Travel Tips for Everyone
Tips for Everyone
I never travel without a simple rubber door-stop. It can stop intruders in their tracks. It's inexpensive, light to pack, and gives you the peace of mind to sleep well. The main door to your room usually has a pretty good lock and peephole and sometimes a bar chain. But if there is an adjoining room, that door usually has a fairly flimsy lock. The doorstop is especially useful in those situations.
Another item I never leave home without is a foot-long piece of duct tape, which I wrap around a pencil. It fixes so many things. If a strap on a sandal snaps, a purse handle breaks, it's duct tape to the rescue.
Foot problems are a painful part of the frequent-flyer lifestye. Long hours of walking in airports, through convention halls or on uneven surfaces like cobblestone streets can lead to blisters. Band-aids often slip off toes and heels, so I pack thin moleskin instead. Buy the soft self-adhesive sheets at a grocery or drugstore, cut them into small squares and keep them in your purse or briefcase. If my shoe starts to rub, I can cover the area right away before it turns into a nasty blister.
Wake Up Calls
Carry your own alarm clock or a sports watch with an alarm. Even five star hotels screw up on wake up calls.