Dear Heloise: In my work, I do a lot of walking tours on bright, sunny days, showing people the sights of my city. Needless to say, I wear protective items to keep sunburn at bay, but so many of the tourists don’t. If you are going outside, you’ll need the following items:

• Sunglasses: Protect your eyes! The sunglasses should block out UVA and UVB rays.

• Sunscreen: You’ll need an SPF of at least 15, but an SPF of 30 is better. Reapply every two hours, and don’t forget the back of your neck.

• Sun-protection clothing: This includes a hat, even if you don’t like wearing one. Get one with a full brim. You’ll still need sunscreen.

• If at all possible, take along a bottle or handheld container of water. I have one that clips onto my belt. 

— Cindy A. in San Antonio


Dear Heloise: Travel by air is expensive these days. Gone is the free luggage, complimentary pillows and blankets and other perks. Travelers are looking to save on airfare when they can, but far too many people are confused by rumors. First, it’s NOT cheaper to fly on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Next, fly budget carriers but be sure to ask about additional fees, and don’t expect any perks, but your ticket will probably be cheaper. Don’t fly direct if it’s more expensive. Be sure to take advantage of frequent flyer programs where possible. Book early, about five to six weeks ahead of your flight. Look for a price you can live with rather than the very lowest price. — Ellen E., Newark, N.J.


Dear Heloise: Should I store my flour in the refrigerator? — Savannah W., Batesville, Miss.

Savannah, flour should be stored in airtight containers. Whole-wheat flour, especially, is best stored in the refrigerator or freezer to maintain the best quality. — Heloise


Dear Heloise: Going to a remote location? Hiking in the mountains or desert? I strongly recommend taking a PLB (personal locator beacon) with you. These gadgets are used to alert emergency personnel if you should need help. A PLB or satellite messenger is a lifesaver if you have an accident or are lost. This is especially important if you’re in an area where your cellphone can’t function. — Thomas Y., Medford, Ore.


Dear Heloise: I use a very concentrated detergent, and I use the cap to measure the amount of soap, but I feel I’m wasting so much that’s left in the cap. — Krista G., Frankfort, Ind.

Krista, if you’re using the bottle cap or even a plastic measuring cup, just toss it in with the laundry, and no soap is wasted. — Heloise


Dear Heloise: I saw where you wrote about cleaning coffee cups, but I didn’t cut out the hint. Would you please write it again? — Fran L., Fort Dodge, Iowa

Happy to, and it involves one of my favorite cleaning champions: baking soda! Safe, cheap and readily available, baking soda has a gentle but mildly gritty texture, perfect for forming a paste with a few drops of water. 

Rub this paste into the coffee stains with a soft cloth, and let sit for a few minutes. A second application may be necessary. Rinse. 

I’ve compiled a collection of my favorite uses for baking soda in a handy pamphlet. Would you like to receive one? 

Visit to order, or send a stamped (71 cents), self-addressed, long envelope, along with $5, to: Heloise/Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. 

Sprinkle a bit of baking soda on top of your toothpaste for a mild but more thorough tooth-cleaning. — Heloise


Dear Heloise: When baking, I crumple the parchment paper and then put it in the pan. It will conform better to the sides. — Betty R. in Missouri


Dear Heloise: I take the small plastic cups that gelatin and pudding come in, wash them out, then fill them with water and put in the freezer. I use these on sore spots for muscles and on the bottom of the feet, etc. 

Physical therapist offices use small ice rounders this exact size during therapy. These can be simple to

have on hand at home. — Susan in Huntington Beach, Calif.


Dear Heloise: We have always had problems keeping our containers and lids organized. Our solution is to take each container and lid and write the same number with a felt pen on both. Then when I select a container, I look for the corresponding numbered lid. Problem solved. — Tom Ackmann, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or fax it to 210-HELOISE, or e-mail it to She can’t answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in her column.

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