I am flying coach to make me comfortable. Plus, I always have earplugs, as there’s sure to be an unsettled baby on the flight with sore ears.

Jet lag is the biggest killer for me. When I fly to Vegas there is an 8-hour time difference for me so I try to be ready for bed at 2pm. Herbal sleep aid also helps me get straight into the time zone.

In flight, I set my watch immediately and try not to eat unless it is mealtime in my final destination. If it is sleep time in my final destination, I try to sleep. Water is essential! I drink one cup of water for every hour of the flight and very rarely have any alcohol in flight, as I hate to arrive dehydrated.

No one arrives at their destination feeling anything other than gross, having slept in a seat that thousands of others have slept and sweated in before you. I bring a little pump dispenser spray with a mixture of alcohol, water, and my favorite essential oils. Spraying it on the seat makes me feel better with the familiar smell and the antibacterial oils kill some airborne bugs.

Finally, I always bring a really strong face cream and apply regularly. All I wear on my face when flying is mascara and maybe a little blush and lip balm.

Don’t forget to share your tips in the comments below for a chance to be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts on Travel Tip Tuesday! Check back next Tuesday for more helpful travel tips!

Travel Tip Tuesday: Tips From SmarTours CEO, Greg Geronemus

Travel Tip Tuesday- Tips from Our Travel Experts!

Happy Tuesday AirPretty travelers! Every Tuesday we offer you some helpful travel tips from our community of travel experts. Share your tips in the comments below and you might be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts on Travel Tip Tuesday!

Here are some tips from Greg Geronemus, co-CEO of smarTours, a guided tour company based in New York City:

Airplane Window1. Try to reserve a window seat so you can rest your head on the side of the plane. It’s easier than trying to fall asleep sitting upright and you can control your light exposure. Try using a blanket, pillow, jacket, or scarf as a cushion against the side of the plane.

2. In a crowded plane at 38,000 feet in the air, you don’t want to be dealing with tight, constricting seams, itchy fabric, or clothes that keep you too cold or too hot. Bring clothes that are comfortable and easy to layer.

3. Try not to cross your legs. When you cross your legs, you restrict blood flow and increase your chances of a blood clot or back pain.

4. Recline you seat. Reclining your chair will help ease some of the pressure on your lower spine.

5. Skip alcohol. Booze won’t help you sleep soundly despite popular belief. In addition, it will increase the need to use the on board lavatory and will dehydrate you.

6. Eat light. Overeating or having fatty foods might make you feel uncomfortable and make it harder to sleep. Ask the flight attendants for the lighter or vegetarian meal, or stick to high protein, lean snacks.

7. Finally, buckle your seat belt over your blanket or sweater, not under it. That way, the flight attendant can see that you’re buckled up and won’t wake you if there’s turbulence.

Don’t forget to share your tips in the comments below for a chance to be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts on Travel Tip Tuesday! Check back next Tuesday for more helpful travel tips!

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