Travel Tips

  • Pack a day or two ahead of time, if you can.  If you are not stressed to remember everything at once, you can feel more organized. You always think of last minute items.
  •  Separate your clothes when traveling with someone or in separate pieces of luggage.  That way if one piece gets delayed or lost, you can get by for awhile.
  • Also separate valuables; cash, traveler’s checks, credit cards, jewelry and such.  If traveling with someone, have each other’s receipts for traveler’s checks. If you get robbed, you will hopefully still have some cash/traveler’s checks, etc. in a different area.
  • If you travel alot, make a list on the computer of basic items with blanks at the end to fill in for that particular trip.  Print out before each trip.  Items such as camera, batteries, prescriptions, etc. may seem trivial, but to be able to check them off your list, helps you to concentrate on items more pertinent to this trip.
  • Use zip lock bags to double bag any liquids like shampoo, lotions, etc. in case of breakage or lose covers.  Air pressure can do funny things to bottles.
  • Make a large (computer paper size) piece of paper with your name and phone number on it.  You can also put a copy of your itinerary, so they know where they could forward your luggage. Place INSIDE your suitcases in case it is ever lost.
  • Make good use of small spaces. For example, put socks inside shoes.  Use socks  as a cushion around delicate items, like a curling iron.
  • Put valuables in your carry on; jewelry, prescriptions, credit cards, cash, cameras, etc.
  • Have one change of clothes in your carry on in case you have an unexpected lay-over or a delayed or lost piece of luggage.
  • Pick up a TSA approved locking luggage strap.  Make it a bright color so you can recognize your bag when picking up your bags.  The lock gives you extra security, but the strap will give you extra protection in case your luggage is damaged or zippers break, etc. Always check TSA regulations.
  • In all your checked bags, make sure you have a tag with your name/address/phone number on it.  Have it be a hidden tag with a cover, so your name is not visible unless you lift the cover.  A con could see your address and know you are on vacation and make a visit to your unoccupied home.

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