Expert's Cruise Packing Advice...
with a partner...
you have tight airline connections, if you pack
and check multiple suitcases they should all
stay together and arrive with you at your destination.
However, should one of them be delayed, you
and your travel companion can be certain to
each have clothing to wear if you "mix"
up your garments. Pack a bit of both of your
clothing in each suitcase. Editor's
note: You might want to consult
with your travel pal regarding shampoo, conditioner,
sunscreen and general health remedies. In most
cases you don't need doubles so decide who brings
small and watertight...
an idea my husband Mel came up with when preparing
for a bicycle tour of Holland. Pack small. Undergarments
and knits take only a third of the suitcase
space they normally occupy when they're compressed.
Simply place those articles in bags designed
for compact storage, such as those made by Pack-Mate,
or appropriately sized zipper top kitchen storage
bags and force all the air out before zipping
them shut. Not only do you save room in your
suitcases but your clothing will stay dry.
What's with that? Well, if you have soft-sided
luggage and it gets caught in a downpour, either
while being loaded on your airplane or ship,
the contents could get soaked. You might also
spray your luggage with Scotch Guard for additional
waterproofing both inside and out. P.S.
An added bonus of using zipper top bags is efficient
unpacking-- just leave everything in the bags
and stack them in drawers and on shelves. Fast,
neat, and space saving!
knickers are those on the conveyor belt?
all seen it happen. It's really embarrassing
to realize your luggage has come unzipped (for
one reason or another) and those are your delicate
unmentionables on the airport conveyor belt.
want to lock your luggage, but hate those tiny
locks with even tinier keys? This idea is courtesy
of a Delta ticket agent (as related by my husband
Mel). Head on over to the local home improvement
store and buy cable ties. If you're unsure of
where to find them ask a helpful hardware guy.
They're usually in the electrical supply area
-- you know -- they're those plastic things
that have a pointy end that slips into a hole
on the other end. Sort of like a flexible needle.
Once they're attached, you'll need scissors
or a nail clipper to remove them. Take extras
for the trip home. Another benefit of cable
ties, they keep sticky-fingered airline baggage
handlers (and others) from riffling through
today's updated airport security procedures,
you may not be able to lock your luggage until
after it's been screened-- if you can lock it
at all. Ask at check-in if it's possible to
use cable ties. If your luggage requires hand-screening,
a new cable tie will usually be affixed and
you will find a note inside the suitcase indicating
that the contents were examined. If you use
a combination or keyed lock, it will be cut
off and discarded.
tape -- is it really a necessity? Judging by
the number of people who ask to borrow it? YES!
added security, there's nothing like duct tape.
Wrapped around suitcases, it keeps them relatively
secure in worst case scenarios, such as zipper
blow out or broken hinges and clasps. Tape also
discourages random pilferage by baggage handlers.
Why would anyone bother with your taped bag
when others are not even locked? Plus, it gives
your suitcases a bit of frequent traveler panache
'shabby chic,' if you will. For an emergency
repair, there's nothing as handy as duct tape.
DUCK Tape, Will Travel highlights a new
cruising travel necessity... it's NOT your father's
duct tape and it no longer belongs in the garage.
with today's updated airport security screening,
the duct tape might be cut to enable hand examination
of suitcase contents. Just as effective are
brightly-colored luggage straps with quick release
buckles such as those available from eBags and