So we are coming to an end of 2012 and I want to wish everyone a Happy and Joyous Holiday Season. May your home be filled with peace, love and joy!!!! A lot of us will be traveling at this time and I wanted to leave you with “10 Essentials for the Savvy Traveler during the Holidays” to keep your travel light and hassle free.
1. Carry or Check
Considering your destination, airline baggage fees, and packing tendencies, determine if you’re going to carry or check your baggage. Keep in mind, the volume of luggage routed through airports over the holiday season skyrockets, so if you do check a bag, always carry your valuables and essentials in your carry-on, and non-valuables in your checked suitcase.
2. Suitcase Savvy
Before boarding, knowing your bag’s dimensions is half the battle. Review your airline’s baggage rules, learn the exact dimensions of your suitcase, and be able to quote them with confidence. Airlines get extra stingy with weight and linear inches over the holidays, so know your limits and pack within them.
3. Add Some Color
Most people skew toward monochromatic tones for their rolling bags. Over 70% of the suitcases that land on baggage carousels are black. Differentiate your suitcase with a small and saturated splash of color: a bright ID tag or a luggage strap.
4. What’s Up Doc
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… to carry a printed back-up of your itinerary and passport. I love the app revolution, especially when it comes to digitized itineraries, but if you’re stuck in an airport or train station and your smartphone dies, you’ll be a happy camper knowing you printed out your trip details.
5. Delay Care Kit
Take 10 minutes at home to put together a travel delay kit filled with sustenance and distraction. Think about what you’d need for up to 24 hours of waiting for your plane. A collapsible water bottle that can be filled up after security, packaged foods like organic protein bars that don’t contain nuts or anything else that would be prohibited over border crossings, an oversized scarf that doubles as a blanket, a neck pillow, a smartphone battery pack/charger, and a Kindle to name a few.
6. Make a List and Check it Twice
Not that we want to plan for the worst, but, things happen. Write down the contents of your bag carry-on or checked to keep a log of what’s inside in case it’s lost or an item is misplaced while on the road.
7. Snap Happy
Your digital camera isn’t just for silhouettes and sunsets. Use it to your advantage: snap your passport picture page, tickets, confirmations, and contents of your suitcase, then guard your digicam like it’s your most prized possession. This way you’ll have a visual snapshot of your essentials.
8. Not One and the Same
Traveling in the US, you’re allowed one carry-on and one purse/laptop case. Even though you’re allowed to transport tweezers on the plane in North America, they are considered dangerous in Australia. So investigate international baggage rules before flying away.
9. Travel Insurance
Triple check your travel insurance before departing to determine your leeway for lost luggage, cancelled flights, trip interruption, or medical contingencies.
10. That’s a Wrap
If you’re spreading holiday cheer with gifts, wait to wrap them until you arrive. Wrapped gifts do not go over well through security or border control. Plus, crushed bows are a buzz kill. Best advise- ship your gifts to your destination ahead of time.