In the Departures section of the latest issue of AAA Western Journey Magazine, I contributed a list of my own travel tips and tools; suggested uses for items you might have at home in your own closet or medicine cabinet.
One tip that didn't make the list is actually my favorite. In fact, I use it often.
Hotel rooms, especially in Europe, can be chilly in winter. So, to combat cold feet, before going to bed I fill a disposable (and watertight!) plastic water bottle with hot water. As hot as I can get it without actually softening the plastic. Then I slip the bottle into a soft cashmere sock kept in my luggage for exactly that purpose, tuck the homemade hot water bottle under the covers and slip in with it.
Of course, my quick fix doesn't stay hot as long as a traditional hot water bottle, but it helps me stay warm, relax and get to sleep. The next morning I either put the empty bottle back in my day pack or, it there's an option, recycle it.
Most frequent travelers find a way to "MacGyver" fixes for issues that come up. But, as a friend said, leave it to a woman to figure out a way to warm up her "popsicle toes."