Dear Heloise: We are retired and spend two weeks a year in hotel rooms. I am an early riser; my wife is not. This causes a problem with the lighting in hotel rooms.
Our grandkids got a toy miner's headlamp for Christmas. We watched them play with it, then purchased one to see if it would work while traveling. I put it on the bedside table and wear it after I wake up. I can get ready, read books, read the newspaper, do crossword puzzles, etc., while wearing the headlamp, and it allows my wife to sleep. -- Duane W., via email
I LOVE IT! My husband, David, gets up early, too; I sleep in, if possible. When I have to get up early for a speech for a charity, civic or business group, here is my hint: I have a small travel flashlight that sits on the desk and shines up. It illuminates the dark room enough for me to move around. It also serves as a "night light" in the bathroom. -- Heloise
Know your atlas
Good morning, Heloise: In The Bradford (Pa.) Era, your hint titled "Are We There Yet?" was an excellent one.
I think parents should teach their children to read a map and an atlas. I have met adults who cannot read a map. What a shame! GPS is great technology, but if you are in an area without service or your battery is dead, it does not help you.
Keeping an atlas in your vehicle and being able to use it is something everyone should know. I realize you probably can't keep maps of everywhere, but you could print a local map before going to the town or location.
What a great skill, learning opportunity and parent/child connection! -- Tim and Sue M., Smethport, Pa.
Quick laundry hints
Dear Readers: Laundry is one chore in life that is guaranteed! Here are some quick hints to help:
* Close zippers and fasteners on garments.
* Check pockets for tissues, gum and pens!
* Wash sweaters inside-out to prevent pilling.
* Use laundry pre-treaters on the back of the stain to "force" it out.
Many of my favorite hints for clothes care are in my handy stain and laundry pamphlet, If you'd like to receive one, please visit my website, www.Heloise.com, to order, or send a long, self-addressed, stamped (70 cents) envelope, along with $5, to: Heloise/Stain, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. I often refer to a "glug" of vinegar or household bleach. What is a "glug"? When you tip a bottle for just a second and the liquid comes out, it makes the sound "glug, glug"! -- Heloise
Travel time with kids
Dear Readers: If you have young children in the backseat and need to keep them occupied, fill an old tote bag or purse with puzzles, games and toys, and hang it over the seat. This will promote playtime and teamwork! -- Heloise