Packing Strategies and General Packing Checklists


How to Prevent Lost Luggage and Pack Wisely
In response to the recent attempted terrorist attacks, airports worldwide have prohibited many carry-on items on board. Here are some tips to increase the chance of keeping your checked-in baggage safe and sound:

Take a picture of your bags before you travel. You'll find having a photo of your lost luggage will be much easier than describing what your bag looks like at the claims desk.

Pack a day's worth of clothes in your carry on--especially undergarments--so if your bags ever become lost you're not running around an unknown city looking for the essentials.

Avoid short layovers: If you must connect through a second airport, be sure to leave enough time for you and your bags to make the next flight--a good rule of thumb is to try and leave at least an hour in between legs.

Some airports are worse than others: Many British and U.S. airports are heavily backed-up in the wake of the foiled terrorist plot and may be more prone to misplace luggage. In general, Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport and Sydney International are among the world's worst as far as losing bags is concerned, so take heed before you fly through those airports.

If your luggage is lost or even damaged, it's important that you file a report with the airline within 24 hours of your arrival, or else your claim could be dismissed.

Also, if your bag is lost for good, you'll have to list all the items inside to get reimbursed, so it's important to write down what's in your bag before you fly.

Airlines pay a maximum of $2,800 per passenger for lost luggage on domestic flights, although each carrier's policy is different. For example, many exclude coverage of jewelry, camera equipment, and medications.

When delays occur, airlines usually advance passengers cash or reimburse you for necessary items like toiletries and a change of clothes, so it's important to save your receipts.

Also, make sure to carry the address of the hotel or hotels you'll be staying at. Once the airline locates your bags, most will ship them to you free of charge so it's important that you know where they should send them.

Ship your luggage:

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Pack heavy items, such as shoes and toiletry kits, before the more delicate ones. Place them along the suitcase's spine to balance weight at the bottom.
  • To reduce wrinkling, turn jackets inside out and fold them in half with tissue paper or dry-cleaning bags. Layering plastic bags or tissue between clothes also helps prevent wrinkles.
  • Hang clothing in the bathroom while showering to steam out wrinkles.
  • Line the bottom of your suitcase with your trousers and let the legs hang over the outside edge of the suitcase. Then pack the rest of your travel gear with the lighter materials on top. Wrap trouser legs over the pile; they'll keep their crease.
  • Stuff socks and rolled-up belts into shoes to save space.
  • Take along plastic bags for laundry or wet swimsuits.
  • Bring an empty, soft bag for souvenirs.
For carrying money and important documents
  • Fanny Pack
  • Purse
  • Money Belt
  • Wallet
  • Security pouch for valuable documents
Money and important documents
  • Cash/ATM Card
  • Travelers Checks
  • Credit Cards
  • Travel Insurance Plan Documents
  • Drivers License
  • ID Card
  • Passport
  • Vaccination Certificate
  • Visas

  • Airline
  • Bus / Train
  • Cruise Ship
  • Theatre
  • Tours/Excursions

  • Belt
  • Hat
  • Shirts
  • Shorts
  • Suit & Tie
  • Dress/Skirt
  • Pants
  • T-shirts
  • Shoes/Sandals
  • Socks
  • Swim Suit
  • Underwear
Clothing for Cold Weather

  • Boots
  • Gloves
  • Sweater
  • Winter Hat
  • Winter Jacket
  • Silk or other long underpants, t-shirts or camisoles
Health & Hygiene
  • Antacid/Laxatives
  • Aspirin/Pain Relievers
  • Dental Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine Hygiene
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hair Brush/Comb
  • Insect Repellent
  • Lip Balm
  • Moisturizer
  • Sun Screen
  • Vitamins
  • Motion Sickness Tablets
  • Water Purifying Tablets
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Allergy Pills (anti-histamines)
  • Nail Clippers (pack in suitcase, not in carry-on baggage)
  • Shaving Equipment (disposable razors ok to carry-on)
  • Hairspray and any other styling products
  • Guidebook
  • PhraseBook
  • Magazine
  • Novel
  • Wireless Traveler Cell phone or SIM card
  • Backpack
  • Batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Compass
  • Flashlight
  • Handkerchief
  • Maps/GPS
  • Passport Pictures
  • Photo Equipment
  • Plastic Bags
  • Raincoat
  • Sewing Kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Wall Socket Adapter
  • Watch
  • iPod/MP3 Player Portable CD/Cassette Player
  • Bungee Cords/Rubber Bands
  • Extra Glasses/Contact Lenses
  • Swiss Army Knife (pack in a suitcase, not in carry-on
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