Survival List for Extended Stays, Part two

My Survival Guide was getting rather lengthy so I divided it into two blog posts. This is  part two.

The fourth item on the survival list is a travel size spray bottle of disinfectant. Even if your room has been sanitized by housekeeping, having your own disinfectant for light switches, toilet handles, shower heads, TV remotes, desk phones and other areas that may be overlooked by housekeeping will give you peace of mind. This is especially important during cold and flu season.

The fifth item is for the car. If your windows aren’t tinted dark enough or you tend to be the driver or passenger that seems to draw the SUN side of the car straw on each and every trip, you will love this one. (this could also be used on a room window)  Go to the baby department of any big box store and look for the “White Hot Cling Shade” by Munchkin. It is cheap, can be cut into smaller pieces with simple scissors, needs no hardware of any kind. It doesn’t have Spiderman or Winnie the Pooh on it so don’t worry about that.  It is simply a “cling” that sticks to your window. It is worth its weight in gold. You can cut them in smaller pieces and even double them for extra sun protection. By cutting them into smaller sizes you can improve visibility for the driver by not covering a large portion of the window at any one time. I really wish I had discovered these years ago!

The next item is a small alarm clock about 3 1/2 inches long and 3 inches deep. It’s made by Sharp.  That may not seem like a great find to you but I don’t like to have a clock with big green or red letters shining in my face all night. I found a small battery operated digital clock that only lights up when you engage the button on the top! You can have this right by your face on the nightstand and it only works when you need it too. It is very portable so it easily goes with you wherever you go. The added benefit is that during daylight hours it provides an additional clock in your room since most hotels don’t have wall clocks.

The last but not least survival item is ear plugs. I have tried several types and the ones that work the best for me are “Hearos”. They are cheap and most big box stores sell them. They don’t help with the vibrating thuds of doors slamming but they are great for voice and music sounds. They can mean the difference between some sleep and no sleep at all.

“Survival” sounds like a pretty dismal word but when your world has been altered and life as you used to know it is gone for the time being, just having a few items in your “tool box” can make your stay more comfortable and that can be VERY beneficial.

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Don’t touch that button!

We are finding out that there are many challenges to living in a cold climate. We knew that there would be the obvious ice and snow issues. We bought the top notch thermal undies and the “not Florida” gloves and boots. We got the heavy duty below zero windshield washer stuff and the ultra antifreeze. We got new tires, the best windshield wipers and even looked at some stuff that keeps your gas from freezing. What we DIDN”T count on though was our power window mechanism freezing and falling apart! Yep but it gets worse. We were leaving church on a very frosty Sunday morning when the traffic volunteer motioned us to put the window down to see which way we needed to go. We all heard a loud “THUNK” and all said “uh oh, what was that?” When the window wouldn’t go back up, we knew! The mechanical arm inside the door that raises and lowers the window had frozen and broken when Brian lowered the window. We were headed to a neighboring town to have dinner with some relatives of Brian’s. So here we are traveling down the interstate in 20 degree weather with the window stuck down!!!
We have a new family rule……”Don’t touch the window buttons!”