My 5 “Must Haves” for Weekend Getaways

Once the warm weather starts, my husband and I pack up the kids and head to our little sanctuary up north. There is bound to be something left behind with the numerous trips we make, but I always make sure that these five items are in my purse or diaper bag before the car rolls of out of the driveway.

1. Sunscreen: I have talked about this many times, but Badger Unscented SPF 30 sunscreen is the best sunscreen for my kids. It is a bit thick, since zinc oxide is the main ingredient, but the protection it provides is worth it. Even my little girl, who inherited by husbands’s English/Irish complexion, stays burn-free with this product. Since we are outdoors most of the time, this is a must!

2. Insect repellent: Did I mention that the mosquito is the area’s national animal?! Wearing light-colored clothing and covering as much possible helps, but we also spray Quantum Buzzaway Insect Repellent to help keep these pesky insects away. Made with essential oils, it is even safe to use on my 1-year-old. Continue reading “My 5 “Must Haves” for Weekend Getaways”

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Green Travel: 3 Ways To Make Hotel Stays Greener, Not Less Comfortable

Hotels are making strides in reducing waste, energy use, and sustainability. Most major chains have put in place eco-friendly operating policies.  Some hotels even offer guests green options such as skipping linen and towel service, with bonuses as an incentive if you do. My favorite is allowing guests to earn meals by generating enough electricity from the exercise bike in the health club.

But as a temporary resident of a hotel, there are things you can do as well to make your stay more eco-friendly and greener. Here are three:

1) Re-use your towels and linens for 2-3 days rather than having them changed every day. At home you probably do not launder your towels after every use. There is no reason to do that when you are traveling away from home, either.  A lot of water, energy, and detergent can be saved if most guests would reuse towels and linens for just one additional day. Continue reading “Green Travel: 3 Ways To Make Hotel Stays Greener, Not Less Comfortable”

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Green Travel Guilt?

When traveling long distances, it may be inevitable to travel by air. Before you feel guilty about boarding the plane, keep in mind that air travel may be the fastest, most cost-effective, and sometimes greenest mode of available transportation to your destination.

That’s right. Greenest. For all the carbon emissions per passenger, remember that the airplane will be traveling to its destination whether or not you are sitting in that seat (and the incremental carbon emissions due to adding you to the passenger manifest is minimal), so the decision to avoid air travel, and drive or take a bus instead, is not always a very green one. Continue reading “Green Travel Guilt?”

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Travel Essentials this Summer

Traveling should be relaxing and enjoyable. Unfortunately, it can also be hard on your body. Recycled air on flights exposes you to cold and flu germs and jet lag can make you lose valuable days of vacation time. And, eating foods that you are not used to can also cause digestive distress. Being prepared before you travel can make the difference between a miserable trip and a memorable one.

Here are some supplements that will make your life a little better while you travel. Continue reading “Travel Essentials this Summer”

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