Expert's Cruise Packing Advice...
Packing 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
Packing small and
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!
Whose 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
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, tape, tape...
tape -- is it really a necessity? Judging by the number
of people who ask to borrow it? YES! For
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. Have
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 Magellan's.
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