Traveling is exciting and can be a great time for you or one of the biggest headaches you will ever encounter if not done right. Read on for some great ideas on how to travel smarter with your luggage to take care of all the little things that if you don't, will leave you wishing you stayed home.
When selecting luggage, pay attention to the ease of carrying it over long distances. A rugged metal rolling suitcase is usually ideal. Some rolling bags even have straps that allow them to be worn as a backpack through areas where you can't roll them. You and your luggage will be walking longer distances than you think.
Take the first travel photo of your luggage. If you do end up checking your luggage, take a picture of it before you turn it over to the airline. In case of a problem, this will document what the luggage looks like and its condition when you left it. Also, keep your baggage claim ticket in a safe place or snap a picture of it, too, so you have all the information necessary in the event that your luggage is lost.
Because security does not allow you to lock your luggage, you run the risk of the zippers coming undone and your belongings leaving a trail across the country and around the baggage claim. To help prevent this, use zip ties, which hold the zipper together, but can easily be cut off (with little cost to you) by security, if necessary.
Know the rules for your airline's baggage check policy. Some airlines will make you go and claim your baggage and recheck it for connecting flights. Be aware of this so you can schedule flights accordingly. You do not want to get caught running across an airport to catch a flight because of baggage!
If you are traveling with children, it is best if they can have a suitcase with wheels. This way, they can really help with the luggage and it's super easy to pull. They will also feel a sense of independence and will be happy to help out with the luggage.
Traveling is quite a popular pastime that most people will participate in at some point in their lives. So by becoming familiar with information about luggage, you can be ready to handle any travel that you undertake.
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