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Things You Should Pack to Survive the Worst Parts of Flying

Today many people will be flying all over the country to be with their families tomorrow on Thanksgiving and the skies will be packed with many infrequent flyers. Add to that some miserable weather in one of the busiest areas of the country and you have a flyer’s nightmare on your hands. However, many of these common flying woes are entirely predictable and with some strategic packing you can make a bad experience more tolerable. Lifehacker has a great article up listing some of the best things you should pack in your carry-on to help you combat some of the most common problems encountered during a flight.

Problem: Your flight is delayed.
Solution: Always bring something to entertain yourself like a book, magazine, e-reader, computer, or tablet.

Problem: The plane runs out of food or drinks.
Solution: Always pack an empty water bottle that you can refill after you pass through security and have a few small snacks ready. I always make sure to pack a few granola bars.

Problem: Your electronics are running out of battery life and you have no place to charge them.
Solution: A USB backup battery is a great thing to have handy for these situations. These batteries can give a much needed charge to anything chargeable with a USB cable which includes most of today’s smartphones and tablets.

Problem: Parts of your body are starting to hurt from sitting in the plane’s torture devices economy class seats for too long.
Solution: Pillows and pills. You can get some great portable pillows to support your neck in the terminal and any spare clothing you bring can make an improvised lumbar pillow. It may be wise to bring some over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen to help dull some of the pain you’re feeling on the flight.

If your airport looks like this, chances are no one is going anywhere for a while.

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Ten Essential Things to Keep in Your Car

Last month my car got a flat tire on the highway when I was coming home from work. I was able to safely move to the shoulder and confirm I had a flat, and then I opened up my trunk to get the tools I needed to change the tire. I had a spare tire ready to go but there was no jack to be found in my trunk. My father has a habit of borrowing the jack from my car to use in his own personal projects and it turns out that it was never returned. What could have been a fifteen minute tire change turned into an hour waiting for AAA to arrive just to change a stupid tire. That’s why I was so heartened when I came across this article at Lifehacker that lists several essential things that you need to keep in your car for when things go wrong. Some of what you need is as follows:

Tire Changing Tools – I learned this one the hard way.
Tire Sealant and Inflation Tools – I never considered this but it can be a lifesaver if you have multiple flats.
Your Owners Manual – This should always be in your glove compartment anyway.
Duct Tape and WD-40 – You would be amazed at how much you can fix with these two.
Jumper Cables – Dead batteries can happen to the best of us.
First Aid Kit – For treating minor injuries in the event of an accident.
Flashlight – Because car problems can happen at night too.
Paper Maps – Because your ability to navigate shouldn’t be dependent on the life of a battery.
Ice Brush/Scraper – If you live north of the Mason-Dixon line you need one of these.
Blanket or Sleeping Bag – Extremely bad weather could mean you have to spend a night in your car. This will help keep you comfortable without burning up gas.

Lifehacker has a far more comprehensive list but the ones I listed above are the ones that I feel are most important. And that night I was stuck with a flat tire ended with me setting some very firm ground rules with my father. Namely none of the above things are to ever leave my car unless you happen to be driving it and you’re in a situation where they need to be used.

It happens to the best of us.

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How to be Prepared for a Car Accident

Car accidents are things that we are rarely completely prepared for. Sure most of us have car insurance which helps cover most of the financial liabilities but there are circumstances that can make the situation far more complicated than it already is. Most accidents have the potential to turn into a very messy court case and sometimes the immediate shock of the accident can make you forget to do some very important things assuming you’re physically okay. Fortunately, Lifehacker put together a great list of things to do to prepare for an accident before it happens.

Make a Cheat Sheet – You should make a checklist for yourself for steps that you should take in the event of an accident and keep it in your glove compartment. Things that you should get from the other driver in an accident are the other driver’s name, license plate number, telephone number and insurance carrier so write these down so you don’t forget to a crucial piece of information.

Have a Camera phone, Pen, and Paper – Keeping a pen or pencil and paper in your glove box will make it easy to exchange information with the other driver. Having a camera phone handy is extremely useful for taking pictures to document the scene of the accident and things like the other driver’s license plate in the event they refuse to share information. Having photos of the scene will dramatically help your case if there is a dispute with your insurance company or with the other driver in court.

Write Down Everything – When you’re still at the scene, write down every detail you can think of about the accident. This includes things like the date and time, the street and location, make and model of the other car, a physical description of the driver, and any damage done to the vehicles. This will help you immensely if the other driver leaves the scene of the accident and will help you immensely if it ends up in court.

Approach Witnesses – If there were any witnesses to the accident still around, approach them and take down their contact information just in case.

Review Your Insurance – The time to make sure you know what your insurance does and doesn’t cover is before you need to file a claim. Collision protection is necessary for insurance to cover fixing your car while underinsurance will cover you if the other driver is uninsured and can’t pay the damages that he or she is liable for. Reviewing your insurance policy beforehand will help prevent any nasty surprises when you need it most.

Stick Around – Stay at the scene of the accident until the Police arrive and they say you can leave. Though the exact state laws differ, leaving the scene of an accident is a crime that you can be charged with if you leave early. If you’re not doing anything that is otherwise illegal, you have absolutely nothing to gain from leaving the scene of an accident.

Drive Safely – This bit is obvious but you can greatly reduce your chances of getting into a crash by doing some fairly simple things. Don’t text and drive. Don’t drive under the influence of any controlled substances. Don’t drive more than 10 mph over the speed limit. Slow down when driving in bad weather. Don’t drive aggressively. All of these things will greatly reduce the probability of you getting into an accident and if you get into an accident while following that advice it will be far less severe.

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