How To: Airport Security Tips

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We know how giddy one can be after booking a trip, but we also know how stressful it can be to actually get there. If organizing and packing isn’t enough, we still have to go through airport check-ins and airport security to finally, finally sit in the waiting room and day dream about our new vacation. However, there is no going around the airport hassle experience, but you can definitely prepare for a smoother process.

  • Before you even pack any out-of-the-ordinary objects or not sure if you can bring a specific item or product on board, check the TSA regulations to see which items you will have to pack in your regular luggage and which items you can bring in your carry-on. Review all baggage fees for your airline and make sure to always, always carry valuables with you.

 

  • In the U.S., you are allowed to bring one carry-on bag and one personal item, such as a laptop, a purse or a briefcase. You should place all liquid, gel and aerosol items into a one quart-sized, clear plastic bag with a zip-top closure. No single item in this bag may contain more than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) of aerosol, gel or liquid. Keep in mind that TSA screeners may perform extra tests on any powder you carry aboard.

 

  • While you are waiting in line to be screened, take out necessary documents to be prepared. You must have government-issued photo ID and your boarding pass. Either place your documents in a location that is easy to reach or keep them in your hand.

 

  • Almost any large metal object will set off the detector so pack your belts with large buckles, glitzy bangle bracelets and extra change in your carry-on bag. If you have body piercings, consider removing your jewelry before going through the airport screening process.

 

  • Lastly, be ready to take your shoes off. Either wear slip-on shoes or sandals that you can easily remove before walking through the metal detector and carry an extra pair of socks if you don’t like the idea of walking barefoot.
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Stress-Free Travel using Aromatherapy

Planning a getaway is just the beginning of a stressful situation that somehow becomes marked as an unforgettable journey. But after the planning and packing is done, getting to your actual location is where some of the stress begins to accumulate with long check-in lines, added airline fees, long flights, delayed flights, lost luggage and communication issues. To ease the stress, we found a natural cure using essential oils that will revitalize you and your senses.

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If you get a little nervous before the airplane takes off or if you are traveling for an important business presentation, inhaling neroli oil can ease your nerves. This oil has been used to relieve tension and anxiety and has also been used to increase circulation.

Motion sickness can be an uncomfortable feeling, especially during a long flight. If you suffer from motion sickness, keep peppermint oil handy as it is commonly used to treat it. Before or during your trip, sip a warm cup of water with a drop of peppermint oil. Massaging peppermint oil to your temples, forehead and neck also alleviates headaches.

Taking a red-eye? Sometimes those late-night flights can interrupt your sleep schedule and leave you feeling groggy the next day. Prepare with a neck pillow and some essential oils! Add a drop of geranium oil and lavendar oil to your neck pillow for some good shut-eye.

Lavendar oil is full of soothing effects. Inhaling it can release calmness while sitting in a waiting room full of people or after you’ve arrived at your location and need some relaxation. Some add a drop of oil to tissue and inhale it from there, while others wait until they’ve settled into their hotel room and add a few drops for a warm bath. Marjoram oil can also be used after a flight to ease jet lag.

If the scent of these oils is too strong for your senses, you can always spritz them instead. You can use our mini kittour®TSA-approved spray bottle and fill with 1/2 teaspoon of lemon oil and fill the rest with water. The lemon oil allows for a refreshing scent and feeling that will revive you during a stressful scenario.

As with any liquids, ensure that your essential oils are securely stored. Use our mini kittour® travel bottles, which comply with TSA-guidelines as they meet the 3oz. rule and are the perfect size to store in your purse and carry-on. You can also store them in our Carried Away designer zip lock baggies.

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MK Travel Accessories to Store Your Essential Oils

 

 

Labor Day Fun: Chic Travel Ideas

Labor Day Weekend – our final attempt at doing something memorable before we head back into work and start to cozy up for the fall season. According to Wikipidia, Labor Day is the last weekend of summer and it is also a tribute to all you hard workers. According to us, Labor Day is a day off work and a weekend filled with events, outdoor activities, family get-togethers or mini getaways, like the ones below:

CAMPING

We might not enjoy the summer heat and drenching temperatures, but when you want to enjoy nature, nothing beats a hot, summer day to fully enjoy the outdoor scenery.

PARADES & FESTIVALS

Every city usually has a Labor Day weekend festival going on, but if you’re city is not hosting any such event, search for nearby locations that you are more than welcome to partake of.

THEME PARKS

They usually do all the work for you; all you have to do is just stand in line and enjoy the ride.

DAY TRIPS

So maybe you can’t get away for an entire weekend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cruise on over to another nearby neighborhood or city and explore local hotspots.

THE BEACH

This is every one’s haven when it comes to a long, summer weekend.

No matter where your destination, don’t forget to pick up a mini kittouOvernight – our 2-in-1 travel bag fit for any fashionista!

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Creator Vonda Simon ready for the holiday weekend with her Overnight tote!

Use the clear shoulder tote bag for your bulkier items or on-location essentials and use the hanging clutch organizer for all your accessories and makeup products that you can leave in the hotel room or guest house:

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Mini Kittour Overnight Travel Bag ($100)
*travel hanging clutch set includes accessories pictured above*

How To Travel With Your Pets

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Traveling with Bella

There is something heart-warming about my pup’s large brown eyes and wagging tail. No matter how busy my day is, just one look at her instantly makes my worries disappear. For work, I have to constantly be traveling and meeting with clients and vendors so it would be ideal to travel with my fuzzy companion to ease my day. However, traveling with a pet is not always so simple. Having to tote them around as well as all of my luggage or having to make sure they are fed and taken care at the same time as I have to do work takes a lot of time. Traveling with your pet can be fun and if planned accordingly, an easy process.

Before you set out on your trip, make sure to check with airplane or train regulations as far as traveling with a pet. Most importantly, make sure your pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations needed. You can also apply flea repellent and get any medications as needed to keep your pet healthy. Your vet must also issue a health certificate ensuring your pet’s safety to travel abroad.

Some airline carriers allow your pup to ride with you aboard the plane, however, based on size, they have may have to ride in cargo. It’s important to remember that dogs are not allowed to fly into Hawaii on some airlines because of quarantine restrictions. Again, check with airlines regarding specific carrier sizes for your pet and ensure you get one that allows your pet enough wiggle room to ride comfortably in for a long period of time. You can get an approved travel crate from a pet store or the airport. They should have handles to be carried easily to and fro and must have ample space for your pet to move around in. If possible, purchase this crate ahead of time to introduce it to your pup.

It’s important to note the temperature when traveling with your pet. According to The American Veterinary Medical Association, consider taking pets on early flights in warm weather and midday flights during colder months. In cases of harsh weather, some airlines may prevent dogs from flying in the cargo area.

And as soon as you are done packing your travel essentials, don’t forget Fido’s must-haves:

  • Pet Carrier
  • Feeding Bowls
  • Water dispenser
  • Dog collar
  • Identification tags
  • Extra money for hotel damage deposit (in case you have a mini-Marley on your hands)

Makeup for the Road

Have you ever started packing for a trip and soon realized that you were also trying to fit your entire makeup collection into your carry on? It’s hard to choose one single lip color because you look darn good in a bold red lip as well as the hot pink color. And who knows, maybe you’ll end up wearing the purple eye shadow instead of the brown shade you had picked out for a smoky eye look. Packing your beauty products for travel – just one of the many missions females everywhere have to overcome.

But today, mini kittour® rounded up a few beauty items that are not only convenient and leave you with a little more space in your luggage (…just a little) but they also leave you looking just as glam as if you had booked a makeup crew throughout your trip.

Our secret weapon: 2-in-1 beauty products!

The most important part of our secret weapon is that you get more “bang for your buck”. The convenience of having two products in one is that you don’t have to be scrambling through a ton of products while you are looking for, let’s say, an eyeliner. This tactic allows you to be able to have all of your beauty products out on display at the same time, making it easier to determine your look for the day. And don’t forget to fill up your mini kittour® travel-sized refillable containers for those essential skin creams (eye cream, serums, sunscreen, primer, etc).

Stay Fit While Traveling!

Traveling can sure add life-changing memories and unforgettable experiences. But it can also make you forget about that fitness routine you’ve been so disciplined on. Aside from touring new sites, how do you stay fit when exploring a new part of the world? Mini Kittour offers a few tips to stay fit while traveling so that getting back to your routine isn’t as hard as a mission as trying to pick your new nail color shade.

Glam + Fitness

1) Use the fitness room in your hotel. Many hotels and resorts offer high-end fitness areas complete with weights and cardio machines you are used to at home. Schedule a time to workout before or after your tourist-filled day.

2) Walk and explore. Traveling is all about adventures and what better way than to walk your way around a new location! You are not only burning calories and working on those legs but you are bound to find a hidden gem you can tell your girlfriends about later.

3) Wake up early. Isn’t it wonderful when there is no such thing as an alarm to worry about? But being in a new part of the world can offer endless experiences. So why not enjoy the scenery before all the daily chaos. Put on your sneakers and take a walk to enjoy your free time.

4) Sign up for activiites. If your resort or location offers action-packed tourist activities like kayaking, hiking or snorkeling, sign up! It’s like undercover fitness – you’ll be having too much fun to even realize you are packing in a workout!

5) Indulge Partially. While your cooking duties are put on hold, that doesn’t mean you won’t get hungry. Try new foods and exotic ingredients but make sure to fill up with healthy choices like fruits, veggies and protein.