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PassPorter News 07-10-2004 08:10 AM

Comfy Summer Travel Tips
With Baby Alexander due in mid-August (making Jennifer especially heat sensitive), summertime "survival" is an especially important topic for us this year. Here are a few of our favorite tips for comfy summer travel:

PassPorter News 07-10-2004 08:11 AM

Re: Comfy Summer Travel Tips
I just wanna say one word to you. Just one word. "Hats." (Apologies to 'The Graduate')

Watch out for dehydration! Fill up on water at every opportunity. On our most recent, late June Walt Disney World research trip we noticed that our restaurant servers were unusually attentive to refilling our drinks and water glasses. Dave suspects they've been told that, "A hydrated guest is a happy (and healthy) guest." When you're dehydrated you'll tire quickly and are prone to headache (among other things). That's no way to enjoy your summer vacation. Be especially alert to companions who aren't sweating when they ought to - that's a sign of serious dehydration, and worse will soon follow. Frayed tempers are another sign that it's time to pass the water bottle.

I just wanna say one more word to you. Just one word. "Sunblock." (More apologies to 'The Graduate')

Take it slow and easy. "The lazy days of summer" will be far more memorable than a forced march in 95-degree heat. Well, they'll both be memorable, but some memories are nicer than others.

Bring your car in for an air conditioning tune-up, and don't forget to top-off the radiator!

Remember the most "delicate" members of your traveling party. Normally hale and hearty seniors, pregnant moms, and infants may be especially sensitive to the heat and humidity. Give serious consideration to renting a scooter/ECV, and, as we say in backpacking, "Always let the slowest hiker set the pace."

A damp kerchief/wash cloth around your neck will help keep you cool (as the water evaporates heat is carried away in the water vapor). For a slightly more high-tech solution, look for various kinds of neck "coolers" that do the same job, but stay nearly dry to the touch. These often are little, fabric tubes, filled with granules that absorb and hold large amounts of water. This Google Search will lead you to suppliers and do-it-yourself instructions. Neck coolers may also be available at Disneyland and Walt Disney World gift shops - they're small items, so you may have to ask.

Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun, so we seriously suggest a siesta. Noel Coward's classic song made the point oh-so-well (apologies to any and all ethnic groups mentioned - the world was different when Sir Noel composed this tune in 1932):

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun,
The Japanese don't care to, the Chinese wouldn't dare to,
Hindus and Argentines sleep firmly from twelve to one
But Englishmen detest-a siesta.
In the Philippines they have lovely screens to protect you from the glare.
In the Malay States, there are hats like plates, which the Britishers won't wear.
At twelve noon the natives swoon and no further work is done,
But mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.

And if you need further advice, northern Michigan is lovely this time of year. Anyone for a bit of Mackinac Island fudge?

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