Wednesday, July 9, 2008

And more 'little ways' tips

If you live in an area where blackouts are typical (coastal Florida, for instance), before you leave on a trip put some ice cubes in a plastic bag and place in the freezer. If, when you return, you have found the ice cubes have melted and refrozen, the food in the refrigerator may no longer be good.

Before a long trip, head over to librivox.org and download a bunch of books, short stories and/or poems, to your iPod, for free. All the titles are in the public domain and are read by volunteers. If you don't have an iPod you can download to your computer and then burn to a CD.

Personally, I feel that a good lock on a suitcase shouts "There is something valuable here!!". Instead, to keep your zippers secure, you can use twist ties, key rings or plastic cable ties. (Just remember you'll need something to cut the cable tie. I have a small, folding scissors that I keep in an OUTSIDE pocket of the suitcase.)

Before paying for weeks of long term parking at your airport, check out the airport hotels for park and fly programs. Typically a one night stay will get you free parking for a minimum of two weeks. Then do the arithmetic. The one night hotel stay will probably be a lot cheaper than the parking lot.

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