“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Packing mishaps range from merely inconvenient (heading to the Caribbean without your favorite swimsuit) to downright disastrous (finding you’ve left the country without your wallet or medication) but most are preventable.
To help you arrive with everything you need, we’ve created this ultimate packing list for your checked bag, complete with suggestions of items to separate out into a carry-on. Print it out, then customize it for your trip by crossing out list items that don’t apply to you and adding any new ones that do.
Schedule meetings at your destination based on the time zone from which you are departing. If you live on the West Coast and have a meeting in New York, set the meeting for 1:00 p.m., which would be 10:00 a.m. according to your internal clock. This allows you to stay focused and remain at your best during such meetings, especially if you’re taking a short trip with a rapid turnaround.
Exercise in the morning after you land, especially if you can do so outdoors in the sunshine or in a brightly lit gym. The lights and activity help your body naturally reset its internal clock, speeding your recovery. If you have trouble getting up, set an alarm clock to help you.
JetBlue Airways came in tops followed by Southwest and Alaska airlines in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 rankings of airline rewards programs released Tuesday. The magazine looked at ticket prices, how easy it is to earn rewards, and the number of flights an airline operates in assessing the top 10 frequent-flier programs.
But there’s a big caveat that comes with the report too: Where you live and where you fly determines whether top-ranked programs will work for you. For example, the report notes that JetBlue’s TrueBlue program favors travelers “based in East Coast and Florida cities … who primarily fly domestically and to the Caribbean.”
That said, JetBlue got high marks for allowing fliers to earn points on partner airlines (Emirates and Hawaiian Airlines) as well as on car rentals and hotel stays. And you can earn points by using a JetBlue credit card to buy a seat for someone else. On the downside, JetBlue has fewer destinations than bigger airlines.
The rest of the programs are:
Airline reward programs are free to enroll, at least at the basic level. Here are the entire U.S. News & World’s rankings that compare reward programs.
Another good comparative report comes from the Points Guy website. In April it ranked best reward programs for things like upgrades and other extras specifically for transcontinental frequent fliers. American Airlines and United Premier came out on top.
As the Silver State prepares to celebrate its 150th birthday, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno is launching its newest exhibit, “The 36thStar: Nevada’s Journey from Territory to State.
From Aug. 2-Nov. 2, three of the museum‘s galleries will display historic artifacts and photographs to highlight how in just three years Nevada went from becoming a territory to a state. Congress officially recognized the nation’s newest state on Oct. 31, 1864.
The hand-painted American flag with 36 stars that flew over Ft. Ruby, in the wilderness of eastern Nevada, is among the significant artifacts. Dr. John Long, who was the post’s surgeon, took the flag home with him to Ohio after his tour of duty. It’s now property of the Nevada State Library and Archives.
The Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, will join the exhibit from Oct. 30-Nov. 2. It will be on loan from the National Archives for a rare appearance.
The art museum, 160 W. Liberty St. in downtown Reno, is open 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission costs $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and $1 for children 6-12.
Most Americans tend not to stray too far from their family’s roots, making long drives on the interstate an integral part of the holiday ritual.
The first step to ensure a smooth car trip is to keep your car in good working order. As temperatures drop during November and December, being stuck on the side of the road while waiting for an overworked tow-truck driver is not the place to be. Before you leave, have a qualified mechanic check all the car’s vitals: brakes, battery, fluid levels, tire pressure, light bulbs and any parts that need regular maintenance.
As with all long-distance winter road trips, it’s wise to bring emergency equipment, such as a first-aid kit, flashlight, blankets, drinking water and snacks, along with flares and jumper cables. An ice scraper and chains for the tires will also come in handy. While a white Christmas is great for the memories, it’s not ideal for winter driving conditions.
Pad your schedule to allow plenty of time for the drive. Like shopping malls, the roads are busiest on the days right before and after the major holidays. If possible, take an extra day off to reduce the chances of being lodged in a traffic jam.
Once on the road, drive carefully, patiently and stifle any burgeoning impulses of road rage. Try not to view other cars and traffic signals as personal obstacles. Work with your fellow drivers and not against them. Indicate during lane changes and give everyone plenty of room. Also, be forgiving when someone demonstrates reckless driving.
Don’t leave valuables in your car. Pack all items, especially brightly wrapped packages, in the trunk. If afraid of squashed bows, wait until you arrive to wrap the gifts.
Overall, try to make driving fun, and view it as part of the holiday, not as a chore. If traveling with children, get everyone involved by singing or reminiscing about favorite past holidays. The ride will be over before you know it, and you’ll actually look forward to the drive back home.