Traveling with Children, and Support  for Travelers with Disabilities

(Part 2 of 4)

The 411 on the TSA 3-1-1:  Traveling with Children, and Support  for Travelers with Disabilities

This is the second part of my Blog series entitled “The 411 on the TSA      3-1-1.”  In Part 1 of this Blog article, I shared tips on the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule, including exemptions such as medical liquids, breast milk / infant formula, and juice.

Traveling with children can be a joy as you share world experiences and connect with family members to create wonderful memories.  It can also pose additional challenges, and being informed can help make the process go much smoother.

If this is your child’s first flight, explaining the screening process ahead of time is helpful to make the experience as seamless as possible.  As a rule, Continue reading Traveling with Children, and Support  for Travelers with Disabilities

The 411 on the TSA 3-1-1

(Part 1 of 4)

As we prepare for this season of travel, being informed can help make the difference between a pleasantly smooth journey, and a stressful trip with confiscated personal items.  This is particularly true of the TSA.  In this first post of a four-part Blog series, I will share information about the TSA that will be helpful for novice as well as expert travelers, to help navigate your way through our nation’s airports.

The 3-1-1 Rule: Basics

While packing for your flight, it is important to evaluate your liquids.  Any liquids that are not needed in-flight should be stowed in your checked baggage.

Liquids carried on board must pass the 3-1-1 Rule:

  •  3 ounces per container
  • 1 quart size clear container (such as a zip top bag)
  • 1 container per person

So your 10 ounce toothpaste, 12 ounce sunscreen, and aerosol mousse will not pass TSA security screening, and will be confiscated at the checkpoint.  To avoid this Continue reading The 411 on the TSA 3-1-1

Five Tips for Healthy Traveling

As we prepare for our travels and family gatherings this holiday season, I wanted to remind you about dangers of the cold and flu season, and equip you with tools to stay healthy.  These tips are useful year-round, and I hope they will help you fully enjoy your travels!

Having weathered my fair share of illnesses while traveling, there are some things you can guard against, and then there are things you cannot predict (such as an emergency appendectomy — the photo above was my view as I was recovering during my travels).  Following these simple tips may reduce illnesses for you or a family member.


Healthy Traveler Tip #1:  NEVER touch your face

Cold and flu viruses can infect your body when they come in contact with an entry point.  Your eyes and nose are easy targets for viruses. By NOT touching your face with your hands, you reduce the chance of giving viruses access to your immune system.

If your eyes or nose itch, use a tissue to rub gently.  If necessary, use the back of your hand to rub your face.  It may be slightly cleaner than the fingertips, but may still carry viruses and bacteria.

If you have just washed your hands, touching your face should be safe.  Things brings us to Tip #2…. Continue reading Five Tips for Healthy Traveling