As I slide closer to my 60th birthday on January 24th, 2013 there are a few travel-type things I wish I had known when I was the age of the M.L.T.S. readers. That said, it is still likely that you will have to figure it out the finer details as you develop your own travel style.
Dr. J: Guard your passport with your life!
Guard your passport with your life. Watching my friend go through the hassle of having her passport replaced in Nairobi after she had her handbag snatched was a very long and very dull experience. The best option is an over-the-body document pouch that you wear under your clothes. The round-the-neck ones are okay, but the pouch is sturdier and makes it harder for thieves to rob you. Stash a photocopy of your passport in your suitcase. And, as a further back-up, scan a copy to an email address you can download from anywhere. Continue reading
This summer, I’ll be traveling out of the country for the first time on a family cruise. Grammy’s taking a bunch of us to celebrate her 80th birthday — and on my birthday, the day before hers, I’ll be snorkeling! I’ve got my passport and my hot leopard-print maillot ready to go — but I’ve been wondering what I’ll use to carry my valuables.
It appears that Etsy will come to the rescue yet again. Under the name Owl Say Designs, stay-at-home mom Kelley Terrill creates and sells passport covers, travel wallets, luggage tags and other products that come in handy when traveling. I want one of her Fabric Travel Clutches.
Terrill allows customers to choose the fabric and make some decisions about the layout of this incredibly handy clutch. First you go to her Flickr account, where she has pictures of all the fabric choices available. My favorites are F35 and F72. Then you purchase the clutch on Etsy, including your fabric choice in the “Note to Seller.”
The picture above shows all the dimensions and pockets of the $30 Fabric Travel Clutch. And I didn’t think it was at all possible to get more excited about this trip! – Rosella Eleanor LaFevre