Car Travel Tips with Children

Posted in Reno Reservations, Reno Rooms, Reno Travel, Travel, Travel Tip with tags , , , , , , , on October 25, 2014 by Reno Lake Tahoe Reservations


No, you’re not almost there yet — in fact, you haven’t left your ZIP code. When a trip to the grocery store leaves your kids whining from boredom, the prospect of a family road trip is enough to inspire nightmares, and unless you have a bus fitted with private bunks and a fridge stocked with snacks, you might imagine your kids will spend the whole trip cranky and bickering. Don’t assume the worst, though. With plenty of advance prep and an arsenal of distractions ready to keep little ones happy, this is going to be your best trip yet.

Step 1

Outfit the car with gear that should keep the kids physically comfortable. Attach sun shades to un-tinted side windows to keep the back of the vehicle cool. Place a blanket at each child’s spot in the car in case he feels the air conditioning is too cold; you might also pick up battery-operated personal fans for kids to use when they feel warm. Stow a small pillow for each child to ensure comfortable napping; neck pillows are ideal for kids stuck in middle seats.

 Step 2
Create a seat schedule if your children always fight about who sits where and when. (This only works if all your kids are out of car seats.) Divide up each leg of the trip into parts equaling the number of kids; for instance, with three kids, break a nine-hour trip into three-hour blocks. Assign kids to their seats on a rotating basis, or let each child have his choice of seats for one leg of the trip. Keep the schedule with you in the front seat to avoid confusion about whose turn is when.

Step 3

Dress every child in his most comfortable clothes. Let kids wear pajama bottoms, oversized T-shirts and bedroom slippers if they want. Ask each child to keep one sweatshirt or light jacket with him in the car. He can use it to cover up a sloppy outfit before going into a rest stop or pull it on if he wants more comfort.

Step 4

Load a bag with snacks. Keep it within your reach, or stow it in the trunk and pull out a few new items at every stop. Pick low-sugar foods, since you don’t want confined kids on a sugar rush; nutrition expert Joy Bauer suggests string cheese, whole nuts, rice cakes and sliced oranges and apples as tasty low-sugar snacks. Dole out a snack every few hours to keep kids feeling satisfied. Keep a jug of filtered water in a cooler to refill everyone’s water bottles periodically.

Step 5

Give each child a paper bag to fill with books, video games, stuffed animals or handheld devices — including earphones and extra batteries — to keep at his seat. Ask that he pack the rest of his toys in his suitcase to prevent the car from feeling like it’s stuffed with junk. Pick up a few surprises, like new coloring books and handheld travel games, to pull out once you’re on the road.

Step 6

Schedule stops every two to three hours. Insist each child get out of the car during each stop, unless he’s asleep. Lead everyone in a five-minute walk around the rest stop, or pull the car over to an empty corner of the parking lot and lead kids in a quick round of yoga stretches and jumping jacks. Everyone will feel much less antsy once back in the car.

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Genius Travel

Posted in Reno Reservations, Reno Rooms, Reno Travel, Travel, Travel Tip with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2014 by Reno Lake Tahoe Reservations

Keep loose chargers and cables organized with a glasses case.


Use straws to carry travel-size amounts of skin care products.



Put a dryer sheet at the bottom of a suitcase to keep your clothes smelling fresh.


Use a spring from an old pen to protect chargers from bending and breaking.



Skip the long lines for airport bathrooms.

It may seem like common logic, but the first bathroom in the terminal is the most crowded one. Use the next one to skip the long waits and save precious time.   Source:

Use a binder clip to protect the head of shaving razors.

If you forget your wall plug, charge devices through the USB slot on a TV.

Roll clothes, instead of folding, to save tons of baggage space.

If you have clothes that need to be folded, use tissue paper to keep them from wrinkling.




Mark Twain Quote

Posted in Reno Travel, Travel with tags , , , , on September 12, 2014 by Reno Lake Tahoe Reservations

“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

The Ultimate Packing List

Posted in Reno Reservations, Reno Rooms, Reno Travel, Travel, Travel Tip with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2014 by Reno Lake Tahoe Reservations

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.

How To Recover From Air Travel

Posted in Reno Reservations, Reno Travel, Travel, Travel Tip with tags , , , , on August 21, 2014 by Reno Lake Tahoe Reservations

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Drink lots of water during your flight. Airplane cabins are extremely dry and dehydration makes it tougher to recover. If you’re not sure you can get water on the plane, purchase some at the airport after you go through security; you can’t bring liquids in large amounts through the security checkpoint, but you can purchase them afterward. Continue drinking water once you reach your destination, and stay away from alcohol or caffeine on the plane; both are diuretics, which further dry you out.

Step 3

Gauge your arrival time and plan to either sleep or stay awake on the plane accordingly. If you arrive late in the day and stay awake on the plane; you’ll be tired and want to sleep when you land. If you land in the morning or early part of the day, try to sleep on the plane so you’ll be refreshed when you arrive.

Step 4

Exercise on the plane, even if it’s just a little bit. Get up and stretch periodically, and walk up and down the aisles. If you can’t get out of your seat, then perform small stretching exercises targeting your legs and feet. If you have a stopover, see if you can get off the plane, then walk or perform some basic exercises in the terminal. It keeps your blood flowing and prevents aches, which can lengthen your recovery time from the flight.

Step 5

Caffeinate after you land if you arrive in the morning, and avoid napping in the day if you can help it. Coffee, tea or caffeinated soda will keep you alert and awake until the evening, when you can engage in your normal sleep cycle. Conversely, stay away from caffeine if you land in the evening; it disrupts your normal sleep patterns.

Step 6

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.


Earning Miles

Posted in Reno Travel, Travel, Travel Tip, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 13, 2014 by Reno Lake Tahoe Reservations

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.

Southwest’s Rapid Rewards benefits travelers based in the U.S. Southwest, and Alaska’s Mileage Plan helps those based in or who fly frequently to destinations on the West Coast and Alaska.

The rest of the programs are:

4. United MileagePlus
5. American Airlines AAdvantage
6. Virgin America Elevate
7. DeltaSkyMiles
8. HawaiianMiles (Hawaiian Airlines)
9. Frontier EarlyReturns
10. Free Spirit (Spirit Airlines)

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.



Reno’s New Art Exhibit

Posted in Nevada History, Reno History, Travel with tags , , on August 6, 2014 by Reno Lake Tahoe Reservations

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.




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