Archive for ‘Travel’

September 23, 2013

#482 – Not as unattractive as a fanny pack


I have a Baggallini wallet that converts to a purse or a fanny pack, dependent upon where you clip the strap.

If I’m flying somewhere, I usually convert it to a fanny pack.

My essentials – passport, money and phone – easily fit into this roomy, lightweight wallet. Since it’s not too big, it doesn’t add a lot of bulk to one’s waist – thankfully! Even though this is more attractive than a fanny pack, I’m not guaranteeing that one day you won’t see an X’d out picture of me in a fashion magazine under the “Don’t do!” category. 😉

Occasionally, I turn it around and use it for lumbar support; I  know that my belongings are safe, if/when I drift off to sleep.

When I arrive at my destination, my fanny pack becomes a wallet once again. I place it into my purse with the silver lining, and I’m ready to roam! 🙂

Related post: Weighing Your Decision.

Oye! Oye!

Only 18 more posts to go before the doors close on A Rheumful of Tips. You’ll want to enter the 3 confirmed giveaways. (I’m working on a 4th one.)

August 14, 2013

#475 – Pfizer’s First RA Blogger Summit – Summary

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It was a full day; one that not only encouraged interaction, but also fostered new connections.

A large part of Pfizer’s First RA Blogger Summit focused upon Pfizer’s unbranded Rethink RA website and kit. In business terms, unbranded means not carrying the brand name, although in reality, when you peruse the materials, you do get that Pfizer feel. 🙂

The focus of this campaign is to provide the patient with tools to help open a meaningful dialogue with their rheumatologist, thereby improving treatment outcomes.

The team from Twist Mktg and Pfizer facilitated discussions and solicited opinions from our small group in order to fine-tune their campaign.

Some of the suggestions that were presented included:

  • giving people the option of downloading the RethinKit (currently you wait for snail mail to deliver it to you).
  • providing more scientific data on the website. (Speaking as Auntie Stress, I think that most newly diagnosed patients are already reeling from the diagnosis. Throwing in scientificese—not to be confused by lawyerese—can add fuel to the fires of confusion. An alternative would be to place this information deeper within the website.)
  • ensuring that the rheumatologist is aware of this program. (Some rheumatologists may feel threatened.)

Pfizer wanted to know:

  • if we had ever visited a pharmaceutical website for information.
  • if we have ever spoken to a representative from a pharmaceutical company.
  • what is missing in the conversations we’ve had with our doctors.

When the patient is given a strategy to help them prepare for their appointments with the rheumatologist, they are able to take back some control over what seems to be a situation in which there is none.


Pictured above, is Chef Seamus Mullen, along with the other bloggers who were in attendance at the cooking demonstration at Haven’s Kitchen in Manhattan: Angela – Inflamed: Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Britt – The Hurt Blogger, Cathy – The Life and Adventures of Catepoo, Dana – At the Water’s Edge, Leslie – Getting Closer to Myself, Lisa – Brass and Ivory – Life with MS and RA, Seth – Creaky Joints (missing from photo) and Shannon – I invite you to visit them to read about their perspectives of living with rheumatoid arthritis (and in some cases other conditions).

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Disclosure: travel and lodging expenses for Pfizer’s First RA Blogger Summit were covered by Pfizer.

July 6, 2013

#466 – Travel with a silver lining


“Hmm.” That was the sound of me, musing. “Which purse shall I take when I travel to New York City for Pfizer’s First RA Blogger Summit?”

It didn’t take me long to choose my tear-drop shaped, micro-fibre purse with the silver lining.

This purse has a lot going for it, especially if you are going travelling.

The features I like:

  • pockets and more pockets, both inside and out
  • light-weight
  • wide, adjustable non-slip shoulder strap
  • washable
  • silver lining so you can find stuff!

Mine is by AmeriBag , but you can also find something similar at L.L.Bean.

Do you have a favourite purse that you use for travelling?

June 12, 2013

#461 – Have Water, Will Travel

Collapsible Water Bottle

Collapsible Water Bottle

A while back, my sister and I were laughing about how, when we were much younger, we would be out all day, without packing a bottle of water, or three.

Now, it seems that we can’t step out the door without adding at least five-hundred grams to our weight. (One litre of water weighs one kilogram.)

It is a fact that air travel is dehydrating, and given that many people are dehydrated before they even reach 35,000 feet, it’s a double whammy. Your system needs water, as it helps conduct the electrical impulses to your cells.

In the old days, we used to be able to take bottled water through security. Times have changed.

I found this lightweight, affordable option. It was perfect for my recent flight to New York City. (The fact that it’s polka-dotted is a bonus!)

Once I cleared security, I filled it up at the fountain. By the time the flight attendant came around to offer drinks, I had already finished the water in the bottle. I ended up getting a refill from the flight attendant.

I also took it out with me on our excursions around New York City. I like that it’s not bulky – once I quenched my thirst, I slipped it into my purse, ready for the next fill up at a fountain.

My only complaint is that it doesn’t hold more water. I did find a larger ones on Amazon.

There’s still time to enter the giveaway for a ticket to Purses with Power. This Washington D.C. event will raise money to benefit The Arthritis Foundation.

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