Five Essential Tips For Healthy Long-Haul Flights

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By Sarah Smith

healthywordsWith over 37.4 million flights scheduled each year, it comes as no surprise that travelers are interested in finding ways to stay healthy during their flights. Maintaining one’s health while air-bound is even more important during longer flights due to the extended exposure to low air pressure, cramped seating, and jet lag. These health concerns may be somewhat alarming, but with so many flights taking off each day, experts have compiled several tips to help your extended flight experience be as healthy and comfortable as possible.

Keep Your Body Moving and Hydrated

Long periods of flying go hand in hand with prolonged periods of stillness. Unfortunately, staying in the same position for too long can bring on some major health concerns. Muscles need frequent contraction in order for your blood to flow properly. Sitting in the same position for a lengthy period without contracting your muscles can lead to blood clots, or a condition called deep vein thrombosis. In order to avoid deep vein thrombosis and clotting read this, it is important to stay active during your flight. This can be done by simply contracting your calf muscles, or tapping your foot while sitting in your seat. Dehydration also increases the risk for blood clots and deep vein thrombosis, so be sure to drink plenty of fluids before and during your flight.

Ensure That You Are Well Rested

Many travelers are under the assumption that they can catch up on any missed sleep during their long trips. It is entirely possible that you may find yourself able to sleep the entire time, but it is also quite common for people to become too stimulated to sleep once they board. It is best to embark on your flight well-rested just in case you are unable to sleep during your travels. You may already be facing jet lag when crossing timezones, so you want to make sure that when you disembark from your flight that you are not at all sleep-deprived.

Create a Plan to Handle Anxiety

Aviophobia, (the fear of flying), is the third most common phobia. In fact, over 20 million Americans report that flying makes them nervous. Airlines have excelled greatly in the past years and are generally a very safe method of transportation, but you want to have a plan in place to tackle any anxiety in case it decides to hit. Some airlines offer practice courses that help people become prepared for major flights so that they know what to expect once it’s time to officially board. It is also important to have a support system that you can reach out to during your flight in case you start to feel anxious. Some even find comfort in talking to the cabin crew beforehand.

Be Aware of How to Handle Low Air Pressure

Planes typically travel up to 35,000 feet in the air where the air is much less habitable for human beings. The low air pressure has a tendency to decrease oxygen levels, which makes cardiac and respiratory patients even more vulnerable. In order to preserve healthy oxygen levels, try to refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages during your flight. It is also wise to consult with your primary care physician in order to acquire any equipment or other accommodations that you may need to ensure safe travels.

Save Your Ears from Popping

The low air pressure associated with long flights can also cause your ears to pop from contracting Eustachian tubes. To avoid this painful experience, be sure to carry chewing gum or hard candies with you on board. Taking a prescribed decongestant has also been proven to help alleviate ear-popping symptoms, especially when the user has a cold.

Extended flights may come with some increased health risks, but the end destination is always worth it. Being able to properly prepare for any potential health concerns will give you the ability to have a much more relaxing travel experience. Whether you decide to nap, eat, or watch an interesting film during your travels, you will be able to do so at ease knowing that you are in for a safe and healthy trip.

Vocal Health Tips For Teachers

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schoolbusSchool isn’t just for the students, teachers need to prepare, as well, by performing vocal warm-ups to keep their voice healthy during the school year, according to experts at Baylor College of Medicine.

“It is helpful to warm up the voice box prior to prolonged voice use,” said Dr. Julina Ongkasuwan, assistant professor of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at Baylor. “Make sure to be well hydrated before and during warm-up exercises.”

Diaphragmatic breathing, exercises to reduce muscle tension, articulation flexibility and tongue twisters are all part of vocal warm-ups.

“Diaphragmatic breathing provides full breath support, which results in greater air flow into the lungs to better support your voice,” said Felicia Carter, speech-language pathologist for the Institute for Voice and Swallowing at Baylor. “Good posture is essential for muscle range of motion.”

Articulation exercises will help improve diction, and incorporating tongue twisters into the exercises will help the individual recite the phrases without extra tension in the tongue, lips or jaw, she said.

“Less strain on the larynx while speaking means less vocal fatigue and decreased incidence of vocal lesions,” Ongkasuwan said.

Nodules, polyps and other lesions can appear from vocal overuse. If someone has polyps on their vocal folds, their voice may sound rough or raspy.

Ongkasuwan suggested that teachers build in time for voice rest while with students to prevent lesions and other voice problems. Her suggested classroom modifications include:

* Maintain good hydration

* Use visual outlines and handouts to decrease verbal repetition

* Use nonverbal cues, like ringing a bell or turning lights on and off, to gain attention

* Incorporate quiet reading, student projects and question/answer sessions into teaching style

* Run a humidifier

* Do not talk through a cold or laryngitis

Even without the presence of lesions, it can become painful to speak when using the incorrect musculature. Speech pathologists can massage these areas to loosen the muscles and provide voice therapy.

“Voice therapy is designed to directly address disorders of pitch, loudness, resonance and respiration,” Carter said. “The goal of voice therapy is to reduce or prevent a voice disorder by balancing the three subsystems of voice, which are respiration, phonation and resonance.”

Voice therapy includes vocal health and hygiene, techniques to reduce laryngeal area muscle tension, respiratory retraining, techniques to modify pitch and vocal function exercises.

Implementing these strategies may help improve overall vocal quality and health:

* Increase water intake

* Avoid mint or menthol throat lozenges

* Decrease caffeine intake

* Avoid shouting, talking over loud noise, screaming

* Eliminate smoking

* Adhere to acid reflux precautions

5 Tips To Help Your Lawn Prepare For Next Season

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grassCool temperatures, light rainfalls and beautiful autumn leaves signal that fall is nearly here. These same signs tell lawns that fall has come and winter is on the way, too. End the season with a bang by rejuvenating the lawn and prepping for the cooler season ahead.

Early autumn is the best time to repair damage, browning or dead spots, fertilize and improve the yard. Follow these five tips from experts at The Espoma Organic Company to have a greener, lusher and healthier than ever yard next spring.

Help The Lawn Hang On All Winter Long

1. Know How to Mow. Continue mowing as needed throughout the fall months. Keep the mower blades high (3” or higher) to encourage healthy roots.

2. Rake it up. Remove fallen leaves as soon as possible. Leaves that haven’t been cleaned up tend to become a soggy mess that can suffocate grass and breed diseases. Either rake or use a lawnmower with a collection bag to keep on top of the leaves. Compost leaves to use as mulch in the spring.

3. Agree to Reseed. If the entire lawn looks dry and brown, overseed the whole thing. If only certain areas look bare, reseed only those spots. First, perform a soil test and improve if needed. Then cut grass lower than normal and remove clippings. Level, rake soil smooth and spread Espoma Organic Lawn Starter. With a broadcast spreader, apply a seed that best suits your region and weather. Finally, water.

4. Prepare with Care. Get the lawn ready for the cooler weather ahead by fortifying it with nutrients. Fertilize now with Espoma’s organic fall winterizer. A fall feeding will promote growth, increase winter hardiness and helps lawns recover from drought. Apply organic fall winterizer to a dry lawn after seeding and mowing. Use a drop or broadcast spreader and be certain to overlap slightly to prevent striping. For best results, water lightly after the application if rain is not expected within 24 hours.

5. Fido First. Always use organic products. Harsher, chemical lawn products can be eaten, ingested or passed on to pets (and brought into the home). This exposure has been linked with a higher risk of canine cancer. Keep pets alive longer by making sure their paws are safe by using organic lawn products.

The Espoma Company has been the pioneer in natural gardening solutions since 1929. Espoma provides an extensive selection of natural products that work in harmony with nature and are safe for people, pets and the planet. The company produces more than 100 products to cover the nutritional needs of plants and to grow beautiful lawns and gardens. Visit espoma.com for more information and tips about organic lawn care.

5 Weight Loss Tips

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Fit Body Boot Camp releases Spring fat loss tips to help get bodies ready for Summer.

scaleGenuine fat loss results can seem virtually impossible for many who have tried diets and gym memberships in the past. But what failed dieters and gym-goers don’t realize is that weight loss results can be guaranteed by adhering to five simple principles.

1. Nutrition

No one can out-train a bad diet. No matter how many hours one spends working at the gym, a poor diet can undermine nearly all efforts to lose weight.

But a nutritional mean plan does not mean starvation, calorie counting or tasteless foods. There are plenty of delicious and healthy diet plans that make weight loss possible.

Fit Body Boot Camp offers just such plans to its clients. With a meal plan and cookbook in-hand, in addition to a personalized nutritional consultation, Fit Body Boot Camp clients are more than prepared to start making healthy meal choices.

2. The Afterburn Effect

Faster and more dramatic results can be guaranteed by initiating what’s called the Afterburn Effect.

Otherwise known as Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption, the Afterburn Effect burns additional calories for hours after finishing a workout.

Fit Body Boot Camp workouts are expertly designed, combining just the right amount of high intensity aerobic and resistance training, to trigger the Afterburn Effect.

3. Professional Guidance

For those unfamiliar with a gym environment or uncomfortable using weights and exercise machines, professional assistance is a great way to guarantee weight loss.

There is a lot to know when it comes to using certain equipment and targeting certain body parts. A lack of knowledge or guidance can result in disappointing results and even injury.

While one-on-one training is often prohibitively expensive, Fit Body Boot Camp workouts come at a much lower price and are always guided by a licensed personal trainer. This individualized attention ensures proper exercise technique and variety, guaranteeing results and minimizing risk of injury.

4. Workout Variety

Regularly changing how and when one exercises can greatly increase weight loss results while avoiding the dreaded plateau.

Many individuals, after losing some weight, experience a plateau that prevents any further weight loss. This can be avoided by time differentiation and workout variety.

This is why Fit Body Boot Camp offers an entirely different workout each day along with multiple different class times. This variety helps keep clients’ bodies from acclimating to any one time or exercise.

5. Accountability Systems

Perhaps the most important method for guaranteeing weight and fat loss results is an accountability system. Complete life and body transformations are extremely difficult, yet this difficulty is compounding when attempting the process entirely alone.

To combat this difficulty and guarantee results, Fit Body Boot Camp employs total accountability systems. The group atmosphere of any Fit Body workout class, along with the personalized attention from personal trainers, keeps individuals accountable for their results.

To find the nearest Fit Body Boot Camp location and try their results guaranteeing system, visit FitBodyBootCamp.com.

About Fit Body Boot Camp:

Fit Body Boot Camp is a family of indoor fitness boot camps with the global goal of engaging 20% of the world’s population in a healthy and fit lifestyle by the year 2020. Fit Body Boot Camp was founded and is operated by Bedros Keuilian, fitness business and marketing expert.

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Baylor Expert Offers Tips For Successful College Transition

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teensBack-to-school takes on new meaning for students heading off to college, with the focus shifting from new school supplies and clothes to developing time management and study skills and living on their own for the first time. A Baylor College of Medicine expert in family psychology offers some helpful tips.

“There are a number of issues that teens heading off to college for the first time may face,” said Dr. James Bray, professor of family and community medicine at Baylor. “It’s their first time away from home and living independently, and they don’t have the usual support system. For some, it’s the first time they’ve had to buckle down and study hard. It’s important for students to be prepared to develop new habits and seek out help if needed.”

Develop new routines and habits

Creating new habits and routine is key, Bray said. He suggests setting up regular study times and sticking to them. Students who struggle with getting to class on time or studying effectively may be able to find campus assistance. Many colleges and universities offer courses or workshops on these topics. Students also can seek out advice and help from a dormitory resident assistant, or RA.

Eating healthy and finding time for exercise also should be part of the new routine, Bray said. It will help students deal with stress, and keep off the so-called ‘Freshman 15.’ Many colleges have gym facilities and group exercises classes included as part of their fees, so students should take advantage of those programs. On the other hand, watch out for the unlimited food available in school dining halls.

Recognize feelings

Bray acknowledges that some students will start to feel anxious and homesick, or even depressed.

“It’s important to recognize these feelings and not just suffer in silence,” he said.

If needed, college students should head home for a weekend visit. Again, they should take advantage of campus resources such as counseling centers and RAs. Without seeking help, grades may begin to fall, Bray said.

Be aware of alcohol abuse

Another issue for college students to be mindful of is binge drinking, Bray said. This is more common among college freshmen and sophomores. By junior year, there is a decline in alcohol abuse; however, if it persists after this point, students may have trouble finishing school and moving on with successful careers.

He points out that underclassmen are typically underage, and drinking can have legal consequences with lifelong implications on their careers.

There also are serious potential health effects of binge drinking. “Anytime you drink five or more drinks on one occasion, it has implications for your health, including putting you at risk for injury and increasing your risk of sexually transmitted diseases and, for women, being victims of sexual assault.” What’s more, alcohol abuse can affect brain development, which continues until about age 22 or 23.

“College students need to be aware of the situations they are in, such as at parties or other college events where there is alcohol,” he said. Stick with friends, have a cell phone charged, limit alcohol intake and trust instincts.

Finally, Bray said to remember that students living in dorms are in close quarters and illnesses can spread quickly. Students should stay up to date on vaccinations and seek out healthcare if they aren’t feeling well, before it leads to missed class time.

Tips To Beat Summer Heat

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grandparentchildWith summer in full swing, it is time to make the most of everything that makes summer special. Whether planning a trip to the beach to soak up rays, prepping for your backyard barbecue, or just participating in any outdoor activities, Riverdale Urgent Care wants everyone’s summer to be a healthy one. But remaining healthy and safe during the summer requires keeping some tips in mind while enjoying all that the season has to offer.

With summer sun comes outdoor fun but as those rays bring their heat, they also bring dangerous UV rays. Skin does not have to feel hot to be burned. Sunburn can occur in as little as 15 minutes but can sometimes take up to 6 hours to become evident with redness, burning and blistering. The best protection against sunburn is really to stay out of the sun, but that is impossible. So when out in the sun remember the following:

* The sun is strongest between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

* Sunburn can still occur on cloudy days

* Sunscreen should be put on at least 30 minutes before going out and should be at least SPF15

* Arms and legs should be protected by loose-fitting cotton clothing

There is another danger that lurks in the summer time that many aren’t even aware of until it’s too late. Instances of heat-related illness, such as heat cramping, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, increase as the temperature rises. Some populations – infants, young children, the elderly, and people with heart disease or high blood pressure – are particularly susceptible to the effects of summer heat. Whether it is a sunburn or heat-related illnesses, if left unaddressed, it can become more serious. Heat stroke is particularly dangerous because it requires immediate emergency medical attention.

Riverdale Urgent Care is available to treat summer sun-and-fun-related medical issues, so don’t wait until they are emergencies to call.

About the company:

Riverdale Urgent Care is conveniently located at 5665 Riverdale Ave. in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, N.Y. At Riverdale Urgent Care, each staff member brings in-depth understanding, extensive experience and skills. In addition to treating life’s everyday minor injuries, they offer drug testing, blood testing, vaccines, on-site X-rays, EKGs, stitches and rapid in-house testing for flu, strep throat and mono. They can also perform physicals for DOT commercial drivers, camp, school and employment.

Rhinophyma: Tips For Dealing With A Large, Red Nose

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newsDermatology Specialist Dr. Joshua Fox Answers Questions and Explains Link to Rosacea.

The bulbous, red nose most often associated with the comedian W.C. Fields has often been thought to be caused by heavy drinking. While alcohol consumption may increase blood flow to the face and cause temporary redness, it is not responsible for rhinophyma, a skin condition characterized by a large, red, bumpy nose that is just as likely to occur in non-drinkers as in drinkers.

“Rhinophyma is a complication of an advanced stage of severe rosacea,” says Dr. Joshua Fox, Founder and medical director of Advanced Dermatology, P.C. “It can rarely interfere with breathing and the changes to appearance can cause severe emotional distress and even social isolation. Fortunately, we have effective treatments for rhinophyma that reduce or eliminate its disfiguring effects.”

What causes rhinophyma?

While rhinophyma is rare, rosacea is a common, chronic, inflammatory skin condition in which blood vessels under the skin expand allowing more blood to flow to the surface and giving the face a red, sun-burned or wind-burned appearance. As the condition progresses, small, pimple-like bumps appear that resemble acne but there are no blackheads or whiteheads that are typical of that teen-age affliction. In the most severe, advanced cases of rosacea, the outer layers of skin on the nose thicken and develop enlarged pores as the lower nose gradually grows into the swollen, bulbous shape typical of rhinophyma.

“We don’t know why some cases of rosacea advance to rhinophyma and others don’t,” says Dr. Fox. “Some think rhinophyma is most commonly seen in middle-aged and older men although rosacea occurs more often in women. People with light hair, skin and eyes and a family history of the disorder are also at higher risk for rosacea.”

In addition, if the rosacea is treated at an earlier stage it may prevent its progression.

What can be done to prevent rhinophyma?

There is no definitive way of preventing the progression of rosacea to rhinohpyma but avoiding triggers that aggravate rosacea by increasing blood flow to the face can delay the worsening of symptoms. Common irritants include excessive exposure to the sun; hot, cold and windy weather extremes; stress; hot and spicy foods; alcohol; and medications that dilate the blood vessels. One new cream is Soolantra 1% Ivermectin cream which may help rosacea.

Tips for treating rhinophyma.

Rhinophyma will not clear up on its own. When it is diagnosed in the early stages, some medications can be effective in alleviating the symptoms. These include oral antibiotics to reduce inflammation, topical creams or ointments to reduce swelling, and acne treatments that prevent the sebaceous glands from producing oil.

In most cases, surgery to remove excess tissue and reshape the nose is the best solution for long-term elimination of rhinophyma’s disfiguring effects. Surgical techniques include reconstructive (or cosmetic) surgery using a scalpel and performed under an anesthetic; laser surgery, which generally causes less bleeding than conventional surgery; electro-surgery, using electric current; cryosurgery, which freezes the tissue to be removed; and dermabrasion, which uses a rotating brush to smooth the tissue and is often used in combination with other procedures. There are many techniques to reshape the nose and remove excessive tissue. But according to Dr. Fox, the best technique is laser surgery as it allows reshaping of the nose with minimal to no bleeding and the lowest risk of scarring.

“Untreated rhinophyma gets progressively worse and can cause permanent disfigurement as well as breathing problems,” says Dr. Fox. “Since treatment is most effective in the early stages, people with rosacea and rhinophyma should be vigilant in avoiding aggravating factors and seeking treatment before symptoms progress to a more serious stage and may be more difficult to manage or eliminate. With the treatments available today, there is no need to live with the physical and emotional effects of rhinophyma. This year we treated several men and one woman with this disfiguring condition. Most did not realize that there was a laser treatment for their condition to allow them to look normal again.”

– Joshua L. Fox, M.D., F.A.A.D., Medical Director at Advanced Dermatology PC. He is board certified and specializes in skin cancer, cosmetic surgery and laser procedures. Advanced Dermatology P.C. and the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery (New York & New Jersey) is one of the leading dermatology centers in the nation with 13 locations in New York and New Jersey, offering highly experienced physicians in the fields of cosmetic and laser dermatology as well as plastic surgery and state-of-the-art medical technologies. http://www.advanceddermatologypc.com.

Tips To Find The Healthiest Breakfast Cereals

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grainThe healthiest breakfast cereals are those made with whole grains, such as corn, wheat, or brown rice.

Colorful packaging and marketing promises make it hard to know which breakfast cereals are best for health. But all it really takes is reading the ingredient label and knowing what to look for, reports the March 2015 Harvard Health Letter.

“Go cereal shopping with a plan,” says Kathy McManus, director of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Look for a cereal that hits all the markers of good nutrition.

Whole grains should be a key ingredient. Many cereals are made with refined grains, which can cause blood sugar to spike. Instead, look for a breakfast cereal made of whole wheat, corn, or brown rice. These grains are rich in natural vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Whole grains are also a good source of fiber, the nondigestible component of plant-based foods that’s vital for good health. Fiber helps lower blood sugar and cholesterol, and it can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. The Institute of Medicine recommends 21 to 25 grams of fiber a day for women and 30 to 38 grams a day for men. So how much fiber should a healthy cereal deliver? “A typical serving of cereal should have five or more grams of fiber,” suggests McManus.

A healthy breakfast cereal also has minimal amounts of sugar, sodium, and calories. Look for cereals with less than five grams of sugar, less than 200 milligrams of sodium, and less than 150 calories per serving.

Read the full-length article: “Boost the health of your breakfast cereal”

Also in the March 2015 Harvard Health Letter:

How to protect vision to stay independent
Heart warning signs during exercise
Swallowing tips for the pill-challenged

The Harvard Health Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/health or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

5 Tips Of Preventing Children From Electronic Damage

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kidsIn a world where technology keeps developing more over time, what can parents do to protect their children from the proven screen damage?

A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), http://www.jama.jamanetwork.com found that the more television a child is exposed to at 29 months, the more likely he or she is to have problems in school and poor health behaviors.

JAMA reported that each additional hour of television a toddler watches can potentially result in a seven percent unit decrease in classroom engagement and a thirteen percent unit decrease in weekly physical activity.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov), children today are three times more likely to be considered obese than they were just a generation ago. Children now spend more time with the media than they do with their family, in school, or sleeping.

In addition, kids who spend more time with media devices reportedly have a lower risk of personal contentment, and have a tendency to get in trouble more often. They also reported feeling more sad or bored than their non-media-obsessed counterparts.

In what ways can parents supervise kids’ electronic use without pushing them to crave it more? Here are 5 simple ways of reducing the amount spent online or in front of the TV:

· No TV in the bedroom – Children need to learn to associate their beds with sleep and nothing else. As long as there is a TV, iPad, or any other electronic device in the room, they would be tempted to get on it before sleep, become restless and miss out on essential and early sleep that they need in order to function fully the next morning.

· Limit the screen time – Reducing the screen time to up to 2 hours per day quality time would keep children content and leave them enough time for other activities.

· Control the Internet content – We can all find some useful contents online, so why not take advantage and direct our children to the right kind of web sites or games that would develop their skills and broaden their knowledge? Using the kids’ curiosity is a great way to get them interested in learning new things.

· Sign them up for lessons and outdoor activities – The more time a child spends outdoors interacting with other children and becomes passionate about a new hobby, the less he or she would feel the need or desire to go online all the time.

· Don’t forbid and create rules – The more controlled and limited children feel, the more they would not listen and try to secretly do what they want on purpose. Not setting obvious rules and forbidding games would be more beneficial than creating boundaries and it gives parents the chance to make the experience more knowledge-worthy and keep the time-frame short.

It is impossible to completely limit or eliminate the excitement children get from the electronic world, but as long as the quality is more valuable and time is reduced to minimum, children would be able to only get the best out of this world and won’t forget that the social interaction is more important than any virtual world.

References:

http://www.allaboutvision.com

http://www.babycenter.com

http://health.usnews.com

http://life.familyeducation.com

3 Top Disney Travel Tips For Families

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familywalk2One of the best-loved destinations in the world for families is Disneyland, and each and every year thousands flock to the Park and its sister California Adventure for family fun. Jeanette Bunn knows that this year will be no different for the popularity of the park, especially as it begins its 60th anniversary celebrations in May. For those who want to enjoy the Disneyland experience with their families this year, Jeanette Bunn, Travel To Go President, shares some tips for navigating the park and enjoying the trip to the fullest.

1. Give each kid some input: When traveling with a large family, it is important that everyone has a say in what they want to do on the trip. However, families want to avoid arguing during the park day by planning ahead. Jeanette Bunn recommends that families have a list of must visit rides and areas of the park for each family member before entering the park. This will help the family make a plan that will please each member and help everyone have their perfect vacation without disagreeing.

2. Avoid overspending on merchandise: It is always tempting to buy a lot of souvenirs while in the park. However, costs for these items can quickly add up, especially for large families. By buying some new Disney products from stores near home or online before the trip, and then presenting it to kids on the way, families can avoid the high park prices while still getting the kids some Disney merchandise to remember the trip. Parents can also give each kid a budget so that they can pick a fun item that they want to bring home from the park.

3. Dine smart: For those with big families, Jeanette Bunn of Travel To Go knows that it can be inconvenient to deal with crowds during meal times. However, if families are a little flexible and visit the restaurants during irregular meal times, there will be more space for the family to sit together and shorter lines to contend with. However, be sure to pack some snacks for the kids before heading into the park. Granola bars and packs of crackers are good choices that can prevent the family from wanting to spend money on park snacks. Also, never be afraid to leave the park for a couple of hours for a picnic lunch or fast food outside the park to cut down on meal costs.

Planning a Disneyland vacation is always a thrill. When using tips like these from Jeanette Bunn, Travel To Go President, families can easily navigate the park, save money, and ensure that everyone has the Disney vacation that they dreamed of. For more information on planning a family getaway in 2015 visit http://www.traveltogo.com/.