September 29, 2006, Newsletter Issue #159: Packing Checklist for Smart Senior Travel

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You are traveling by plane, train, or bus, so let's pack light. These are senior citizen travel suggestions for a one-week stay to most anywhere, for two.

If you have to take our shampoos, lotions, tooth paste, mouth wash, etc. either buy the small traveler sizes or, if small bottles avalaible, transfer liquids to these.

Pack only cotton underwear (3) and cotton socks (men 3 pr.- women one pr. panty-hose, one pr. knee-highs one pr. cotton socks), and roll these to save space (they can be placed into shoes). Note: you can wash these items while there.

Pack items of clothing to 'layer', i.e. one light-weight cotton knit cardigan to wear over two or three different cotton knit shirts or blouses (NO bulky sweaters).

No more than TWO pairs of shoes (one pr. comfortable walking and one pr. dress), the comfies will probably be worn in travel.

Two pairs slacks (we'll probably travel in a third) or skirts (if preferred). Choose items that can mix/match with everything packed.

Pack medicines, book/magazine, snack, flat slippers (in case the feet swell) and only other necessary items in the carry-on tote. If there is a necessity for dress clothes, pack these in the fold-up hanging bag, shoes can fit in these, also, along with odd/end items.

Don't carry on board anything but the tote and a jacket/coat (when necessary-but don't pack 'em); leave the 'handling' to others. If going to visit friends/family, and want to take gifts, box them and mail ahead of time; let the postal dept. help! Pack your needs, but pack them wisely! Happy traveling!

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