Monthly Archives: November 2008

Rainbow Travel Tips & Tidbits 29 November 2008

First Aid Kit for the Traveler

first_aid_kit

This is a collection of items that I keep in my First Aid Kit when I travel for pleasure and business.  It’s just regular things that you can pick up at any drug store.  They don’t get used often but when I do happen to need something, I’m glad I have it packed.

Pepcid Complete
The drug eases heartburn by combining a stomach-acid reducer with an antacid. Please note, if you are taking an antibiotic, antacids may reduce their effectiveness.

Band-Aids & Antibiotic Ointment
I choose a variety of band-aid sizes to cover all situations, from a paper cut to a scraped limb. An antibiotic ointment like Polysporin comes in handy to help prevent infection.

Advil
The ibuprofen in Advil not only reduces pain and fevers, it can also relieve inflammation of the muscles and tendons after a strenuous day of shopping, day tripping, etc.

Insect Repellent
Repellents with higher concentrations of deet protect longer against bugs. Look for something with at least 30 percent deet. Some brands also feature a time-release formula for protection from 8 to 12 hours.

Dramamine
Dramamine helps prevent motion sickness.  It’s supposed to be taken at least 30 minutes before traveling. Be mindful of it’s affect on you and the length of your flight.  Dramamine makes you drowsy and it may impact your ability to drive when you reach your destination.

Imodium A-D
When diarrhea strikes, Imodium can help stop the symptoms quickly. Pepto Bismol is another option but does take abit longer to take affect.

Benadryl
This helps to alleviate hay fever symptoms and can also be used to treat hives and an itchy nose or throat caused by food allergies.

Sunscreen
I prefer Neutrogena sunscreens which are made with a formula called Helioplex.  The company claims that it helps stop UVA absorbers from degrading too quickly, this makes the sunscreen last longer.

Cortaid
Cortaid Maximum Strength anti-inflammatory cream contains 1 percent hydrocortisone.  This is the highest concentration available without a prescription. The cream soothes rashes and bug bites.

Rainbow Travel Tips & Tidbits – 17 November 2008

beach-umbrella

Tip #6

When traveling to beaches, always make sure to bring talc (baby) powder. It is a miracle worker in getting rid of the sand (especially w/children*) and of course, then you always smell nice. * Not recommended for babies and very small children.

luggage-tag

Tip #7

One thing I always tell my clients, is put a copy of your name, phone number, and where you will be inside your luggage. You never know when the one you have outside tears off.

packing-clothes

Tip #8

Here’s a tip……………..how to help my clients deal with the new changes of airlines charging now for more than 1 bag! Tell them to roll their clothes when packing, as not only do they wrinkle less, but you can
pack more into one bag!

passport

Tip #9

A good suggestion for anyone travelling is to avoid being a target of crime. Do not wear conspicuous clothing or jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money.  Also, do not leave unattended luggage in public areas and do not accept packages from strangers.

Rainbow Travel Tips & Tidbits – 9 November 2008

canadian_dollar

Vacation Sell Off’s Start Super Early!

There is so much doom and gloom out there to grab the media headlines but really things are not that bad for the traveller.

There are still lots of bargain vacations to be had out there. All of the big tour operators in Canada have covered themselves by the usual practice of buying their accommodation ahead of time and therefore fixing prices before the latest stock market turmoil when the Canadian Dollar was high.

The recent fuel price decrease has also helped  and you will find that all inclusive vacations represent amazing value this winter season by being priced hundreds of dollars less than last winter season which has also been helped by the reduction in the American market demand for vacations to the main hot spots like Mexico and the Caribbean. This has encouraged the hoteliers in those resorts to make their prices more favourable for other markets such as the Canadian traveler.

So don’t wait until the last minute to see if the price will tumble, they already have!

Check our website a couple times a week for the latest specials:  http://www.rainbowtravelonline.com/specials

If there is a destination that you’re interested in but don’t see it on our list of special fares and packages, call / email us (info@rainbowtravelonline.com)! We’ll find you a very competitve price.