How to Pack It in a Pencil Box

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Travel and Storage Packing in a Pencil Box

The pencil box has become my favorite way to pack small items for travel and storage. While many have used them for safely transporting their crayons, pencils and markers, most have yet to discover how truly versatile the pencil box can be for travel. They’re also inexpensive and water-resistant, which makes them ever so clever!

Here’s a few ideas for using snap-closure plastic pencil boxes to transport and store items while traveling. But don’t stop there. Pencil boxes are also great for storing things in small spaces like RVs, cabins, art studios and apartments. You’ll most likely think of dozens more items you can store by the time you finish the article.

It may be hard to believe you can get all the items pictured in my travel first-aid/emergency essentials kit into one pencil box, but scroll down to see how it’s done. I did it in my last Croatian Island tour .

I Told You It Would Fit!

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What’s included in my basic travel/first-aid kit that fits in a pencil box?

  • An assortment of band-aids
  • Matches
  • Ear plugs
  • Tweezers
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Lens wipes (works on glasses, laptops, cell phones and cameras)
  • Dental floss
  • Toothpaste
  • Allergy medicine blister packs
  • Small tube of headache relief (Tylenol, aspirin or Motrin)
  • Sample size Origins Peace of Mind (a light cream containing essential oils that calm and relieve)
  • Individual packets of burn cream, insect bite cream, lip balm and skin lotion
  • Small roll antacids
  • 3-4 Cough drops
  • Small sewing kit
  • 2-3 sticks chewing gum

    When packing this many items, I like to think of it like the video game Tetris – move the blocks around so they are interconnecting. I pack square and flat items on the bottom, then fill in the gaps. On the top are the individual packets. The snap closure box only slides out about 1/2 way, but with a little finesse, you can slide the interior box from the sleeve.I can easily drop this into a backpack for hiking and day trips, or into a large handbag or carry-on when I travel by plane, train or bus. Not only have many of those items come in handy for me, but I’ve been able to share with others when needed.

    NOTE: If you use a pencil box to store prescription meds, never, ever share with others – especially while traveling.

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Packing Tip #1

If you pack individual blister pack OTC meds like Benadryl, AZO, Tylenol Cold etc. make sure you can read the label on the back. If not, use a fine point Sharpie to label the packet.

  • I honestly use them for so many things like:

    Extra reading glasses

  • Phone chargers, plug converters, earphones, USB cables, flash drives and SD cards,
  • Playing cards and dice (1 deck of cards + 5 dice + small notepad + copies of Yahtzee score pad I printed online = HOURS of fun on family trips, in hotel rooms, on a boat, a train…)
  • Makeup brushes, Q-tips, lipsticks, eye shadow quads and cosmetic sponges
  • Doggie-doo bags and extra plastic grocery bags — see link below on how to fold them into tiny triangles!
  • Condiments, wet wipes and plastic (or metal) cutlery
  • Craft supplies (beads, tools, scrapbook embellishments)

Packing Tip #2

Store multiple packed pencil boxes in a shoe box, tackle box or similar sized plastic box. Shoe boxes can be conveniently stacked on shelves. Tackle and plastic boxes with handles go easily from the trunk of a car to a boat, motel room or vacation rental.

Packing Tip Videos on YouTube

Check out these handy travel packing tips and be sure to watch the 2nd video in this list for the how-to guide on folding plastic grocery bags into tiny triangles for really compact storage. (You could put about 30 of these in a pencil box if you fold them correctly as shown in the video!)

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Interesting Facts about Canada

Discover interesting and fun facts about Canada. Learn about the Canadian landscape, government, anthem, literature and food.

Did you know Canada’s motto is A MARI USQUE AD MARE (It means from sea to sea.)?Or were you aware that Canada’s official colors are red and white? Our official colors were the result of King George the fifth’s proclamation of the arms of Canada in 1921 and our official colors are displayed on the Canada flag.

Sports fans might be interested to know that our official sport of Canada was declared on May 12, 1994 to be Lacrosse in the summer and Hockey in the winter.

Animal lovers might enjoy knowing that the official horse breed of Canada is the aptly name Canada Horse. It was recognized as the national horse on May 2002 by an Act of Parliment.

Continue reading this page to find more fun and interesting facts about Canada.

The Canadian Flag


The Official Canadian Flag was adopted in 1965. If features two red bands with white square with a stylized 11 point maple leaf. The Canadian Flag was designed by George Stanley and John Matheson. Their design was based on the flag from the Royal Military College of Canada. The flag was officially unveiled on February 15, 1965. Today we celebrate this date as National Flag of Canada Day.

Map of Canada

Canada is made up of ten provinces and three territories. The ten provinces are named British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Foundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The three territories are named Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nanavut.

When you consider land mass and bodies of fresh water Nanavut’s total area is the largest in Canada. It represents 21% of the national total area. Prince Edward Island makes up .1% of Canada’s total area making it the smallest province in Canada.

It is important to note that Ontario has only 10.8% of Canada’s total area but most of Canada’s population (about 38% of the total national population) lives in the province.

Fun Facts About Canada

Here are some fun facts about Canada you can share with your friends.

The National Anthem of Canada – O Canada

“O Canada, our home and native land” are the first words sang in the Canadian National Anthem. The song is played at sporting events, over the PA at schools and to represent Canada on a world stage.

Theodore Robitaille, Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, commissioned the song for Saint Jean Baptiste Day in 1880. Music was created by Calixa Lavallee and the words were written by the judge and poet Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier. Lyrics were originally written in French and translated into English. In 1908 Robert Stanley Weir wrote an alternative English version that is considered the most popular version of the song. By 1935 the song was commonly used to represent Canada; however it was not until 1980 that the song was made Canada’s official National Anthem.

Some of the Canadian Anthem lyrics – the English version – have been called in question. The line “our home and native land” has been found problematic because not everyone in Canada’s mosaic has been born in Canada. It was suggested that the words be changed to “our home and cherished land.” The other line that some wish to alter is the lyric is “in all thy sons command.” This lyric is sexist and is exclusionary. The suggested change would be “in all of us command.”

Interesting Facts About Canada

  • In Newfoundland you can find local delicacies such as cod tongue, caribou steak and seal flipper pie.
  • Canada has one castle within its borders called Casa Loma. Casa Loma features 98 rooms and secret passages and underground tunnels.
  • It is no wonder Tim Hortons is a big success in Canada when you consider that Canadians have be said to consume more donuts per person that any other country.
  • Fort McMurray, Alberta has the second largest oil reserves in the world.
  • French is spoken by about six million people in Canada.
  • At the Calgary Stampede more than 200,000 pancakes are served to visitors each year.
  • Toronto Ontario is Canada’s biggest city.
  • Quebec City is the capital city of Canada.
  • Quebec City was founded by French explorer Samuel de Champlain over 400 years ago. At the time Quebec city was just a fort.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police serve as an agency to the Ministry of Public Safety Canada. They are Canada’s national police service. Members o the Royal Canadian Mounted police can be distinguished by their red jacketed uniform. It is important to note that the RCMP is a national, federal, provincial and municipal policing agency. It has contracts with all 3 territories and 8 out of the 10 provinces. Ontario and Quebec are the two exceptions.

Canadian Rocky Mountains

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The Canadian Rocky Mountains or the Rockies boast picturesque scenery. The Rockies is the name given to the collective group of mountains in western Canada. They extend from the Interior Plains of Alberta to the Rocky Mountain Trench of British Columbia. Mount Robson is an example of the high peaks that can be found in the Rockies.

O Polar Bears – We Have Them

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Is seeing a polar bear in the wild on your must see list? You can check it off your list by traveling to Churchill during October and November. This is the best time to see the polar bears because during these months the polar bears are moving from their summer habitat on the tundra to go seal hunting. They do this on pack ice that covers Hudson Bay during the winter months.

Niagara Falls

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In Niagara Falls Ontario Canada we are lucky enough to see views of all three of the waterfalls. 2/3’s of Horseshoe Falls, the largest of the three falls, lies on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls while the American Falls and the smaller Bridal Veil Falls are located on the American side of Niagara Falls.

90% of the Niagara River flow over the Horseshoe Falls. The Horseshoe Falls were named for the horseshoe shaped that spans 671 meters. The river passes over the crest at about 32 km per hour. The Horseshoe falls is 53 meters high.

It is said that Niagara Falls developed after the last ice age when water from Lake Erie made a channel towards Lake Ontario.

Tim Horton Dots the Land

All around the Canadian landscape you can find Tim Hortons. Tim Hortons is a coffee and donuts franchise. The First Tim Hortons restaurant was opened by Tim Horton (Canadian Hockey player) and Jim Charade. It was originally called Tim Hortons Donuts but was eventually changed abbreviated to Tim Horton’s. The apostrophe was eventually removed.

In 1992 Tim Hortons merged with Wendy’s. This merger continued until September 2006 when Wendy’s passed all of their remaining Tim Hortons shares onto their shareholders. In September Tim Hortons Inc. announced it had reorganized itself as a public Canadian company.

Today Tim Hortons is Canada’s leading food service provider. In July 2012 Tim Hortons had 3,326 where customers could enjoy their double doubles and Timbits.

If you got an interesting or important Canadian fact share it below. This page is open to anyone to leave a comment.

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Best Croatian Islands | Get Ready for an Amazing Tour!

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Planning A Vacation In Croatia?

Croatia is famous for its long cultural heritage and its beautiful islands and beaches. There are a number of islands and beaches that one can plan to visit during a vacation. The scenic beauty and the breathtaking view from the beaches can leave anyone breathless. One will find it really difficult to get back to the hectic daily life after visiting these quiet and amazing beaches of Croatia.

One can easily plan a vacation here with their families and loved ones. One can indulge in many activities that are available on beaches or can just loiter around on the beaches and praising the clear blue water and the sandy beaches. There are also different cafes where one can sip a drink and enjoy a good book.

Best Croatian Islands

let’s take a look on some of Best Croatian Islands :

Kornati Islands

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Kornati islands are islets consisting of hundreds of islands and coral reefs. It got its name from Kornat, the largest island in Croatia. These islands are full of rare species of trees and grass. If you are planning a visit to Croatia, then Kornati islands must be on your list. There are two famous cities near the Kornati Islands that are famous for their cultural beauty.

Since the last hundreds of years, the size of the Kornati Islands have decreased. This has happened due to the erosion and also by fire which occurs frequently in this place. Even though this island in not inhabited by humans, few areas are used for growing olives and vineyards. These areas are not under any ownership, but few wealthy people from the cities have started to fight for ownership on these islands. The sea surrounding the island is also rich in aquatic animals.

Kornati islands are a must see when traveling around Croatia.

Dugi Otok

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Dugi Otok or Long island as it is commonly known is located in Croatia. It is long in length but not so wide. This island is located between the north and the central part of Croatian seaside. It can reached by a boat from Pag islands or ports of Zadar, Sukosan and Biograd.

Dugi Otok is famous for its innumerable diving spots. Most of these spots, do not require any snorkeling masks. There is also a ship wreck that is famous among the tourists. This ship sank in the sea and one side of the ship is outside the water is is visible from the shore. One can also take a plunge into the sea and see some astonishing fish here. There are also a number of Plankton in this area which are food for the fishes. This is the reason why this place is visited by some beautiful fish.

Hvar Island

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Hvar island is famous among yacht owners and a favorite among tourists. Hvar island is 300 square kilometers and is among the top visited islands in the Croatia country. It is located on the Dalmatian Archipelago, between the islands of Brac, Vis and Korcula in the hvar Channel. It is known as the queen of Croatian Dalmatian Islands for its rich natural beauty, beautiful architecture and old traditions.

Many luxury yacht owners visit this place every year to spend their vacation and sail in the crystal blur waters surrounding the island. The scenic beauty and the nightlife is what attracts these yacht owners to this place. This place remain isolated during the most of the year, but remains crowded during the peak season. Night parties during summers are a big draw and one can witness people of all ages crowding the place during the summers. If one wants to spend a cozy time with their loved ones, then one can head to a hotel in the towns of Vrbodks or Stari Grad and rent a room at an affordable price.

If you are visiting the island of Hvar, you will be amazed to see a place which you thought never existed. It is a perfect example of a beautiful island with sandy beaches and blue waters. There are a number of luxurious hotels one can opt for. There are also a number of private houses and apartments which can be rented if you are planning a long vacation. One can easily find the cuisines of their own choices in many restaurants that are opened on the beach that offers delicacies which will make you coming for more.

Korcula Island

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Korcula, which is part of the Republic of Croatia, is situated very close to the Dalmatian coast and is regarded as one of the beautiful island in the Adriatic Sea. It has the sixth largest population in Croatia, mostly by Ethnic Croats and is around 47 kilometers in length and 8 kilometers in breadth. This island is part of the Dalmatian archipelago of Croatia. This island mostly has a mild climate but receives around 1100 mm amount of rainfall every year. The island has a Mediterranean climate and is mostly covered by dense pine forests.

Korcula island has a number of small towns and villages and are linked together by a single road. This single rad is the spine of the island as it connects all the major town and villages. Boats are the main mode transportation for the people of this island. During few times in the year, there are special ferry lanes which directly connects the island to the Italian Adriatic ports. The island is very old and dates back to the 12th century. The island has been divided into four municipalities which helps in better maintenance during the peak season.

The island is full of great art and culture and one can learn a lot from the history of this place. The famous traveler and writer Marco Polo was born on this island. There are a number of museums and galleries which showcases items which were used in the ancient period by the people. One can also witness a number of festivals that are held on the island. One of the famous festival of the island is the Moreska which is a famous sword dance and is celebrated throughout the Mediterranean region. The island also has a number of traditional crafts and stone masonry which are a treat to watch.

Lokrum Island

Lokrum island is a must visit place in Croatia if you are visiting here with your family. This island is a perfect blend of beauty and culture and one can easily spend an amazing holiday here with your family. One can enjoy day trips and visit to nearby cities. One can rent luxurious villas in these cities, which will make your holiday worth remembering. For those enjoying FKK nudist beaches, Lokrum island is a place to visit as it has one of the most beautiful and discrete FKK beach in Croatia.

Dubrovnik that is very close to Lokrum island is well known for sea kayaking. So, if you love adventure, then this place is for you. Make sure you rent a hotel or villa before you plan your holiday to avoid disappointment.

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