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Travel Lightly - What to Pack?

By Edited Apr 2, 2014 0 0

Travel Lightly !

If you can easily manage all of your luggage yourself you will:

  • Travel Lightly!
    increase your options for transportation
  • save money (there are an increasing number of airlines that charge for every item of checked baggage)
  • negotiate airports and hotels easier

It is actually possible to just take carry on baggage if you pack smart, which will negate the chance that your personal belongings will be lost or stolen if checked in.

Clothing

  • Most travelers take too much clothing. Be frugal
  • Consider taking easy care and wrinkle resistant items of apparel.
  • Be aware of what the cultural ettiquette is at your destination
  • Trousers, shirts and jackets with concealed pockets and zips are excellent for securing money and documents safely.

Security Pouches

One of the most important things you can buy

They come in various guises including:

  • Around the neck
  • Around the waist
  • Loop around the belt and hand down the trouser leg
  • Around the neck
  • Shoulder holster

If you are traveling in a humid environment, consider placing the contents of your pouch into a plastic zip loc bag to prevent them getting wet

Luggage

Check In Baggage

There are innumerable options for check-in baggage.

  • Your budget and your destination will determine your selection.
  • As with most purchases - you will get what you pay for.
  • Bags generally fail around the zippers. There are two types of zippers available - chain and coil
  • The coil zipper is much more resistant to sand and dust and is much stronger.
  • Neon luggage tags on your bags make them easily identifiable

Security of Check - In Luggage

The U.S. Transport Security Administration (TSA) approved locks are the only locks that are able to be used to secure check-in baggage, as they are able to be opened by approved baggage screening staff.

Any other type of lock can be cut off.

Most international airports also offer the plastic wrap service for your check in baggage to:

  • Prevent items being inserted
  • Reduce theft from luggage
  • Prevent accidental opening
  • Mimimise handling damage
  • Reduce rain damage

It costs approximately $5 - $10 per bag and is recommended for those airports that have a poor track record with luggage incidents

Carry On Baggage

  • Consider taking a backpack instead of a wheeled carry on bag. It keeps your hands free and makes it easier for you to negotiate the airport and taxis.
  • If you are carrying a laptop, consider carrying it in a backpack rather than a laptop bag. Nothing says to a thief that you have a laptop than a laptop bag!
  • Be particularly vigilant when passing your bag through security screening machines - particularly at busy times. If you are not keeping an eye on your bag it may go missing at the other end.

Baggage Restrictions

  • There are restrictions on the amounts of liquids, gels and aerosols that can be carried into the cabin of international flights.
  • Containers need to have a volume of not more than 100mls and they need to fit collectively into one re-sealable transparent plastic bag that measures no more than 20cm x 20cm.
  • Any liquids, gels or aerosols that are greater than this amount will need to be placed into your check in baggage.
  • If you have a direct flight to your destination, you can purchase liquids, gels and aerosols after you have cleared security and take them into the cabin with you, including Duty Free items
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