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The always-works technique to prevent jet lag.
How to sleep on a plane. List of foods you can bring from home. Stuck in the airport? How to sleep on a couch or recliner with a blanket and even take a shower without leaving the airport! Flying with pets. Breeze through the TSA screening process after reading these great tips from a baggage scanner designer. And much more.
Targeted Age Group:: 18-80
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I know what it's like to be confused and disoriented in an airport, where just a few hints from some source would have helped immensely. Much of the commonly-repeated stuff on-line is 20 years out of date, perpetrated by those who copy other people's posts.
Most articles and books on packing light lend the impression that none of your clothes are ‘right’ for packing light, so you need to shop for new clothes. Pshaw. You have all the clothes you need right now for packing light. Shop for one or two things only if you want to. The baggage weight choices aren’t nineteen pounds or forty-one pounds, they’re nineteen pounds or 19.4 pounds.
As of this writing, for overseas flights most airlines allow one free checked bag weighing up to fifty pounds. In the US, the checked bag weight limit can be forty to fifty pounds, depending upon the airline. Always check your airline’s website because baggage details change a few times per year.
Be careful about getting near the limit on the way out if you will acquire things during the trip. Also consider that while they allow that weight, there will be times you’ll have to heave-ho that suitcase into cars, up steps and so on. Unless you’re well-off and staying at luxury places or hiring handlers along the way, traveling with more luggage than your party can schlep up twelve steps or heave into a car trunk is likely to become a problem.
Liquid Ibuprofen. I travel with an unopened bottle of baby ibuprofen, the kind with an eyedropper inside. Babies tend to get ear infections when traveling, new parents are by definition inexperienced, so of course they don’t see this coming. I had one too many plane, train or bus trips marred by a child in terrible pain. When it happens, I simply hand over the entire still-sealed bottle to the child’s caretakers. It costs five dollars, what a bargain.
Part of packing light can be done by cheating. Wear your heaviest clothes to the airport, even two or three tops, and remove them in the restroom before boarding or once you get on the plane.
Put some heavy things in your pockets before approaching the airport with its bag-weighing stations, and when you get to the scanners, simply empty your pockets like you’re supposed to, into the tub, and on the other side who cares if those items go back into the pockets or into the bag? Obviously this won’t work for twelve pounds of stuff, but it’s feasible to fudge two or even four pounds this way.
Some airlines have weighing stands at the gate too. If you spot equipment for weighing bags at the gate, keep the heavy pocket stuff in your pockets until you’re on the plane.
A new trend is wearable luggage. The idea is you wear several more items of clothing that you normally do, and buy their jacket or vest with many pockets to store spare shoes, unmentionables, and toiletries. Time will tell if this gets popular, but based on the early-stage wearable-luggage items I saw, there’s plenty of room for improvement in the garment.
I am a big fan of good, large-size pockets in travel clothes.
Tip: Take pants having dinky pockets that barely hold a crumpled tissue to a tailor to get new, deep pockets that can hold a cell phone plus passport, pen and travel pack of tissue. Each. This works excellently with jeans and khakis.
Consider taking an article of clothing you like to a tailor to have an interior pocket added, in lieu of using a money belt. Selecting and buying the pocket material yourself and bringing it with the garment to the tailor means you have a little more control over color and thickness. Tip: cut a piece of cardboard to the largest size object you want to slip in and out and fit nicely within, and give it to the tailor for sizing the pocket.
There are vests with many pockets. They’re called fishing vests and they’re available for both men and women. In practice, vests are unflattering, sweaty, yet don’t keep you warm. A problem with fishing vests is the pockets may not be the size you need.
Whether vest or deeper pockets, at the TSA scanners the vest will need to be taken off and dropped into a bin. Clothes pocket items also go into the bins. The vest can travel through with all contents unless they ask to see something.
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