Make a list of everything in each of your bags. If you lose a bag, you’ll know exactly what to replace before you find yourself in dire need of it. This is also useful if you want to claim compensation from your insurance company.
Take photos of everything you don’t want to lose: bags, gadgets, kids, etc. If you do end up losing something, the photos can help the police or security staff immensely, especially in non-English-speaking countries where you may have difficulty communicating with them.
Hide some emergency cash at the hotel or on your body—in your shoes or in a money belt, for example. If you get mugged, you’ll at least have some money for cab fares, food and other essentials. If you have multiple credit cards and ATM cards, store one or two with this emergency stash as well.
Traveling in winter? A compression bag can reduce the volume of bulky jackets by up to 80 percent. For all other things, packing cubes can do wonders to help organize your belongings.
You’re usually given tags for your bags when you check them in. Mislabeling happens. Make sure that you’ve removed all tags from previous trips and that the new tags correctly identify your destination airport. Keep the checked luggage receipts with you in case you need to prove that they’re yours. And always be sure to attach a tag or a sticker on each bag with your name and contact info.
Flying in coach gets less and less fun by the day. But you can make it a little more comfortable by bringing your own blanket, seat cushion, travel pillow, or even inflatable foot rest. For long flights, pack a pair of slippers or thick socks so you can walk around the cabin comfortably.
Seated next to a crying baby? Get your much-needed rest by packing noise-canceling headphones or pressure-relieving ear plugs.
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