Saturday, April 30, 2016

Charge It

Before leaving on your trip, make sure you have charged all your devices. Also, make sure you have the correct adapters for Europe or Asia or wherever you are going in order to charge those devices.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Do I Want 2 or 4?

Recently, I purchased a new piece of luggage. Choices...there were so, so many.

One decision I had to make...did I want two wheels or four wheels?

Some travelers prefer the standard two wheels, as they feel those bags are easier to drag behind you on cobblestone streets or uneven paths.

Others prefer four wheels, as the bag is narrower and easier to bring down the aisle of the airplane.

Check out both...let me know what you think.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Lists...Are They Necessary?

Before leaving for a trip, I make lists. Plural...

I make a "To Do" list, I make a "Pack" list, I make a "To Do On The Day I Leave" get the idea.


It keeps me organized and by writing it down, I don't have to try to remember exactly what I was going to do when.

How about you?

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Will My Bag Fit?

More luggage suggestions to think about when purchasing a new bag...

Since all overhead bins are not the same size, the piece you just purchased may not actually fit in the plane where you're trying to stuff your bag. If that happens, you'll have to gate check your bag. How did this happen?

You were positive the measurements were listed on the tag. Did those measurements include the wheels, or just the bag? Usually, they refer to the container...not the wheels or handles that happen to stick out.

Friday, April 22, 2016

How Heavy is Your Bag...Empty?

When shopping for a new piece of luggage, weight matters. Why?

There are airline restrictions on weight. You have to lift the bag into the overhead compartment. You may even need to lug it up 70 stairs to your apartment rental in Venice. Weight matters.

When you're looking at luggage in the store, be sure to lift it. Don't just assume the tag that says it is "lightweight" really means it. Look for the actual weight printed on the tag. If it isn't there, ask the salesclerk to weigh it for you. Seriously.

If you're buying it online, check and double-check the weight listed. Make sure you can return it if necessary. When you receive it, weigh it.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

How Much is in Your Wallet?

Even though you probably need all the credit cards, the car wash reward card, your coffee upgrade card, and your work ID card in your wallet or purse when you're at won't need all of those when you travel.

There are several reasons for emptying out your wallet and purse.

It will be lighter and easier to carry without the extra pieces. You won't have to look through everything to find the one card you need. You won't lose them if something accidentally falls out. If your wallet is stolen, you won't lose everything.

Just make sure you have what you need...leave the rest at home.

Monday, April 18, 2016

What Color is Your Bag?

Ever notice how many black bags there are on a baggage carousel?

If yours is one of those black ones, do you put some distinguishing mark or tag on it so you can recognize it easily? Just curious.

Next time you shop for luggage, look at all the colors available.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Is Your Bag Too Heavy?

On many airlines, your checked bag can weigh up to 50 pounds. Some airlines, even less.

What that means for you...don't pack your bag at 49.5 pounds. If your scale and the airport scale aren't the same or if one is slightly inaccurate, you've got a problem.

Allow some room for error.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

To Lock or Not To Lock

Have you ever locked your checked luggage? Did you find the lock broken when you picked it up off the baggage carousel?

If your luggage needs to be inspected, TSA can and will rip off the lock or break it. For that reason, pick a bag with a TSA approved lock. That means TSA can open it with a master key. The label will tell you if it's TSA approved

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Your Shampoo Exploded!

If you've packed your bottle of shampoo in your checked bag, have you considered it may leak or explode if it's too close to the edge and another bag gets dropped on it?

Or, what if your small bag of liquids is in your carry on bag and you have to gate check it? Is that little bag protected enough to withstand other luggage items tossed on to it?

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Where to Stay?

You can read all sorts of tips about picking your hotel.

Is it cheaper to stay on the outskirts of the city? Might be. But, consider what you want to do and how much a taxi ride into the downtown area will cost. It might seem like a cheaper way to stay...but your other costs may end up higher than if you stayed closer to activities where you want to spend time.

Should you read reviews? Probably. When you do, make sure you read current ones. The ones from two years ago may not be accurate. Also, read more than just a couple. Two bad ones or two great ones might cancel out the rest of them. Pay attention to what the reviewers have to say. If most of them comment on the uncomfortable beds and the less than stellar customer service, it's a good bet those are real issues.

Can you find it on a map? It would be a good idea. Make sure the address is accurate and that you could find it when walking through the city.

Should you book directly through the hotel? You might get a better rate. Not always, but often, calling the hotel directly will give you a better rate than a booking site. Plus, you can ask a live person if there are any specials available.

Friday, April 8, 2016

To Pack a Coat Or Not...

When traveling, do you really need to pack a coat? After all, it's probably fairly bulky and takes up room in your luggage.

Think about where and when you are traveling. Summer in the Caribbean...I'd leave my coat at home.

Paris in the spring...I'd definitely take a coat of some type. You might want a couple of layers, using a lightweight, easy-to-pack jacket instead of a heavy coat. Or, you might want a blazer you can use over a long-sleeved sweater.

Instead of packing it, wear it. That might seem like a simple solution, but you might be surprised at how many people pack their coats instead of wearing them.

Rain jacket? Check the weather report. If rain isn't in the forecast...and it does rain while you're there, buy a cheap umbrella from a street vendor. Trust me, when rain starts falling...vendors selling umbrellas pop up all over the place.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Tea Bags

Do you have a favorite type of tea which helps calm you and makes you rest? If so, why not pack a couple the next time you have a long flight and want to sleep?

Ask for a cup of hot water, toss in your tea bag, and relax.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Take a Hair Dryer...or Not?

One of the bulkier items to pack is a hair dryer. It takes up a lot of room, is hard to squeeze in a carry-on bag, and can be unnecessary.

Why? Most hotels have them. So do most VRBO rentals. If you really don't know, check the website or call the place where you're staying. Maybe it isn't exactly like the one you use in your own home, but chances are it will work fine.

Save the room in your bag for something shoes!