Driving Tips For Those Traveling Overseas This Summer Travel Season

With the summer travel quickly approaching, more and more people are starting to plan trips to Europe and other countries outside the US. While part of the attraction of traveling through Europe is that you can do so without the need for a car (the Eurorail is an amazing system), there are those that will want to rent a vehicle to do some exploring on their own. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re driving in a country that isn’t your own.

Obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP)

Valid in over 150 countries, this permit allows you to drive in numerous European countries, as well as having your name, photo, and driver information translated into ten languages. Available through AAA for only $15, this is a must have for anyone looking to drive outside the US. It is, however, still recommended that you carry your usual driver’s license with you when traveling as it provides extra identification for emergencies.

Learn the Rules of the Road for Where You’ll Be Traveling

Different countries have different rules for driving. Most European countries reserve the left lane for passing, with the middle and right lanes being used for travel. Some countries also require you to honk your horn as you come around a sharp corner or flash your lights before you pass so that others are aware of you. Learning which rules will apply to your travels is a good way to avoid misunderstandings and potential accidents.

Get Liability Insurance

No matter how many years you’ve been driving in the US, driving abroad is different, and having liability insurance to protect damage to a rental vehicle is a good way to protect yourself against financial responsibility and ruin. Most liability insurance overseas is very affordable, and that small investment can save you huge sums of money in the long run.

Practice Driving on the Opposite Side of the Road if You’ll Have to Abroad

If you’re traveling to countries like England or Australia, it’s a good idea to practice driving on the opposite side of the road before you go over there. Also, Europe makes great use of the traffic circle, so know beforehand who will have the right of way and how best to navigate them. Practicing ahead of time can help reduce stress and the possibility of accidents when you hit the busy streets of Europe.

Get a Good Map or GPS Programmed for Europe

Knowing where you’re traveling can help you to avoid going down the wrong road, getting lost, and ending up somewhere other than where you want. If your GPS is already programmed for Europe take it with you, otherwise, look into investing in one once over there or see if it’s something you can add to your vehicle at the time of rental. If not, spend the money on some quality maps that are easy to read and cover all of the places you’ll be traveling. Getting directions from locals may be tricky if there’s a language barrier, and nobody wants to get lost for hours on end while on vacation.

Buckle Up

Many countries have penalties for drivers not wearing their safety belt, many of them harsher than those faced in the US. Strapping in can help save you money, time, and your life. It’s just a good idea, so don’t forget to.


When traveling abroad, remember to relax, enjoy yourself, and have a good time. Driving yourself across German country sides isn’t quite the same as going through Nebraska, so make sure you take your time and really take in the scenes.

The Most Helpful Summer Travel Tips

Summers are here and with the sun shining bright on our heads and the mercury levels rising to a good 45 degree Celsius, we know that it’s here to stay. The month of May has started and that marks the month of final exams or summer break. The kids are already gearing up for an adventurous summer break but here’s what we think. Why not plan a summer holiday with family this year? Sending them off to a summer camp may seem like an ideal option but why send the kids away when you can plan and enjoy this adventure with them.

Summer is all about reunions, family, adventure and bonding. In our opinion travelling to a new place or visiting your hometown can be a fun activity if you take the below steps in consideration before you zip those bags!

Exercise! Exercise! Exercise!

We cannot even begin to explain how important it is to stay active and fit before or during your travel. People often confuse the concept of relaxation with no exercise. Absolutely not! Every holiday requires you to be physically fit, it’s quite clear that either you will be hiking, swimming, driving for long hours, walking or even sight-seeing. You cannot perform any of the stated activities unless you are active and robust. Hence start exercising or go for long walks as it will help build your stamina and improve your mental and emotional well-being as well. Why pay for such an expensive holiday if you are come back exhausted and watch TV rest of the day.

Eat Healthy

Fruits, vegetables and fresh fruit juices is what we have in store for your diet chart this summer. Remember a bag of crisps and cola may seem the perfect snack but isn’t this what you snack on all year round. If you are visiting a new country or a new culture then why don’t you indulgence yourself in their seasonal fruits and juices? it will keep you from being dehydrated and will fit in your fitness plan.Remember you don’t need those bags under your eyes from excessive salt and sugar intake!

Stay Hydrated

Remember it’s a “summer break”, the activities that you have planned for your holiday will require you come out in the sun for longer periods of time. It’s important to pack extra bottles of water with you at all times and take a fresh gulp of water from time to time to keep yourself hydrated and replenished. If you get dehydrated then in extreme situations there are chances of getting a heat stroke and fainting.

Pack Light And Wisely

While travelling it’s important to travel light and pack ONLY the most essential things otherwise you will have to spend most of the time worrying for your baggage other than enjoying your stay.


There is no such thing as a summer vacation without an SPF 30 at least. Invest in a good sunscreen and make it a habit of slathering it on your body before you head out in the sun to prevent skin problems and diseases in future.

Summer Travel? Make Sure Your Car Is Well-Maintained

Summer is the time for traveling. Thousands of Americans go to national parks, visit relatives in other states and look for ways to pass the time while having a good time with family and friends. Good memories are usually made during this time.

If you want to fill your time and your memories with awesome experiences, then you definitely need to ensure that your car is running smoothly and well-maintained. If you don’t do that before leaving, you may end up with a broken car in the middle of nowhere hundreds of miles away from home. Better be safe than sorry. Check your car for the following items. Unsure of how to do the following tips? Better bring your car to a mechanic.

Air filter. Ideally, air filters should be replaced two times a year. If you haven’t done so for a long time, you might want to do that now. It only takes about 10 minutes.

Tires. Is your tire inflated correctly? Does it have punctures? How many kilometers are left in its lifespan? Check the brand of your tires and its average lifespan or number of kilometers. Make sure that you put the correct tire pressure. Since it is the summer, the roads, especially asphalt and concrete, can be really hot.

Do you have a spare tire? You better! If you ever have a blown tire in the highway, this will really come in handy!

Basic Tools. How about the basic car tools? Make sure you pack in a good jack, your cross wrench and other wrenches (doesn’t really matter if it’s open or closed wrench, as long as it does the job), plus the early warning device. Include a screwdriver, vise grip, and other tools you may need.

Change oil and other fluids. Check the specifications of your car. Most cars require you to change motor oil every 5,000 kilometers. Other fluids such as transmission fluid, clutch and brake fluids may be changed every 10,000 kilometers. These are really important because they ensure the smooth operation of your vehicle.

Wipers. After the winter, you should also look at your wipers. Replace them as needed. If you change them now at the start of summer, you can use it until the winter. It might rain, or it might not, depending on your location and the climate in your area. But just in case it rains, a good wiper will help you travel comfortably.

Brakes. Check your brakes! And that includes the brake fluid and the brake pads. Especially, if you are going to the mountains. The last thing you want to happen is your car sliding downward on an incline because of slippery roads. If you don’t change your brake pads, it may cause damage on your braking system.

Battery. Your battery is important in starting and powering all electronic components of your car. During the winter, your battery was hard at work, so check it out for corrosion and other possible damage. Take a look at the batter terminals and the cables to ensure smooth operation

Headlights. Oh yes, summer is hot and the skies are usually clear. But if you plan to drive at night, make sure you have adequate headlights. If you’re traveling to the mountains, the fog may reduce visibility, so you should have the right halogen bulbs for such conditions.

Air-conditioning system. Summer means the heat can sometimes be unbearable. So make sure that your A/C system is in tiptop shape. Your car can literally cook you with the heat without a good air conditioning system.

Belts & Hoses. Check for cracks, holes, and loose connections. These hoses will keep the liquids circulating and will help your engine run as it should. Belts should not be too smooth or too dry. Replace these as needed.

Coolant and Radiator. Don’t ever travel with a busted radiator. Make sure the water level is at the right one, otherwise, your engine will overheat, and in severe cases, your engine might catch fire and explode. Bye-bye vacation. Bye-bye car. Coolants are also important. Replace the antifreeze and ensure correct coolant level.

It sounds tedious right? It should be. When it comes to your safety, you shouldn’t take chances. As you travel or just get on with a road trip, enjoy. And always keep safe!

Summer Travel With Moroccan Oil is Truly Easy!

While you may be vacationing in the Ozark Mountains this coming summer, you don’t have to give up on your hair routine. Doing such a thing would be the best way to ruin all of your hard work in getting your hair healthy. So think about a few things that the Moroccan Oil product line has that could be quite useful for you.

Anyone familiar with Moroccan Oil knows what a blessing the Travel Kit is. The kit includes four items-The Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair Shampoo & Conditioner, Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream and the ORIGINAL Moroccan Oil Treatment.

The Moroccan Oil Shampoo is a great way to improve the natural health of your hair. Proteins and oils are blended together with keratin to give you a well-balance shampoo. The combination of these ingredients is the key to your hair’s ability to rebuild itself when necessary.

Adding the Moroccan Oil Conditioner in to your hair’s regular routine of healthy living is also quite important. The Repair Conditioner does an excellent job of conditioning, because of all of the choice ingredients put together. There are specific ingredients that are all proteins or vegetable extracts. They contribute a lot towards the success of the Repair Conditioner in terms of being a detangler, as well as preventing breakage.

Frizz-free styling is possible thanks to the help of the Hydrating Styling Cream. Truly no more than two pumps will be all that you will need to control your hair. Whether you choose to put it in when your hair is dry or wet does not matter-you will still be able style your hair just as you want it.

As with all products in the line, the Hydrating Styling Cream works wonders thanks to the magic ingredient argan oil, which works on your hair to protect it as well. Best of all, the Hydrating Cream is usable by any type of hair, so that styling hair can be very simple!

An essential that should also go into your bag of tricks is the new.85oz travel size (I call it the “MO Mini”). Made just like the larger bottle, the “MO Mini” container provides the user with lots of benefits. Keeping hair soft and shiny so that it doesn’t lose its elasticity is one nice benefit.

Some users of the Moroccan Oil Treatment Travel Size are looking for a way to protect their hair from smog, and other environmental factors. This Moroccan Oil Treatment can do that, as well as control frizz. Controlling tangling is also a plus that many people are thankful for, and that is something that the Oil Treatment will do.

There is one other very simple thing that is quite often forgotten when it comes to summer travel. Hairbrushes. Yes, hairbrushes are important when traveling. Moroccan Oil Round brushes are the perfect complement to the Travel Kit and the travel size Oil Treatment. Made to repel water, yet distribute heat evenly, they are perfect blow-dry your hair into the perfect style.

Summer Travel Fuel Tips

The summer travel season is here and in case you didn’t notice the oil companies don’t care that you are paying $4.00 per gallon. Therefore I have done some research and located 5 tried and true methods by which you can do your best to make your vehicle as fuel efficient as possible.


Plan your route ahead of time. With GPS satellites and websites such as mapquest you have more tools then ever before to ensure you are taking the best route to get to where you are going. When planning your route eliminate as many left turns as possible. Left turns make you wait where as in most states you can make a right turn even on a red light.


Have you ever heard the expression, slow and steady wins the race? Well I have updated that for 2008 and the saying goes, slow and steady helps save some gas. Keep this rule in mind. The faster you drive the worse your gas mileage will be. Consumer Reports recently did a study using a Toyota Camry and found driving at 65mph instead of 55mph reduced the cars mileage from 40mpg to 30mpg. That’s a significant drop.


OK so you aren’t going to go out and buy some space aged aircraft to be more aerodynamic but you can lose that car carrier or luggage rack you have sitting on top of your vehicle. This creates drag on your vehicle which makes your car work hard to get to a certain MPH. Pack everything you need inside the vehicle.


OK this one is a bit harsh but it needs to be said. According to Consumer Reports hard accelerating and braking can reduce your fuel economy by up to 20%. Maintain an even speed whenever possible and use cruise control if your car has it.


Guess what? Idling gets you zero miles per gallon. If you aren’t moving or going anywhere turn the car off. If you are stopping at a fast food restaurant, forgo the drive through and go inside. If you must go through a drive through and are just sitting there then turn your engine off. If you are going to sit there for more than 30 second then shut your car’s engine off.

As you can see there is nothing extraordinary or mind boggling about these techniques. However if you start implementing them you can help save yourself some money on gas.

Get Your Passport Now for Summer Travel to the Caribbean

Two months after the U.S. Government instituted new passport regulations for Caribbean and Latin American travel under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), both foreign officials and visitors have called the initial transition a success. Requiring passports for air travel between the Caribbean and the United States, the WHTI was enacted to alleviate security concerns regarding U.S. border security. It was predicted by many that the initiative would create noticeable hassles for travelers and resorts in early 2007. Yet, most resorts and travel bureaus saw no decrease in American visitors, while tourists were able to make successful arrangements and navigate the new passport restrictions.

That said – don’t let the smooth initial transition catch you off guard. Travel experts speculate that the summer months could provide more difficulty for tourists and resorts alike. Due to the fact that so many of the visitors to Grand Cayman during the first few months of this year already possessed long-standing passports, the delays and hassles were minimal. Yet, as family travel to the Cayman Islands and the Caribbean picks up throughout the summer, experts fear that many tourists may overlook the new passport regulations – especially for their children.

If you have begun planning a family vacation to Grand Cayman, now is the time to add passport applications to the top of your checklist. As it takes at least 6 weeks (with some current reports at 10 weeks) for the U.S. State Department to process passports, submitting your applications now will give you enough time to plan your activities for the summer. Simply because there wasn’t a rush on new passport applications at the beginning of the year, doesn’t mean there won’t be a backlog of applications for the summer travel season.

For those concerned about the additional cost of passports for their family, some resorts have developed a unique solution. In an effort to lessen tourists’ concerns about the cost and hassle of passports, hotels and resorts – such as the Marriott and Renaissance Mexico and Caribbean Resorts – have implanted discounts to new passport holders. For instance, if you arrive at the Grand Cayman Marriott and the island is your first stamped destination, you will receive a $100 resort credit. In most cases, discounts like these simply require your family’s passports being shown to the front desk staff at the resort. Furthermore, as you probably finalized your passports well before travel, a credit like this could offer a nice financial cushion for your family vacation.

To help you plan the perfect Caribbean family vacation, here is helpful checklist for the passport application process. Remember, it is recommended to begin the passport application process as soon as you know you are going to travel to Grand Cayman or anywhere else throughout the Caribbean or Latin America:

o First, acquire proof of U.S. citizenship for all passport applicants. Most travelers use birth certificates, but expired passports can also be used.

o Have a pair of passport photos taken at a drugstore, copy shop or any other location.

o Obtain passport applications from the U.S. State Department website or from any post office or government facility.

o If anyone in your family is receiving their first passport, you must visit a passport acceptance facility with your passport photos, proof of citizenship and photo ID to have the applications validated. Passport acceptance facilities include courts, post offices, libraries and government offices. Check the U.S. State Department website for all locations.

o Send your applications with payment from these approved locations.

o If you have planned ahead, you shouldn’t need to expedite your passport application through the U.S. State Department. For $60, the Passport Services Office offers expedited shipping – usually ensuring delivery of passports within 3-4 weeks. Also, if you’re family is in a time crunch, several services can obtain passports in as little as 24 hours for a greater fee.

A Snorer’s Guide to Summer Travel

School is out and summer travel plans are getting underway. Whether you’re planning a camping trip, renting a house on the shore for a week, or visiting relatives on the other side of the country, summer is a way for us to relax and reconnect with family.

Unfortunately, if you’re one of the 50 million Americans who snore, sharing close quarters can not only be embarrassing, but put a damper on the entire vacation if you’re a guest in someone’s home or as a housemate in a vacation home. While your spouse may have learned to adjust to the noise of your snoring, it’s important to understand that your snoring can also interfere with the sleep patterns of family and friends in close proximity.

When someone is prevented from receiving their requisite hours of recuperative sleep, it can lead them to be irritable, experience daytime drowsiness, affect their ability to concentrate, and interfere with their response time when they drive. Absolutely nothing can ruin a vacation faster than cranky, over-tired children, and/or their parents.

However, realizing that your snoring is a problem that can be avoided, and by taking some steps ahead of time, you can prevent the issue altogether and ensure that your vacation will be full of energy and fun.

In-Office Procedures:

There are a few relatively new procedures that cure or drastically eliminate snoring that can be performed in just a few minutes in a snoring specialist’s office:

The Pillar® Procedure can be performed in a doctor’s office in about 20 minutes using only local anesthetic. It is effective to treat snoring that is caused by the fluttering of the soft palate, which occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax while asleep. The procedure involves three small polyester implants that are placed into the soft palate and over time, the implants, together with the body’s natural fibrotic response, provide support and stiffen the soft palate. This minimally invasive, simple and safe treatment for snoring and mild to moderate snoring including snoring caused by Obstructive Sleep Apnea, is a relatively painless procedure that is giving hope to snorers everywhere.

Balloon Sinuplasty™ is another relatively new procedure to treat blocked sinus passages for snoring that is caused by chronic sinusitis. It can also be performed in a doctor’s office on an out-patient basis. It uses a small, flexible, sinus balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways. When the balloon inflates, it widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining, and restores normal sinus drainage.

When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.

Over the counter treatments: There are additional treatments a snoring specialist can recommend that can aid you while on your vacation that don’t necessarily include other types of surgery. For example if obstruction in the nose or sinus cavity is the cause of your snoring, many patients get relief from using nasal strips. Antihistamines, decongestants as well as topical and systemic corticosteroids can also be of assistance.

Lifestyle Adjustments: Your snoring specialist may ask you for some lifestyle modifications before any of the above treatments are recommended. That is because there are a variety of influences that could cause you to snore.

Lose 5-10 pounds. Excess weight is the most common contributing factor to snoring. If there is time before your vacation, try losing weight, because even those that are mildly overweight find that weight loss can significantly reduce their snoring with even a modest weight loss of five to ten pounds.

Quit smoking. Since snoring leads to irritation and dryness of mucous membranes, quitting cigars or cigarettes is a lifestyle change that can have a dramatic impact on snoring.

Reduce consumption of alcohol and sedatives. Alcohol, sedatives, and sedating antihistamines lower muscle tone in the upper airways, causing an increased airway resistance and snoring. Many people who reduce these substances report improvements in their snoring.

Change your sleep position. For some people, an increased amount of obstruction occurs when they sleep on their backs. Described as positional snoring, this type of snoring can have a simple solution. Sew a ball into the pocket of a t-shirt and wear it backwards. This will keep you off your back during sleep.

Get an extra pillow. Some positional snorers also improve when the head of the bed is elevated.

Pack some earplugs. If you’re worried that the loudness of your snoring still won’t be under control, do your fellow vacationers a favor, and pack some earplugs for them. They’ll thank you for it.

With a little forethought, your snoring doesn’t need to interfere with you or your fellow vacationer’s sleep. Contact a snoring specialist near you today to get the treatment you need, to relax and enjoy your summer travels.

David Volpi, M.D., P.C., F.A.C.S. is a board-certified otolaryngology surgeon with Ear, Nose and Throat practices, Otolaryngology Associates, on the Upper West Side and Upper East Side and is a staff member of the best teaching hospitals New York City. Realizing that there is a lack of information on the part of the public about the potential severity of snoring, he founded The Manhattan Snoring and Sleep Center to be a place where snoring patients can go for expert information, diagnosis and treatment. As a recognized authority throughout the country for his work in snoring disorders, he is also the author of the definitive guide book on the diagnosis and treatment of snoring: Wake Up! You’re Snoring…

Ensure Your Car Doesn’t Fail You During Summer Travel

We’ve all been there before. We make plans to have a great day out with friends and or family when the summer arrives and the weather is beautiful. The sky is clear and blue, the sun is shining, the temperatures is nice and dry and hot, you’re driving out to the beach, and then your car fails in one way or the other, ruining the day. Here are some tips to ensure that your car will never fail you on your way to a special summer day.

First of all, you need to make sure that all the fluids in your car are stocked and fresh. You want to make sure the major fluids are in good working order, so be sure to check your oil, your radiator fluid and your windshield washer fluid. While you can pick up more of these fluids at many gas stations and other stores, it’s better to not have to run into a problem and then try and fix it on the fly. Getting a check up, or even an oil change, before you plan any kind of major trip is a good idea.

The same holds true for making sure your windshield wiper blades work well. There are few things worse, or more dangerous, than having windshield wipers that don’t work when you run into problems. Think about it, there are two main uses for your windshield wipers- your windshield has gotten really dusty or dirty, or it is raining heavy. A lot of summer driving involves going off the beaten path, along dusty roads, or putting your car in situations where you’ll need to clear off your windshield. We all also know that there are few things more common than a flash summer rain storm that comes out of nowhere. Both of these are bad times to realize your windshield wipers don’t work, as it is extremely dangerous to drive in any situation with severely reduced visibility.

Another contingency to look out for is a blown tire. You should make sure your spare tire is in good working order, and that you have all the tools necessary to put on a new one. I can’t count the number of times I’ve run into people on the side of the road who either don’t have a spare, or don’t have the tools to replace their blown out tire. It goes without saying that you should also make sure that you actually know how to change a tire. There’s no point in being materially prepared without having the skills to actually fix the problem.

It also should go without saying that you should keep your eye on your gas tank at all times. Summer driving often involves long stretches of tooling around for long distances without running into a gas station. And you don’t want to be that person walking miles down the road with a small can hiking to the nearest station in the blazing sun.

Being prepared is the word when it comes to summer travel. It can be the source of a lot of fun, but only if your car is in good working order and you are prepared for the little emergencies that may very well attempt to spoil your day.

How to Save Money on Summer Travel

I always have the travel itch. Since I was young, traveling with my family has opened my eyes to priceless experiences. When I graduated from college and joined the workforce, traveling was always a good break from work. It could be a day trip, or going away for the weekend. My love for discovering new places has taught me how to how budget wisely for trips. If you are fond of traveling, especially flying, you must know these money saving secrets:

• Fly mid-week. Because most people prefer to travel early or late in the week or on weekends, airlines offer their best deals for departures on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

• Buy tickets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Not only are Tuesdays and Wednesdays the cheapest days to travel, they are also the best days to book your travel, even if you can’t travel those days. When major airlines announce a special airfare deal, they usually do it on a Tuesday. That also makes
Wednesdays and Thursdays a good time to shop for fares as other airlines scramble to match the discount.

• Book airfare and hotel together. It pays to bundle your travel buying, and I tried that with Travelocity. “Despite higher airfare, travelers can still enjoy great deals on summer travel. We see typical savings of up to $525 for people who simply book their flight and hotel together,” a Travelocity representative had said. One good place to look is the “Top Secret Hotels” list at Travelocity.com, which has offers of up to 45 percent off published rates.

• Let the deals come to you! It’s easy to do. Simply sign up to receive special airfare discount alerts by e-mail. But you won’t get these from the airlines themselves. The best places to sign up for such alerts are travel web sites that keep constant watch on what’s happening across the entire travel universe.

• Consider alternative airports. For example, five airports serve the Los Angeles area. Flying into Long Beach, Burbank, Ontario, or Orange County instead of LAX can save as much as $200 per ticket. The car rental cost might also be lower at these smaller airports (not to mention easier to access).

• Add a stop. Most travelers prefer non-stop flights. But if you’re willing to part with a little extra time to reach your destination, including flight itineraries with a stop or change of planes can put money back in your pocket.

Don’t Let Summer Travel Take a Toll on Your Sleep

Summer is a great time to take vacations and to see family and friends that you haven’t seen in a long time. But traveling and hot summer weather can take a toll on your sleeping patterns. If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t sleep well if you are not at home in your own bed, or if you are not able to follow your normal sleeping routine then you might find your dream vacation or reunion with family and friends interrupted with insomnia or other problems related to lack of sleep.

Summer travel can be strenuous as you change climates – going from cool air conditioned surroundings to the hot outdoors. Summer travel also often involves sleeping in a strange place. When you’re sleeping in a hotel room or in someone’s guest room you might not have an air conditioner and, as a result, are too warm. Or, your air conditioner might be too high and you could be too cold, or your bed could be too hard or too soft, there are hundreds of little things that can cause you to have trouble falling asleep.

Not getting enough sleep can cause you to be cranky or to have trouble staying awake during the day. You don’t want to miss out on a fun vacation or a visit with family or friends because you are not sleeping well at night do you? Of course not, but what can you do about it?

There are several things that you can do to help yourself sleep better when you’re away from your own room and your own bed.

One thing that you can do is to bring some familiar bedtime items from home with you when you travel to help get you relaxed and ready to sleep. You might bring a pillow from your bed, or one of your favorite blankets, or pack your favorite robe and slippers.

Another great way to remind yourself of home without having to lug around a lot of extra baggage is to pack some of the tea that you always drink at bedtime and have a cup before you turn in.

Alcohol is one of the first lines of defense people turn to when they have problems falling asleep. While it is true that alcohol can help a person fall asleep faster and easier, it has been proven time and again that alcohol actually contributes to sleep problems, since it has a negative effect on the quality of sleep. So, that is not the answer.

The best thing you can do is recreate your normal bedtime routine when you’re traveling in the summer. The more you are able to do this the easier it will be for you to get the sleep you need.