Alyson's packing tips for your tropical vacation!

January 24, 2017

Here are some tips on what to pack for your hot holiday, of course you will think of other things but these are my must haves & rules wink

  1. 2 months before your departure date, try on all your exsisting swim wear & summer clothes to see what you will need to purchase.
  2. Keep an eye out for on sale sun screen, always check the expiry date & ensure you get a small travel one for your carry on. I have witnessed too many times, people forget or lose their sun screen & it will cost you roughly $25.00-$30.00 American for a 236ml bottle at the resort, I got mine at the drug store for $5.00!! I always bring a few bottles & after sun lotion too. Always keep any liquids in a well-sealed plastic bag!
  3. Bring all the necessary meds you might need, like: tea tree oil for cuts, scrapes, burns, bites, rashes, & unsighlty break outs, Polysporn, quick dissolve Imodium, Zantac, Pepto-Bismal, Band-Aids, Benedryl, Advil/Tylenol, Advil/Tylenol Flu & cold & probiotics. For your prescription drugs, you will most likely need a document from your Dr.      (if you need to take Dukoral, which is now over the counter, you need to take it at least a month before you go)   
  4. Insect repellant is a must for those of us who always get bitten, I love Watkins cream!! 
  5. For Ladies, remember to pack the right bras for your dresses! Once, I forgot my strapless bra and YES, all my dresses were of course strapless! Thank goodness and by some absolute miracle there was a Mega store across the street from the resort, it saved me!!! 
  6. Shoes, shoes, shoes... you want to bring them all, but lets face it, you will wear either a dark or light pair of flip flops the entire time & one fancy pair for evenings! If you like to keep active, bring your runners and remember socks!!
  7. Some kind of sun protection for your head, a hat or bandana. A big beautiful brimmed hat can be a pain to travel with but if you love it, carry it on the plane.
  8. 5 dresses MAX. I just cringe when someone tells me what to pack in the dress department, but its kinda true, you do only need 5 unless you're staying longer than 2 weeks. 
  9. A couple of bathing suit covers or sarongs, generally I have a favorite and want to wear that one, but sometimes it's still wet from the day before, so, its great to alternate them! 
  10. Make sure you've got a minimun of 2 to 3 swimsuits & bottoms, you will want diversity and like I said in tip 9, sometimes things don't dry all the way through for the next day! 
  11. Last but not least, bring a swimsuit, cover/sarong, flipflops & sunscreen in your carry on. You never know with luggage and you may have to wait to check in, this way you can start your vacation as soon as you arrive!!! 

Happy travelling, be prepared and have the best time EVER!!! 

Love Alyson 

How to Extend the Life of Your Swimwear

January 06, 2017

  1. Make sure you wash your swimsuit after each and every wear - even if  you don't go in the water.  Sunscreens contain ingredients that can be damaging to the fabric.
  2. Do NOT throw your swimsuit in the washing machine or use just any old detergent.  To extend the life of your suit hand wash and use a detergent specifically designed for delicates or high spandex-content fabrics.  
  3. Never wring out your swimwear as doing so may damage the spandex fibers - lay the suit flat to dry.
  4. Do not soak a swimsuit overnight as it can loosen the fibers.
  5. Don't let swimsuit dry in direct sun.
  6. Do not put swimsuit in the dryer - heat weakens the elasticity of the spandex - Same reason you should not wear your favorite suit in the Jacuzzi.
  7. Do not sit on rough surfaces while wearing a swimsuit.  The concrete beside the pool or wood from lounge chairs may snag the swimsuit material.

Holiday Season Travel Tips

December 13, 2016

  1. Verify with your airline or travel agent to ensure you have the proper ID for checking in at the airport.
  2. Arrive at the airport with plenty of time to check-in and pass through secuirty in time to catch your flight. Remember Christmas and New Year's Eve are the busiest travel times of the year.
  3. Ensure your carry on baggage meets the requirements of your airline.  If traveling on more than one airline make sure requirements are not different.
  4. Make sure wrapped presents are in your checked baggage as airport security may open these presents.
  5. Ensure you put your ID, Prescription Meds, Mobile Devices, Keys and Jewellery in your carryon baggage.
  6. If you have small travellers with you - bring snacks, books, toys, movies etc. to keep them entertained.
  7. If possible travel on OFF Peak Days.
  8. With Canadian winters make sure you plan for the unexpected...delays, snowstorms, fog etc....
  9. Leave your expensive jewellery at home & reduce the risk of robbery.
  10. Bring hand sanitizer and wipes to keep your hads and surfaces clean.  The tray on the airplane is one of the dirtiest surfaces on the plane - wipe down when you get on the plane.
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