Cruise Holidays of Kansas City 
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The staff at Cruise Holidays and Comfort Tours would like to share some travel tips, from our first hand experience.  We know that planning to leave on your vacation can be stressful at times, but we want to give you a few tips and tricks for "SMOOTH SAILIN"!



ANDREA - Travel Counselor
• Patience is Important~ Don’t sweat the stuff that you can’t control. Life is much too short to be angry and annoyed all of the time
• Take lots of Pictures~ You may only see these places once in your lifetime.


ANNA - Travel Counselor
• Apply for a passport…BOOK.
• The cards are virtually useless. Even if you don’t "need" a passport for your cruise it is always important to have one and who knows when you might need it later!  It is just something I highly recommend my clients to have.


DEB - Travel Counselor
Arrival tips:
• Whenever you arrive in any country, whether it be by boat, plane or whatever, you are vulnerable. You have all your cash, cards, documents and anything else valuable on you right at that moment. It is even worse if you have never been there before and look like you haven't, there are always people who are willing to "help". Every precaution you take will help to avoid any potential problems. After all, you do not want someone to "help" themselves to your belongings, when you have just arrived. Here are a few tips that should help.
• Before leaving for your trip, try to get some prior information as to the rough layout of the airport where you will be arriving. This will help, to have a vague sense of where you should be going and where the taxis are located etc.
• Whenever possible, especially in certain countries we recommend taking Private Transfer
• Try to keep your wallet and valuables safely secured in a handbag or in one of your hand luggage.
• Change some money into the local currency before you depart. This gives you one less thing to worry about, and will stop you from pulling a large amount of money out at the airport arrivals.
• Keep a small amount of this local currency, easily accessible in a pocket or something, and away from the majority of your well earned money.

At the hotel tips:

• Hotels, especially of the four and five star category are normally extremely safe; providing you with a safe in the room and at the reception area, security guards hiding around the place, and cameras that can be as much your friend as your enemy . However still things do occasionally disappear, sometimes without the owner ever knowing that they have gone. So here are a few tips to avoid your valued possessions from taking a walk:
o If the hotel has an in room safe use it and keep all your valuables in there. However, if the safe is electronic, wipe the touch keys down before operating it with a damp cloth, and then dry it before entering your secret code. Try to do this every time you use the safe.
o Also after you have keyed in your code and closed the door firmly locked on the safe. Press all the other keys /numbers that do not make up your code, and press them firmly. Doing this may set off a small alarm from the safe but it stops quickly and no one will pay any attention (!!).
The reason to do this is because certain hotels have caught their own hotel staff placing, a light oil residue or powder on to the touch keys that shows them when using a certain light what numbers were pressed. They were managing to open the safe, and one very clever thief was taking only 1 or 2 US$ from each room. Would you have noticed ? It is not a lot but in a 400 or 500 room hotel the guy was doing quite well for himself.


PATTI - Travel Counselor
• When traveling with your spouse or significant other, pack some of each of your clothing in separate suitcases. By doing so, if one of your suitcases decides to take a different vacation than the one you have planned, you will still have some clothing.

• Make an inventory of the contents of all of your suitcases – just in case you need to file a claim for loss or damage. It is easier to do this before your trip than trying to remember later.

• Carefully review all documentation from your travel agency and vacation provider – both sources send out lots of great information to help you enjoy every minute of your well-deserved time away.


JOELLA - Documents
Tips from frequent travelers
(2) INFLATABLE NECK PILLOW -- you can make it as firm or soft as you want;
(3) COMPRESSION SOCKS -- I never noticed the difference until I tried them. Now I won't fly without them...I don't care if people stare at me while I put them on at the gate, they're worth it
(4) INFLATABLE LUMBAR SUPPORT and SEAT CUSHION -- yes, it seems like overkill, but it helps me relax and feel less claustrophobic. It's also like a Sleep Number seat since you can change the amount of air and the combination so it feels like you're not stuck in the same seat
(5) SLEEP MASK to facilitate sleeping.

Comfort on Airplanes & Avoiding Jet Lag
● To help the adjustment to new time zones, after take-off set your watch to the time zone of destination.
● If your flight arrives in the morning, try to sleep on board.
● If available, rub moisturizer on face and hands or spray your face with water from an atomizer to avoid dry skin
and feel refreshed.
● If you feel pressure in your ears due to change in altitude, swallow, yawn, blow your nose, or chew gum.
● Loose-fitting clothing is recommended. Wear comfortable shoes and try not to take them off as feet occasionally
swell during long flights.
● When possible, walk up and down the aisle to stretch limbs and get blood circulating, and to avoid having the
seat press against the back of your legs for long.
● Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated drinks. Eat light meals while traveling.
● Avoid wearing contact lenses because cabin air tends to dry them out.
● If you arrive at destination in the morning or afternoon, try to keep awake until evening; to help your body clock
adjust more quickly.
Mental health
• Arrive early at the airport.
• Practice patience, and be prepared to test it abundantly.
• Forget how it used to be and play by the new rules — whatever they are.
• Be the person you would most like to fly with.
• Listen to an audio book. It takes up more time than the in-flight movie and is better exercise for your imagination.


Make a copy of your passport and keep it separate from the original. Keep original in safe in room on ship or resort. Same with credit cards. Make a copy and keep them in safe in your room on ship or resort. Get a money wallet to keep close to your body for safety against theft.


Bring zip lock bags on every trip along with Avon Skin So Soft bug repellent and sun block product. Protects against mosquitoes and the sun.


Makes sure you have a small, but adequate first aid kit and or pharmacy { antacid, cold, sore throat, Imodium etc} with you. Being prepared isn't just for Boy Scouts!