College – The Other Packing List

It’s mid-August, and time to send your college kids back to school.

On the upside, no more piles of laundry, budget-busting grocery lists, or late-night rattlings around the house.

On the downside, well, there’s no denying the littles simply aren’t little anymore.

The school probably sent a packing list, or has one online. If not, there are about 598,367 such lists on the Web.

We’re offering up a list covering needed items that, once Junior is at school, make us go, “Oh, yeah! We forgot the . . . .”

Here we go:

Beach towels

Duct tape



Safety pins

Sleep mask


Bug spray – for spiders, roaches, ants

1-cup measuring cup

Wrinkle remover spray

Lap desk

ReliefBand – stops symptoms of morning or motion sickness

Chip clips




Command™ strips and hooks

Portable electronics charger

Spare pair of glasses

Power strips

What else should be on this list of stuff college kids need (not clothes, food, or school supplies, but other necessities)?

Ultimate Summer Road Trip Packing List

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It’s August! Time for that long road trip you’ve been planning all summer.

Getting the car ready is easy – check the oil and tire pressure, fill up any liquids that are low, and boom, you’re good to go.

Packing for the trip, well, that’s not so easy. So many things to consider. For instance, nobody wants to spend time in a laundromat. Cramming the clothes you’ll need into a suitcase or duffel bag is the way to go.

But how do you do it so that everything fits?

National Geographic did a little test. They compared folding vs. rolling, and rolling your clothes won! You get more space to add more stuff when you roll.

Keep in mind, you don’t have to pack a lot of clothes. Use travel-size stain removers for those splotchy bits that show.

Bring clothes that don’t show dirt easily and wear each piece multiple times, or at least until your companions start crying due to the stinky fumes in the car. Don’t forget shoes including closed-toe, flip-flops, and sandals.

Other stuff to bring:

Beach towels

Smaller hand towels

Wet wipes

First aid kit

Reliefbands for all who get carsick or experience other forms of motion sickness, or morning sickness, if one or more of you is pregnant


Chargers for each thing that needs charging including the car

Magic Tank — a product that you put in your tank when you’re running on fumes — Good Housekeeping swears by it

Blankets and pillows

Backpacks (small)

Ziploc bags — the bigger the better for packing electronics or wet things or any of 100 items

Larger plastic trash bags for wet or dirty clothes that can’t be worn another day

Grocery store bags for trash

Cooler, or maybe two — one for cold, one for nonrefrigerated snacks. The cooler keeps snacks from getting crushed

Case of water

Paper map/atlas – GPS isn’t always right, but between the two you’ll get where you’re supposed to go


Tissues, paper towels, toilet paper

Audiobooks/music/books/games and activities for the kids

Preloaded apps: Waze, Around Me, TripIt, Postagram, GasBuddy, HotelTonight, Instagram, Snapchat. Well, there are so many. Add your favs in the comments!

What else? What did we forget? Share your tips in the comments and let’s all have a great August!

Pre-Motion Sickness. Whaaat?

Do you feel nauseous just thinking about riding in the backseat of the car?

What about when you picture yourself standing on the deck of a boat on a rolling sea?

Don’t worry, that feeling is not uncommon!

If you have experienced motion sickness as a passenger in a car, or when you’ve been out on a boat, then you almost certainly have a memory of it.

It’s the memory of the motion sickness that causes what’s called “anticipatory nausea and vomiting.” All before you even get into a car or step onto a boat.

In other words, you get motion sickness before there’s any motion.

You can prevent this anticipatory nausea and vomiting in the same way that you do motion sickness:

Keep your eyes on the horizon

Allow fresh, cool air to gently blow in your face

Don’t read or watch a screen

Eat small, frequent meals, but nothing greasy

Stay hydrated

Wear a ReliefBand to stop symptoms before they start

How To Control Vertigo-Induced Nausea

Vertigo is when we feel like we’re spinning, or maybe it seems like we’re holding still but the environment around us is spinning.

We become dizzy and nauseous, and usually break out in a cold, clammy sweat.

There are many triggers to vertigo. If you experience it, you should mention it to your healthcare provider. There may be a medical reason for it and, possibly, a treatment.

If the cause of your vertigo is not treatable, then it usually comes down to managing symptoms of nausea and vomiting.

That’s where we come in. What you feel when you experience vertigo is a form of motion sickness, and ReliefBand helps to stop motion-related nausea and vomiting, including that associated with vertigo.

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Flying Is Fun!

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Your friends are going to the Bahamas for a long weekend and you want to go, too.

But, there’s a teeny problem. You get airsick as soon as a plane starts to move!

There are steps you can take to calm your nausea, and with any luck at all, avoid the barf bag.

Don’t drink alcohol the day before or during your flight. Do drink lots of water—staying hydrated is important.

Eat small, light meals throughout the day. Nothing greasy or spicy, and no big meals.

It helps to sit in a window seat and keep your gaze on the horizon. When you do that, then what your body feels and what you’re seeing are in sync. It’s when they don’t match up that nausea comes calling.

Many people claim the seats over the wings are the least bouncy. If you can choose your seat, try the window seat over a wing.

Finally, ReliefBand is made to stop the nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness. And bonus, no drugs! Just slip it on your wrist about 20 minutes before boarding, and keep it on.

If you follow these steps, you should arrive happy and feeling great. Now, go have fun!

Baby’s Name

You’re pregnant! As the news sinks in, you realize a lot of decisions will need to be made over the next 40 weeks.

For instance, will you change the guest bedroom into a nursery, or change your address?

Cloth or disposable? Natural home birth, or hospital and keep the painkillers coming?

And for the decision that keeps you awake at night — what are you going to name the baby?

Let’s think old school as a starting point. Enoch, Augustine, or Otis, if it’s a boy?

Or if it’s a girl, perhaps Permilia, Parthenia, or Pinkie.

Fast-forward about 200 years and consider geography as a starting point. What do you think of Malaysia, Memphis, or Milan? Or how about Catalina, Camden, or Kebira?

It’s a tough choice. Forget for a moment the fascinating baby name lists you find online, and turn to (you knew it was coming) family names.

We can hear Uncle Horace and Grandma Jezebel now, fondly recounting the many ancestors who proudly bore the family names that must live on in the next generations.

Or at least one more generation.

Over the next nine or so months, you will be bombarded with names by well-meaning friends and relatives.

You’ll drive yourself slightly nuts as you mentally flip through hundreds and even thousands of names, wondering which is the one.

But guess what?

When you see your baby the right name will be there, waiting for you to breathe it out for the very first time.

VR Sickness Stinks!

Virtual reality (VR) is teetering on the edge of becoming the next big thing.

Will we make it a part of our daily lives, as we have smartphones and tablets? Well, it’s hard to say. But gamers and others who currently use it tend to love it—except for one thing . . .

VR sickness!

Motion sickness and VR sickness are triggered by the same mechanisms.

What you see in the world of virtual reality doesn’t match up with what your body feels in the real world, just as what you see when you’re reading in a car doesn’t match up with the movement of the car that your body feels.

Although you’re not really rocketing through the air on a rollercoaster in VR, that’s what your mind perceives, yet your body isn’t experiencing the same movement.

When there’s a disconnect between what you see and what you feel, nausea generally follows.

If you love VR but suffer from VR sickness, try ReliefBand to stop the nausea. And please, let us know how it goes!