Archive for July, 2010

St. Augustine

July 29th, 2010 by Mariah

St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city, also holds the distinction of being one of the nation’s most charming. Known as the “Ancient City,” Saint Augustine is located between North East and Central East Florida and is convenient to Jacksonville, Orlando, and Daytona airports. North Florida boasts a year-round mild climate perfect for strolling Saint Augustine’s delightful historic district, with its cobblestone streets, quaint cafes, bars, unique shops and bed-and-breakfast inns. Here are a few of our favorite places to stay while in St. Augustine:

 

 

 

 

 

Bayfront Westcott House
“A bed and breakfast”
146 Avenida Menendez
Saint Augustine, FL. 32084
USA

 

Romantic, peaceful, elegant inn located on the bay in the historic district of beautiful St. Augustine. Enjoy the site of sailboats, dolphin, and horse drawn carriages as you sip complementary wine/beer on our Victorian Porches. The only St. Augustine bed and breakfast that is on the bay, in walking distance to restaurants, galleries, museums, nightspots, yet a block away from the nearest traffic and noisy establishments. We now offer a wedding, business retreat, reunion, event venue close by, on the water with magnificent bay views. Room for tents, dance floors, and play areas around the in-ground poos and the fishing docks. Wrap around porches on three floors, meeting rooms, dining area, play room with pool table, sports TV, seating area, and bar. Four guest rooms/baths are also available at Bayfront Mansion House, a victorian, antique filled venue. Overflow guests can stay in the inns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southern Wind Inn B&B
“A Bed and Breakfast”
18 Cordova St.
Saint Augustine, FL. 32084
USA

 

Come stay with us! Enjoy “Southern Wind’s” gracious turn of the century atmosphere. This St. Augustine Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn is built of coquina masonry with columns and verandas that accent her personality of gracious southern elegance and casual relaxation. Passing horse-drawn carriages contribute to the ambiance of a bygone era.

Enjoy our full breakfast served on vintage china in either the formal dining room or on one of our spacious verandas.

“Southern Wind Inn” bed and breakfast has retained all its original architectural charm while offering you the contemporary comforts of central air, king and queen size beds, cable TV and private baths. Each bedroom is beautifully appointed with period furnishings and antiques reminiscent of the Flagler era.

   

 

 

 

 

The Cedar House Inn
“A Bed and Breakfast”
79 Cedar Street
Saint Augustine, FL. 32084
USA

 

Capture romantic moments in historic St. Augustine, Florida at the restored 1893 Victorian Home of Jack and Mylene Martin. At The Cedar House Inn bed and breakfast, the emphasis is on hospitality and elegant surroundings with a personal atmosphere. Pamper yourself and enjoy a refreshment on the veranda, soak in the outdoor jacuzzi or just relax by the fire place sipping a fine Port and meeting your fellow guests.

Beauty, location, and personality describes this top rated 7 room 1893 home located within walking distance of restaurants, shops and historic sites. Full gourmet breakfasts served in the newly redocarated dinning room or weather permitting, outdoor on the veranda. AAA 3 Diamond rated.

Bed, Breakfast, and Beyond

July 27th, 2010 by Mariah

Bed, Breakfast and Beyond

Time Magazine

“Americans have a wide array of lodgings to choose from when they take a vacation: high-rise hotels, rustic resorts, motels by the bay. Yet more and more people are flocking to bed-and-breakfast inns, the most old-fashioned homes away from home. Just 20 years ago, there were only 1,000 B and Bs, as they are nicknamed, scattered throughout the country. Today there are more than 28,000 serving more than 50 million guests each year.

What’s the appeal? Bed-and-breakfasts, often situated in elegant, historic homes, tap into everyone’s fantasy of living another life. Many have been lovingly renovated with period decorations, inviting visitors to step back in time. Others carry a theme throughout the house. Since on average they have only seven or eight rooms, they offer peace and quiet, a rare commodity in the average home.

The hosts, who nearly always live on the premises, provide plenty of coddling. They will recommend local attractions, help with dinner reservations, often provide an afternoon tea or glass of sherry–and, yes, prepare a delicious homemade breakfast.

Prices at bed-and-breakfasts, which average $104 to $133 a night, depending on the region, rival the rates of good hotels. While some 10,000 B and Bs are private homes in which the owners offer a room or two, most are serious businesses, complete with websites and toll-free numbers.

The clientele tends to be couples, most of them affluent and well educated. Most are tourists or people who are in town to visit family or to celebrate a special occasion. Bed-and-breakfasts are popular with many foreign travelers, mostly from Britain, Germany, Canada, France and Australia, who have grown up going to B and Bs in their own countries.

Bed-and-breakfasts are not for everyone though. Many do not welcome young children, since peace and quiet are selling points. Plus, B and Bs are known for their lovable resident cats or dogs, making them problematic for the allergy-prone. Although most have private baths–a quarter even have whirlpools–they are a poor choice for the antisocial.

Fortunately, it is easy to find out the particular idiosyncrasies of each establishment by visiting the inn’s website and then communicating with the owner via e-mail. B-and-B owners depend increasingly on the Internet to attract and book guests and to communicate with them before they arrive.”

Summer Specials

July 26th, 2010 by Mariah

Gramercy Mansion in Baltimore, MD.

August Room of the Month: Tudor

We asked and you told us your favorites! Since we have recently featured both the Camelot Room and Cassatt Suite (your top two!), we went with the Tudor Room for August. The charming private porch leading to the shade gardens, is perfect for an evening glass of wine or a quiet morning cup of coffee. Indulge in a soak in the double whirlpool tub and relax in the comfort of the king-sized canopy bed. Tudor Room regular rate: $275.00 August special rate: $175 (Available Sunday – Thursday) Enter promo code AUG10 or mention special for discounted rate.

Sherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast in Saugatuck, MI.

Charter Fishing

Bed and Breakfast and Charter Fishing Looking for the ultimate experience in Saugatuck fishing charters? Sherwood Forest B&B is offering an extraordinary package that includes some awesome lodging plus some great fishing with Best Chance Charters, Saugatuck, Michigan’s premiere fishing experts. For years, the Saugatuck port has provided some of the best salmon, trout, perch, and walleye fishing within the Great Lakes region. Whether you’re a novice who wants special attention or an experienced angler who is looking for more of a hands-on trip, their professional staff is prepared to help make your Saugatuck fishing charter experience a highlight of your visit. Here are the details: you’ll get 1 or 2 nights at Sherwood Forest B&B plus a fishing trip on Lake Michigan and some awesome bragging rights when you return home. The cost runs from $608 to $985, depending on the time of year and the room. For more info or to book this package, call Keith or Sue at 800-838-1246.

 

Chateau Inn and Suites in Spring Lake, NJ

Summer Midweek Getaway

Arrive on a Sunday or Monday for a four night midweek stay and receive our Signature Continental Breakfast for two each morning, Beach and Pool Passes and a $60 gift certificate to area dining. Four night package rates start at just $876.

L’Auberge Provencale in White Post, VA

American Hero!

American Hero Specials If you are an active military, police, firefighter or other first responders you are eligible to receive an automatic 20% discount on weekday rooms and Suites (Monday thru Thursday). Weekends we will be happy to extend a 10% discount. We thank you all for keeping us safe and for your service. L’Auberge Provencale is a special place to renew your relationships, rejuvenate and relax.

Tips for Innkeepers

July 25th, 2010 by Mariah

Tips for Innkeepers

One key ingredient in running a successful bed and breakfast is the ability to get along with all types of people who will be staying at your inn. When you operate a bed and breakfast, you become the host (not an owner) who greets and welcomes guests (not clients).

Hospitality is your business. A successful bed and breakfast operation builds its reputation on the hospitality it provides. Repeat business and referrals often come as a result of your interactions with the guests. Guests who frequent bed and breakfasts usually seek the enjoyment of getting to know their hosts and sometimes develop close friendships with them.

Bed and breakfast hosts can use these tips to increase their guests’ satisfaction levels.

•Provide a warm, friendly welcome at the front door.

•Show guests to their room and give them an opportunity to settle in. Offer to carry their luggage.

•If they feel up to it, you may want to give guests a quick tour of your home soon after they arrive.

•Offer a beverage and/or a light snack after guests have had some time to settle down from their trip.

•Be a “fountain of information” for your guests. As hosts, you should be able to answer questions about your area and mention nearby attractions and places of interest.

•Provide guests with a fact sheet listing frequently asked questions and answers about your inn and the surrounding area.

•Collect brochures and maps for the immediate area as well as other nearby areas of interest. Make these available to your guests at no cost.

•Collect menus from local restaurants. You may put these in guest rooms or leave them in your lounge area, perhaps in a three-ring binder, so that people may browse through them at their leisure.

•Offer “special touches” that will appeal to a variety of guests, such as offering breakfast in bed for newlyweds or for special occasions.

•Find out when guests arrive what they would prefer as a beverage in the morning, and always have coffee made early. A pot of freshly brewed coffee outside the door in the morning will be a treat for the true coffee drinker.

•Be sure to provide a variety of beverages so that guests can choose from a good selection. Coffee should be of the best quality — never instant! Experiment with different blends.

•Offer — for an extra fee — to make special picnic baskets for lunch or dinner so that guest may enjoy a special outdoor location. Be sure to look into your local food service regulations.

•Provide an umbrella stand with loan umbrellas near the door for guests who aren’t prepared for bad weather.

•Set up a special corner in your public lounge area with a variety of games, cards, books and magazines. Provide a variety of reading material in each room.

•Have extra sample-size toilet articles on hand for your guests, such as shampoo, hand lotion, toothbrushes, razors and toothpaste. You can order a supply of many such items imprinted with your logo to promote your bed and breakfast.

•Use liquid soap or small, individually wrapped soaps in the bathroom so no guest has to use someone else’s soap.

•A special guest “welcome tray” in each room can include fruit, cookies, or candy. Provide disposable drinking cups in each room as well as tissues, etc.

•Have an area which is easily accessible to guests where they can always find a beverage or snack of some kind.

•Keep an extra hair dryer, make-up mirror, curling iron, iron and ironing board available for guest use.

•Provide a local newspaper, as well as one with large circulation such as USA Today.

•Be able to provide your guests with a local map. Mark your home, restaurants and other attractions on the map.

•Collect discount coupons from local restaurants, fast food chains and other attractions for your guests’ use.

Newsletter from The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, Wa.

July 20th, 2010 by Mariah

Newsletter from The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, Wa:

Let’s Celebrate Drydock!!!!

For the next 3 weeks, our car ferry is gone, leaving only a foot ferry to take you back and forth to Lummi Island. Far from an inconvenience, it is a pleasure. The County has provided a van that operates hourly from 6 am to 11am, and 4 pm to 9 pm. When the van is inconvenient, you can call us at 758-2620 and we will shuttle you ourselves. The car ferry will return August 7.

Imagine this for a cheap adventure: Drive out to Gooseberry Point and take the charming 50 passenger foot ferry at 10 or 10:30 AM. Once on the island, hop in the county van waiting at the ferry dock, and arrive at the Willows Inn a few minutes later. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Taproot, gather agates on the beach, walk along the road, then board the hourly van back to the ferry. Cost? $4 per person plus lunch. Value? Priceless.

Or take the van from the Willows Inn to the Baker Mountain Trail. Experience the amazing view west over the San Juan Islands, all for free.
Or walk a mile down the road and watch us reefnet fishing for Fraser River sockeye.
How about this for a bonding experience? Pile your bikes in your car, park at Gooseberry Point, and bike onto the foot ferry. Bike the 3.5 miles to the Willows without breaking a sweat (barely a hill), and check in for a life-renewing overnight with dinner. Come early enough to get a massage from Michele or Jeannine, in our dedicated massage room, then sit with a cool drink on the deck overlooking Rosario Strait. Seat for dinner at 7 pm, and watch the sunset, treasuring the long afterglow. There are very few places in the Northwest that can offer you such a spectacular experience, for such an affordable price. With drydock, there is virtually no car traffic, so a leisurely stroll along the road is met with other walkers, and bicyclers, or no one at all.
We serve dinner every night (Mondays and Tuesdays the Taproot runs its own dinner specials, which you can enjoy on the deck upstairs). Wednesday and Thursdays are 3 course prix fixe dinners for $30. Fridays and Saturdays are 5 course prix fixe for $45.

Take a break that doesn’t break your wallet.
Allow yourself to breathe, really breathe, fully and without anxiety.
Willows Inn: affordable luxury

Welcome Member!

July 20th, 2010 by Mariah

TheInnkeeper.com would like to welcome it’s newest member:

Hale Huanani
“A Bed & Breakfast”
808 Kupulau Drive
Kihei, HI. 96753
USA

Our B&B is in a very quiet, safe, residential neighborhood in south Maui where it only rains 15 inches per year. We are only a 5-minute drive to the closest beach and a 5-minute drive to the most beautiful outdoor world-class shopping mall in Maui (The Shops at Wailea).

There are many reasons Conde Nast Traveler readers have named Maui the “Best Island in the World” 15 times. For some it is the lure of championship golf courses, world-class shopping, hiking Mt. Haleakala (Maui’s dormant volcano) or tropical rainforests, or discovering the beauty of the host Hawaiian culture. The world-class beaches, however, are the #1 reason people come to Maui and why so many return year after year, whether they come to sunbathe on white, black, or red sand, or snorkel, scuba dive, or surf in its warm, crystal blue waters. Underneath its waters lives a vast array of sea life—dolphins, turtles, whales, and fish in a kaleidoscope of colors. After a long day in the sun or surf, dine on fresh island cuisine on the beach at one of Maui’s 4-star restaurants. While there are many amazing things that draw people here, one thing awaits all—an island paradise that will never be forgotten.

TheInnkeeper.com Spotlight: Mendocino, Ca

July 20th, 2010 by Mariah

TheInnkeeper.com Spotlight: Mendocino, Ca

Mendocino is best known for spectacular scenery, seaside victorian villages and distinctive wineries, although most people visit Mendocino to getaway and relax. The majority of our Mendocino Inns offer special promotions, with an emphasis on pampering their guests! Most offer scrumptious breakfasts, some even in bed, others offer a rejuvenating massage in a luxurious Day Spa. Enjoy your stay in one of our romantic Mendocino Inns to unwind for a few days, you’ll both be glad you did. Any weekend can be a long weekend – Just treat yourself to an extra day in Mendocino!    

Glendeven Inn
“A Bed & Breakfast”
8205 North Highway One
Mendocino, CA. 95460
USA
 

Sunday July 18, 2010

From About.com’s Elizabeth Arneson

Glendeven Inn, a bed and breakfast in Mendocino, California, recently won a type of praise I’ve never seen before from writer Jessica Yadegaran of the Contra Costa Times: “After a recent trip to Glendeven Inn, a bed-and-breakfast on the Mendocino Coast, my idea of luxury is chickens.” Yadegaran was referring to the inn’s free-roaming chickens, which produce eggs which are used for what she describes as a “world-class breakfast.” Ten rooms and suites are available at Glendeven Inn’s main buildings, along with a number of vacation rental properties.”

Mendocino Farmhouse
“A Bed & Breakfast”
43410 Olson Ln
Mendocino, CA. 95460
USA
 

Mendocino Farmhouse is nestled in a private forest setting just minutes from the village of Mendocino, surrounded by beautiful gardens with open meadows and a pond. The farmhouse is filled with comfortable antique furnishings, wallpapered rooms, flowers and an eclectic collection of books and music. These four rooms have private baths and some have fireplaces. The barn cottage, located across from the farmhouse features two rooms, each with private baths and stone fireplaces in a separate sitting area. Each room has its own private entrance. After you have spent a very restful night’s sleep in one of our comfortable rooms you will wake up to a hearty farmhouse breakfast.     

Brewery Gulch Inn
“A Bed & Breakfast”
9401 North Hwy 1
Mendocino, CA. 95460
USA

The distinctive Craftsman-style Brewery Gulch Inn, overlooking Smuggler’s Cove and the Pacific Ocean, provides a peaceful retreat for those enjoying the North Coast and the delights of Mendocino.Each of Brewery Gulch Inn’s ten guest rooms features an ocean view, fireplace, down comforter, cable with LCD flat TV and DVD player and iHome clock radios with a dock for your iPod or MP3 player. The bathrooms have a tub/shower combination; several have either a Jacuzzi or soaking tub for two. Eight of the rooms have private decks. A full gourmet breakfast is included as well as hors d’oeuvres for an early evening wine hour.      

Lighthouse Inn at Point Cabrillo
“A Bed & Breakfast”
45300 Litehouse Rd.
Mendocino, CA. 95460
USA

 

Plan a fabulous getaway at the new Lighthouse Inn at Point Cabrillo, a unique and historical bed and breakfast located in the beautifully restored, turn of the century, Head Lightkeepers House overlooking the working Point Cabrillo Lighthouse and Light Station. Along with wonderful beds & linens, 5-course breakfast, and ocean views and vistas, the Inn is surrounded by a 300-acre Nature Preserve (3.5 miles of hiking trails) and features nature walks and private tours of the lighthouse.

Free Stay For Military on Veterans Day

July 17th, 2010 by Mariah

B&Bs and Inns are providing free rooms on Wednesday, November 10, in observance of Veterans Day, November 11, to honor servicemen and women currently serving or who have previously served their country. Properties that are participating in the program are listed here. The program was started in 2009 by the West Virginia B&B Association (formerly called MABB) and this year has expanded to include over 30 states, a Canadian province and more than 150 Inns.

Reservations need to be made directly with the participating Inns and B&Bs. “We just wanted to say thank you to the courageous men and women from our armed forces”, says Kathleen Panek, owner of the Gillum House in Shinnston, WV. “These are some trying times for anyone serving or who has served and a good night’s rest is our way to say, thank you.” A valid Military or VA ID will be required for each reservation. For more information contact Kathleen at 304-592-0177 or via email at gillum@GillumHouse.com

Each B&B is making at least one room available on the night of Wednesday, November 10 (only) to active and retired military personnel. Availability is limited, so Inns may not have a specific room listed for the promotion and once the available rooms are booked, the B&B may not be able to provide another free room.

Innkeepers who would like to participate in the program can sign up here.

Gulf oil spill: Oil cap will be attached today, then tested

July 12th, 2010 by Mariah

NEW ORLEANS – BP expected to attach a tight, new cap today on its busted oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, putting the oil giant a few tantalizing steps closer to knowing whether the fix will be enough to finally stop crude from gushing into the Gulf.

The new cap, a 150,000-pound metal stack known as “Top Hat 10,” was about 300 feet from the point where it’s supposed to connect with the leaking well, BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said in a morning news briefing.

The BP executive was careful to keep expectations grounded, stressing that once the cap is in place, it will take days to know whether it can withstand the pressure of the erupting oil and feed it through pipes to surface ships. The cap and vessels together make up BP’s plan to stop oil from spewing into the Gulf for the first time since April 20.

“Until we have the cap on, securely fitted in place, and know it’s operating per the design, we have to recognize this is a complex operation,” Suttles said.

Once the cap is firmly in place, the company will begin “shutting in” the well by closing perforated pipe at the top. The company will be looking to see if the pressure rises inside the cap. If it does, that means there are no other leaks, and the cap is stopping oil from leaking into the Gulf.

But lower pressure readings may indicate leaking elsewhere in the well. In that case, Suttles said, the company will work to collect the leak with surface vessels and by dropping yet another cap on top of the stack.

The testing should last about 48 hours, Suttles said.

Even if the tests show the cap is successfully holding in the oil, it will not be the final fix for the blown well. That will have to wait until one of two relief wells reaches the leaking well from underground and can inject heavy drilling mud and cement to form a permanent plug.

BP expects one relief well will do the job, but it’s drilling a second as a backup. Officials have offered varying estimates for when that work will be done, but mid-August is the most common timeframe.

Work on the new cap has been moving briskly, with the old, leaky cap coming off the well on Saturday. One snag in the operation has been a delay in the startup of a vessel called the Helix Producer, which is supposed to connect to the well by a link below the cap, ultimately collecting roughly 1 million gallons of oil a day.

The ship was supposed to begin collection Sunday, but two minor technical glitches prevented that, Suttles said. He expects the ship to begin today, reaching full capacity within two days or so.

NEW REVIEWS

July 6th, 2010 by Mariah

Here are the latest reviews to be posted to TheInnkeeper.com. We are proud to have such great properties apart of our online community!

The Hamilton Turner Inn
“A Bed & Breakfast Inn”
330 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
USA

Rated: 5.0
this place is magnificent with great scenery and a luxurious stay!
Date of Stay: 7/1/10-7/5/10
By: Anonymous

Cliff Lodge
“A Bed & Breakfast”
9 Cliff Road
Nantucket, MA. 02554
USA

Rated: 5.0
I have visited Nantucket a number of times for business and vacations.
This little hotel was my favorite out of everything!
Date of Stay: 5/8/10-5/11/10
By: Anonymous

Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast
“A Bed & Breakfast”
140 North 39th Street
Omaha, NE. 68131
USA

Rated: 5.0
Could not have found a better a better place to stay in omaha!
Date of Stay: 6/3/10-6/5/10
By: Anonymous

Adam’s Inn
“A Bed & Breakfast”
1746 Lanier Place NW
Washington, DC. 20009
USA

Rated: 5.0
Washington D.C. has never accommodated a hotel like this! Its the best deal for a hotel so nice around!
Date of Stay: 7/1/10-7/5/10
By: Anonymous
The Key West Harbor Inn
“A Bed & Breakfast”
219 Elizabeth Street
Key West, FL. 33040
USA
Rated: 5.0
My family has never had a better stay in the Keys! I will definitely suggest this place to friends!
Date of Stay: 6/3/10-6/5/10
By: Anonymous

High Pointe Inn
“A Bed & Breakfast”
70 High Street
Barnstable, MA. 02668
USA

Rated: 5.0
A beautiful to place to stay for awhile in Cape Cod either for business or vacation with a great price!
Date of Stay: 5/8/10-5/11/10
By: Anonymous

Candlelight Inn
“A Bed & Breakfast”
1045 Easum Drive
Napa, CA. 94558
USA

Rated: 5.0
The Candlelight Inn was my families most favorites place to stay when visiting California and we will recommend it to many friends!
Date of Stay: 7/1/10-7/5/10
By: Anonymous

Beauregard House Bed & Breakfast Inn
“A Bed & Breakfast”
215 Beauregard Street
San Antonio, TX. 78204
USA

Rated: 5.0
I travel on business trips all the time in the cities of Texas and will be coming back to this great hotel in San Antonio!
Date of Stay: 6/3/10-6/5/10
By: Anonymous

Hurricane Checklist

July 5th, 2010 by Mariah

With hurricane season now upon us, Innkeepers will want to be extra prepared as the forcast for this year looks pretty nasty. Here is one of the best checklists out there, plan to be out of power for 1-2 weeks to be sure to have enough supplies:

FOOD SUPPLIES
Get enough nonperishable foods now for two weeks. Then put them in a box and leave them alone.
Don’t buy foods that are salty or dry or high in fat or protein; they’ll make you thirsty.

Water: 2 quarts to 1 gallon per person (get a week’s supply)
Ice
Shelf-package juice and milk boxes
Canned and powdered milk
Beverages (powdered or canned, fruit juices, instant coffee, tea)
Prepared foods (canned soups, beef, spaghetti, tuna, chicken, ham, corned beef hash, packaged pudding)
Canned vegetables and fruits
Dried fruits
Snacks (crackers, cookies, hard candy, nuts)
Snack spreads (peanut butter, cheese spreads, jelly)
Cereals
Raw vegetables
Sugar, salt, pepper
Bread
Dry and canned pet food
Extra formula, baby food
 

HURRICANE KIT
Assemble this now. Put aside in a special box in garage. Keep heat-sensitive items inside home and rotate stock throughout season. Batteries can go in refrigerator.
Flashlights and extra bulbs
Battery-operated TV or Radio
Fully charged battery-operated lanterns. Don’t get candles and kerosene lanterns. They are fire hazards.
Extra batteries
Matches
Clock (wind-up or battery- operated)
Plastic garbage bags
Working fire extinguishers
Scissors
Toilet paper
Clean change of clothes, rain gear, sturdy swamp boots you won’t mind throwing away later
An inexpensive rabbit-ears television antenna to use when cable goes out
Map of the area
List of phone numbers
Copy of insurance policy

KITCHEN SUPPLIES
Manual can opener
Bottle opener
Matches in a plastic bag
Pocket knife – preferably Swiss Army-style
Camp stove or other cooking device and plenty of fuel. Use canned fuel, not charcoal or gas
Ice chests or coolers
Paper plates, napkins
Plastic cups, knives, forks, spoons

MEDICAL NEEDS
Drugstores will be mobbed just before a storm and closed for days after. Keep a 2-week supply of prescription drugs.
Medic Alert tags
Insect repellent sprays and candles
Feminine hygiene items
Insect bite lotion
Sunscreen
Soap
First-aid kit
First-aid handbook
Extra over-the-counter medicine (for colds, allergies)
Children’s medicines
Aspirin
Diarrhea medication
Bandages
Adhesive tape
Cotton-tipped swabs
Antiseptic solution
Sterile rolls, bandages
Tweezers
Needles
Disinfectant
Plastic bags, jugs or containers to store water and ice.
Water purification tablets
Plastic to line bathtub.

HARDWARE
Hand tools – hammer, screwdrivers to use now, shovel and pickax for after the storm
Power screwdriver
4-by 8-foot sheets of plywood 3/8-inch to 1/2-inch thick to put over your windows. Make sure you ask for exterior plywood.
1/4-inch machine screw sockets and screws
Plastic sheeting to cover furniture
Rope
Sturdy working gloves
Duct tape to waterproof items. Masking tape isn’t strong enough
Canvas tarps
Nails. There are many kinds, so look over your home now and determine what you will need. A nail too small, the wrong shape or hammered in wrong will fail, and that will give the storm the breach it needs to get into your home.

BABY NEEDS
Disposable diapers
Wipes
Diaper-rash ointment, petroleum jelly
Baby medicines (pain, cold, cough)
Medicine dropper
Extra formula, baby food

EMERGENCY TOILET
Small can or garbage can with tight lid
Plastic bags for liners
Disinfectant or bleach
Deodorizer