The Traveler

How to Fly When You're Sick

Catching a cold - or any ailment - right before a trip can wreak havoc on best laid plans. Who wants to fly when you're battling a stuffy head, aching limbs, and a hacking cough? Such was the case before a recent trip, when I struggled the days prior to contain a wicked cough that kept me up at night. How could I manage to get myself through an early morning flight without scaring off my fellow passengers - and keeping myself sane? Here are some proven tips: Bring a Toiletry First-Aid Kit Assemble a toiletry kit filled with needed relief, including medicine, cough drops, and antibacterial wipes. Do not leave the house empty handed and expect to find said medicine at...

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When Not to Fly United Airline's Basic Economy

As a follow-up to my earlier post on flying United Basic Economy, I wanted to add a few caveats for those traveling with a companion or group. My first experience with United Economy took place under almost ideal conditions: I was flying by myself. Everything I needed for my trip could travel via backpack. The plane was small, guaranteeing either a window or aisle seat.  If you meet all of the above criteria, United Economy can be a cost saving and fairly painless experience. But add in travel with a companion or two and a larger plane with middle seats - well, it's a different ballgame.  Many seem to be caught unaware of the restrictions placed on such tickets. Here are...

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Why Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap is the Perfect Travel Trick

Packing for travel is all about efficiency. Whether clothing or toiletries, go for items that pack a double punch. Our favorite toiletry for easy travel? Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps. Touted as a soap with "18 different uses", the brand prides itself on its organic, fair trade and earth-friendly practices. With a wide range of uses, why pack multiple toiletries when just one may do?   Here are some uses for Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps during your next trip:  1 - Body Wash As this product is primarily used as a body wash, this one is obvious. But don't approach it as you would a typical body wash. The trick is using only a few drops on a loofah or washcloth....

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Are you an Aisle, Middle, or Window Seat?

Having flown in the middle seat during my last flight, I have firmly decided one must have an immense amount of patience and dexterity to handle the situation. Relieve any doubt you might have when it comes to what seat suits you best and take our newest Pack Simply Quiz. Are you an Aisle, Middle, or Window Seat?

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How to survive the day after a 'Red Eye' flight

Tired. Crabby. Dehydrated. Sluggish. Foggy. All words to describe your grouchier-than-normal self upon completion of everyone's favorite flight - the 'Red Eye'. Red Eye flights, especially from the West to East Coast, are a great way to eek out a few extra vacation hours by combining sleep + travel in one easy step. An ideal situation for the easy airplane sleeper. But for the insomniac flier? Not so much. Having taken a few cross-country late night flights and struggled with sleep-deprivation the day after, I am clearly in the later camp. No matter how hard I try, I cannot sleep on planes. I always emerge feeling like a crabby, irate Golum when provoked about his precious ring. Do not cross me. But when...

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