Dear Heloise: As a veteran traveler, I’ve picked up a few “do’s and don’ts” along the way, and here are some important ones:

⁕ Do pack a hat of some kind — knit for winter, and something to keep the sun off your face in warm climates.

⁕ Do bring a gift if you are staying with someone else, or take that person out to dinner.

⁕ Do pack a small traveler’s first-aid kit — believe me, you’ll use it.

⁕ Do keep your shoes on while flying, especially when using the plane’s lavatory.

⁕ Don’t pack more than one dressy outfit, and don’t carry your wallet in your back pocket. Women should use a crossbody bag.

⁕ Don’t take a picture of anything if you’ve been instructed to not photograph.

⁕ Don’t pack more than two bags or one carry-on and one bag. Travel light.

— Anita R. in Connecticut

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Cut flowers

Dear Heloise: If I am lucky enough to receive cut flowers, I have found that by adding ice cubes to the water, starting on day one, you can enjoy the flowers days longer.

 — Helen W., Manchester, N.J.

Sleepless in Salem

Dear Heloise: As I’ve aged, I find it’s harder to get a good night’s rest. Falling asleep and staying asleep is so difficult. I’m up every couple of hours at night. My doctor wants to give me sleeping pills, but I don’t want to depend on them. — Leigh N., Salem, Va.

Leigh, there are a few things you can try, such as adjusting the temperature of your room. Try getting up and reading for a while to help you relax. Stay away from your phone and computer for at least one hour before bedtime. Think positive, happy thoughts (yes, it really helps). — Heloise

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