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Travel Smart & Low-Priced Around the Globe & Be Amazed

Travel Smart & Low-Priced Around the Globe & Be Amazed

I'm a travel writer. I usually travel alone, but my family sometimes comes with me. It's difficult because they always have a lot of bags - look at this photo of our trip to Ecuador! There are eight people and there are about fifteen bags! In my sister's bags, there are three jackets, four or five jumpers, seven pairs of trousers and two dresses. 

There are six or seven books too.

She never travels without books. In my husband's bag, there's a pair of boots, a pair of shoes and a pair of sandals! And his

maps - he loves maps and he always takes maps on trips.

But when I travel alone, I take a very small suitcase. There's a pocket for my travel documents and inside there are two parts -one for clothes and one for my laptop.

I never travel without my laptop! That's it! When you are traveling with children, family holidays need planning. We organize clubs, activities, and supervision for children of all ages. As a result, they have a great time and you don't have to worry about a thing. Children love our

holidays and we love having them along.

All our childcare staff are English speaking and have a great number of fun ways to keep children happy. During the morning and afternoon, they organize nature walks, face painting, singing sessions, and games on the beach. Older children learn how to sail, snorkel, try their hand at windsurfing, practice football, or learn to play volleyball.

The kickoff to the holidays is about, to begin with e.g.Thanksgiving on deck.

Besides spending time with family, the next best thing about the holidays is of course

EATING! Family recipes passed down from generation to generation will take their place on holiday menus. Unfortunately, some dangers lurking in the kitchen and home can spoil the holidays. Here are a few common questions the NJ Poison Control Center receives on Thanksgiving.

I cooked the turkey with the plastic on. Is it safe to eat?

I ate stuffing cooked in the turkey. Will I get sick?

My dog ate chocolate left on the table. What should I do?

My 3-year-old swallowed two of my mother-in-law's blood pressure pills. What should I do?

Even experienced family chefs can find cooking a holiday feast for a large group of people stressful and even overwhelming. Remember, it's never too early to start planning and preparing. 

Waiting until the last minute often causes people to take shortcuts when it comes to safe food handling practices; putting their guests at risk for

leaving the table with more than just full bellies!

Quick facts about food poisoning.

Food poisoning can happen just a few hours after consuming contaminated food.

Some symptoms are nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and fever.

The effects of food poisoning are not always immediate.

Forgetting about food safety is a recipe for disaster," says Diane Calello, MD, NJ Poison Control Center Executive and Medical Director, Rutgers NJ Medical School. "It's important to remember that you should not be preparing food if you are feeling sick or have any type of respiratory illness or infection. This puts your guests at risk of becoming ill." It's simple to avoid food poisoning. Follow a few tips while preparing your holiday meal:

1. Shopping

While food shopping is fun, you should keep in mind a few things:

Take care to keep poultry, meat, and seafood items separate from produce. Make sure everything is in its own bag. You can even double -

bag items to be extra safe! Keep meat, fish, poultry, and eggs last on your list. If these stay out of the fridge and in your cart for a long time, they can become contaminated.

Finally, you might be tired after a long shopping trip, but make sure to freeze or refrigerate all meat, poultry, seafood, and dairy products.

2. Preparation

Take these precautions while preparing your meal.

Don't defrost your turkey on the counter. Leave it in the refrigerator for a few days.

Wash fruits and vegetables well and ensure that they don't touch any surfaces exposed to raw meats. Use separate cutting boards, dishes, and utensils for cooked and uncooked foods, and make sure to wash them between uses.

Don't forget one of the most important things wash your hands with warm water and soap!

3. Cooking 

Whether you try difficult recipes or stick to a traditional family dish, you must cook food properly.

Use a food thermometer to determine whether your turkey has been cooked enough.

Check out for proper temperatures for turkeys and other foods.

4. Serving

Time to eat!

It may seem like a good idea to make all your holiday food earlier on, but it is not safe to leave cooked foods sitting out on the counter for more than two hours.

Use a warming tray or chafing dish to keep food warm (140 ÌŠF or above).

Similarly, don't leave foods that are meant to be cold out on the counter for more than two hours.

5. Storage

Odds are you will probably end up with leftovers from your holiday meal. It is important to store them properly. Even if foods are cooked, they are still at risk for contamination. Keep leftovers in the fridge and make sure your refrigerator is set

between 40 ÌŠF and 32 ÌŠF

Food in the freezer can be kept longer, but again, set it to the right temperature of 0 ÌŠF or below.

When you reheat foods, make sure they are hot enough.

If you're using a microwave, check that the food's temperature has reached 165 ÌŠF or higher.

Food poisoning can be serious. If at any time during the preparing/cooking process you are uncertain of something or think a food poisoning situation may have occurred, don't hesitate to get help. Call the NJ Poison Control Center unless the person is unconscious, not breathing, hard to wake up, or seizing then call 911. Poison control centers are a great resource for information and emergencies. Keep us at your fingertips. Save the Poison Help number (1-800-222-1222) as a contact on your cell phone.

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