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ON THE ROAD AGAIN  Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The holidays add a whole other dimension to traveling. Roads and airports are more crowded than usual, making delays and long waits often unavoidable. Nutrition is usually an after thought, but adding it to the top of your “what to pack” list will result in a fresher, healthier feeling you when you arrive at your destination.

If traveling by car, be sure to fill reusable thermoses with water. Staying well-hydrated is a great pick me-up, and won’t leave you with a post-caffeine crash. Stash a few in the freezer for long trips and they serve a dual purpose—they act as ice packs for perishable foods too. Dried fruits and nuts are perfect portable snacks. When hitting the road with kids, try to schedule rest stops during mealtimes, and avoid sugary snacks or sweets if you’re hoping to get a nap going once they’re back in the car.

When taking to the skies, remember those reusable bottles won’t make it through security if filled. That doesn’t mean you should leave them home. Pack empty ones in your carry-on, and once through security, save money and seek out large bottles of water to refill your thermos. Heat-proof travel mugs also mean you can enjoy your favorite tea once in flight, so pack a few in your purse and you’ll be ready to get a jumpstart on the rest and relaxation portion of your journey.

THE PERFECT SETTING  Monday, November 15, 2010

Chances are you’ve spent countless hours planning the perfect holiday menu. The turkey was ordered weeks ago. You carefully selected wines to serve with each course. But, don’t forget the one thing every guest looks to drink: water.

Start with a pretty pitcher, or if you’re theme is more casual, old milk bottles add a nice touch to the table. You can even spruce up your water with slices of lemon, orange or limes. Frozen berries add a flair and help keep the water cold too. Let ice cubes act as an accessory and add some mint leaves to them before freezing. With such refreshing options to choose from, white or red won’t be the only tough beverage choices at your holiday table.