Heading out on a trip over the holidays? Don’t let your relaxing vacation become a stressful event. Traveling can be a wonderful experience, but the packing and dealing with luggage can cause a major headache. Most of these headaches can be relieved by just following a few simple tips.
Here are 4 tips to prevent headaches when traveling with luggage:
- Choose the right luggage
There is nothing worse than watching your luggage come around the conveyor belt and seeing that it is torn or even wide open because the zipper broke in transit. Most major airlines will allow checked luggage to be a total of sixty-two inches once the height, width and length is added together. Hard-sided luggage is easier to clean and is less likely to be damaged during the flight. Hard-sided luggage can also be purchased in an ultra-light style which helps with the weight requirements on all airlines. Black is the color that is chosen most often for luggage, so a person might want to select a bag with a bright color or unique design to make it stand out. If that isn’t possible, then a strip of fluorescent tape across the sides will work as well.
- Add contact information
Lost luggage is becoming more the norm these days and to prevent a lost bag from being delivered is as easy as placing contact information on the inside and the outside of the bag. Tags on the outside can be torn off or removed, but the information on the inside of the bag cannot be removed that easily. The information can be taped to the inside of the top cover of the suitcase or placed in between items of clothing or inside shoes. The goal is to make it as easy as possible to determine who the owner of the luggage is.
- Pack smart
It is never easy to know what will be worn or used on a vacation and this is why many people have the tendency to overpack. Instead, people should pack enough clothes to last the duration of the trip and make sure that the items can be mixed and matched and worn together. When it comes to deciding on shoes for vacation, choose one sensible pair for walking and one pair for the beach. One tip for getting quite a few clothes into a smaller suitcase is to fold each item carefully and then roll it up. This trick not only saves space, it prevents the clothes from becoming wrinkled.
- Know what to pack in carry-on and checked bags
Any knives, tools, and sporting items may only be placed in checked luggage and may not be carried on the plane. There are certain items that no one should ever place in their checked luggage. Items that should always go into carry-on luggage includes money, credit cards, jewelry, electronics, medications, keys, passports, and eyeglasses.
Everyone who follows these tips should be able to prevent getting a headache during their next trip, at least when it comes to their luggage.
Do you have any tips to add?