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So, what are the 11 tips for the road warrior? And who was the road warrior? The road warrior is any men whose job takeshim away from home.
So whether youíre a banker heading to otherside of the country to open up branch or youíre a very specialized mechanic and youíre oneof a handful of men who can work on a certain type of aircraft or a certain type of machineryand your company flies you all over the country.
Perhaps youíre ñ Iíve got one of my goodfriends.
He works for an education company.
And he travels.
Heís always out helping ñ going to differentmilitary bases and setting up making sure that theyíve got their programs and reallyheís the one guy that does this from base to base and he spends probably I would say60 to 80% of his time on the road.
When youíre this kind of a guy, when youírealways out and about you know what itís like to forget things and you have to be resourcefulbecause you canít just be buying, you know, and especially when you already have it athome and you just happen to forget it.
Itís one of those things you just donítwant all those items accumulating.
So these 11 tips throughout being resourceful, theyíre about finding a way and sometimes theyíre going to be about stepping outsideof your comfort zone especially when it comes the sewing.
Many men donít know anything about sewingbut when youíre in that kind of a fix, youíre just going to have to make to.
And weíre talking about sometimes maybe atemporary job.
So the first one, no shaving cream.
Well, lucky for you, soap, conditioner, shampoo, any of those can substitute in the short term for shaving cream.
Now, I donít know how your face is goingto react and you need to be very careful.
Thatís why you donít want to ñ ideally, if youíve got a meeting, you donít want to be experimenting with new things on yourface.
You donít know how your face is going toreact.
But for most of us with no super sensitiveskin, weíre going to be able to pull this off because basically we just want to createa little bit of lubricant on the face thatís going to allow the razor to glide up and down.
So, you donít have shaving cream, use soap, use shampoo, use conditioner, use a lotion.
In a pinch, thatís going to work.
In fact thereís, you know, you can read thearticle, there is ñ there are some men who argue that shaving cream is actually not evenñ not even needed.
Hereís zipper stuck.
Youíre going to put on your trousers in themorning and you canít get that zipper up, or it wonít go down later on the day andyou find yourself in a tough situation.
What you need to do, find a bar soap.
Rub the bar soap along the ñ along the teethon the zipper and then work it through.
This is going to provide a little bit of lubricationand it should get you through the day.
Now, you donít want to overdo this and youwant to be careful when using liquid soaps because you donít want to stain your trousers.
Number three, letís say you just arrivedin Arizona and all of a sudden your skin is flaking, itís breaking out or your lips getreally dry.
Well, you need to be carrying with you a littlebit of either Vaseline or a skin potectant.
And I am ñ Iím not talking about lotionhere.
A skin protectant ñ itís a little bit heavieror a little bit oilier.
And the reason you want the skin protectantor a Vaseline is that you can not only apply that to your skin but you can also apply thatto your lips and itís going to last a bit longer.
Be careful if they usually have a little bitof an oilier or a greasy feel so you want to be careful about putting that on your handsand, you know, getting, you know, touching your keyboard or things like that.
But that works out really well.
And if youíre looking ñ you know, you donítwant to carry, you know, a big jar or, you know, a lubricant with you.
What you want to do is get an old contactcontainer.
You know, make sure ñ especially donít getconfuse if you use contacts and just go ahead and fill that with some of the ñ with someof the skin protectant and thatís going to take care of you.
You get into your hotel room and youíve gotan iron but you have no ironing board.
Well, all you need is a flat surface and thenlay out a towel.
So, your bed, a table.
All you need to do is lay out a ñ Iím sorry, lay out a towel and make sure that whatever is underneath can stand just a bit of heat.
So you donít want to be, you know, pressingthat steam iron and shooting steam right onto a wood table because that could damage itlong- term or at least put three towels there but you donít necessarily need an ironingboard.
The key with this though is to make sure ñand just a quick tip, pay attention of that iron, you know, go ahead and test that youwant to use a white towel because thereís just any type of stain, itís going to getpassed.
We start using multi-colored towels or ifitís brand new and you could actually pass a bit of a stain and check that iron, makesure that, you know, anytime you use a hotel iron, you want to make sure that itís notdamaged or itís not going to leave or mark your actual ñ your actual shirt.
Your black shoes are scuffed.
And so youíre going down, youíre going tobe going in your important meeting at the hotel convention center and you look downand you just got a big white mark on ñ on your shoes.
Well, the great part is of all the thingsIím going to mention, this is probably the least important one because most people arenot going to notice that scuff but if it really bothers you, what you want to do is just goto the front desk, ask for a shoe buffing kit.
They should have one otherwise, just graba towel or a napkin and you want to spread because if youíve already been taken careof your shoes and shining them then you should have a build-up of wax and polish and youshould be able to transfer that over just had a bit of spit and push that over, youknow, you can basically bring in over.
If youíre not getting it to move over andletís say youíve got a really deep marker, looks like, you know, itís just white markgoing across, I donít know how you might have gotten that but you can ask for a permanentmarker.
So new shoes are black just cover it up witha permanent marker.
Itís going to work in a quick fix and notreally do any damage to your shoes as long as you only do this once or twice.
Shirt collar is too small.
You go to button up your shirt collar andlo and behold, you need another half-inch, three quarters of an inch.
How it shrink, who knows.
But there are few options here.
Possibly ñ one of the best ones for a longterm change is simply cut off the button and re-sew it moving it over about half an inchto three quarters of an inch.
You donít want to go more than an inch.
Itís not going to look right.
The space up here is going to become too large.
Now, youíre asking, okay.
Where am I going to get the needle and threadto do this and I donít even know how to sew.
Well, sewing on a button isnít very difficult.
Itís actually ñ a tutorial will be givingsoon and getting into more detail.
In fact, you go to the article, we shouldlink to it here very soon.
But where am I going to get the sewing kit? Well, go talk to people at the hotel, rightat the hotel lobby and they should have one of these little emergency sewing kits.
These things are great.
Theyíre giving more for free and if youírea member ñ even if you donít need this, always grab one from a hotel and put one inyour luggage, put one in your car, you never know when youíre going to need them.
They should have multiple needles, buttons, varieties of thread and those come in very useful especially if you know how to use them.
In addition, if youíve got a little bit moretime, you could actually stop by a menís store.
Sometimes they have button extenders and thatwould initially ñ another last minute ñ it doesnít normally look as good but youcan do it in a pinch is to take a safety pin and use that to close up your collar and thentie it ñ tie right off of that.
Final tip, make sure your tie has a littlebit more of a spread so like for something like a half half-windsor or a Shelby knotand thatís going to be better than a four-in-hand.
A four-in-hand neck is a much more narrowknot and itís not going to look as good when youíve got a little bit bigger of a tie space.
Your sweater is pilling.
So this is basically whenever the sweaterstarts to have a little fuzz balls on it.
This happens over time perhaps you just unpackit and you looked at it, your wife washed your sweater or you washed it and all of asudden, youíve got pilling all over this.
How do you get rid of this? You wanted to wear the sweater today.
Well, youíre going to need at least probably10 minutes and what you want to do is use a disposable razor and gently go over thesweater with a disposable razor and youíre going to cut this right off.
Itís going to take a bit of time.
You want to be very gentle but this will work.
You have a 20 ounce coffee, just bought it, and all of a sudden that 20 ounces is all over the front of your shirt.
You got three options.
Sure youíre going to be late but you donítwant to be, you know, upset that, you know, youíve got this coffee stain all over youfor the rest of the day.
Talk to your colleagues as long as this isníthappening again in the end, theyíre going to understand.
Perhaps youíre headed to the airport.
or youíre in a place where you canítchange.
Well, look at a pit stop.
I mean, is there a target across the street, go to the target, buy a $20 shirt, put it on, youíre good to go, at least youíre alot better that what you wear a few minutes ago with that coffee stain all over you.
If youíve got time and if you have accessand Iím talking probably at least an hour, you could actually wash your entire shirtso meaning you have an undershirt on underneath and just take the shirt off, go in to a bathroom, wash it off, put it out to dry, sit, you know, if youíve got some time make ñ hang thatshirt out to dry, make sure you find a towel, try to suck as much moisture out of that thingand then leave it up to dry for an hour.
Slightly, you know ñ another thing if youívegot an iron, you could actually ñ once you wash it and itís dried out a bit then usethe iron on the damp shirt and that will not only youí re going to be ironing it but youíregoing to dry it as well.
Thereís also a spot cleaning.
Now spot cleaning need to be careful becauseyou donít want to spread the stain out and this is assuming itís a bit smaller of astain.
With spot cleaning, what you want to do ishave a white rag and you want to put the stain down on it so the outside of the shirt willbe going onto the rag, the rag is down here.
Youíre going to use gravity and on the backside of the fabric, youíre going to be applying water with another white rag.
And, again, you want to use white becausewe donít want colors going through and weíre going to be using the water along with thesolvent, we look with the cleaning solution.
Weíre going to be passing the water slowlythrough the material.
And the stain ñ well, assuming itís justcoffee should pass or other hard ñ other ones like blood, other things, well, youívegot blood all over your clothing, you probably have a bigger problem in that stain on yourclothing.
Lost waist button.
Youíre walking around, all of a sudden, yourbutton pops off.
In the article, make sure you go check itout.
Weíve got some very interesting ñ I wouldsay very ingenious solutions to this.
But the easiest one is, again, to go to thatsewing kit and simply sew it back on.
Now, another thing is a safety pin but doesnítalways work as well in fact and break off but, again, make sure to visit the article, weíve got some great ones.
Iím not going to ñ Iíll leave those oneas a surprise.
The back of your pants has ripped open.
If this happens, okay, itís going to be abit embarrassing and perhaps youíll need to immediately go to a bathroom or stay seatedbut it depends on the type of rip as to whether or not you can take care of it right there.
So, if itís just the seam and the seam isactually where the fabric comes together.
You can actually grab that emergency sewingkit and a seam looks bad but usually the fabric hasnít ripped, itís just the thread thatgoes back and forth thatís ripped.
So, what you want to do is assess the situation, youíre going to want to tie off both ends using a needle and thread and then youíregoing to want to bring the seams back together and re-sew them.
This is something that you can do in probably10 to 15 minutes.
Yeah, youíre going to be probably standingin a bathroom or back up in your room with, you know, you ëre going to be ñ not goingto have your plants on so youíre going to need a little bit of privacy here.
But itís something you canít fix.
And many of you are saying, ìOh well, I canít.
îSo, come on.
We ñ we put the man on the moon.
Humans are ñ is human beings ñthereís alot we can do especially when weíre put into that situation.
You can figure it out and, again, check outthe article, weíll have a link and weíll talk a little bit about, you know, the basicsof sewing and show you a little bit of how to get this done.
Now, if your pants have ripped and itís arip in the fabric, this isnít a more serious breach because you really canít sew thattogether.
The fabric is actually coming apart or perhapsyouíre snagging on something and you just rip those pants right open.
Now if you ñ if itís a big enough hole, youíre going to have to get a new pair of pants but if itís a smaller hole, what youcan do is go find ñ they actually have seen these rip tape which you can put on the insideand then iron and it will actually seal the whole back up.
And if youíre in a pinch, grab an excesspiece of fabric somewhere whether ñ look on a first aid kit and grab, you know, a pieceof and some super glue.
And what you can do is that would actuallyñ super glue it right on the inside, give it ñ give it a few minutes to dry.
You donít want to be, you know, super gluingyour pants to your leg but you can see what Iím doing there.
On the inside, Iím creating a patch, puttingit right on there and that maybe able to get you through the day.
In any case, this is especially when youíreusing a super glue thing, youíre going to, you know, possibly leave a permanent markthere on the pants and.
youíre going to want to get a new pairor have those professionally repaired.
Last but not the least, you forget your underwear, your socks and youíve only got what you have on.
So, every evening that youíre traveling, youíre going to want to wash these.
And dry them out as much as possible and hangthem out to dry.
Then wake up early and put them on and theyíregoing to dry quickly on your body, donít ñ donít put them on a few minutes beforeyou put on your clothing otherwise, you know, theyíre going to get your clothing wet.
But give yourself at least a couple hoursin the morning to wear your moist socks, your moist underwear, itís going to dry out, theyíllbe fine.
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