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Step 1: Baggage
The weight limit for checked luggage in economy varies from airline to
airline but is usually about 20-25kg (44-55lb). Exceed the limit, and you will have to pay extra
Save precious pounds by taking an extra light suitcase. Antler’s Size
Zero range includes “the world’s lightest structured large roller-case”, weighing in at just under 8lb (about £149 from most good luggage departments). It might be a bit expensive but useful
You can again take more than one item of hand luggage through security
in British airports, but size restrictions remain: no larger than 56cmx45cmx25cm
Gels, creams, pastes and other liquids in your hand luggage must still
be in containers of no more than 100ml and placed in a transparent, re-seal able plastic bag no larger than 20cmx20cm.
Step 2: Keep the Bags Safe
Never put anything you would hate to lose in your checked luggage.
A suitcase is easily parted from its luggage label. Always put a second
one, with details of your flight and destination, inside.
Try not to check in late: even if you make it on to the flight, your luggage might not.
You may be able to locate lost luggage more quickly by using a tracking
service. Tag’n’Traq, operated by CallUma, supplies laminate tags with unique tracking numbers and a 24-hour contact number. The service costs £4.95 a year
Put a “Find-it” tracking device in your case – although as it costs £2,175 (from spycatcheronline.co.uk), it would probably be cheaper to replace the lost case and its contents.
Step 3: Packing
Take spare ziplock bags and use them to separate different groups of items
Phone charger, camera charger, adaptors, headphones - we all have so many wires and gadgets that are easily lost in a suitcase. To prevent this problem, ziplock bags are the answer. Take some extras as well as the ones for your on-flight liquids and use them to store electrical items, things for the journey home (house keys, parking ticket and car keys), medication and other loose accessories.
Roll clothes and use vacuum compression bags/packing cubes
Don't arrive at your holiday destination and be faced with a pile of ironing. To save space and stop creasing, roll your clothes instead of folding them, then place them in vacuum compression bags. To use these bags, you put your clothes in, seal the bag, then squeeze the air out. This will leave you with lots more space in your suitcase and will prevent creases more effectively than folding. Another good packing solution idea is packing cubes - these help separate your different items and access things more quickly.
Use empty cosmetic bottles and tubes to hide money
To avoid the worst case scenario of being robbed, it's best to be inconspicuous and avoid flashing the cash. If you're on the beach and you really must go for a swim, hide your money in an empty sun tan lotion container. You could also use empty lip balm containers to hide rolled up notes.
Use cling-film and tape to prevent liquid leaks
We've all suffered from the disastrous liquid leak in our luggage when we arrive at our destination. To prevent this, take the lids off liquid bottles and add a layer of cling-film. Then when you put the lid on, use clear tape to seal the gap where the lid joins the container. Now you can travel without the worry of any spills.
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