Many people enjoy travelling and will always do so at any available opportunity. Some people travel often because it is part of their job requirements. There are those who rarely travel but will gladly do so once in awhile especially during vacations. When leaving your home for a night or more, it is always very important to take along with you everything you need to make yourself as comfortable as possible for the period you are away from home. Also take with you everything you need to fulfill the purpose of your travel, such as things you may need if you are on official/ business trips. If you forget something you would have taken for your travel, it may not only frustrate you but also sour your spirit, You may even incur extra expenses because you may be forced to buy something you would otherwise not have bought. So it is important you plan ahead and decide what you need for your journey and what kind of suitcase or luggage bag will be most suitable for your journey. What you may need for your journey and the type of travel bag you will need depends on the length of time you will be away from home and also the mode of your travel. What you may need for a business trip will be different from your needs when going for a vacation. When you have made a good mental recollection of what you need for your travel and your mode of travel (travel by air or drive yourself to your destination), you then have to decide on the type of travel bag to pack your things in. You have to choose the type of suitcase or travel/ luggage bag that will give you the greatest flexibility and allows you to travel light.Traveling With Luggage Bags /Garment Bags for Official/ Business TripsMost people prefer to fly if they are travelling for official or business purposes such as attending business meetings or going for conferences. In this case you may be spending a night or two away from home, then your best choice of travel bag may be a carry-on bag with wheels or a messenger bag. The messenger bags and rolling bags are available in many sizes ranging from 13″ to 21″. Each of these travel bags lets you travel light because you can fit your computer into your travel bag. The unique design of each bag allows you to comfortably store your notebook/iPad in addition to clothing and personal accessories in the same bag. Each bag has special overnight luggage section that provides enough room for the clothes you need while on your journey. Each bag is perfect for short official/business trips. Each type of carry-on case has all necessary notebook case features including a zip-down workstation with storage for your mobile accessories, pen loops, key clip and business card holder. The rolling carry-on bags have smooth-rolling wheels and telescoping handle that makes the rolling case a perfect companion for the businessperson on the go.Some people may prefer to travel with a garment bag, computer /notebook carrying case or a multipurpose handbag (for women). The garment bag is great for protecting clothes while traveling. The clothes stay neat and wrinkle free. The garment bag has multiple pockets and can hold up to 4 garments. It has four interior pockets that provide enough room for shoes and accessories like cosmetic/makeup bags, toiletry bags and curling hot iron cases. It also has one exterior pocket where you can put the book you want to read on the plane or any other thing you want to be handy while you are on the plane. This garment bag is very stylish, lightweight and durable. It has full-length center zipper that gives you easy access to the inside. It also has full exterior zipper closure that ensures that everything inside the bag is secured. When you have packed everything you want inside the bag, you can fold the garment bag into two. The bi-fold bag has two handles that makes it easy to carry. It also has a metal hanging hook that allows you to hang it on a wall. You can then use your multi-purpose handbag or computer/notebook carrying case to carry your computer/iPad.Some other travelers may prefer to travel with an overnight bag. The overnight bag has zippered main closure with three zippered side pockets and two Velcro end pockets. It has adjustable shoulder strap and carrying handle. It also has a black linen inside lining that makes it great for wiping out and keeping clean.Travel Accessories- Snoozer – Travel Neck Pillow / Blanket in VeluraBeside the travel/ luggage bags that you need to pack everything you need for your journey, you may consider other travel accessories such as a luxurious Velura covered neck rest that not only carries a soft, easy care Velura 40″ x 60″ blanket inside, but also has an inflatable pillow that allows you to enjoy a warm and comfortable trip. The PVC inflatable pillow is easy to inflate and deflate and the blanket is so soft that it easily folds back into the pillow cover. This snoozer-travel neck pillow/blanket in Velura is a compact, easy to carry travel item that you can use to provide comfort for yourself on any journey. This travel accessory is ideal for business or recreational travelers.What You May Need When going on Family VacationMany families choose to travel by road when on a family vacation; Travelling together in a car is part of the close family experience that every family cherishes and long for every year. Preparing for this long travelling experience for the families can be a sweet challenge for parents, especially when the journey involves very young kids. The thought of how to keep them engaged and entertained all through the long journey can also be daunting.It is no brainer to say that you need suitcases to pack the family’s clothing and needs while on vacation, The challenge is what type of suitcases do you need. Do you need a suitcase for everyone in the family or do you need to put everyone’s clothing in a common suitcase? Depending on the number in the family and the ages of the kids, you may have a common suitcase for clothing and another for other accessories. Alternatively, each kid can pack his/her accessories in his/her backpack, while you have a common suitcase for everyone. In another arrangement, you can let everyone in the family use a garment bag to pack both his/her clothing and accessories. This is one of the “sweet-bitter” choices parents have to make.Use A Thermal Cooler Bag to Pack Enough Cold Drinks For Everyone While On The JourneyDepending on the length of the journey you might want to travel with enough cold drinks packed in a thermal cooler bag. The thermal lining of the cooler bags prevents the drinks from absorbing heat as such the drinks will remain cold for a very long time. The idea is for you not to stop to buy cold drinks each time any member of the family wants something cold to drink. Having sufficient cold drinks handy when you need them gives you enough driving time and also lets you stop only when you need to break the journey for any other thing other than just buying some cold drinks.Make Your Kids Comfortable With Kids’ Travel AccessoriesBesides having enough drinks handy for anyone who needs it during the journey, it can also be a challenge to keep the kids comfortable during a very long journey. You can keep your kids comfortable all through the journey by allowing them to use kids’ travel accessories such as travel buddies. Kids’ travel buddies are ultra soft neck pillows that allow kids to snuggle with their buddy while “visiting the land of dreams!” These buddies that are available in different animal characters are perfect for strollers, cars and any other place kids drop off to sleep.Scosche backSTAGE pro II Vehicle Mount for Tablet PCApart from providing cold drinks for your kids when they need them and making them (kids) comfortable while they sleep during the journey, keeping the kids engaged during the course of the journey is another challenge. Some parents allow the children to read their books during the journey, and play their video games when they are tired of reading. These are good ways to keep your kids engaged. Another way is to have them watch videos/movies on iPad while you drive. In this instance, backSTAGE pro II is very suitable. Use the backSTAGE pro II to securely and rugged mount your iPad 2 to the back of any headrest so that your children can enjoy hands free viewing of movies, apps, games while you drive. This device is ideal to keep your family entertained with ease when you are on a long journey. The backstage pro II has a charger that plugs directly into the headrest mount and provides a continuous charge to your iPad 2. It has wireless IR headphones for private listening and a USB port that supports flash drive use for viewing images.These are some of the things you need to consider when preparing for a business trip or family vacation, to ensure that you have the most comfortable journey whether you travel by air or travel by road with your family on a vacation.
BUSINESS ETIQUETTEClothing and HygieneWhen in doubt, dress conservatively.In corporate America, you simply cannot go wrong by dressing conservatively. You can, however, put yourself at great risk by daring to dress provocatively, sloppily, or in a manner that signifies that little thought has gone into your grooming. While there are casual office environments, for the most part, one should dress differently when going to work than they would for a backyard BBQ. Look around. How are the leaders or those in positions of prominence dressed? Follow their lead.Sure, there are exceptions. If you own your own business, you can do as you please, but if you’re concerned about your future and climbing that corporate ladder, the ladder you don’t own, you need to be cognizant of how you’re perceived. Good grooming tells a lot about an employee. It does not mean wearing designer clothes or buying the latest, most expensive bottle of perfume. Visit outlet stores, go to sale racks and accumulate a few basic items that can be shaped for many occasions, creating numerous different looks. An accessory here, a scarf there can change the entire look of your corporate outfit.You can set the corporate attire standard if one hasn’t already been set. I watched one office completely change their dress code approach as a new hire set the bar a bit higher than what existed. Good grooming signals personal pride and for managers, that train of thought translates into possible pride in your work, attention to detail, and good organization skills.WomenOverexposure. Too much cleavage is distracting. A supervisor will have a hard time keeping his/her eyes focused on your face otherwise. Work is a time to allow everyone to concentrate on the duties at hand. Chest overexposure places others into a most uncomfortable position.Mini Skirts. To the knee or a few inches above is the rule. Look and dress professionally. Be able to sit comfortably without exposing yourself, having to tug on your hemline all day, and worrying about normal bending or lifting that might be required in your job. Save the micro minis for the evening out.Tight Pants. Tight pants show a lot, perhaps a bit more than we need to see while working. Tight pants with no underwear is a no-no. Thongs can often be seen in extremely tight pants, so ditch the tight pants in the workplace. Save the party clothes for the party.Spaghetti Straps. Too casual. Not normally for the office place unless you work in a tropical climate environment where this is acceptable by management. Spaghetti straps show a little too much. Avoid them or opt for a nice jacket or blouse over them.Make-Up. Make-up should enhance, not detract. Save the glittery eyeshadow for the dance club. Some research has alluded that women who wear make-up are taken more seriously than women who don’t. However, there are certain individuals that state that only a strong, confident woman would opt out of make-up, thus increasing the credibility of the make-upless individual. This is all up for discussion. If you do wear make-up, wear it appropriately.Quick Accessories for Women. A pashmina or scarf is a wonderful, elegant look for business meetings, business dining and business evenings out. It is a quick way to add that professional pizzazz.Suggestions for the Professional Woman:
Strand of Pearls (real ones are expensive, go for the knock-offs if money is a factor)
Silver and Gold Bangles
Several Pashminas in Varying Colors
Business Suits and Pant Suits
Knee Length Dresses or SkirtsMenPants. Pants should have a slight break in the front. A good tailor will assist you with this.Ties. Ties should be neatly tied with a medium to small knot. Clean shaven is the rule.Shirts. Watch your shirts. Make sure they are wrinkle free.Jackets. Suit jackets need attention, as well. Send them out to the cleaners regularly as they hold odors. It is an often overlooked article of clothing when it comes to laundering. A large volume of complaints comes from managers (and girlfriends) who state that men don’t know how to dress. I disagree. Take pride in your appearance. It does spill over into your work.Suggestions for the Professional Man:
Three Suits in Different Colors – black, brown, pinstriped, or navy
Variety of Colored and White Shirts
Two Nice Belts – one Black, one brown
At least one pair of quality, neatly polished shoes
A sport jacket in a neutral colorMen and WomenShoes. Flip Flops are far too casual for most workplaces, unless you’re a lifeguard. So be aware that by wearing flip flops, you are sending a strong casual message.Shorts. In Bermuda, shorts are the norm. In America, not so. A smart gaucho with jacket is nice and can look professional but short and shirt, no.Personal Hygiene. Body odor. Take a bath or a shower. Seriously, take a bath or shower every day, preferably in the morning before going to work. “Night sweats” or “bed sweats” are common and you may not realize that you are emitting an odor. A person who suffers from body odor often has no clue. You can bet that your co-workers know! It’s one of the most delicate areas of management etiquette and protocol – how to address this problem with an employee. There is no way to handle this without being forthright. You must gingerly tell the employee that there is an issue and suggest that the individual see a doctor or try to remedy the problem in other ways. “Bromidrosis” is the medical term for body odor and may or may not be symptomatic of medical problems.Clean Clothes. There have been occasions where I’ve been called in to address a body odor concern, when in fact, the clothes were the culprit. Regularly launder your clothes. If you live in a warm weather climate, it is almost impossible to wear a shirt or blouse more than once without laundering it. Send clothes our regularly to the cleaners or invest in washable fabrics.Perfume or After Shave Overload. Your particular fragrance may not be one that delights others. Be considerate of others, especially in small spaces. Be aware of co-worker allergies. Taking a bath in your perfume, especially if it’s not a quality fragrance, will linger and will get you talked about, but not in a complimentary way. A good fragrance does not have to expensive to be pleasant smelling.Gum. Nothing is more annoying than the smack, smack, pop of someone chewing and popping gum. Save the gum for home. It looks unprofessional.White or Transparent Clothes. Make sure that pants, dresses, skirts are lined. A transparent blouse over a nice camisole is acceptable, but a visible bra or full view of your backside, while it may be temporarily entertaining, will cause distractions and cause you to not be taken seriously. Ladies, you can see a thong through white clothes. Be mindful that a work environment is just that, for work.Fear Not Color. There is nothing wrong with color in the workplace. It brightens the mood and there is evidence that color can affect performance. Know your company’s dress preferences and try to conform, but if there is latitude, dress to make yourself feel perky and you’ll convey that to others.Accessories. For that boardroom look, avoid over accessorizing. Go light on the layers of necklaces, gold chains, streams of bangles. Subtle accessories look more professional and create a more classic, clean look.With a few basic pointers and a lot of common sense, you will be perceived in a more professional and polite manner.
Certain accessories can help you improve your running and complement your clothing like headbands and sweat bands. If you are the kind of runner that sweats a lot, then these items will come in handy as you extend beyond 10 kilometers. Basketball athletes use them when running up and down the court. Headgear like caps and shades can help you against the rays of the sun or windbreakers or sports jackets for cold weather.Other support apparel would include support socks with additional cushion that can help prevent foot injuries, knee support, ankle support, and braces if there are existing injuries that can hamper a good run. And if you are not content with that 10 kilometer run because there’s no uphill climb near you, you can try putting in leg weights above your shoes to give you enough challenge to jog the same distance and making your legs stronger.A hydration pouches containing your water or thirst quenchers can help you go the distance. Belt bags, small pouches containing hand towels, liquid gels, and pocket money for commuting back home in case you get tired. And arm or waist pouches containing your cell phone and keys.Gadgets like watches with heart monitors can help you keep tabs on your heart rate and a pedometer helps keep track of the distance and the steps you took while running. Other electronic devices would include timers and the usual mp3 players to store music that complements your regimen. High-end branded headphones that are aerodynamically designed to match your shades are available in certain stores.