Happy 4th from TheElephantInMyRoom.net!.. and 10 Awesome Travel tips and tricks whether it’s business or pleasure!

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Well, hello there, stranger!  I know… but with good reason.  I encourage anyone, especially business professionals/entrepreneurs, to always schedule some much needed down time whether alone or with loved ones.  It is so refreshing and a great way to come back fired up and ready to go.  It is so great.  On that note, it made me think about this coming 4th of July weekend and the vacation season that is upon us.  So I’ve found 10 awesomely helpful tips and tricks to help you rest easier and enjoy your travels whether it’s for business or pleasure.  So let’s jump right in.

  1. As you are planning your trip, be sure to create a handy check-off list of the items you are bringing.  All too many times we have the frustrating experience of forgetting something at the hotel or in a rental car.  Avoid it by taking a little time to create or print out an inventory list that you can tuck away in your luggage.  So when you are preparing to return home, you can check off every item you brought with you to assure you it leaves along with you.  Boom.  Done.
  2. Uh, oh! Let’s say you did leave something… like your cell phone charger.  You check into your hotel room just to find out you forgot your charger at home.  Well, here’s a friendly tip:  Hotels are a notorious place where people leave things, especially phone chargers.  Check with the hotel staff to inquire about an unclaimed phone charger that you could put to good use.
  3. Now, one of my favorite topics, storage.  Need a safer, more sanitary way to store your razor blades during travel?  Here’s a simple and free way to do it with a common item you already have… use a binder clip.  Yes, place a binder clip over your shaving blade.
  4. Jewelry is another commonly left item during travel.  So hold on to your precious goods a little longer by storing them in small storage containers (like the Really Useful Box containers that I mentioned in a previous post) or in a sock tucked away in your luggage, especially one of those lone socks when you just can’t find the other.
  5. Place tissue paper in between the items of clothing in your luggage to reduce wrinkles or place dryer sheets in your luggage for that fresh-out-of-the-dryer scent.
  6. Have a broken suitcase zipper?  Loop one of those souvenir key chains from a previous trip through the slider and there you have it!  As good as done… even better.
  7. So you’re out-and-about at a theme-park with your family or at the gym so you want to pack light… especially cash.  Unfortunately, some things are not accessible with a swipe and it’s equally unfortunate that theft is real.  But you have to carry some form of cash.  A couple of things to consider: a.) carry small amounts of cash at a time or what you absolutely need and b.) invest in a sports bra or undershirt with built-in pockets (ladies… this option beats mom’s old secret bra stash… yeah.)
  8. So you’re sitting at the airport, waiting on your flight, and need access to Wi-Fi? How about free Wi-Fi? Well, in the words of a certain tech company, “There’s an app for that…”.  There’s actually a pretty good app for that from what we hear in JiWire’s free Wi-Fi finder for smartphone users.  It has the ability to locate free networks worldwide.
  9. Speaking of airport apps, how about some travel apps.  Look into apps like TripIt or FlightTrack for flight information and more, as well as, a friendly app for relatives or business partners (especially those who want to avoid the “merry-go-round” trip around the airport to pick you up) called Just Landed.
  10. Finally, before you head out to your flight, always check the current and expected weather conditions for your destinations.  Summer is known to whip up some severe weather conditions and it would save you the trouble to plan ahead.  So it’s worth checking into some weather tracking apps like The Weather Channel or Accuweather.  They are free and offer some great features such as health risk assessments, storm maps, and forecast breakdowns by the hour.

I hope these tips were helpful and if you have some tips that you’d like to share with us, feel free to post them below in the comments.  Enjoy this weekend, everyone, and get ready for new posts to hit your inbox soon.

– Sy

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Home-based Business Product Fave!.. Really Useful Boxes.

Ever needed something to contain those little home office supplies that tend to accumulate on your desk?  Well, for the longest, I know I’ve needed a solution.  You know, something compact and would help me to keep my supplies organized and accessible.  One of the things that I stress with home-based business organization (… and the answer to my personal pet-peeve, might I add) is to store as little on the desk as possible.  So, this past weekend, I was doing some shopping for one of my projects and I found something that really caught my interest so much that I had to share it as the first of my product faves* posts.

Really Useful Box review

I found these very useful and durable little boxes whose name reflects just that.  From Really Useful Boxes Ltd. in the U.K., comes these 0.14 liter-stackable boxes perfect for storing small items.  They’re great for things like paper clips, pushpins, staples, and even a collection of thumb drives.  It’s also great for small household items, especially small toolbox items.  What I enjoy most is that they come in transparent colors so that you can see the contents in them without necessarily having to label them.  They have removable lids and tabs that snap firmly into place to keep everything inside secured.

I felt like a kid in a candy store for about a split second because I kept thinking about all those small, pesky items on my desk that needed to be properly contained and I mean come on… I know we’re professionals here but you can’t deny how cute they are.  You can store them away or on the desk with very little interference to your workspace.  They come in various sizes, colors, and styles.  I grabbed these transparent boxes for $1/each at my local A.C. Moore craft store.  You can also find them in one of your local Office Depot or Office Max stores.

Oh yeah, mama is a happy woman now:)

*I have NOT been contacted by any companies mentioned in this post to provide this review.  The decision to provide this information and the commentary was my decision and was based on my actual experience.