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Tip 59: Download Entertainment for your Travels

Depending on your mode of transportation, movies or TV shows may be available during your trip.  However, there is no guarantee that you’ll like the options provided.  To help the trip go by faster, download your favorite programs to your laptop, tablet or phone before you leave.  Movies can be rented for as little as 99 cents from your favorite online provider and results in hours of entertainment.  If you decide to not watch a rented movie that you downloaded, it may be available for up to 30 days for you to watch later.

 

 

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Tip 51: Traveling with Pets

Taking your favorite pet with you on your next trip? You will want to do your research on pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, flight guidelines and more.

Here’s some advice to get you started:

http://petfriendlytravel.com/

https://www.bringfido.com/destination/

https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/dog-friendly-travel-tips

If you travel regularly with your pets, what tips would you recommend for someone less familiar?

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Tip 50: Borrow travel books

I admit I am mostly a consumer of digital content these days and mostly rely on podcasts and Google searches to learn about areas I am traveling to. Still there is a huge benefit to travel books and maps..I love maps! So while we have previously suggested ebooks and related apps, this tip is all about the good old fashion page turner.

Have you considered borrowing travel books rather than buying them? Honestly I hadn’t as I regularly buy the cheapest, newest used book I can find on Amazon, but recently my son wanted to spend a rainy afternoon wondering around the library…and I wasn’t about to discourage that. I was surprised at how many travel books, magazines and videos were available for loan at our local library. We’ll definitely be back soon!

Now off to study up for our upcoming Cuba trip!

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Tip 46: Don’t rely on airport or hotel USB ports

Maybe it is just my luck, but the airport USBs never work. Even though they are now placed in very convenient spots around the seats at the gates, they are usually broken or don’t seem to be getting electricity. The best bet to avoid this problem in a hotel room, train station or airport is to carry the socket part so you can use good ole outlets rather than hoping you’ll find a working USB port.

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Tip 33: Best travel pillows

Hi Lead.Travel.Pray. friends and family! It’s time for another #crowdsource answer. This is Rebecca and I have a problem with travel pillows. None, natta, not one seem to help me get comfortable to sleep. So help a girl out! Do you have a favorite travel pillow?  If so, share it with us here by commenting below.

Also, perhaps you have a favorite traditional pillow…you know the kind you sleep in a “normal” bed with?  We’d be interested to hear about that, too.  I mean…who doesn’t want to sleep better whether it be at home or on the road!

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Tip 22: Good ideas for traveling with medicine

If you are flying, you will want to be aware of how to best get liquid medicine, in particular, through security screening processes. You will also want to pack any critical medicines in your carry on so they are handy during flight.

The TSA site has a lot of good advice here: https://www.tsa.gov/blog/2014/09/05/tsa-travel-tips-traveling-medication

The CDC site has some advice on what to include in your travel health kit here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/pack-smart

For driving trips, we also heard some advice on purchasing a cooler that is powered by your cigarette lighter or USB-powered to keep any necessary medicines cold. Here’s one example – https://www.amazon.com/NutriChef-Portable-Electric-Thermoelectric-Refrigerator/dp/B06ZXZ7PDC/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1525730407&sr=8-11&keywords=best+travel+cooler