Check your luggage for any needed repairs before your
trip and check again for damage immediately after your
Make airline damage claims on the spot. Keep valuables
such as jewelry, keys or gifts plus medications in your
Travel with toiletries and a change of clothes in
your carry-on just in case your bags don't arrive at
the same time as you.
Create a "personal packing checklist" to avoid leaving
anything behind. Your list could also come in handy
if your bags are lost.
Keep a record of your eyeglasses or contact lens prescription
in case a replacement is needed.
Leave a copy of your travel itinerary, hotel address
and telephone number, etc. with a friend or family member.
Tie something bright or unique to your luggage to
spot it quickly in the airport, AND to prevent someone
else from accidentally picking up your bag. We suggest
brightly colored luggage straps or zipper pulls.
Airlines may limit you to one carry-on bag on flights
that are over 75% booked, so limit your carry-on luggage
Keep an extra photocopy of your passport in a safe
place when travelling abroad.
Use luggage with "add-a-bag" features to be able to
carry more than one bag in your hand. This may also
save your back!
Before beginning to pack, take out all the clothing,
shoes and accessories you are planning to take. Now,
try to eliminate ½ of them and put them back in the
Check with the airlines to find out the number and
size of bags you are allowed to carry on. Pack in as
small a carry-on bag as possible.
Packing with "Pack-it systems" and "Pack-mates" will
eliminate wasted space and air trapped in clothing and
helps you pack twice as much with far fewer wrinkles.
Find out what electrical adapters & converters you
will need when travelling abroad.
Use covered luggage
tags or laminated business cards
so your home address will not be seen by possible intruder.
Use "Save Your Back" luggage or a luggage cart to
make travel easier and to reduce the risk of injury.
Pick up a business card or pack of matches at the
front desk of the hotel to keep with you at all times
when travelling abroad. You may find yourself in a situation
where it is difficult to communicate, in a taxi for
example, and need to provide the address to return you
to your lodging. Make sure you have the hotel's address
written in the local language -- taxi drivers in foreign
countries often don't speak English.
If flying, consider wearing athletic shoes.
Feet have a tendency to swell during flight. So, wear
something comfortable with laces that you can loosen.
Reduce jet lag by drinking lots of water (not juice,
soft drinks, etc.) before, during and after your flight.
Take half the amount of clothing and twice the amount
of money; and you'll have a great time!