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Now here’s a tip

• Going to the beach for your vacation? Here’s a handy hint to take great care of your swimsuit. (They get more expensive all the time!) Pack at least two suits and bring a box of baking soda. Soak suit for 15 minutes in a baking soda and water solution, then lay flat on a towel. Roll the towel up and wring lightly. Unroll and hang to dry. Rotate suits. — JoAnn

• Fill a 2-liter soda bottle with water, then plunge the top into a potted plant for self-watering while you are on vacation. Use smaller bottles for smaller pots.

• “This should be a life tip: Feel comfortable in your party clothes. You will be more confident and be a better conversationalist than if you are uncomfortable in very high heels or a too-tight dress. Let your inner light shine! It took me 60 years of uncomfortable clothes for this grandma to figure it out.” — F.L. in Oregon

• Use your Christmas light timers to set different lights to go on or off at certain times of the day while you are away on vacation. You can even use a timer on a radio, so it comes on sometimes too. The variation will make people think you are home.

• “If you read lots of online reviews before cementing your travel plans, make sure you read them with a critical eye. Some read like an advertisement — for or against. Try to see if you can get recommendations from your friends and family too. Most of all, enjoy your time.” — N.F. in Maryland

• Always keep a couple bottles of water and a roll of duct tape in your trunk. You never know when you will need these items, and they seem to be pretty handy when traveling.

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