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Traveling Through the Town of Machynlleth, Powys

Traveling through the town of Machynlleth, Powys, Wales reveals how central it once was in the history of the country. Though small, with a population of about twenty-two hundred citizens, it makes up for its size with it’s attractiveness. The town itself lies in the Dyfi Valley, which takes its own name from the Dyfi River. That waterway is known for having much in the way of freshwater salmon and trout.

Machynlleth benefits from an intersection of two major roads that lie within the town’s boundaries (the A487 and the A489). It is also known in Wales by its shortened name, “Mach.” The history of this municipality is long, with evidence of humans living in the area going back nearly three-thousand or so years. It was also here where the Welsh patriot Owain Glyndwr formed his parliament, in 1404.

There is reference made to Machynlleth as a town in a charter from 1291, granted by Edward the First, the English ruler. The document itself gave the town a right to hold weekly markets and two fairs in perpetuity. During the civil war in England, Machynlleth was caught in one battle in the area which took place in 1644. A great many buildings ended up burnt to the ground.

Nowadays, the town depends for the most part on tourist activities within and near its boundaries. Mountain bikers find the place of much interest due to the several technical trails nearby. Additionally, there are also other attractions and tourist-centric programs and activities offered. The market, which is held on Wednesdays, also attracts seminars and performances from the Welsh museum of modern art.

Powys, Wales – which is a preserved county – enjoys a population of nearly one-hundred and thirty-two thousand residents. It is a very large region, being the largest such government principal area in the country. For the most part, the county’s residents live in smaller towns or villages, giving Powys a rural charm and beauty. Both the town and the county are emblematic of the beauty and scenic attractiveness of Wales.

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HEALTHY Water For Traveling Rigs

For the modern traveler and adventurer using a motorized rig like a car or trailer, motor home or RV, the issue of decent water supply can pose a serious question. How do we provide good healthy drinking water while we’re traveling? Safe water?

Invest in a small water ionizer that can be hooked to your tap or your gravity-fed hose. This important technology can actually improve your health while you’re in travel mode and you can return home from your adventure ready to go again! No recovery time needed. The apparatus can be used while in an RV park or while boondocking freestyle because it operates with a simple diverter attachment to a hose or tap. You’ll have the option to use regular water or ionized water by a flip of the switch on the diverter.

Ionizing water machines are catching on in this country like never before. They’ve already been the rage in Japan for decades where one in every five households has an ionizer. I’m sure you agree that a safe water supply while traveling is just as important as clean healthy water at home.

You may not know this but in Japan, water ionizers are used in major hospitals where they provide alkaline antioxidant waters, and sometimes each patient’s room is equipped with state-of-the-art water ionization technology. Doctors in Japan emphasize their patients’ acidic/alkaline pH balance before considering their blood pressure and temperature! Enagic Inc, is the most prevalent water ionizing manufacturer and has been for 35 years.

Ten years ago, this technology was not available for American households or travel rigs unless you could pay $ 120,000.00 or more and then have your LARGE industrial ionizing equipment exported from Japan. Nowadays, thanks to scientists’ ability to downsize the equipment, you can purchase a top-of-the-line kangen water ionizer for your home or motor home for $ 3,980.00. We generally suggest our starter model for the smaller traveling rig, described at the end of this article.

You may think $ 3980.00 pricey and I did too when I first heard of ionized water. But let’s consider the matter and you’ll come to see as I did, this technology is worth its weight in gold. The “engine” of a stand-alone ionizer is a set of 7 electrolysis plates (each 7″x5″ solid titanium) dipped individually twice in MEDICAL GRADE liquid white gold – platinum. Just recently platinum was being sold for $ 2850.00/ounce! The titanium and platium are absolutely necessary for electrolysis.

I guarantee you that in coming years, it  will increase in value. Am I saying you can sell your machine for a profit years from now? No, I’m saying your new best friend will be so important to your health and even the health of all your family members (and whoever else you decide to share with), that you will never sell it — not even for $ 50,000 or $ 100,000. It will ease your traveling arrangements and can be installed under the counter or on your countertop (then placed in the sink while driving). Alkaline ionized water can keep you healthy as you live your adventure.

Ask me what you think MY machine is worth? If someone came to my house and offered me $ 100,000 and part of the deal was:

• I could never buy a replacement machine

• I could never drink ionized water again… I would NEVER sell my new best friend! Why would I give up my alkaline water source and go back to acidosis conditions, being on the verge of a repeat coma and severe electrolyte imbalance. Why would my husband, Dave, go back to feeling stressed and anxious, out of balance, and always on the look-out for serious mood swings, always fearful. Why repeat that trauma? Believe me, the addition of kangen ionized water to our health regimen was so foundational, it made logarithmic differences and continues to do so. Read our personal story at Enjoying Your Health.

That’s why we’re so passionate to share the ionized water technology with all the people we know. We want to reach out into all communities and believe strongly that your community of traveling adventurers can benefit from the technology. If you understand the product, it’s worth many times the asking price! In fact, your machine can prove to be free. It’s a machine that pays you to use it and we can say it’s absolutely free because:

1. All year round, even while you’re traveling in strange and dangerous territory, you can be free from infectious diseases and costly doctor’s visits. The acidic water (de-ionized water that comes from the waste hose into your sink) disinfects surfaces and prevents illness like strep throat. It even kills anthrax spores and MRSA. (You simply place the strong acidic water into a spray bottle and keep it on hand to spray topically or in your throat or eyes, or ears, etc, when symptoms of infectious disease occur.) You can be kept safe from doctor’s visits and related medical expenses as you use the strong acid water to kill germs and the wonderful alkaline water to drink. How much money is this worth over 15-20 years, the life of your new best friend? How valuable is it to leave home in your traveling rig and expect to be protected from germs along the way?

2. You’ll save by not buying bottled water, which is proven harmful and detrimental to your health as well as to the environment. No need to drink expensive bottled water. A family of four, spending $ 2/day on bottled water for 15 years, would be able to cover the cost of 4 machines! [$ 16,000-15 years] Being dependent upon bottled water while you’re traveling can drain your health and your pocketbook…

3. Your new water ionizer is your best healthy insurance. It’s not your traditional sickness insurance that charges high premiums each month. You can be free of disabling and discomfiting illness even on the road!

4. You’ll save on cleaning supplies. It replaces your cleaning supplies at home and while traveling, including laundry additives ($ 15/month for 15 years – the projected lifespan=$ 4500) The machine’s price is $ 3980.00 and will last 15-20 years proven track record.

5. You can recommend and share your healthy water with anyone you want to, especially those people who are sick. Do you know 8 – 11 other people who are sick? Friends of friends who are sick? Fellow travelers? Your machine can become entirely free to you when you refer others, and it can pay you hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years by referring others to ionized water.

Ours has proven to be free. We’re sharing it with you because you need it.

Alkalize your body, your brain, your bones, every emotional system you have. It’s important, like never before in this stress-filled world, to alkalize yourself.

Travel with well-founded confidence that you’ll be protected from germs and illness and have a happy trip… 

One closing thought: if you travel in a very small rig or if we haven’t convinced you that the SD501 is FOR YOU, and you absolutely must look for an ionizer that costs less, then get our starter machine, the Sunus model by Enagic. Never, never buy a machine from one of our competitors that claim they provide the same water at half the cost. The other machines never prove up. Never compare our large SD501 work horses to the tiny machines made by competitors!

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Traveling Safety – 16 Tips

Traveling should be fun. Staying safe takes little effort – so follow these 16 tips:

1. Travel with a friend or group. The saying, “there is safety in numbers,” is certainly true.

2. Get good directions and have an excellent map. One of the bigger print ones is my favorite.

3. Make sure your map is new. Old maps carry outdated information.

4. Plan your route and let your friends/family at home know where you are going.

5. Check in frequently by phone. If you don’t have a cell phone – then purchase a pay as you go phone to carry. They are around $ 30 and well worth the money.

6. Do not discuss your route with strangers. And be very cautious around strangers who seem overly friendly.

7. If you feel suspicious (about anyone or anything), then go with your gut instinct – get away from the situation as fast as you.

8. If you get lost, then stop at an open business and get directions. Do not ask just anyone you meet on a street. Do not appear lost.

9. Stay on main streets (when you can) that are well lit.

10. Carry traveler’s checks or credit cards. Try to carry as little cash as possible.

11. Keep important papers at home. Carry only copies when you can. If you must carry these papers, keep them locked up in the hotel/motel safe.

12. After you check into your room, find the most direct escape routes in case of fire (or other major disasters).

13. Always keep your door locked in your motel/hotel room.

14. Take a small tissue and stuff it into the peephole. You can remove it if you wish to see out, and it will keep others from looking in.

15. If someone is outside your door and you do not know who they are – do not open your door. If they persist outside your door – call motel/hotel security.

16. Do not stay on the ground floor. Especially if you are alone.

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9 Secrets to Traveling Pretty

Whether you’re taking a redeye to a Monday morning meeting or a luxurious cruise through the Mediterranean, you want to look your best, even after hours of travel. Believe it or not, it’s possible to look fresh, even when you have to pack light or adhere to the airlines’ strict security policies. We’ve gathered nine beauty secrets for the pretty traveler-so that you can look as fantastic as you feel on your vacation (or fake it during that business trip)!

Get your beauty sleep. This is beauty prep work; after all, the more rested you are when you get on the plane, the more rested you’ll be when you get off-even if you have a hard time sleeping in uncomfortable airplane seats.

Stay hydrated-inside and out. Drink lots of water (altitude is no friend of hydration), and use a hydrating spray every so often to keep your skin feeling fresh. (We recommend the John Masters Rose & Aloe Hydrating mist or Pangea Organics French Rosemary with Sweet Orange Facial Toner. No need to re-apply your makeup; just spritz yourself and go.

Keep it covered. Pack a concealer, even if you don’t normally need one (lucky you!)-it will come in handy for last-minute touch-ups to smudged eye makeup or the dark circles that emerged after that redeye flight. We love the easy-to-blend Dr. Hauschka Concealer.

Go au naturale. When traveling, go light on the foundation to keep pores clear and your makeup from smudging. If you’re blessed with perfect (or close-to-perfect) skin, skip the foundation entirely. If you can’t bear to show your face without a little something, we recommend starting with a primer to act as a protective barrier, to keep skin moisturized and to give your makeup extra staying power. Sophyto has a great, moisturizing formula to try.

Don’t skimp on lips. Ditch the long-lasting lipsticks for travel-they might seem like a good idea, but they’ll just dry out your lips. Instead, try a base color with either a lipliner or lip stain, and top it with a clear or slightly-tinted gloss that you can re-apply throughout your travels for a fresh pout. Try: Suki Pure Cream Stain Lip & Cheek or Dr. Hauschka Lipliner, and top with a sheer Logona Lip Gloss . This is a great tip for workday lip wear, too-no need to save this tip for travel!

Let your lashes go naked. Mascara has a tendency to migrate south onto cheeks and underneath your eyes, so if you’ll be traveling (especially if you’re hoping to get some shuteye while on the go), just leave off the mascara altogether. It’s easy to apply a quick coat once you reach your destination.

Don’t neglect your hands. Make sure to tote your favorite hand cream on your travels-apply liberally throughout your trip to keep hands moisturized and protect your skin from the harsh soaps in public restrooms. Our absolute favorite is the Dr. Hauschka Hand Cream; it’s quickly-absorbed, non-greasy, smells divine, and it’s the perfect size for your purse or carry-on.

Give yourself a boost with aromatherapy. Essential oil is a great way to refresh your sinuses after being stuck on an airplane, breathing in all of that re-circulated air. Dab a little on your temples and neck, and then take deep breaths for an instant mood boost. We like Rain Africa’s “Focus” blend, with peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus and lemongrass. We also love Naturopatch aromatherapy patches, like the Citrus Fusion, which are perfect for energy when you’re on the go.

Pack light; but not too light. You’ll probably want to step up the glamour during your trip, so don’t forget to add some favorites to your makeup bag for when you’ve made it to your destination. An easy way to glam up a muted daytime look is to add a bit of shimmer; mix a shimmery shadow with your everyday color (or layer the shimmery shade on top) for an alluring look that easily transitions from daytime to playtime. Try Afterglow Organics’ Mineral Eye Shadow in Halo, Sage, or Lyric.

Bon voyage!

By Aleigh Acerni

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Traveling From Heathrow Airport to Central London

Heathrow is the busiest airport in the world and, as such, you will probably find yourself arriving into this airport at some point. The airport is on the outskirts of West London and is well connected to the city with plenty of options available for getting into town easily.

Taxis, Minicabs and Car Services Finding a taxi from Heathrow Airport is as simple as following the signs to the taxi rank outside the terminal and waiting your turn. Taxis to central London will cost anywhere between £45 and £70 and will take between 40 and 60 minutes depending on traffic. To save a bit of money you could arrange a pickup either through a minicab company or car service company. Minicabs are generally the cheapest option and you will probably be traveling the cab driver’s personal car. Car services offer more options and you could even book a limousine if you wanted. There are plenty of cars or van types on offer and lots of companies to choose from so prices are hard to pin down but they will be more than a regular taxi.

Underground Heathrow Airport is connected to the London Underground which makes getting to any part of the city easy and affordable. Heathrow Airport is connected to the Piccadilly Line which runs from the airport to London’s north east. Trains start running at 5am and finish at just before midnight. The trip into central London costs and takes about 50 minutes. If you plan on heading from central London to Heathrow using the Underground, try to avoid rush hour as the trains will be packed with commuters looking to get home and finding space to cram yourself onto the train will be hard enough, not to mention your luggage.

Fares on the London Underground will be cheaper if you buy an Oyster Card on arrival. This is a plastic, credit card-like card that you can charge with money and then swipe to gain access to the subway and buses. Having one will reduce your fares for transportation while in London so if you will be in the city for a week or more, or if you plan to do a lot of traveling on public transportation, you should pick one up and start saving from day one.

Trains If you want to travel in style and get into Central London quickly then the Heathrow Express is your best option. At £16.50 for a one-way journey, it is more expensive than the Underground but much cheaper and faster than a taxi. Trains run non-stop between Heathrow and Paddington Station in Central London. Approximately four trains operate per hour and the journey takes 15 to 20 minutes.

The Heathrow Connect is a newer service is a train that runs to Padding Station but with stops in Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Hanwell, Southall and Hayes. If you will be staying anywhere in West London, this train makes more sense than heading all the way in to Paddington. Trains leave every 30 minutes, take 25 minutes to Paddington and a one-way ticket costs £7.40.

Kirsty has spent five years living in London, and has written a guide to help new arrivals into the city find their way from Heathrow Airport to London.

Traveling With Your Favorite Pets

Traveling with an animal should be thought of as similar to traveling with a small child. The worst thing I think I’ve seen to this day was someone who had several dogs loose in her car- all with their bodies half way out the windows (which were rolled all the way down) as well as one dog in her lap while driving! Needless to say, I made sure that I was not anywhere near this woman’s car.

Traveling with pets needs to be taken a little more seriously by pet owners. There are things that you should do to ensure the safety of your furry friends just as you would ensure the safety of yourself or your loved ones while driving. To help put things into perspective, would you travel with your two young children in a car without first strapping them into a seat belt? How many parents do you see with a minivan full of kids who are roaming around and sticking their bodies out the window? Now, let’s take a look at pet owners. Would you drive your car with your newborn baby in your lap? How about your seven year-old daughter? Not only is it distracting, but it is incredibly dangerous. There are enough distractions in a car such as the radio, your cell phone, food and beverages. Throwing animals into the mix further complicates things.

While many pet owners and other pet lovers thing that seeing dogs with their heads and bodies halfway out the window is adorable, nothing could be farther from the truth. At the end of the day, dogs are merely animals, and animals are unpredictable at times. There was one time when I was traveling with someone and their German Shepherd. At the time, the German Shepherd wasn’t full grown, and it was sitting in my lap in the passenger seat. The person who was driving had rolled down my window so that it was three fourths of the way open. Would you know that when we stopped at the next intersection at a light, there was someone who had pulled up along the side of us and they had a couple of dogs in their car…Before I knew it, the dog that had been sitting so pleasantly on my lap suddenly got excited and tried to jump out of the car! We actually had to pull off the road so that we could both reign in this dog to prevent it from falling and injuring itself!

I think part of the issue is that humans treat their animals as if they, too, were humans. In America, people treat their domesticated animals better than they do each other sometimes. We let them sleep in our beds, eat the same food from our tables, etc. However, when it comes to driving, this is where we falter. If we were really treating animals like humans then we would make sure that they are buckled up for their own safety, for our safety as well as for the safety of others.

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Tips For Americans Traveling Abroad

If you are planning a trip abroad, there are a few things that you should do that will ensure a safe trip and make your traveling safer and easier.

You should be sure to register your travel itinerary with the State Department. This is be done easily through their website. You will be contacted in case of a family emergency in the United States or in the case of other types of crisis. Your information will not be released to others unless you give authorization.
Be sure that you sign your passport and fill in the emergency contact information. This is to ensure that if something should happen to you, your next of kin will be immediately notified. Also, be sure to leave a copy of your passport with someone in the US in the case that you lose the original while traveling. This expedites the replacement.

Be sure that your medical insurance coverage includes traveling overseas. If your plan does not cover you for expenses outside the United States, look into getting an additional policy that does. You certainly do not want to be stuck with a large hospital bill in another country if you should take ill.

When traveling to another country, it is important that you do a bit of homework concerning the various laws and regulations in that country. The US State Department’s website is a great reference to use to find safety and other important information on foreign countries.

When you are traveling in a foreign country it is a good practice to learn where the US Embassy is located or have that phone number handy. The US Embassy is available to help Americans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

By taking these few simple steps, your travels abroad should be pleasant and hassle-free. It is always best to be prepared for the unexpected, especially when traveling outside of the country.

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Are We There Yet? Traveling With Small Children

Don’t you just dread the kids shouting out “Are we there yet”? Traveling on long car journeys need not be such a stressful experience.

Keeping kids occupied with games to play in the car on long journeys and in traffic jams is a big challenge. The secret to this is to be organised. When I know I am going traveling with children on long journeys by car I keep an eye out for special offers on snack size items and drinks, colouring books, crayons and activity packs just for this purpose.

Have plenty of small snacks and small drinks to hand – but not left in the boot! Pack each child their own in-car picnic for when they get the munchies. Make sure you have plenty wet wipes or kitchen paper handy. When you are travelling with children you could have a special bag for each child that is ready just to pick up and place in the car so there is no running around at the last minute. When you return from your trip you could get it ready for the next time you will be travelling with children so you are well prepared.

No matter how old your children are make sure you have an adequate supply of picture and reading books, colouring books and their favourite small toys. Even a personal DVD player if your budget will stretch that far. You can also buy activity packs for children in a particular age range. The more choice you have the less likelihood of them getting bored and you losing your concentration and soon you will reach your destination in relative peace. If the kids are happy then you are happy and everyone will be more relaxed instead of getting stressed out. The only problem might be getting them out of the car if their DVD has not finished! In between DVD’s or even if you don’t have the luxury of that technology intersperse their reading by playing other games in the car. There is always the traditional I-Spy game which is always popular when travelling with children but I have listed some more ideas below:-

What Am I?: One person states they are either a person, place or object and the others then ask questions (are you red, can you speak, do you bark, can you be eaten, etc) until they guess what that person is, then they are next.

Colours: Choose a colour and have everyone help name as many different items as possible in that colour.

Nursery Rhyme Changes: Recite nursery rhymes for children and encourage your child to join in. If they are comfortable with the rhyme, change one word and see if they can tell you what’s different. (Example: “Baa, Baa black sheep have you any wool, yes sir yes sir ten socks full”) carry on the rhyme until they notice the changes.

Finish the Story: You start telling a story then everyone takes it in turns adding to the story line. If you have a children’s tape recorder you could even tape it for them to listen to on the return journey and have a laugh.

Opposites: Call out a word and have your child respond with the opposite. (Examples: tall-short, hot-cold, quickly-slowly)

Categories: Choose something your child is familiar with like fruits, colours or shapes, and see how many they can name.

20 Questions: How much do you really know about your children’s likes and dislikes? About what they are thinking? Use this time to get to know them better by asking questions like: – Do you remember your dreams? What are they about? – What is your favourite food? What food would you rather not eat again? – What is your favourite colour? – What makes them happy, what makes them unhappy and what makes them get angry?

Telephone Time: If your child owns a toy telephone, have them call you, dad, grandma, the dog or cat. Encourage them to talk about what they have seen on their trip.

The Quiet Game: If all else fails, try this old standby for a few minutes of peace and quiet. The one who stays quiet the longest should receive a small surprise or their first choice of a snack. A great game for when things are getting stressed when travelling with children – if you are lucky they might even drop off to sleep!!

Hopefully some of the above will help take the stress and boredom out of car journeys for you and your family, travelling with children may not be the headache you thought it would be after all.

Have a safe trip!

David is the Father of one son and has enjoyed many long car journeys with him and his friends without getting too stressed. He has written various articles on parenting and has a website aimed at under 5’s where you can read more articles, recipes, and humour.

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Traveling Through New Forest, Hampshire

Traveling through New Forest, Hampshire shows the tourist ever-rarer unspoiled English pasture and woodlands. Additionally, there are great sections of heath – or dwarf shrub – habitats. Altogether, the region called “the New Forest,” offers plenty of scenic nature appreciation and opportunities for hiking and the like.

Sitting in the southeast of England, which is heavily-populated, New Forest lies in the southwest corner of the county of Hampshire. New Forest itself comprises much of the national park which goes by the same name. Also, it lends its title to the local government district which is a subdivision of the Hampshire county government. The park itself is still part of what’s called “Crown Lands,” meaning they fall under the control of the monarch.

Originally, much of New Forest was woodland. Since the start of the Stone Age, though, it lost much of the forest to land cultivation. This practice continued up through the Bronze Age. Because of the acidic nature of the soil, though, most farmland did not succeed. The resulting vegetation that took the forest’s place became the dwarf shrub-dominated heathland.

William the Conqueror created the New Forest, designating it a Royal Forest around 1080. It is now England’s oldest surviving wooded area. Today, the region is about 20 miles long and 12 miles wide, making a natural triangle. In the center of the park is the village of Lyndhurst, which is considered its capital. Popular landmarks include the Queen’s House, erected during the reign of Charles II.

The county of Hampshire, in the southeast of England, sits on the coastline. It’s the fifth most-populous region in England, with over 1.7 million people living within its borders. Interestingly, the area was a departure point for many people sailing to the New World and America. The U.S. state of New Hampshire derives its name from this county.

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The Secret to Safely Traveling With Birds

Traveling with your bird can be a fun and rewarding experience for you and your bird. Traveling with your bird can also be easy if you follow the guidelines set out in this article.

Traveling In an Automobile

Who wants to go for a ride? If your bird is anything like mine, she loves to hear that question. Going for a ride can be fun and safe if you follow the guidelines of this article. Without making the process sound too technical, there are three distinct stages of travel that you should consider. Those three stages are the Preparation Stage, Travel Stage, and Arrival Stage.

Preparing to Travel With Your Bird by Automobile

You may have a hundred things to plan for before your journey especially on a long trip. However, adding a couple more considerations to allow your bird to go with you will be well worth your time and your bird will thank you.

There are three simple things to consider when preparing for your journey – Food, Water, and Shelter. Simple enough right?

Taking enough food to last the journey is obviously a major consideration. If you are running down to the grocery store then you can forget about this consideration. For longer trips, it is a good idea to make sure your bird has food PRIOR to your journey because your bird probably will not be interested in eating during any short trip. It most likely won’t be interested in eating because it’ll be distracted and/or afraid because of its new surroundings. Providing nutrition prior to travel will also help the bird’s body cope with any travel related stress.

However, if there is a possibility of the trip being extended or the possibility of being stranded away from home (snow, car malfunction, etc) you will still want to make contingency plans. Just take a couple days supply of food, and place it in a Tupperware bowl, or a sealed baggie depending on how much food will be required. Toss it in the automobile and you’ll have it just in case of emergency. The type of food that you take depends mostly on your bird’s normal diet. If your bird will eat pellet food then your food preparation is very simple. If your bird’s diet consists only of fruit and vegetables then your preparation time may take longer. Fruit will generally last a couple days if you wait until feeding time to cut/chop/dice it and most vegetables will also last a couple days. Taking the time to prepare food for your bird will be very beneficial to your mental well being and your bird’s physical well being just in case something goes wrong.

Water is another important thing to consider when preparing for your journey. Much like food, it may or may not be needed depending on the length of your journey. However, just like preparing food in case of an emergency, carrying in a little water is simple and may be very beneficial if something goes wrong which unexpectedly extends your journey. Usually a small bottle of water is all that is required for most journeys. Adding another bottle for longer journeys or in case of an unexpected emergency is easy and may turn out to be beneficial to you and your bird. Fruits and vegetables high in water content provide another means to keep your bird hydrated during travel. Depending on your bird, sometimes they’re more likely to eat an apple slice, grape, orange slice or other food which will provide them with the water necessary to keep them hydrated.

It is a good idea to make sure your bird has water PRIOR to your journey because most likely, your bird will not be interested in drinking during a short trip anyway. It most likely won’t be interesting in drinking because it will be distracted and/or afraid because of its new surroundings. Providing water prior to travel will also help the bird’s body cope with any travel related stress.

Food and Water preparation usually are very simple because we provide our birds with food and water several times a day. Providing for shelter during travel isn’t as common but it can also be very simple. Commercially available carriers for birds are everywhere (online, local pet stores, etc). It is also very simple to convert a small cat or dog carrier into a bird carrier. These can be found at garage and yard sales and usually at very reasonable prices. It is very simple to add a perch to a dog or cat carrier. For plastic rigid carriers, a wooden dowel can be screwed into the carrier using two screws through the side of the carrier into the wooden dowel. For metal carriers, a perch from the bird’s cage can be attached inside the carrier just like it is attached to the bird’s cage.

Whether you’re purchasing a carrier or converting one, there are a couple things to consider. The traveling container should be;

Large enough for the bird to stretch its wings but it isn’t necessary for it to be large enough to fly inside.
It should have openings in it large enough to provide good ventilation. Having ventilation on at least two (2) sides should be sufficient. Ideally, the holes should be large enough for you to stick your fingers inside the cage to give your bird reassuring neck rubs.
It should have openings in it for you to see inside to periodically check to make sure that your bird is ok.
It should have containers inside it to place food and water.
It should have a perch inside it for the bird to stand on.
It should have a handle on it or another means to carry it and to strap it into your automobile seat belts.

Depending on how familiar your bird is with the carrier, you may need to prepare your bird for the carrier. Ideally, you should start this process a couple weeks prior to your departure date. This will allow sufficient time for your bird to get used to the carrier. You can start by letting your bird explore the outside of the carrier with the door open. Eventually your bird will explore the inside of the carrier. You may entice it with a favorite toy or treat. Eventually and gradually, your bird will feel more at ease around and in the carrier. This procedure should be done as far in advance as possible to your departure date in order to give your bird plenty time to get acquainted with the carrier.

To prepare the carrier for travel, all you have to do to the carrier is to put some bedding in the bottom of it such as paper, paper-towels or other suitable bedding and it’s ready to go. On long flights, a favorite toy may be added to the carrier to help distract and amuse your bird during the trip.

One final consideration for your trip should be to include a basic first-aid kit. Though some might find that this is going too far, it is a simple precaution and it takes very little space but may be very rewarding if it is needed.

Here is a short-list summary of the preparation need to take your bird on a journey with you in your automobile.

Feed & water your bird prior to traveling.
Purchase or make a suitable carrier and place bedding into it.
Take enough food & water with you in case of emergency.
Pack a simple first-aid kit.

It’s that simple. This literally takes minutes to prepare for and your bird will thank you for it in the long run.

Traveling With Your Bird in an Automobile

So you’ve spent the time to prepare for the journey and now it’s time to go. What do you do now? There’s really not much to do at this point. Just place your bird in the carrier and put it in the car. The most important thing to do is to strap the carrier into your seatbelt system. This will be critical in the case of an emergency but more importantly it will stabilize the carrier and create a much smoother ride for your bird. This will prevent the carrier from rolling, slipping, and sliding as you start, turn and stop the automobile. It is critical that you disable the air-bag if strapping the carrier into a seat with an airbag. Most automobiles either automatically disable the airbag or you can do it manually. If disabling the airbag isn’t an option, place the carrier in the back seat where there aren’t airbags.

Arriving at Your Destination in an Automobile

So you’ve spent the time preparing for the journey, you’ve finally finished your journey and you arrive at your destination. Now what? Hopefully you’ve read this article and prepared for your arrival because this part of the process is often overlooked. We are usually so excited and/or worried about preparing and traveling that we forget to think ahead to our actual arrival. Here are some thoughts and tips about your destination that you should consider before arriving.

Does your destination allow birds? You should call ahead to verify.
Can your bird get out of the carrier to stretch when you arrive?
Do you have a larger cage to put it into when you arrive?
Can you ship a cage, supplies, food, toy to your destination?
Do you have a harness to let it safely get out of the carrier?
If visiting a friend, will they allow it to get out of the carrier in their home?
Do special precautions need to be taken for its safety at the destination? Are there birds, dogs, or cats around that may harm it?

Summary & Concluding Remarks

Traveling with your pet bird can be a fun experience for you and your bird if your plan for your trip. Spending the time planning will reduce your stress levels and your bird’s stress levels. So plan your trip, grab your bird, go for a ride or a flight and most importantly have some safe fun.

The Author is the creator of the InfoSuperFlyway.com. It’s a web page dedicated to Kibibi a Congo African Grey Parrot with parrot recordings, funny parrot videos, top ten lists, parrot jokes, clicker training info and a large database of parrot articles.

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