Travel Tips on Luggage & Packing
- Making your traveling sleep environment as much like your
home sleeping environment can help you get a good rest. A Tempur-Pedic
pillow is ideal for traveling as the material it is made from
allows it to be flattened or rolled into a suitcase. Once unpacked,
it will return to its original shape.
- If youíre planning to take your golf clubs along, plan to
either rent or purchase a golf club bag carrier. There are hard
shell ones and soft shell ones. The hard shell carriers are
a bit awkward and bulky than the soft shell ones because they
are inflexible. But, they keep the clubs stable and protected
from other luggage being stacked on top of it. A soft shell
bag is easier to handle, but you want to get one that has really
good padding and a good quality shell material. One of WTAís
veteran travelers/golfers likes The Golf Glove. It's a soft
shell carrier, but is heavily padded, especially around the
club head area. It's on wheels and is extremely well made. If
you frequently travel with your clubs, it'd be worth the investment,
plus it carries a lifetime guarantee (make sure they still do
when you order). You can reach The Golf Glove at 1-800-736-GLOVE.
Whichever type of carrier you go with, be sure to get one with
wheels so it is easier to maneuver. Another suggestion is to
wrap your golf towels between your club heads, especially the
irons since they don't have head covers. This will keep them
from clanking against each other and provide some extra cushion
from the rough handling the bags get in the luggage transfer
process. If you donít think youíll be traveling that much with
your clubs, consider renting a carrier from a local golf shop.
Another option, too, is to just rent the clubs at the course
where youíll be playing.
- Security personnel may open wrapped items for inspection.
Itís best to leave gifts unwrapped during travel.
- If you have concerns about airport screeners touching your
personal items, place them in clear plastic bags. Although there
is no guarantee, the screener may then be able to visually inspect
the items without actually touching them.
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read more tips for packing carry-on and checked luggage.
- Donít want to buy an extra piece of luggage just to get
all of your travel purchases home? One interesting idea weíve
read about is to mail your soiled laundry home instead, freeing
up luggage space. As an added bonus, you wonít have laundry
to do the minute you get home since the package probably wonít
arrive for a couple of days.
- Electric appliances take up a lot of luggage space, so eliminate
as many as possible. If you must carry one, be sure to also
take along electric adapters appropriate for the foreign countries
you'll be visiting.
- To save luggage space, purchase small sample-sized healthcare
products for travel. Better yet, re-use hotel shampoo and conditioner
bottles for this purpose, and just refill them from your larger
bottles at home before each trip.
- Try to limit the number of shoes you take along on a trip.
They take up a lot of space in your luggage and can weigh you
down. Wear your bulkiest shoes on the trip.
- Once you arrive at your destination, combat wrinkles by
filling a small spray bottle with water, lightly spraying the
clothing, and letting the clothes hang for a while.
- New shoes could be your worst travel nightmare. Always break
in shoes you plan to wear on your trip before you embark on
- Donít forget to pack at least one extra pair of eyeglasses
or contact lenses when you travel. You may want to bring your
prescription as well.
- If you must take your laptop on a cruise, itís safest to
work only from battery power. Experts say there is a far greater
chance of power spikes or drops when using electrical power
provided by the shipís internal power supply
- Dressing conservatively is always a good rule of thumb when
traveling. You wonít offend anyone if your clothes are modest
in color and coverage. Also, shopkeepers are less likely to
think you will pay top dollar if you are dressed humbly.
- Have a bulky travel book whose info you need on your trip?
Instead of taking it along, photocopy the pages with the information
about your specific destination to save on luggage space and
- Consider upgrading the padlock on your suitcase to one a
bit sturdier that the one provided with your luggage. A few
extra dollars may save you a bundle down the road.
- For a nice touch, place a few fabric softener (dryer) sheets
in your suitcase. They take up virtually no luggage space and
will keep everything smelling fresh.
- Itís always best to keep your clean and dirty laundry separated.
Remember to take along a garbage bag for dirty laundry. At the
end of the trip (or on the trip if you pack light and plan to
use the same clothes repeatedly) just take that bag when you
- Are you in the market for new luggage? Go through this quick
checklist before making your final decision:
- Does it have retractable rollers for easy mobility?
- Does it have removable luggage straps so that straps
wonít catch on conveyor belts?
- Does it have a lock for security? (If you are going
to purchase a separate lock, this isnít a requirement.)
- Does it meet the carry-on size limit restrictions of
the airlines you generally use? (Those who prefer to check
their luggage can ignore this one.)
- With so many luggage bags looking the same, you can
easily distinguish yours by wrapping the handle with some
bright colored (not black!) electrical tape. The tape wonít
fall off as ribbon might.
- A well-prepared traveler has a carry-on bag with the essentials,
including everything needed to get through one night in case
their checked luggage is delayed:
- Passport, driverís license and any other identification
- Travel documents
- Credit cards
- Travelers checks
- Prescription medicine, contacts, and glasses
- Wallet, including credit cards, and cards for medical,
automobile, and trip insurance
- Valuables (electronics and jewelry)
- Contact information for your family, friends, and doctor
- List of all items in the luggage (for filling out claim
- Change of clothing and shoes
- And, just so the vacation isnít lost along with the
luggage, include a camera, some film, and sun screen.
- Choose a color scheme and stick to it so you can mix
and match your pieces.
- Rather than packing bulky coats, pack several lighter
layers of clothing that will provide more options when weather
- Plan to use your hotelís laundry service to cut down
on the number of items you need to pack.
- Standard travel bags for laptops are a temptation to thieves.
Disguise your equipment by using a bag of a different style.
- Take a few minutes while packing to list all the items in
each bag. Keep one copy at home and one in your carry-on luggage.
This will be invaluable if the airline loses your luggage and
you must fill out a claim form.
- When packing, use the right size bagónot too big or too
small. If you overpack, items will be crushed. If you under
pack, items will shift around. End result: wrinkles! If you
plan on shopping, bring or buy an extra bag for new items
- Save precious luggage space by checking what amenities the
hotel provides. If they provide hair dryer, robe, and basic
toiletries, leave yours at home.
- When you are checking your luggage with the airline, take
a few seconds to make sure the tag placed on your bag and your
claim check are marked with the correct airport code and flight
- Want more tips on packing, or to find luggage, organizers,
and accessories? Click here to
read an informative and helpful article by WTA on packing tips.