Travel Gems for January 11th – 15th

Each Monday through Friday, a Travel Gem of the Day will be posted at These Travel Gems are tips that will help a traveler travel smarter, safer, handle home issues, be prepared and enjoy their journeys.

Topics include:

  • Travel Safety
  • Health and beauty
  • Family and Friends
  • Technology and gadgets
  • Hotel, car and flight
  • Time Savers
  • International Travel
  • General ideas and more

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Here are last week’s Travel Gems:

Monday Jan. 11 – Organize your closet by type of clothes (pants, jackets, tops), then by color. This makes for very easy selection of clothes for packing.

I can pack for a 4-5 day business trip in a matter of a few minutes because of this organization and color-coordination. Another minute or so to pick out jewelry or scarves, throw in my work-out clothes and I’m packed!

Tuesday Jan. 12 – Avoid wearing mascara while traveling. Even snoozing on short flights, I always seem to find mascara under my eyes. Instead, put it one once you arrive at your destination. The same goes for eye shadows. I love bareVitamins Prime Time Eyelid Primer available at Sephoa. This primer holds eye shadow in place all day with no creases. When I do not have the primer with me, I skip the eye shadow until after my flight.

Wednesday Jan. 13 – When wearing bracelets/bangles through security, walk through the sensor with hands clasped in front of you, not at your side near the sensors. Less time in removing the bangles, and less chance that they’d walk away in someone else’s bag.

Thursday Jan. 14 – Use twist-ties or a round keychain to secure your luggage zippers. The TSA-approved locks work also, but they are expensive and often go astray when baggage personnel do not put the lock back on.

I have used the TSA-approved locks on my luggage and have always had them come up missing after checking my bag in my home airport of Orlando. Now I use simple twist-ties (and carry a few extras with me) to secure the zippers from opening up while in transit. And just where do these missing locks go to the same place as missing socks?

Friday Jan. 15 – Use a small video camera to capture snippets of something fun in the city you’re visiting or say hello to your kids from a historic or interesting place…maybe even from your hotel room as you tell them you love them. Email the video to the at-home spouse or your caregiver to show the kids, or post them on a family website.

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