Dear Heloise: Can you please reprint your hints on programming ICE (In Case of Emergency) numbers into your cellphone? -- Hal in Tennessee

I sure can! There are two ways that are recommended by experts to list emergency numbers on your phone. First, you can put a period (.) or the letter “A’’ before the emergency contacts so that they are listed at the top of your contacts list. Second, you should list the contact as “ICE-Mom,” or “ICE- Husband,” etc.

Most emergency technicians and hospital personnel will look under the letter “I’’ for contact numbers. Hopefully, this information will never be needed, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. -- Heloise



P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE



Dear Heloise: I tend to overpack when traveling, and my clean and dirty clothes were getting mixed together. I would get home and not remember which clothes were clean and which were dirty, and I ended up having to wash them all. I now fold up a plastic garbage bag and take it with me. I place the dirty clothes in the bag once worn. Now they stay separate in my luggage, and I know which are clean. -- Debbie in Florida

Good hint, and if you forget the plastic trash bag, you can use the plastic laundry bag provided by the hotel. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: Many people use online banking and receive paperless billing statements. Here is a hint for them. Before closing out any account, go online and print out or save statements to your computer. Once you close the account, you may no longer have access to those statements, and you may need them for future reference. This also could be helpful for retirement accounts, etc. -- A Reader in Kentucky


Dear Heloise: I was looking for an activity for my son. I wanted something like a sandbox that he could dig in and play inside. I mixed dry, raw white rice with food coloring of my choice (you can make it dark, light or even mix the two) and added a tablespoon of vinegar for each cup of rice. I placed it on a foil-lined baking sheet in a thin layer and baked it in the oven on 150 F for a while to dry. I then put all the rice (I made two different colors) in a large, flat, plastic tub with a lid and added a couple of beach toys. My son loves it, and he can even play with it inside on a rainy day. -- Crafty, via e-mail


Dear Heloise: Just a friendly reminder to all of your readers who are pet owners: If you move, make sure to notify the microchip company and veterinarian of your new information. If your pet gets lost and is picked up, having a microchip isn’t going to help if the contact information listed isn’t correct. A quick phone call is all it takes. -- R.R., via e-mail

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