Methods of Effective Brainstorming
Methods of Effective Brainstorming
Writing is an effective way to express your thoughts, opinions and feelings to other people. Writing can be fun as well as entertaining, and there are different ways to use writing in your daily life. However, you’ll need to convey your information in an interesting and concise manner. If you need to improve how to write, there are several ways in which you can learn to become a better writer. You can hone your craft and improve how to write by paying attention to your audience, examining grammar and punctuation, and getting peer evaluation. (more…)
Most people overlook the therapeutic value of writing. It is a great resource and can be used by almost anyone. The act of writing down your thoughts can bring comfort and satisfaction unlike any other activity. And you don’t have to come up with profound, organized and amazing literary pieces, it can just about anything that you think of. Some people write about the things that bug them and the stuff that makes them happy. It can be about small discoveries made in the course of a day or simply an account of your experience. The beauty of writing is that it’s an open activity – there are no set boundaries and no subject that cannot be covered.
The process gives people an outlet and allows them to vent out their feelings. The act of writing helps release you from the pressures and stresses of the day and can be helpful in resolving conflicts and problems. It is also a whole lot cheaper than consulting with a professional.
Most of us are more prepared than we think. Who could forget the loads of essays that you have to write up for English subjects or the tedious process of writing a term paper as a completion requirement for a college degree? These exercises deals with a set structure for writing and makes us familiar with one of the more complicated forms of writing.
The other side to this is doing it for creative purposes. Doing it in this manner will give you a unique sense of satisfaction. You can do it the old fashioned way using pen and paper or take advantage of what technology offers. The Internet plays host to thousands of blogs that covers practically all topics that people can think of. Some consider their blogs as private journals – a place where they can write random thoughts or express their frustrations and disappointments. Reviewing their entries another day helps them come to terms with their situation and possibly, come up with a solution to their problems.
The power and beauty of writing is that it encourages self expression. It allows you to look at yourself more deeply and with better understanding. This process has the potential of developing an extraordinary talent that can help you handle life better.
There’s nothing that feels more like spring has sprung as the start of the baseball season. This is obviously due to the fact that the beginning of April is the time of year where spring actually does finally appear. Regardless of this obvious coincidence, it doesn’t detract from the pure joy of sitting in a stadium with the sun shining on your face and an ice cold beer in your hand.
Opening day to the baseball season is one of the best excuses to skip out on work or school and sit in some nice warm sunshine. Heck, make it an outdoor family day where you launch the outdoor activities season with a bang.
If you can’t make it to the stadium, then try this. Assuming opening day is nice out (65 degrees or more) open all the windows and doors of your home and find the game on TV. Fire up the grill and throw on a couple of brats and get a couple brews on ice. I’m serious here, we all been cooped up for the entire winter and just need an excuse to kick off spring right, and this is what I do every year.
With all the windows and doors open, you just feel great. With your favorite baseball team playing, you’re just hanging out enjoying the start to spring.
Now, I have to admit that I’m not a fan of the local baseball team because my favorite baseball team is the one my Dad used to take me to as a kid – and I’ve moved away from home over the years (meaning the local team on TV here is not the one I grew up with). So unfortunately I don’t get to watch my favorite baseball team on my local TV or cable stations. I know I have a few friends who deal with this issue as well. So a few years ago I did some research and found MLB.tv.
MLB.tv is a dream for those of us whose favorite baseball team is located outside of your home region. It allows you to watch every baseball game you want as long as the game is located outside of the local market.
So with MLB.tv you can watch just about any baseball game you want throughout the entire year. You just have to log on to your computer, hook your computer up to your HDTV and you can follow your favorite team all season long.
Now beware if you want to get MLB.tv and watch your local baseball team play. MLB.tv has blackout restrictions that will not allow you to watch your local team play when they are in town. This is a bit of a bummer for some but not too much of a problem for myself since my team is not local.
I have heard about a way to get around the MLB.tv blackout restrictions but I have not tried it myself. It involves using VPN technology and seems straightforward so this may be something you want to check out for yourself.
Regardless of if you go to the stadium to watch your favorite team or use MLB.tv to watch, I think you should take the time to enjoy the first days of spring with the kickoff of baseball season.
The success of J. K. Rowling is not purely magical. Her first manuscript was submitted to twelve publishing houses, and every single one rejected it. It took another year before her work was given a chance. Of course, the world now knows of the success of Harry Potter books. Not every story can be made into a blockbuster movie, but all great writers know how to write a story plot effectively.
Writing fictional stories is not as easy as one might think. Besides having a very creative imagination, you have to translate your ideas into words that can capture the hearts of the readers like a very sharp knife. You need to make them feel like they are inside your story. Below are some useful tips before you write your story:
Think of a very interesting plot
The plot of your story is a sequence of events that revolve around your story. It can be an attempt to solve a problem or to achieve a goal. In short, it is what your story is all about. To add thrill in your story, you should include some negative consequences. Create a very dramatic tension or conflict where the protagonist will be the underdog. Make sure that the story is original and compelling.
Create an organized story outline
Not all story writers do it, but it is very helpful to become organized while writing your story. In your story outline, you can use Roman numerals for each chapter. Write a few sentences or paragraphs telling what is going to happen in those chapters. Each chapter may be divided into additional sub-chapters, where you can use upper-case letters to identify them. This way, you can easily track the sequence of your story draft.
Use pen and paper
Write your story using pen and paper, not on your computer. Although the latter seems to be more convenient and faster, there is a huge disadvantage. When you use keyboard in writing, and you make a mistake or have a better idea, you can easily edit it using the backspace key. However, you may be going back and forth on a single chapter, and you will tend to forget the ideas for the succeeding chapters.
Use a powerful climax
The climax is what readers are excited about. You should be creative enough in describing the scenes very well so that the suspense will increase as the story comes to end. If the climax is not powerful enough to put them the edge of their seats, then you need to revise it. In short, your story ending should not be predictable and boring. This is even if the readers already assume that the main character will achieve its goal after all.
Writing a story plot needs a lot of patience. The dialogue should not only be memorable, but should also fit the characters. If you are writing a story that involves crime, you need a great description of the murder tool. If you prefer knives instead of guns, you can check this site.
So the day that I’ve been waiting for has finally arrived, our family trip to the Bahamas! We’ve been actually planning this trip for a long time, as it has been very difficult to get time off of work, and we had to plan it months in advance, but now that work has slowed down, I can finally get some rest and relaxation. For those who have never been on a cruise before, it is something I will never forget, and something that everybody should experience at least once, because it is addictive, and you will keep wanting to go back. BTW, I recommend Carnival.
So before you can board a cruise ship, it is just like any time that you want to leave the country, and you will be required to have your passport months in advance, go through security, and you have certain items that you are not allowed to bring on the ship. The actual boarding, and departure of the ship can take several hours, so if you are early, it helps to get settled in, especially if you are not quite use to being on the sea. That is exactly what we did.
Finding the room was a piece of cake, the cruise ship has a section that acts as a mini-hotel, and is as close as being self sufficient as humanly possible. There are restaurants, barbers, doctors, a security personnel, and a hierarchy of authority, starting with the captain. On deck, it is a 24/7 party, depending on where you are going, and our particular cruise had an unlimited bar with just about everything you can imagine.
After we found our hotel room, we began to unpack. I brought with me quite a bit of clothes, as I tend to over pack, but that is where the cruise will get you. Everything on the ship is much more expensive because it is scarce. I brought five pairs of socks, four shirts, two pairs of jeans, some khakis, and a bunch of camo underwear. I’ve been on a camo craze lately, and have been purchasing quite a few camouflaged items, including camo swimsuits and hats.
Once you get settled in, is normally when you start to experience a light sea sickness, if you are going to get it. Unlike smaller ships, it is rare for people to get sea sick, but it does happen from time to time when you go on a cruise. To ease everybody in, we took a short nap, and then went to the party deck to load up on food.
After this initial get together, the whole family disperses and is allowed to do as they please. There is a casino, a game room, a gym, swimming pool, dance studio, and much much more. I personally prefer to stay near the party deck because that is where the food is, and because you can look out and see the ocean.
After two days at sea, we arrived at the Bahamas, but we had all been on land before, and decided to stay on the ship. The Bahamas by the way are a giant tourist trap, and people will steal your items, so beware. Aside from this, I didn’t do a whole lot. Went by the casino, did some shuffleboard late at night, and the only condition I had for the rest of the family is that we all met for dinner, and had to be in our rooms by 10pm. All in all, I definitely recommend cruises, they are cheaper than you might expect, and it is something that you will always remember and want to do again and again.
Once upon a time, comfortable, durable environmentally friendly footwear was the stuff of fairytales. Most eco-friendly boots was expensive, ugly, and not as long-lasting as regular shoes. Today, eco friendly boots are as good as the real thing, and they have the added bonus of being better for the environment. This means that it’s not only better for mother nature, but also improves the quality of life of the workers who would have had to work around the harsh chemicals that go into treating and manufacturing the materials.
Many boots have toxic byproducts. Did you know that many harsh chemicals are used in condition the leather? Solvents, glues, and some synthetic materials can make workers sick; some may even be carcinogenic! There are now safer and cleaner alternatives for workers and consumers.
Some eco-friendly shoes are also made with fair labor practices. Workers are paid a living wage. Factories in economically depressed places may actively contribute to the local community, which might include clean water initiatives, factory housing, and other projects in addition to employing and paying workers.
Eco-friendly also means supporting communities and human rights in addition to the environment.
Buying Eco Friendly is Easy
Although there are many niche brands that cater directly to the eco-friendly market, many major brands like Timberland and Nike offer eco friendly shoes. Other brands of the best work boots such as Red Wings have a reputation for providing safe environments for their workers. There are several ways to be eco-friendly!
Vegan and Vegetarian
Did you know that vegan Dr. Martens are now available? If you love the look and feel of leather, but are committed to a cruelty-free lifestyle, there are now many biodegradable synthetic leathers or manmade leathers. These types of shoes have the added bonus of requiring less care than traditional leather shoes. Avoid shoes made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC), as some studies have it raises plastic pollution.
Choose linings made with organic cotton, hemp, and even bamboo fabrics colored with vegetable dyes. Many of these dyes and materials are easily renewable, and are often organic. Vegetarian and vegan alternatives not only use earth-friendly materials, but also go back gently into the earth.
Reclaimed and Recycled
Reclaimed and recycled materials saves energy and valuable resources. These type of boots reuse rather than make things from scratch. This can range from scrap wood for heels to pre-consumer recycled footboards to even leather uppers. One example is Timberland’s Earthkeeper’s line plain-toe boot. The shoe has a 100 percent recycled PET lining made from plastic bottles, 100 percent recycled PET laces, and a “green rubber” lug outsole made from 42 percent recycled rubber.
In addition to buying a pair of shoes that are made of reclaimed and recycled materials, you can also focus on boots that can be worn for several years. Welt construction is a process where the sole is attached to the upper with a thin strip called a “welt.” This allows your boots to be resoled again and again so it can last years and even decades.
There are also many different ways a boot can be eco friendly, and you can choose whichever that fits your lifestyle and budget! For more information, check out Dennis Taylor’s blog at Working Man’s Footwear.
Hey loyal readers.
Today I want to post just a short blog update about a recent success I had!
After complaining about writers block I finally got a short story written when I was people watching in a cafe last week. Hopefully I will update you with it via posts on this blog soon however what I really wanted to tell you was how I managed to write it – with my Apple iPhone.
Yes, really, my jailbroken Apple iPhone helped me overcome my writer’s blog and was the main reason I wrote something for the first time in a while.
So I got my iPhone with iOS 7 jailbroken a while ago and since then I have been playing about with various apps and software. Nothing too productive and certainly a lot of apps increase my procrastination – never a good thing! However I came across one creative writing app which was highlighted on the Cydia App Store. Getting access to Cydia was one of the reasons I, and many other people, jailbreak their iPhone’s and it led to my short story. It isn’t a long story by any means but it is a lot more than I have written in recent weeks and months.
I was sitting in a cafe having a mocha and contemplating life (as you do) and I opened up the app I was talking about above. The software gives you some prompts to start your creative mind going and one instantly hit me. Then I looked up and seen a guy drinking coffee across from me. For the first time in ages my creativity kicked in and I opened up another app on my jailbroken Apple iPhone and got to work. Typing long paragraphs on the iPhone is difficult but I got there with the help of a few more coffees.
Essentially I wrote a 10 page short story which I am very happy with. It isn’t a long story but it is engaging enough for a quick read. All of this is down to an iOS 7.1 jailbreak I found via Google a while ago and the apps that I have downloaded from the Cydia App Store and the Apple App Store.
It seems strange to say that a device like the Apple iPhone – which has led to many, many hours of procrastination for me – has actually kick started my writing but it really has and I can’t thank the device enough.
OK, for some writers this might be cheating a little bit. I didn’t just sit in Starbucks and come up with this all by my own and that app from Cydia did really help me. However, the point is that my jailbroken iPhone and the apps for iOS 7 broke my writers block and got me back writing again. It isn’t like I use this app for everything I write; rather only when I am really stuck which I have been in recent weeks and months.
That is all I wanted to update this blog with today. I will put that short story up soon either in different posts or just one; I’m not sure yet.
About a year ago I quit my full time job thanks to income I was earning, in part, because of my writing. Excited to devote all my time to being a writer and internet entrepreneur, I dug into the work and put everything I had into it. I quickly lost motivation and began to hate every minute of it. What started as a dream come true quickly devolved into a slog of boredom and loathing. I was free from nine-to-five employment, but I found no fulfillment in what I was doing. Thankfully, what I learned from this kind of failure has turned out to be the greatest blessing of the entire adventure.
I thought that the act of writing itself is what made me happy, and so I ended up writing things like this that I had very little personal interest in, creating websites that ranked nursing stethoscopes or talked about natural hair growth treatments. Although I was successful and fairly good at it, I hated the process and the mask I had to wear when I did it. When I realized what I was doing, I decided to find out how I could truly be happy while writing.
Some people call this finding their definite major purpose. It is the foundation not only of a successful writing career, but of a fulfilled life. What makes you happy? What are you good at? What are your aspirations and dreams? Aside from being a better writer, there are a lot of good reasons for defining your life’s purpose. Here are just a few:
This process of self discovery is ongoing, but the basic framework can start with asking yourself and those closest to you the following questions:
Take some time right now to email those questions to five or more important people in your life whom you trust and whose feedback you value. While it might seem corny or uncomfortably intimate, I found that all the responses I received were supportive and informative. You’ll probably seem some underlying commonalities between the responses. Pull those out and arrange them in categories, along with the other statements people have said about your talents, happiness and dependability.
Once you’ve gone through this process, formulate a statement that you feel is descriptive and inspiring to who you are and what you want write about. This statement can follow several formats, but one format could be something like this:
“I wake up every morning to [insert you major talents and strengths] in order to write about [insert some of the things you enjoy or find happiness in].”
When I asked my close friends, family and associates to help me better understand myself, I learned that technical writing isn’t my thing, and that I’m happiest writing short memoirs and blogging about events in my life. I already suspected this about myself, but had decided to use my writing skills to chase dollars instead of my passion. True happiness comes when we learn to pair our natural writing talent with the kind of writing we enjoy.
There are other informative self learning tools available that can help in this discovery process. One that I highly recommend is the Clifton Strengthsfinder, which helps uncover your top five personal strengths and skill areas. Whatever process or combination of tools you use, realize that self discovery and learning is a lifelong process.
Your mission statement will likely change and evolve over the course of your life, and that is perfectly okay. Work on constantly updating your life’s “owner’s manual” by exploring more of your strengths and identifying your weaknesses. As you become more aware of what makes you a happy person, you’ll naturally become a better writer.
Gayle simply loves the great outdoors and is passionate about the environment. She would be happy to spend all her weekends hiking in the wilderness, or following any trail that would keep her close to nature. She and her boyfriend Joe sometimes sleep out beneath the stars, by slinging a couple of hammocks between a pair of sturdy trees. That way no-one will ever know where they have been, because there is never any trace of their overnight camp when they packed up and leave.
Gayle’s enthusiasm means that she loves sharing things she has seen on her hiking trips, but photos taken on her phone have been disappointing in quality.
Joe keeps a blog, where he regularly writes about his wilderness experiences, but without any photos Gayle thinks his blog does not get the attention it deserves. “Sometimes,” she has told him, “words are not enough.”
Last December Gayle showed Joe a Nikon D7100 review and asked if he thought it would be a suitable camera to use in the great outdoors, so they could post photos online of wild places they had been and wildlife they had seen.
Joe wondered if an SLR digital camera would be too complex for a beginner, but then Gayle told him that when she was in her teens she often used her dad’s old SLR camera, so she could easily learn how to use a Nikon D7100.
When Christmas came Gayle was hopeful of getting the camera she wanted and was full of expectation when Joe handed her a gift-wrapped box. She was therefore disappointed to find that he had given her a very different type of gift than the one she was expecting. The box contained a stainless steel thermal jug to keep her morning coffee hot outdoors.
Then it was Joe’s turn to open his gift from Gayle. He too looked disappointed when he held up the new flashlight she had given him.
When they had finished opening all their Christmas gifts, Joe asked Gayle if she had anything else for him. She asked what that might be and he answered: “That digital camera you were so keen for me to have”.
“Don’t you mean the camera that I wanted?” Gayle said and they both broke out laughing. Joe had assumed that Gayle showed him the camera review because she was planning to buy it for him as a Christmas gift and she, of course, had hoped he would take the hint and buy it for her!
In the end Joe and Gayle purchased their new camera together, sharing the cost. It now goes with them as part of their hiking and camping equipment, and Gayle is posting some stunning photos on Joe’s blog.
My life as a freelance writer has been an adventurous journey of valleys and mountains. The ebb and flow of this life I have chosen for myself has really broadened my perspective on a lot of things. It helps that most of my clients are from other countries. I really get a sneak peek into how an individual’s life experience is on the other side of the world. I think we sometimes forget how someone’s perspective on life may differ when they aren’t from the place that we are from. There’s totally nothing wrong with that at all! It is a natural phenomenon. The thing we must remain open to, however, is creating the space to learn and never stop learning. To be curious and explore, and never stop being curious. Think about it. The people who changed the world and history as we know it were curious, zealous for knowledge, open to learning, and didn’t settle for the status quo of how things were in their respective time periods. They were active visionaries!
Creating a vision is how I discovered my writing comes off. I realized that my gift of writing in my own unique way gave me the advantage of helping to mentally create a picture of what I am expressing through words. From what I was told when starting out, having this type of gift with writing is very rare because, to the reader, you are activating multiple senses simultaneously. Being made aware of this is one of the reasons why I decided to specialize in creative writing. This particular genre of writing allows me the freedom of letting my imagination and inspiration run as free as it needs to for any project requested by client, publication, or magazine. Who wouldn’t want to create a home-based business that allowed you to do that for a living?
Sharing a gift
Lately, I have been reflecting on other freelance writers in our writer community. More specifically, I’ve been thinking about the freelance writers who have yet to officially enter the community; the writers who are still discovering their skill and potential within this booming industry. I am interested in the writers who are curious about learning more about their passion and what it can bring to their lives. They just need a little boost of encouragement and guidance to get them there. This is precisely the kind of thing that is prompting me to start hosting creative writing classes at my home for these aspiring writers. I want to create a safe haven that will help nurture and spark their confidence within themselves that may be a little dormant. Since this will be conducted in my home, I am already aware of the compromise that I will have to inevitably embark on. Opening your home to people can be vulnerable but also life-changing. Deep down, I know that this compromise is going to be worth it. I think I should call it more of a contribution to society than just a compromise because it’s so much more to me than that.
To get started on making this a reality, I have been coming up with some unique room décor ideas that would really help set the atmosphere every time my students walk in. Now even though I am a writer for a living doesn’t mean that I don’t need a budget! I want to be able to decorate my home in a way that will be exquisite, yet cost-efficient and versatile just in case I want to switch the style up sometimes. I found that a really budget-friendly and simple idea was to add some intricate cushions. In my opinion, adding some thought provoking cushions would really help rev up the writing process at the beginning of my classes. I also want to create a comfortable environment for my students so that their ideas can flow organically. I’m going to encourage them to either sit on the floor or couch and surround themselves with the cushions. I found some superb cushion covers in this online store. This would serve as one of the focal point themes. This really helps to further promote the mission of my creative writing classes, which is to paint mental imagery through the creative brushstrokes of words. Just as the cushions would draw in my students, I want them to also learn the skill of drawing in their reader audience, from the start of their writing pieces to the very end. I want them to learn how to make their audience see their perspective as vibrant and as clear as the crystal clear waters of a white sandy beach.
Another budget-friendly décor piece that I would like to include in the remodeling of my living room is a really artistic looking wall clock. This would also serve as a focal point theme for one of my beginner’s classes. The design of the wall clock, along with the concept of time itself would really help bring out even more creative writing skills in my students. To make things interesting, I would strategically place it in different areas of the room to get them out of their comfort zone. I’ve found inspiration for different ways to decorate with wall clocks at this online wall clock shop.
I am getting more and more excited about this with every passing thought! I won’t lie though, I am still pretty nervous about it all. I’ve never really taught a class before, but I love talking and connecting with people. This is a step out of my own comfort zone in and of itself. I will be a little more transparent and mention that I have questioned my effectiveness regarding these classes. I’ve asked myself things like “Will they understand where I’m coming from? Can I really help guide them in the right direction? Am I going to be able to answer all of their questions?” It is one thing to have built yourself up on your own and learned along the way to get where you are now. But it is a whole new venture when you have to help build up others outside of yourself with different personalities, desires, and thoughts. Even though I have butterflies, I have become conscious of the fact that the only way to really know if you are going to make an impact on the planet in the way you desire is to simply just dive in and do it! And that’s exactly what I plan on doing in spite of my silly worries. It’s about high time to put on some scuba gear, get a little uncomfortable, and explore the new world that awaits me.
I find it amazing that we can go through life thinking that we are being responsible to the environment and then, wham – something so obvious to me now, has passed me by for a lifetime.
I wouldn’t call myself an environmentalist by any means. That in my mind seems to be reserved for the more passionate people who seem to dedicate their life’s to living “green” and just seem to take it a little too far for my liking. I just try to do the right thing towards the environment without letting it get in the way too much of my everyday life. You know the sort of thing, try to take public transport (where practical), recycle my daily household rubbish, and avoid pouring old motor oil down the drain!
Anyway the point is if someone were to tell you that you are pouring lead (highly toxic as we now know) daily down the drain, and worse still, ingesting it, wouldn’t you be slightly taken aback? And what is this substance I’m talking about that almost everyone reading this will be doing? Toothpaste. Yep good old regular toothpaste, contains a chemical called fluoride which is slightly more toxic than lead!
Next time you are brushing your teeth, take a look on the ingredients list on your toothpaste, and you’ll see fluoride listed followed by a number between 1,100 and 1,450 parts per million (ppm) fluoride (the equivalent of over 1 mg of fluoride for each gram of paste). Check your children’s toothpaste, it should be much lower to take account, I guess the likelihood of their swallowing the toothpaste.
It’s no secret it’s in there; fluoride in toothpaste has been hailed as one of the biggest factors in reducing tooth decay in western society over the past 30 years.
Anyway the good news is that as long as you don’t ingest the toothpaste, it seems that it can do you no harm. Where I worry though are my children. I’ve noticed that their toothpaste is always flavoured, some sweet, fruity or bubble-gum type flavour to make it more appealing to them. And I’m sure they also think it’s a sweet and so tend to swallow most of it. It’s also a fact that small children also have poorly developed swallowing reflexes, so tend to swallow large amounts without thinking about it.
Then there is the environmental impact of millions of us spitting fluoride down the plughole daily. Thankfully though, there are alternatives. Fluoride-free toothpastes do exist, and all the main brands of regular toothpaste seem to offer fluoride-free alternatives. How good in actually protecting your teeth against decay remains to be seen, but I’m going to give them a go and see what my dentist has to say on my next visit.
As for my children, I’m unsure. On the one hand, their toothpaste contains less fluoride, on the other, they tend to swallow more. And how would I feel if I forced a fluoride-free toothpaste on them and then their teeth started to prematurely decay? I would end up feeling like the environmentalist I described in my opening paragraph, and that I could not have.
Any parent with young babies and children will have faced that dilemma of whether or not to take on the hassle of navigating through an airport and getting on even a short flight. We like to go on vacations and sometimes the best destinations are not within driving distance. Getting in a car in Montana to go to Disney Land does not sound like a good idea with young kids. But air travel does not have to be as painful as you think if you follow our tips on this page.
1) Arrive Early
The last thing you want is to be rushing at the airport and end up in a panic about getting to the aircraft on time. Arrive at the terminal at least 3 hours before departure; not at the car park, at the terminal. If the airline allows it then check in online before you arrive, that way you will only have to drop off your luggage and go to security. Some airports also have Express lanes for security and you may be able to avail of this service by paying for it ahead of time. Check out if your airport offers such a service.
2) Prepare For Airport Security
If you take a look at the TSA website there is some very good information about how to prepare and especially what you are and are not allowed to bring on board. The best thing to do is to separate all the baby stuff into one designated bag, e.g. food, drinks, milk, diapers and toys. The other thing you should consider is getting an umbrella stroller for traveling. The great advantage of these strollers is that they are lightweight and fold down into a very compact size. This will make it a lot easier to lift onto scanning equipment and most importantly it will actually fit in the scanners. If your stroller doesn’t fit in the scanner it has to be manually inspected and this can take time.
3) Book Into An Airport Lounge
Until a few years ago lounges at airports we only open to first and business class travellers. But to day lots of airports have lounges where the average person can pay to get access and enjoy some comfort. Prices vary quite a bit, but in many cases it ranges from $20 to $30 per adult with young babies being free. The great thing is that once you are in the lounge there are free refreshments, papers and very comfortable seating arrangements. In some cases there are also small kids play areas with games for them to play. A visit to the lounge can make it a lot easier to keep an eye on young kids while also getting away from the noise and crowds of the rest of the terminal.
4) Check Dimensions Of Carry-On Items
Any bags you plan to bring onto the plane should be checked for weight and dimension before you leave for the airport. Most people have seen families frantically rearranging the contents of their bags at the check-in counters because some bags are overweight or too large. This also goes for your stroller and you can either measure this yourself or check the dimensions for your model over at Baby Wheels, who also have great advice on choosing the right umbrella stroller for your specific needs.
Following these simple recommendations can make traveling through an airport much easier and it will certainly take a lot of the stress out of it. A simple bit of planning, making sure you give yourself enough time and having the right baby gear packed all helps in the process. It will be so much nicer arriving at your destination with low stress levels and no hassle.