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06.22.

Packing Travel Tips by Myrtle Beach Photography

Packing Travel Tips by MyrtleBeachPhotography.com

We know this is a stressful time trying to get yourself and your family ready to travel. Here are some helpful tips to save you time and possibly your mind. Remember to Like and Share with friends)

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1. Bring a Travel clothesline- It is great for hanging wet bathing suites

2. Make a packing list 2 weeks prior to your vacation-You will remember things as the weeks pass.

3. Pack a reading light and earplugs-You never know when the family wants to sleep and counting sheep is not working for you.

4. Bring your own pillow or at least pillow cases to cover the hotel pillows.

5. Bring extra carry bags-They are easy to pack and great for outings.
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6. Pack old t-shirts and underwear that you were going to throw away or donate. They are great for the beach and you can just throw them away to make room for all the new stuff you are going to buy.

7. If traveling with a pet, pack your pets a toy and a blanket with his/her familiar smell.

8. Pack dark shirts because they show stains less.

9. Roll and never fold. It will save you tons of space.

10. Hang a door shoe holder over the back of the car seats. The kids can put their favorite things in the slots, where the shoes go, to keep them occupied during the drive. It can hold crayons, games, phones, toys and other fun stuff. When you get to the hotel, hang it on the back of the hotel door to help keep hotel room neat.

11. Stick to comfortable neutral shoes that can go from the beach to dinner.

12. Roll things that wrinkle in tissue paper. It helps!

13. Compression bags are the best. You can find them at the dollar store. You will be amazed how much you can pack.

14. Keep your liquid items separate and in a waterproof bag. Go buy a box of gallon sized Ziploc bags.

15. Purchase a weekly pill dispenser to pack your medication to save space.

16. Bring a large garbage bag for each person to put their dirty clothes in.

17. Different sized Ziploc’s can help you keep things separated and organized. You can put your separated items like hair bands, soaps, shampoos, medicine, etc. in your baggies and place them in your shoe rack you will have hanging in the bathroom.

I am also including a packing list I found online. (enlarge, right click and print)

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06.20.

Summer Solstice 2016-Myrtle Beach, SC

Summer solstice 2016: Today is the longest day of the year
Monday June 20th

If it seems like this day will never end, there is a reason for that. Today there is more daylight than any other day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

Today has the most daylight of any day this year north of the equator (Alaska will have 24 hours of daylight today (The Midnight Moon)

Look for a Full Moon on the Longest Day of the Year. First time this has happened in a Very Very Long Time.

The Days Get Shorter After Today

Everyone on Earth Experiences the Solstice at the Same Time. (The summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere occurs at the exact same time the winter solstice occurs in the Southern Hemisphere.)

Just Because it is the Longest Day, Does not mean it is the Hottest Day

Some of these facts provided by NASA
Photo Credit: Teri Halterman
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06.18.

Protect Your Home Before Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

When you are planning to travel away from home on your next vacation getaway here are a few suggestions to keep your home safe.
 
Hold Your Mail
A stack of mail in your mailbox is a sure sign that no one is there to check the mail. If you’ll be gone for more than a few days, go by or call your local post office and have them put a hold on your mail. .
 
 
Make your Home Look as Though Someone is There
Set your lights on a timer
Leave a car in the driveway.
Arrange for someone to mow at least once a week
Leave bikes and toys outside.
 
Do Not Broadcast on Social Media about Your Vacation
It is fun to share vacation memories with friends and family via social media but wait until you are home to post and share. Use the time to spend with family and save your screen time for when you get home.
 
In Case of Emergency
If you have a trusted neighbor, give them a key to your home in case of fire or any other emergency.
Get A Security Sign (Even if you don’t have security)
Thieves are less likely to break into homes that have security alarms. You can purchase signs on ebay.
 
Make Sure Your Electric Devices are Unplugged.
This will reduce fire risk
Hide the Hide-a-Key
It’s impossible to forget you’re key if you’re not even home, so go ahead and take any hidden spare keys out of commission. Just don’t forget to re-hide them when you return!
 
Set Your AC/Heat
Turn down (or up) the thermostat to save on electricity while you’re gone. In the winter, set the heat to about 55° – warm enough to keep the pipes from freezing, but cool enough to save – and during the summer, set your air-conditioning to 85°. You can also lower the temperature on your water heater.
 
Safe-Keep Your Valuables
Lock up jewelry, the deed to your home, wills, and any other valuables or sensitive documents in a fire-proof safe.
 
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06.17.

Googles New Travel App Trips-Launching Soon

Google’s got a new travel app that will be launching soon. The app will be called Trips. This app will make planing your Myrtle Beach Vacation and scheduling your Family Beach Portrait Session  even more fun and easy. Your air travel, hotel, dining and sightseeing reservations will be collected in one convenient app. In addition to google collecting your online planned trips, you will be able to add things you want to do manually with the app. You will be able to add review and photos from your travels. Click over and sign up for local guides (https://www.google.com/local/guides/) to be the first to check out this crazy convenient new app. We think that Local Guides will be the place Google will announce the Trips app.
In the meantime, give MyrtleBeachPhotography.com to book your Family Beach Portraits or call 843-236-5403. Remember, we have live chat not for those of you who can’t call.

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06.16.

Alligator Safety after Alligator Attack of Child in Orlando Fl.

Because of the recent tragic alligator attack of a small child in Orlando FL, Myrtle Beach Photography wanted to give our visitors some real facts about alligators to help keep you and your family safe. These facts were provided by the South Carolina Parks and Recreation.

Common Myths and the Truth about Alligators

Myth: Alligators can grow to enormous proportions, over 20 feet in length and weighing a ton or more.

Fact: The longest recorded length for an alligator is 19′ 2′. This animal was trapped in the early 1900’s in the State of Louisiana. Most wild alligators do not get above 13 feet in length, and may weigh 600 pounds or more. Also, the weight of an alligator can vary greatly in relation to its length.

Myth: Alligators live for hundreds of years.

Fact: Alligators in the wild are believed to live 35-50 years. In captivity their life span may be significantly longer, perhaps 60-80 years. Currently, there are no scientific methods of analyzing an alligator’s age while it is alive.

Myth: Alligators will chase people.

Fact: Bigger gators shy more readily. That’s how they lived to be so big.

Myth: You should run zigzag if you come across an alligator.

Fact: This is a common misconception. First, it is rare for an alligator to pursue a human because humans are too large to be suitable prey. However, if an alligator does make an aggressive charge, run fast and straight (away from the alligator, of course). They usually do not run very far. But remember they are most likely to charge at you if you are near their nest.

Myth: Alligators have poor eyesight.

Fact: Alligators actually have very good eyesight, which is an important adaptation for hunting. They are especially adapted to see and sense movement of potential prey animals. The position of their eyes on their head (almost on the side) gives them a wide sight range. The only place they cannot see is right behind them.

Myth: Alligators are not good climbers.

Fact: Alligators have sharp claws and powerful tails to help them push their bodies up. Young alligators are agile climbers and adults have been known to climb fences to get to water or escape captivity. Low fences, therefore, may not be sufficient protection for pets in areas where alligators are present.

Myth: Alligators make good pets.

Fact: This is entirely untrue. Alligators make terrible pets. Although baby alligators may seem like a cool pet, it is illegal to possess or take an alligator without the proper licenses and permits from the SCDNR.

A Few More Facts about Alligators

7-8 feet in size is when alligators can really start injuring people and taking dogs. Most attacks on humans are by animals 9-10 feet or larger.

Most alligator problems occur between early March and July which is the breeding season. At this time of year, they are also generally more visible because they want to get out of the cold water and warm up in the sunshine.

Alligators will not flee while on land – they will face you and stand their ground. Familiarize yourself with these animals before going into their habitat. That includes knowing their nesting habits. Most attacks associated with alligators occur when they have been fed by humans or when they are defending their nests. These basic guidelines will help you to stay on safe terms with the American alligator:

Never get closer than 15 feet to an alligator.
If it hisses or opens its mouth in defense, you should back away even farther.

Alligators located at the water’s edge may act quite differently from those that are landlocked. Alligators should retreat into the water at the approach of humans. If the alligator lets you get very close without some defensive action on its part, it is demonstrating problem behavior.

Alligators six feet or larger present the greatest hazard. Smaller alligators, four feet or less, pose little threat. However, NEVER toy with the smaller alligators. They may actually be babies or adolescents, and the mother may be nearby.

Keep a VERY wide margin. Alligators can be surprisingly quick on land and are capable of running short distances in addition to lunging at you with explosive force.

Most attacks occur while the victim is at least partially in the water. Work in pairs and stay alert when working in or near fresh and brackish water. Remain aware of your surroundings by alternating responsibilities so one person is always on the lookout. Most attack victims report they were unaware of the alligator’s presence until the last minute.

Never feed or entice alligators – it’s dangerous and illegal. When fed, alligators overcome their natural wariness and learn to associate people with food.

Inform others that feeding alligators is illegal and creates problems for others who want to use the water for recreational purposes. Feeding alligators creates a danger for everyone.

DON’T feed any wildlife in or near the water. Dispose of fish scraps in garbage cans at boat ramps and fish camps – do not throw them in the water. Those people who feed any type of animal living near the waters edge, or anglers who throw fish scraps into the water, are playing with fire. Although this is not intentionally feeding alligators, it creates a situation where the alligators see these events and begin to associate people as a food source.

Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn. Therefore, swim only during daylight hours. Large alligators feed most actively during the evening hours.

Closely supervise children when they are playing in or around water. Never allow small children to play unsupervised near water.

DON’T swim or allow pets to swim in areas with emergent vegetation (plants growing up out of the water). Alligators favor this type of habitat. Swim in designated areas only.

DON’T let pets swim, exercise, drink from, or run along the shoreline of waters that may contain alligators. Alligators are attracted to dogs probably because they are about the same size as an alligator’s natural prey.

Leave alligators alone. State law prohibits killing, harassing or possession of alligators.

DON’T try to remove alligators from their natural habitat or try to keep one as a pet. It is strictly against the law to do so and is dangerous. Alligators do not become tame in captivity and handling even small ones can result in injury.

Observe and photograph alligators only from a distance. Remember, they’re an important part of South Carolina’s natural history as well as an integral component of freshwater ecosystems.

DO fence your waterfront property. Appropriate fencing helps protect family and pets against incursions by alligators.

Seek immediate medical attention if bitten by an alligator. Alligator bites often result in serious infection. Other good sources of information on the American Alligator

Photo Credit: Teri Halterman

Info Credit: South Carolina Parks and Recreation

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