Tips for Air Travelers
You may not pack liquid or gel substances in your carry-on unless they are in individual three-ounce containers, enclosed in one clear, quart-size, plastic, zip-top bag per passenger. Any larger containers of liquids and gels must be packed in your checked luggage.
Be aware of restrictions on the size and number of bags you may bring onto your flight. Many airlines now charge a fee for every checked bag or have lowered the maximum permitted weight limits for checked luggage. Check the Airline Baggage Fees.
Do not lock your checked bags except with TSA-approved locks. Because, if your bag is selected for random screening, agents will have to break the lock to get inside.
Do not over pack your bag. Screeners will have a difficult time closing your luggage if selected for inspection, which will only lead to wrinkles and the potential for lost articles.
Carry all film with you onboard, as screening equipment for checked luggage can damage undeveloped film.
Keep any medication, important papers and a fresh change of clothes in your carry-on luggage.
Place toiletries in clear plastic bags.
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Security and Keeping Details Safe
Scan your passport and paper tickets. Store it in your web based email account. This way it is accessible from anywhere.
Split up your valuables
Such as bank cards, cash, travellers' cheques and credit cards as much as possible in different pockets, your bags and wallet when packing. In case of theft or lost.
Use Small Bottles for Toiletries
That are clear/see through ones, easier for security purposes.
Place the lighter items at the bottom and the heavier ones on top, IT will feel lighter this way. Dirty clothes are a good example to pack at the bottom of a backpack.
Use them to protect against leaks, especially toiletries.
Pack only what you know you will use and if you are travelling for more than three weeks, plan on washing.
Split up clothes when travelling with others
When you are flying especially if you have a few stopovers, divide the clothes between different suitcases. If one persons luggage doesn't arrive, they'll still have clean clothes to wear. Airlines generally don't compensate lost luggage for the first 24-48 hours.
Roll Your Clothes
Somehow it seems that bags will hold more if the clothes are rolled rather than folded and they get less wrinkled.
Local Tourism Offices
The best source of information is usually local. Check out Tourism Offices to find unbiased feedback on the best attractions, restaurants and more.
Make a list of what you need. This will help you not forget items later.
Do you research maps, internet search and the local book store will provide lots of information to plan your trip.