Travel Tips

  • traveltipsMake sure the airline claim check on your checked luggage is correct. The airline tag should match the airport at your final destination.
  • Always carry travel documents, medication, jewelry, keys and other valuables in your carry-on luggage. Items such as these should never be packed in checked luggage.
  • Label each piece of luggage on both the inside and the outside with your name and telephone number. Label your laptop computer as well.
  • Remove old claim checks on your luggage to avoid confusion.
  • Avoid wearing clothing, jewelry or other accessories that contain metal when going through the security checkpoints at the airport.
  • Having a travel kit perpetually stocked in a waterproof case will save in packing time before the trip and aggravation after arrival.
  • Before you leave on your trip, make two sets of photocopies of your valuable documents and tickets. Pack a copy and leave a copy at home.
  • Create your own packing list based upon your destination, accommodations, weather, tour activities and number of travelers
  • Wrinkles are caused by under-packing and over-packing. Avoid wrinkles by packing light and tight.
  • Buy an inexpensive camera with flash for children old enough to use it. The trip is then photographed from the child’s perspective.
  • When travelling with small children, take along a package of outlet covers. Most hotel rooms neglect to provide them and there are often outlets placed at children’s height.
  • To help kids remember their trip in their own words, buy postcards along the way and have them write on them. At the end of the trip, punch a hole in the corner of the postcards and put them on a ring.
  • Traveling with your pet? Affix a current photograph of your pet to the top of the crate for identification purposes. Should your pet escape from the carrier, this could be a lifesaver. Also carry a photograph of your pet.
  • Travel during off-peak times. If possible, book your flights mid-morning through early afternoon or in the evening from Monday through Thursday.
  • Before leaving the rental lot, inspect the car for the correct mileage information and any visible damage to the car. If damaged, a notation should be made on the contract before leaving the rental location.
  • A nylon tote bag that folds compactly into its own pocket can be used as a beach bag during your vacation and as an extra carry-on for your return home with fragile souvenirs.
  • Always carry a small kit with some basic first aid items in your hand luggage.
  • Bring an extra supply of prescription medications with you in case your trip is unexpectedly extended. Also, bring a hard copy of your prescriptions with you.