- Whenever possible, avoid checking your bag. Carry-on luggage
is typically not lost or damaged by the airline, and you may find
that one piece is all you'll need. You'll also save valuable time
reaching your destination.
- If you have a travel mate and are checking your luggage, ask
if you can pack a few items in his/her bag and offer the same. In
the case of missing luggage, you won't lose everything.
- Avoid packing unnecessary items. Make use of the space you
have by packing the essentials first - then decide what other
items you'd like to include. Ask yourself if you can do without a
clunky hairdryer, curling iron, electric shaver, or iron if you
need additional room for the basics.
- Make attempts to color-coordinate your clothing. Choose two
basic neutral colors and stick to it. A tie, scarf, or other
accessory can be added when desired.
- It pays to buy and wear washable silk and wrinkle-resistant
clothing while traveling. Use plastic dry cleaner bags to minimize
wrinkles when packing and hang up your clothing when you reach
- To save space, roll your socks and stuff them in your shoes.
Be sure to pack shoes in a shoe bag or plastic bag to keep other
items clean. This also helps your shoes keep their shape.
- When traveling with children, pack complete outfits (clothing,
socks, undergarments) in individual bags to assist with quick
starts each morning.
- If traveling with an infant or toddler, pack favorite snacks,
toys, books, blanket, and bibs to avoid unnecessary hassles. Don't
forget the diaper bag!
- Bring extra plastic bags or laundry bags to help separate
clean clothes from soiled or wet items.
- A sewing kit, stain remover, extra set of nylons, safety pin,
travel iron, or lint roller may help save the day.
- Don't forget to add to your toiletry kit a razor/shaver,
compact mirror, toothbrush, toothpaste, liquid
soap/shampoo/conditioner/lotion, tissues, lip balm, brush/comb,
washcloth, deodorant, dental floss, sunscreen, nail clippers and
- If you need corrective lenses, be sure to bring an extra pair
of contacts or glasses, as well as cleaning solution.
- If you are on any medications, bring along your prescriptions
to avoid delays should you need to refill or replace these. If
traveling with children, include common children's medication in
your toiletry bag.
- Always carry the following: Driver's license, official ID, or
passport/visa and copies of each, proof of health/dental
insurance, the address/phone number of your travel agent, hotel,
embassy or consulate, family member or friend, credit cards as
well as a list of credit card numbers/company phone numbers in
case of theft; receipt for any traveler's checks, emergency cash
reserve, and itinerary.
- Leave your flight, hotel and contact information, as well as
your itinerary, with a family member or friend in case of
- Keep a business card or index card with contact information
inside your luggage in case of theft or loss. Do not, however,
include your full name or home address, for security reasons. An
example would be: J. Johnson, Minneapolis, MN, 612-555-5555 - you
may also wish to use a business address. Follow this tip when
entering information on your luggage tags or, if using a home
address, ensure that your personal information is not easily
- Whenever possible, leave your valuables at home. Avoid wearing
expensive items (watches, jewelry, etc.) to help deter
- Use a money belt or neck pouch to carry important items.
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