Any time I can lower my stress level when traveling, I'm a happy camper. I'm always on the lookout for travel tips and tricks. Now, I can't wait for my next flight, so I can try Gary's tip. Read on:
Arrivals for departures. I travel a lot, and if I'm in a time crunch getting to the airport, I use the arrivals instead of the departures to reach my terminal. This saves time, even though I may have to take my luggage up the elevator. I figure this is a viable option if the only other choice I have is to miss my flight.
-- Gary, Oregon
Homemade chocolate squares. Instead of buying expensive baker's chocolate squares, I mix 3 tablespoons of baking cocoa with one tablespoon of oil. Doing this gives me homemade chocolate "squares." And since most recipes call for the squares to be melted, not only have I saved money but I've also saved time.
-- Helen, Missouri
Crystal-clean windows. I discovered the best window cleaner. I add 1 tablespoon of Cascade automatic dishwasher rinse agent to 2 gallons of water. I apply this with a new sponge that has no soap residue. Now, my windows shine with no spots. When I started doing this, my windows were really dirty, and it took two applications to get rid of the grime.
-- Debbie, Idaho
Absorbent tub backrest. I have the best tub backrest. It's more comfortable than the inflatable ones, and it's cheaper than the ones designed for spas. It's a baby bath sponge. Designed to use when laying
-- Lauren, Florida
Hanging space. My laundry room is long and narrow. I put up a tension shower rod between the walls, and now I have the perfect place to hang clothes immediately after I pull them from the dryer.
-- Betsey, California
Keep a spare. One year, after living through my first hurricane season, I decided to pay closer attention to nonperishable, essential items we need in our home. We make sure we always keep at least one spare in our home stockpile. Toilet paper, feminine products, dry pet food, paper and ink for our printer, essential school supplies and an emergency cash stash are just some of our stockpile items.
-- Maggie, Mississippi
Practical moving material. We're a military family and have moved several times in the past few years. For my first move, I purchased bubble wrap and saved stacks of newspapers. Now, I pull out the sheets, towels, tablecloths and T-shirts and use them to wrap dishes, knickknacks and other fragile items. Everything is clean to begin with, so after the move, I just fold the linens and towels after I've unpacked.
-- Janice, Texas
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