Hints From Heloise: A travel tip, and a call for more

By Hints From Heloise
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Dear Heloise:

Several years ago, my wife was teaching at a school where she had several high school students attend a national convention. There would be a lot of inexperienced travelers at the baggage carousel, and a lot of confusion. Some of the students had not experienced travel by air.

I suggested that the group stick brightly colored file-folder labels on all sides of each piece of their baggage -- all using the same color(s) of labels. The labels are available in several colors at the office supply store, and are inexpensive. Some labels are removable, and one package will label several pieces of baggage. If there is concern about someone else using the same color, use two or more colors in a pattern on each side of the luggage.

Count the bags as they are checked and retrieved, and do not expect anyone else to save your bag for you. One or two members of the group can take the baggage from the carousel. Just remember to count all pieces with the same color.

Al from New Mexico

Al, fantastic travel hints, even for us seasoned travelers or folks going on vacation only once a year. Those black rolling bags sure can look alike, and there are a lot of them.

P.S.: Any other travel hints to share? Send them in, and we will print as many as possible.

Dear Heloise:

A few years ago, when my grandchildren were still young, they insisted on using a huge beach towel to dry their tiny bodies. I came up with the idea of cutting those towels in half and hemming the raw edges so that they didn't ravel. This cut the amount of laundry in half, and they still got to use their beach towels.

This same grandson seems to have inherited his grandmother's frugality, and recently told me he had found a place to buy great clothes at a fabulous price. Turns out that it's a store that sells gently used clothes at a fraction of the price of new. He thinks it's a hoot and delights in his finds. He always manages to look well-groomed in his new/old duds.

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