Dear Heloise: First, let me say I love your column and read it every day. When I read your article on travel advice from Joan Crawford, one of my favorites, I was especially interested.
Here is my take on PERFECT PACKING: I keep plastic bags from the dry cleaners in my suitcases and use them for each individual suit, blouse or dress on hangers. I then fold them, in their plastic bag and on a hanger, and put them in the suitcase.
When I arrive at my destination, I unpack each item and hang it up. As I use the items, I place the plastic bag with the hanger back in my suitcase, and put worn or soiled clothes on top.
When packing pressed items not on hangers, I just place a plastic bag between each fold. My clothes are always wrinkle-free.
In my overnight bag, I keep a laminated 5-by-7-inch index card of items never to forget, such as medications, travel umbrella, tennis shoes and socks, nightgown, etc. On the other side of the same card, I list toiletries, such as soap, lip balm, hair spray, toothpaste, etc. This laminated card lives in my overnight case, and I keep a duplicate in my suitcase. I hope this helps someone. -- Dorothy from Houston
Dorothy, a few tried-and-true travel hints that will help make sure everything is packed. -- Heloise
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Dear Heloise: I have a pain-saving hint for people who, like me, are undergoing radiation therapy. The labels in my shirts scratched against the back of my neck where I had received the radiation, and it was very painful and irritating.
I could have cut the labels out of my shirts, but I didn’t want to. Instead, I used adhesive first-aid strips to cover the labels. I used the cloth-type strips, and the scratching and irritation stopped. Just remember to take them off before you put the shirt in the laundry. -- Wes in Kansas
Wes, thank you for sharing this hint, and I do hope your therapy was successful! -- Hugs, Heloise
Dear Heloise: My husband and I occasionally use tortillas or other flat breads, and I keep them in the freezer. I had a problem with them breaking when taking some out of the package.
Now, before I put them in the freezer, I open the package and put a piece of plastic wrap between each tortilla, etc., so we can take out as many as needed, reseal the package, and no broken pieces to throw out. -- Carol, via e-mail
Dear Heloise: I recycled the crisper, meat and cheese drawers from my old refrigerator. I cleaned them and stored them. When I want to transport food for a potluck dinner, they work great to put the pot or dish in. No spills to clean up in the car. Keep printing the good hints! -- Luci in Bernville, Pa.
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