What to pack in a travel first aid kit? Here's a list of items, compiled by Eric McLaughlin at the travel Web site gadling.com, that he proposes packing into a wide-mouthed polycarbonate water bottle, a crushproof and watertight container that you can also drink out of.
• Pain and fever medication (such as aspirin or Tylenol)
• Ibuprofen (ditto, plus it's an anti-inflammatory)
• Antihistamine (allergies, sleep aid)
• Pseudoephedrine (nasal decongestant, helps with "ear pop" from planes)
• Loperamide (anti-diarrheal)
• Safety pins
• Sun screen (SPF 15 minimum, small bottle)
• Bandanna (sling for arm, dust mask)
• Antiseptic towelettes (cleaning hands and wounds)
• Electrolyte packets (for replacing loss due to vomiting or diarrhea)
• Matches (light source, fires)
• Tweezers (removing ticks, thorns, cactus, sea urchins, etc)
• Moleskin (blisters on the feet)
• Plastic bandages (minor cuts and scrapes)
• Gauze roll (minor cuts and scrapes)
• Antibiotic ointment (minor cuts and scrapes)
• Small flashlight
• Latex gloves
• 4 x 4 gauze pads (minor cuts and scrapes)
Touring Europe with the kids
Traveling to Europe with kids? Visit ciao bambino.com for lodging advice and trip-planning help for families with kids, strollers, toys, etc. Founder (and mom) Amie O'Shaughnessy has checked out hotels and apartments in Europe, the United States, the Caribbean and other popular destinations and rates them by appropriate age group, family friendliness and proximity of age-appropriate activities.
NYC's Grand Central attraction
Next time you're in New York, take a tour of Grand Central terminal, the Beaux Arts landmark from the glamorous days of long-distance train travel, at 42nd Street and Park Avenue. The tours, at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, leave from the center information booth on the main concourse. Suggested donation: $10. Details at (212) 935-3960.
Grand Central's features include soaring arched windows, a marble-floored concourse, grandiose stairways, sparkling chandeliers, classical sculpture and a ceiling painted like a night sky with gold-leaf constellations and twinkling light bulb stars.
A 10-year renovation effort was completed in 1998, and today the terminal and its elegant architectural elements are well-maintained. Dozens of retailers and eateries have made it an attractive destination for shoppers as well as diners. Information: grandcentralterminal.com.
Homework for campus tours
For teens and parents planning the fall college campus tour, these tidbits:
• You won't need your car once you get to campus. Scout out parking passes and visitor lots ahead of time on the university Web site. Print a map. Five minutes before your meeting with the dean is no time to discover that the visitor parking lot is 34 acres away.
• Book a hotel near campus. Leave the car at the hotel and walk to the campus. Check the college Web site for hotel discounts.
Update the maps in your car
Treat yourself: If the maps in your car are starting to look as though squirrels have been gnawing on them, buy new ones. Keep the maps you don't use all the time in a clear plastic envelope under the seat, where they'll be handy but out of the way.
Museum returns to Little Italy
A museum dedicated to Italian Americans has reopened where it belongs — in Little Italy.
The Italian American Museum originally opened in 2001 in midtown Manhattan, but it has just completed a move to 155 Mulberry St. at the corner of Grand Street.
The museum's mission is to explore the cultural heritage of Italian Americans and their European roots.
In the early 20th century, Little Italy was home to one of the largest Italian populations in the country. Today, the Italian community is very small, having been largely overrun by the expansion of Chinatown.
The building where the museum is located was once the home of Banca Stabile, a now-defunct bank that provided vital services to the immigrant community. The museum's inaugural exhibition, on display through Nov. 23, is called "Banca Stabile: Cornerstone of Little Italy."
The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Fridays. Suggested donation is $5. Details at www.italian americanmuseum.org.
Compiled from Times wires