luggage http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/13917/all en-US 7 Ways Families Can Travel Like Minimalists http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-families-can-travel-like-minimalists <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-families-can-travel-like-minimalists" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/preparation_travel_suitcase_at_home.jpg" alt="Preparation travel suitcase at home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Minimalism can be overblown. Watch <em>Tiny House Hunters</em> on HGTV a few times and you'll quickly see home shoppers who think they want to live in a tiny home none too pleased when they see how small 200 square feet really is.</p> <p>Travel like a minimalist, however, and you'll never look back.</p> <p>You'll save money, you won't take as many souvenirs home, you will be nimble at your destination, and you will feel more like a local, among other benefits. Those factors only grow when done together as a family.</p> <p>Here are seven ways families can travel like minimalists. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/vacation-hack-7-tips-for-single-bag-travel?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Tips for Single Bag Travel</a>)</p> <h2>1. Travel with carry-on luggage</h2> <p>This is the most important step, because everything after determines how much of a minimalist traveler you'll be. I'm not going to recommend what type of suitcase or backpack is best for you, but make it small and light so that you are forced to pack smart. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/roll-dont-fold-and-10-other-tricks-for-packing-fast?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Roll Don't Fold (And 10 Other Packing Tricks)</a>)</p> <p>Invest in a high quality suitcase that will last years. Here are some features to consider for your suitcase:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Has wheels.</p> </li> <li> <p>Converts to a backpack or has a detachable daypack.</p> </li> <li> <p>Has plenty of pockets.</p> </li> <li> <p>Fits carry-on size rules for your airline.</p> </li> </ul> <p>Your carry-on should fit in the overhead compartment on a plane. You won't have to pay baggage fees, and you will be able to go straight to your hotel upon arrival instead of waiting at the baggage claim carousel.</p> <p>It will also make it easier to get on and off public transportation, saving you more money, and it will make traveling less of a hassle overall.</p> <h2>2. Make a plan to pack light</h2> <p>This should go without saying if you want to travel as a minimalist. But it's worth thinking about and coming up with a plan.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Pack only clothes you'll definitely need, not something for every occasion. Dark clothes that can be washed by hand and can be combined with other pieces to make many outfits are best.</p> </li> <li> <p>Bring no more than one pair of shoes in your bag. Remember, you're wearing a pair of shoes on your feet, too, so anything more than that is extra.</p> </li> <li> <p>Pack enough clothes for your trip, and then subtract two days of clothes. If you'll be gone for seven days, pack for five. Some things you can wear twice and you can wash them by hand if needed. If you're worried about your clothes wrinkling, chances are your hotel will have an iron.</p> </li> </ul> <p>I usually buy a shirt or sweatshirt during a trip as a souvenir, giving me at least two fewer things to bring from home.</p> <h2>3. Pack fewer toiletries and extras</h2> <p>I've seen suitcases stuffed with more add-ons than clothes, and toiletry bags almost as big as small carry-on bags.</p> <p>Don't be the traveler who packs items you think you'll need &quot;just in case.&quot; If it rains on vacation, you can buy a cheap umbrella. If you run out of toiletries, either your hotel will have some, or you can buy some at your destination.</p> <p>It's easy to pack everything you could possibly need and forget that there are stores at your destination that sell socks and other things if you run out. Hotels have hair dryers, for example, and yet many people haul one with them on a trip.</p> <p>When packing toiletries, find travel-size containers at a drugstore or buy the smallest toothpaste, shampoo, and other items you can find. Don't pack sunscreen, bug spray, or any other optional items that you can buy when you arrive.</p> <h2>4. Do laundry on the road</h2> <p>For a trip of a week or more, I always plan on doing laundry. Either visit a local laundromat or rent a home or apartment with a washer and dryer. If necessary, wash some clothes in a bathroom sink or tub with regular soap.</p> <h2>5. Leave gadgets at home</h2> <p>A phone is almost a necessity when traveling, so bring it and check your phone plan before leaving to make sure you'll have service. And don't forget the charger &mdash; or an adapter, if you'll need it.</p> <p>Every other gadget should stay at home. Laptops, tablets, electronic games &mdash; and the cords needed to power them &mdash; will all be fine at home.</p> <p>These things can be heavy, cumbersome, and can make your passage through security more difficult. But more importantly, they can take away from your time together as a family and allow you to forget why you're on vacation in the first place &mdash; to relax.</p> <p>I usually bring one or two physical books with me on a trip. When I'm done, I leave them at my destination for the next visitor to enjoy. Kids can also bring physical books in a small backpack, along with paper, crayons, and other things to keep them occupied. And make do with the in-flight entertainment options.</p> <h2>6. Use public transportation</h2> <p>Traveling as a minimalist is about more than taking fewer things with you when you travel. It should also include using fewer resources and polluting less.</p> <p>Trains, buses, trolleys, and even bikes are cheap or free in most cities. They can take more time than renting a car or using a taxi, but they can add to your experience and make you feel more like a local.</p> <p>Weekly passes are sold at many transit agencies, and you can buy train tickets online before leaving home.</p> <h2>7. Rent locally</h2> <p>If you really want to travel like a local &mdash; and carry very little with you on the way &mdash; rent a home or apartment locally. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-vacation-rental-alternatives-to-airbnb?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Vacation Rental Alternatives to Airbnb</a>)</p> <p>The home will likely have a washer and dryer, cutting the clothes everyone will need by at least half. Pick a home that has kids the same age as yours, and ask if your children can use their toys, crib, high chair, and other baby gear.</p> <p>Just like your home, the home you rent is probably near a few stores. So if you need something that you forgot to pack, or didn't want to pack, then you can buy it quickly. Shopping locally can be one of the best ways to see how another culture lives.</p> <p>Wherever you travel, going as a minimalist should help you appreciate what you have. You'll find that you can get by with a lot fewer things than you thought you could, and your family may just enjoy the trip a lot more with fewer items to carry around.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/aaron-crowe">Aaron Crowe</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-families-can-travel-like-minimalists">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on">8 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-affordable-winter-getaways-for-the-family">9 Affordable Winter Getaways for the Family</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hotel-hacks-from-professional-travelers">25 Hotel Hacks From Professional Travelers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-train-hacks-from-an-amtrak-veteran">24 Train Hacks From an Amtrak Veteran</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel family travel luggage minimalism travel hacks Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:30:06 +0000 Aaron Crowe 2055197 at http://www.wisebread.com Do These 9 Things Now to Make Holiday Air Travel Easier http://www.wisebread.com/do-these-9-things-now-to-make-holiday-air-travel-easier <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/do-these-9-things-now-to-make-holiday-air-travel-easier" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_making_list_for_traveling.jpg" alt="Woman making list for traveling" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Holiday air travel is hectic. Between long lines, weather delays, harried passengers and employees, and the stress of wanting to make the season perfect, getting to your destination can feel like a long, difficult process.</p> <p>While there's nothing you can do to change the lines you'll have to stand in or the people standing in them with you, there are some things you can do now that will alleviate some of the stress of the actual travel. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-travel-hacks-that-will-save-your-sanity?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Holiday Travel Hacks That Will Save Your Sanity</a>)</p> <h2>1. Plan your trip ASAP</h2> <p>It may seem early, but now is the time to buy your tickets and plan your trip, if you haven't done it already. While there may be some last-minute deals, planning your trip now allows you to figure out exactly what you want to do and when you want to do it, and it gives you peace of mind for the rest of the season. Once you have your tickets in hand, that part of the hassle is over. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-save-money-on-holiday-travel?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Ways to Save Money on Holiday Travel</a>)</p> <h2>2. Hunt for deals</h2> <p>Before you buy any tickets, look into holiday deals. Compare ticket prices using different search engines, and even see what it would cost to book directly with your preferred airline. While this won't guarantee you the lowest prices of the season, it will help you make sure that you aren't spending more than you have to in order to pre-plan your travel.</p> <p>Look, too, at holiday deals for attractions you'd like to see when you arrive at your destination. When you look for holiday-specific things to do, you may also find some discounts for these activities. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a>)</p> <h2>3. Save important numbers</h2> <p>Whenever you get a piece of your trip planned, add important numbers, like your reservation number and the phone number for customer support, to a document or file on your phone. That way, if you run into trouble or want to confirm something, you won't have to dig through your email first.</p> <p>This is particularly handy if you have a snafu while you are traveling. If your flight is canceled and you know exactly where to find the number to call for help, you'll be miles ahead of everyone else who has to look the number up.</p> <h2>4. Bring an extra bag for presents</h2> <p>When you travel over the holidays, you tend to come home with gifts. Even if you aren't actually traveling over Christmas, chances are that someone will give you a holiday gift while you're away. Plan ahead for getting these home by bringing an extra, empty bag in your suitcase. Take the time now to find one that folds up small, so you don't have to haul around town looking for one later.</p> <h2>5. Get your travel supplies together</h2> <p>What do you like to have on the airplane? Make sure that you have all of those things now and that you know where to find them, so you aren't running around like a crazy person the night before you leave.</p> <p>Popular travel supplies include noise canceling headphones; a neck pillow for sleeping in transit; small toys, games, and candy for any children traveling with you; travel-sized toiletries; and any snacks that you want to bring on the plane. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</a>)</p> <h2>6. Buy your gifts</h2> <p>If you are planning to open gifts with someone during your trip, buy those gifts now. The sooner you have that shopping done, the sooner you'll be able to figure out how to transport the presents. Remember that gift wrap doesn't always make it through security, and things like jams and jellies will be confiscated if you try to carry them on.</p> <p>The best way to transport your gifts is to ship them, rather than trying to transport them yourself. Sure, there's a cost involved, but you might have to pay for that extra suitcase, too! Shipping also allows you to insure your package, in case something breaks or gets damaged along the way. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-your-credit-card-will-save-you-money-while-holiday-shopping?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Ways Your Credit Card Will Save You Money While Holiday Shopping</a>)</p> <h2>7. Download travel apps</h2> <p>Make sure you have all of the apps you need for your trip downloaded and installed before you start your trip. If you have a customer login for air travel, make sure you've entered that, too, so you don't have to fuss with your phone to find your boarding pass at check-in. Most airlines have apps, as do car rental places, and even individual attractions. Get these organized now so you know where they are later.</p> <h2>8. Get the right luggage</h2> <p>If you don't have the luggage that you want for your trip, buy it now rather than later. Take into account how much stuff you are taking and bringing back, and whether you want to check your bag or carry it on. Decide, too, if each member of your party will have their own bag or if it would be cheaper and easier to pack fewer, larger bags.</p> <p>Think, too, about how you will move your luggage from place to place. Do you need a suitcase with wheels, or can you shoulder that duffle bag all the way to the gate? Making these decisions now will make your packing less frantic later. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip</a>)</p> <h2>9. Prep for security checkpoints</h2> <p>Security is a pain, but it's a necessary evil. Thinking about it now could make it much less of a headache for you later. Decide if <a href="http://www.tsatraveltips.us/how-to-get-tsa-precheck-global-entry/" target="_blank">TSA Precheck</a> is the right choice for you and your party. You will need to apply ahead of time, so it's best to decide now whether you want to use it. Make sure that your entire party can qualify, or you will still end up waiting for some people to get through the long lines.</p> <p>If you decide not to use PreCheck, you can still prepare yourself to get through the TSA checkpoint as quickly as possible. Make sure you wear shoes that are easy to remove and avoid a belt. Have an easy way to remove laptops from your larger bag, so you don't have to struggle with it. Plan out who will help any children in your party to get through, too, so they don't cause a holdup.</p> <p>Though holiday travel can be stressful, there's nothing like spending those special days with people you love, doing things you love to do. Begin your planning now to minimize the impact of this stress and maximize your holiday joy.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fdo-these-9-things-now-to-make-holiday-air-travel-easier&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FDo%2520These%25209%2520Things%2520Now%2520to%2520Make%2520Holiday%2520Air%2520Travel%2520Easier.jpg&amp;description=Do%20These%209%20Things%20Now%20to%20Make%20Holiday%20Air%20Travel%20Easier"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Do%20These%209%20Things%20Now%20to%20Make%20Holiday%20Air%20Travel%20Easier.jpg" alt="Do These 9 Things Now to Make Holiday Air Travel Easier" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-these-9-things-now-to-make-holiday-air-travel-easier">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on">8 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-simple-ways-to-travel-greener-that-could-save-you-money">8 Simple Ways to Travel Greener That Could Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-spend-less-on-last-minute-holiday-travel">How to Spend Less On Last-Minute Holiday Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks">Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip">9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel air travel be prepared christmas vacation holiday travel luggage packing tips travel tips Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:00:07 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 2026293 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tourist_woman_picking_up_luggage.jpg" alt="Tourist woman picking up luggage" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Think your last air travel experience was rough? Just imagine what your luggage went through. According to a 2017 report by SITA, a multinational company that provides IT support to the air transport industry, airlines mishandled (i.e., <em>lost</em>) approximately 21.6 million bags in 2016. And while that figure actually represents a record low for airlines, it doesn't reflect theft, damage, or all the other things that can sack your bags. So before you and your luggage enter the fray, take some common sense precautions. Here are nine ways to protect your luggage on your next trip. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-airline-lost-your-luggage-now-what?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Airline Lost Your Luggage. Now What?</a>)</p> <h2>1. Choose the right bag</h2> <p>Protecting your luggage starts by selecting the <em>right</em> luggage. Hard-shell cases are less adaptable to pressure and can crack or break from rough handling and overstuffed baggage hulls. Soft-sided or nylon bags can handle impacts better.</p> <p>If you're worried about distinguishing your suitcase from all the others on the baggage carousel, customize it with a piece of bright ribbon, a scarf, or unique luggage tag.</p> <h2>2. Keep it simple</h2> <p>When it comes to luggage, don't worry about keeping up with the Joneses. Obviously high-end luggage is more likely to be noticed by thieves; not only because the bags themselves are valuable, but because expensive bags suggest expensive contents.</p> <h2>3. Wrap it up</h2> <p>Encasing your luggage in plastic cling wrap not only protects it from scrapes and scratches, it's a slight deterrent for the wide range of folks who'll be handling your bag on its journey. Keep in mind, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has the right to cut through any wrapping if an agent needs to inspect the contents.</p> <h2>4. Buy bag protectors</h2> <p>A <a href="http://amzn.to/2wmYfRu" target="_blank">bag protector</a> is the commercial (and reusable!) version of plastic wrap. Made of durable PVC, these clear protectors fit over suitcases of various sizes and are secured in place with Velcro. They're designed to allow for free wheel movement and feature cutouts for easy access to handles.</p> <h2>5. Put your photo on it</h2> <p>The UK-based online retailer, Firebox, distributes a product called <a href="https://www.firebox.com/Head-Case/p8279" target="_blank">Head Case</a>, a line of stretchable Spandex sleeves that fit over suitcases. Similar to the bag protectors mentioned above, the sleeves offer a distinct advantage: They can be customized with a photo of your choice. By choosing a giant selfie, you can protect your luggage from theft while shielding it from damage (if you don't mind a few chuckles at baggage claim, that is).</p> <h2>6. Take a photo of it</h2> <p>Snap a photo of your luggage before the first leg of any journey &mdash; especially international trips. Photos can help airport staff identify lost bags and facilitate communication between personnel in different nations.</p> <h2>7. Use a luggage tag outside and inside</h2> <p>Even the most secure luggage tags can get torn off in transit. Put a duplicate tag inside your bag in case it gets lost at the airport and you need to prove ownership. Oh, and for personal security, don't list your home address or landline phone number on luggage tags; use an email address and cellphone number instead.</p> <h2>8. Zip up toiletries</h2> <p>Though zip-top bags are required for the toiletries in your carry-on, they make just as much sense for checked luggage. Zip it up and protect your bags from leaking liquids like shampoo, mouthwash, and perfume. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a>)</p> <h2>9. Travel light</h2> <p>What's the best way to protect your luggage from loss or damage? Use less of it. By traveling with a carry-on only, you can keep essentials close at hand, adapt to last-minute flight changes easily, and hop off the baggage carousel once and for all. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Ways Carry-On Luggage Can Save You Time and Money</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%2520Ways%2520to%2520Protect%2520Your%2520Luggage%2520on%2520Your%2520Next%2520Trip.jpg&amp;description=9%20Ways%20to%20Protect%20Your%20Luggage%20on%20Your%20Next%20Trip"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/9%20Ways%20to%20Protect%20Your%20Luggage%20on%20Your%20Next%20Trip.jpg" alt="9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-luggage-scales">The 5 Best Luggage Scales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-packing-cubes">The 5 Best Packing Cubes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on">8 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-websites-for-last-minute-airfare-deals">7 Best Websites for Last-Minute Airfare Deals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel airport destination lost luggage luggage new luggage suitcase travel tips vacation Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:00:05 +0000 Kentin Waits 2021152 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Luggage Scales http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-luggage-scales <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-luggage-scales" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holding_suitcase_511590724.jpg" alt="Woman using best luggage scale for suitcase" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A luggage scale can save you big money on your next vacation by reducing your luggage costs. Each excess baggage fee can add anywhere from $50-$200 to the total cost of your vacation, while the most expensive luggage scale option on our list is under $20 and can save you money every time you fly.</p> <p>It can also give you peace of mind knowing that you won&rsquo;t have to deal with unnecessary stress at check-in (like having to possibly repack at the counter). It is also lightweight and easy to pack, so you can bring one on your trip to ensure you don&rsquo;t go over the allowable weight limit with souvenirs.</p> <h2>What is a luggage scale?</h2> <p>A luggage scale is a compact, portable device that can conveniently weigh your baggage. It is easy to use and a must-have for any frequent traveler.</p> <h2>Top 5 luggage scales</h2> <h3>Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2i8SLZ0" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/etekcity_0.jpg" width="190" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in luggage scales, the lightweight <a href="http://amzn.to/2i8SLZ0" target="_blank">Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale</a> has a weight capacity up to 110 lbs. with precision accuracy of 0.1 lb. It features a durable nylon wraparound hanging system, convertible units, tare and auto-off functions, a temperature sensor, low battery and overload indications, and memory of the previous weight. It also features rubber paint technology, a textured grip, and an easy-to-read LED-backlit digital display.</p> <p>This includes the battery, so you can start using it right away. It is one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon, and recommended by Travel Gear Zone. It also has outstanding online reviews, including more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a one-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2i8SLZ0" target="_blank"><em>Currently $9.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fMDj3Z" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/tarriss.jpg" width="202" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The stylish <a href="http://amzn.to/2fMDj3Z" target="_blank">Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale</a> has a 110-lb weight capacity with precision accuracy of 0.2 lb. The compact, lightweight design features an easy-to-read LCD display, low battery indicator, capacity overload indicator, 30-second auto shut-off, and auto-lock display.</p> <p>This includes a lithium battery and downloadable PDF with tips to get you through the airport faster. It is an Amazon best-seller, a top Amazon &ldquo;gift idea,&rdquo; and recommended by the Huffington Post, Johnny Jet, the Travel Fashion Girl, and Travel Gear Zone. It also has outstanding online reviews, including more than 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is built to last and backed by a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee and a lifetime warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fMDj3Z" target="_blank"><em>Currently $14.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Camry Luggage Scale</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2i6Zvqe" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/camry.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2i6Zvqe" target="_blank">Camry Luggage Scale</a> has the added bonus of a built-in portable travel thermometer with temperature display in F/C. It features unit conversion, two-minute auto shut-off, low battery and overload indications, two-button operation, and zero and tare function. The lightweight scale has a maximum weight capacity of 110 lb, with accuracy to 0.1 lb. It has a large LCD display and rubber paint handle for a comfortable, sturdy grip.</p> <p>This is powered by a CR2032 lithium battery (included). It is recommended by Travel Gear Zone. It is an Amazon best-seller, a top Amazon &ldquo;gift idea,&rdquo; and one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon. It also has outstanding online reviews, including more than 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a hassle-free 30-day money-back guarantee and a one-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2i6Zvqe" target="_blank"><em>Currently $9.29 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Dunheger Digital Luggage Scale</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2w3uGIO" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/dunheger.jpg" width="245" height="227" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2w3uGIO" target="_blank">Dunheger Digital Luggage Scale</a> is so popular that it was even part of the 2016 Official GOLDEN GLOBE&reg; Awards Celebrity Gift Bag. The durable, lightweight scale features a bright backlit display, hold feature, auto weight-lock with sound indicator, tare function, 60-second auto-off, auto-lock, and overload indicator. The compact scale has a steady grip, ergonomic design, and simple one-button operation. It has a 110-lb weight capacity and can quickly weigh in pounds and kilos.</p> <p>This includes a carrying pouch and batteries. It is recommended by People, InStyle, The Boston Globe, and Travel Gear Zone. It is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews, including nearly 500 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is built to last and backed by a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2w3uGIO" target="_blank"><em>Currently $12.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>AmazonBasics Digital Luggage Scale</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2vKKr4D" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/amazo.jpg" width="236" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s Choice for luggage scales, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2vKKr4D" target="_blank">AmazonBasics Digital Luggage Scale</a> has a maximum weight capacity of 110 lb. It features low-battery and error indicators, zero and tare function, and push-button control, which allows you to switch between pounds and kilos. The compact scale has a large, easy-to-read digital display and a contoured shape for a secure grip.</p> <p>This runs on a CR2032 battery (included). It is an Amazon best-seller and one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2vKKr4D" target="_blank"><em>Currently $9.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best luggage scales. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-luggage-scales&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Luggage%2520Scales.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Luggage%20Scales"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Luggage%20Scales.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Luggage Scales" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-luggage-scales">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-packing-cubes">The 5 Best Packing Cubes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-adapters">The 5 Best Travel Adapters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-binoculars">The 5 Best Binoculars</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-money-travel-belts">The 5 Best Money Travel Belts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-emergency-kits">The 5 Best Emergency Kits</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel 5 best luggage luggage scales product reviews shopping suitcase travel accessories Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:00:07 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2004730 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Packing Cubes http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-packing-cubes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-packing-cubes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_hands_luggage_623065654.jpg" alt="Woman using best packing cubes in luggage" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s a reason that most frequent travelers highly recommend packing cubes. They are a travel must-have that can make organizing, packing, and unpacking a cinch. They can save space, compress clothing, and get you through airport security faster.</p> <p>Packing cubes are ideal for your suitcase or carry-on, and can be used on any trip, ranging from business travel and vacations to backpacking and camping. They keep everything in place so nothing shifts or gets wrinkled. By first organizing everything for your trip, you can unpack much more quickly by leaving your belongings inside of the packing cubes. Unpack in seconds by placing the cubes directly into hotel drawers, which also serves as a hygienic barrier.</p> <h2>What is a packing cube?</h2> <p>Packing cubes are zippered fabric bags that can make your items more organized and easier to find. They act like drawers in a dresser, squeezing more items into smaller spaces, so you can fit more in your bag and stay organized in the process. They are ideal for packing clothing, accessories, jewelry, cords, small electronics, sunglasses, toiletries, and other small items.</p> <p>You can use the cubes to group items together in a number of ways. For instance, you can pack each cube by specific outfit or types of clothing. This ensures that there&rsquo;s a place for everything, so you stay organized on your trip.</p> <h2>Top 5 packing cubes</h2> <h3>eBags Packing Cubes Set</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eNdeRL" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/ebags_0.jpg" width="245" height="210" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2eNdeRL" target="_blank">eBags Packing Cubes Set</a> includes three different-sized slim, lightweight, durable cubes. They feature breathable nylon, fabric bound interior seams for a snag-free interior, mesh tops for superior venting and visibility of your items, and premium YKK zippers with corded pulls. They save space while protecting everything in your luggage. They can also help you get through TSA security check quickly.</p> <p>These are available in 10 different colors and are machine washable for easy cleaning. They are frequently recommended online by sites like The Wirecutter. They are the #1 rated travel accessory on Amazon, with more than 2,000 five-star reviews. They are also backed by a limited lifetime warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eNdeRL" target="_blank"><em>Currently $29.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Eagle Creek Pack-It Cube Set</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eMZWVp" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/eagle%20creek.jpg" width="245" height="140" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2eMZWVp" target="_blank">Eagle Creek Pack-It Cube Set</a> can get you through TSA security check with ease. The set includes three different-sized cubes, each with a quick-grab handle. The lightweight cubes have a zipper closure and 300D poly micro-weave material with 100 percent nylon lining that feels nicer than most sets.</p> <p>These are available in a wide range of colors and are covered by a lifetime warranty. They are recommended by The Wirecutter and have great online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eMZWVp" target="_blank"><em>Currently $23.25 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Shacke Pak</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eMqwOB" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/shake.jpg" width="245" height="184" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2eMqwOB" target="_blank">Shacke Pak Packing Cubes Set</a> is ideal for organizing your belongings both before and during the trip. The set includes four different-sized cubes and a laundry bag to keep your clean and dirty clothes separate. They are made with durable water-resistant nylon material and high-quality YKK zippers. They are reinforced with an X-design web stitching to prevent the fabric from folding in the middle, allowing it to hold your clothes in place and prevent wrinkles. The four-inch deep design of the space-saving bags will allow you to pack more in a small space.</p> <p>These are available in a wide range of colors. They are frequently recommended online and have outstanding online reviews, including more than 4,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eMqwOB" target="_blank"><em>Currently $24.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>AmazonBasics Packing Cube Set</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eMTsWw" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/amazonbasics.png" width="245" height="196" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2eMTsWw" target="_blank">AmazonBasics Packing Cube Set</a> includes two medium and two large packing cubes. They are made of lightweight, durable nylon fabric with finished interior seams, double zipper pulls, and a webbing handle. They also feature mesh top panels for breathability and quick viewing of contents. The soft mesh won't damage delicate fabrics and can actually help prevent wrinkles, so you won&rsquo;t need to iron once you get to your destination.</p> <p>These are available in a wide range of colors and are machine washable for easy cleaning. They have outstanding online reviews, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eMTsWw" target="_blank"><em>Currently $22.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>PRO Packing Cubes</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eMUMIR" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/pro.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2eMUMIR" target="_blank">PRO Packing Cubes</a> include four different-sized cubes. They are ultralightweight, durable, soft, and feature high-quality YKK zippers, ripstop nylon, double stitched seams, mesh panel vision, and grab handles. They squeeze air out to compress clothes by 30 percent to fit more into a small space.</p> <p>These are available in a wide range of colors. They are recommended by Practical Travel Gear and have outstanding online reviews, including more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon. They are also backed by a lifetime guarantee and risk-free refund/exchange policy.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eMUMIR" target="_blank"><em>Currently $21.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best packing cubes. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-packing-cubes&amp;media=The%205%20Best%20Packing%20Cubes&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Packing%20Cubes"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Packing%20Cubes_0.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Packing Cubes" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-packing-cubes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-luggage-scales">The 5 Best Luggage Scales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-money-travel-belts">The 5 Best Money Travel Belts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-emergency-kits">The 5 Best Emergency Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-adapters">The 5 Best Travel Adapters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-toiletry-bags">The 5 Best Travel Toiletry Bags</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel 5 best cosmetic bag luggage packing packing cubes product reviews shopping suitcase Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:19:01 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1991192 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-514078965_0.jpg" alt="Woman always packing these 8 things in her carry-on" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every traveler wants their trip to go off without a hitch, but human error can foil those plans. Maybe you forgot to pack your medication, or perhaps the airline sent your bags to the wrong destination. Life happens. Which is why you should keep your vacay on track by keeping your necessities within reach at all times. Here's what you should always pack in your carry-on, no matter what.</p> <h2>1. Second form of ID</h2> <p>Most of us keep our driver's license in our wallets, but it's also a good idea to pack your passport, too &mdash; even for domestic trips. Any number of things can happen to your ID while traveling, like accidentally misplacing it in the airport, or neglecting to put it in your wallet before leaving your house. I like to travel with a passport just in case I want to check out a nearby country on my vacation, like when I hopped over to Canada on a recent trip to Detroit.</p> <p>If you're traveling internationally, you'll obviously need a passport as your main form of ID. This requires extra precautions, like making a copy of your passport photo page in case your passport is lost or stolen during your travels. You'll have an easier time expediting a new passport from the local embassy if you can show proof of ID in a photocopy. This five-second trick can save you hours and hours of unnecessary stress, especially if there's a language barrier. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-if-you-dont-have-your-id-at-the-airport" target="_blank">What to Do If You Don't Have Your ID at the Airport</a>)</p> <h2>2. Empty water bottle</h2> <p>I recently traveled to Columbus, Ohio and while waiting in line for security, I saw a familiar sight: travelers chugging whatever drink they brought with them to the airport because they forgot that you can't take liquids with you through security. Those same people often then end up buying $3 bottles of water at expensive airport shops once they're on the other side.</p> <p>To avoid the bloat and expense of that experience, I travel with my empty <a href="http://amzn.to/2pUrAjR" target="_blank">Nalgene bottle</a> that I fill up with water once I've crossed over to the gates. There are water fountains throughout the airport. That water is free, and it's just as tasty as the pricey bottled stuff. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable" target="_blank">6 Things That Will Make Your Flight More Comfortable</a>)</p> <h2>3. Medication</h2> <p>To step foot on an airplane, I need at least two glasses of wine with a Xanax chaser. If the captain says there will be turbulence, I up my dosage. This ritual saves me from having a heart attack midflight, and the rest of the passengers can rest easy without all my heavy breathing and cursing.</p> <p>It's a good idea to have whatever medication you need for your various ailments in case the flight is delayed and/or your bags don't arrive at your destination the same time you do. Outside of your prescriptions, don't forget to bring a decongestant if you have trouble clearing your ears during flights, and a general pain reliever (as long as they're safe to take with your other medications, of course). The chance you'll get a headache increases, like, tenfold as soon as you enter the airport &mdash; but you already know this.</p> <h2>4. Chargers for devices</h2> <p>Often I travel by train to the closest airport, and my battery is half depleted by the time I get there 90 minutes later. Seeing as how I verge on having a stroke whenever my juice gets below 10 percent, I always have my chargers in my carry-on. You never know when you'll be in a pinch and need your devices to be all powered up. Nowadays you'll find plugs and USB outlets all over airport terminals and on planes, trains, and even in taxis. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-banks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Power Banks</a>)</p> <h2>5. Toothbrush</h2> <p>If you're not able to shower for an extended period of time &mdash; maybe you're on a particularly long flight or maybe you've hit a few hiccups in your travel plans &mdash; a fresh toothbrush and toothpaste will leave you feeling clean enough to power through until you find a shower.</p> <h2>6. Cash</h2> <p>I rarely use cash because I love the compactness and convenience of my debit and credit cards, but I've been on trips on more than one occasion where they've been flagged after a single swipe for security reasons because of suspect activity. That generally means my banking institutions are trying to protect me from fraud situations, but it's really annoying when I need to pay for something, and downright infuriating when I don't have access to a working phone to call and sort the error out straight away. Now I always travel with $100 in cash in $20 increments in my wallet when I go on a trip so I can at least afford essentials, like food or a cab ride.</p> <h2>7. Multipurpose jacket</h2> <p>Do you know why most modes of public transportation keep their cars and cabins at chilling temperatures? Neither do I. But I always, always travel with a light jacket or hoodie &mdash; even if it's 95&ordm; F where I'm leaving or where I'm going. If I don't need to wear it, at least now I have something on which to lay my head when the cocktails kick in.</p> <h2>8. Glasses</h2> <p>If you wear contacts, pack your glasses. You may need them. This is especially important if you have to drive anywhere once you reach your destination. Your eyes may be dry from the flight, or you might lose a contact in transit. You may even want to pack a second pair of glasses and contacts in your checked luggage, just in case. If you're headed someplace fantastic like the jungles of Costa Rica, you won't find a Lenscrafters, anywhere. Stay smart, and stay sighted.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Things%2520You%2520Should%2520Always%2520Pack%2520in%2520Your%2520Carry-On%2520%25281%2529.jpg&amp;description=8%20Things%20You%20Should%20Always%20Pack%20in%20Your%20Carry-On"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Things%20You%20Should%20Always%20Pack%20in%20Your%20Carry-On%20%281%29.jpg" alt="8 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip">9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-these-9-things-now-to-make-holiday-air-travel-easier">Do These 9 Things Now to Make Holiday Air Travel Easier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money">5 Ways Carry-On Luggage Can Save You Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-packing-cubes">The 5 Best Packing Cubes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Travel carry-on luggage minimalism packing packing tips suitcase travel advice travel tips Fri, 19 May 2017 08:30:08 +0000 Mikey Rox 1950126 at http://www.wisebread.com Beware These Sneaky Fees on Discount Airfare http://www.wisebread.com/beware-these-sneaky-fees-on-discount-airfare <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/beware-these-sneaky-fees-on-discount-airfare" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-518467790.jpg" alt="Discovering sneaky fees on discount airfare" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Discount airlines have broadened the base of those who can afford to fly. These no-frills carriers slash prices by limiting benefits and offering an a la carte airline experience. But sometimes, flying a discount airline isn't nearly as cheap as you think.</p> <p>If you've ever <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds?ref=internal" target="_blank">priced airfare</a>, you've probably wondered why discount carriers offer lower prices and how they do it. How can Allegiant Air afford to let you fly from Cincinnati to Fort Lauderdale for $122 or less? And how can an international airline like WOW Air stay afloat when a round-trip flight from Boston to Reykjavik, Iceland costs less than $320? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <p>The answer is &quot;unbundling,&quot; an industry practice that's been growing for the past decade. Back in the day, when you bought an airline ticket, you automatically got an advance seat assignment, checked bags, carry-ons, and even meals (it's true &mdash; ask your grandparents).</p> <p>Then came deregulation and rising fuel costs, and multiple airlines went bankrupt. Those that survived sought to boost profits by unbundling all those included services, meaning you had to start paying for many things that were once baked into the airfare. Airlines pitched this as a consumer benefit &mdash; why pay for checked bags if you're just bringing a carry-on? And it is a good deal for some passengers, but it's also a way for the airlines to make money &mdash; more than they made before unbundling.</p> <h2>Hidden fees on discount airlines</h2> <p>Discount airlines have taken the unbundling concept to the extreme, making them the most beloved airlines by some, and the most despised by others.</p> <p>Not only will you be charged for checking a suitcase, you'll also pay extra to carry on a bag too big to fit under your seat (in fact, Frontier Airline charges more for a carry-on than a checked bag). Usually, the earlier you pay for bags, the cheaper it will be. Wait until you get to the gate and you could pay as much as $100 for a carry-on.</p> <p>Then there are fees for choosing a seat, which goes up the more legroom you ask for. And you'll have to cough up extra for printing your boarding pass at the airport, for booking using a credit card, and even for water onboard (Spirit Airlines is notorious for charging $3 for water unless you need it to take medicine).</p> <p>Sometimes these fees can cost as much as the fare itself. Take Allegiant Air, for example. Round-trip airfare from Cincinnati to Fort Lauderdale rang in at around $122 for random dates in May, which is downright cheap. But if you dig a little deeper, you'll find the base fare includes almost nothing.</p> <p>Want an assigned seat near a window or an aisle? There's a fee for that (at least $10 each way). Need extra leg room? Roomier seats on this particular Allegiant flight start at $21, each way. You can bring one &quot;personal item&quot; on the plane for free (think: a purse), but you'll have to pay another $30 round-trip to bring a standard carry-on.</p> <p>If you want to check a bag, that's another $40 round-trip. And if you need an agent to print your boarding pass at the airport, that's another five buckaroos each way. Pay with a credit card? Tack on $8 each way.</p> <p>All of a sudden, your $122 flight surges to $238. While that's still affordable as far as airfare goes, it's nearly twice as much as the base price you were tempted with.</p> <p>The same thing is almost always true when you fly an international discount airline. That $320 WOW Air flight to Iceland? It's actually $523.92 when you add on taxes, a carry-on ($81.98 round-trip), a checked bag ($101.98 round-trip), and an assigned seat ($19.98 round-trip). Flying international for $524 is still pretty sweet, but the price is over $200 more than the $320 &quot;teaser price.&quot;</p> <h2>How to win the discount airline game</h2> <p>When you're shopping with a discount airline, make sure you know what is &mdash; <em>and what isn't</em> &mdash; included. Once you're abreast of which services and add-ons are charged on top of your base fare, you can compare prices with other airlines on an apples to apples basis.</p> <p>Here's a good example.</p> <p>Let's say you want to fly round-trip from El Paso, Texas to San Diego, California on May 5 returning May 12th of this year. As of this writing, the total cost for your base fare is just under $80 with Allegiant Air. Score!</p> <p>When you add on taxes ($60.37), basic seat selections ($18), a carry-on ($30), a checked bag ($40), and a printed boarding passes ($10), however, the price tag goes up to $228. Plus, it's an extra $16 if you pay with a credit card, so let's call it $244.</p> <p>If you search for the same flight with other airlines on Expedia, you'll find prices start at around $388 on American Airlines. Your seat selection and a carry-on are included in your fare, but you'll likely need to pay for $25 for a checked bag. All things considered, the Allegiant flight is still an awesome deal, it's just not<em> quite </em>as awesome as the upfront pricing makes it seem.</p> <p>The best way to navigate the total costs of your airfare is to run the numbers on every flight you book. You may have to go through a bunch of prompts and fine print to see how much more you'll pay for assigned seats, carry-on luggage, checked bags, and boarding passes. Make sure you understand whether each add-on price is for one way or round trip. Once you have a new price that includes the services you need, you can compare that price to what you'd pay on other airlines. Sometime, it's actually cheaper to just go with a legacy airline. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Sign-Up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a>)</p> <p>If you really want to save money with a discount airline, you can always consider purchasing the bare-bones option. Make do with whatever seat they give you, carry only a small bag with you, and print your boarding pass at home. If you don't need a lot of luggage and can sit next to anyone, your airfare should be rock bottom. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a>)</p> <p>Also remember that at least one discount airline is known for &quot;transfarency&quot; &mdash; a term Southwest Airlines uses to describe its notable lack of fees. Southwest offers cut-rate airfare with no additional fees for seat selections, checked baggage, boarding passes, carry-ons, and even trip changes or cancellations. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-southwest-airlines-is-the-best-domestic-airline-for-families?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Why Southwest Is the Best Domestic Airline for Families</a>)</p> <p>At the end of the day, it's up to you to figure out what's included and find the best deal. Sometimes discount airlines really do offer the best pricing in the friendly skies. Other times, their prices are no more than gimmicks.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fbeware-these-sneaky-fees-on-discount-airfare&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FBeware%2520These%2520Sneaky%2520Fees%2520on%2520Discount%2520Airfare.jpg&amp;description=Beware%20These%20Sneaky%20Fees%20on%20Discount%20Airfare"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Beware%20These%20Sneaky%20Fees%20on%20Discount%20Airfare.jpg" alt="Beware These Sneaky Fees on Discount Airfare" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holly-johnson">Holly Johnson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beware-these-sneaky-fees-on-discount-airfare">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-costly-flight-booking-mistakes-you-make-all-the-time">8 Costly Flight Booking Mistakes You Make All the Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fly-out-of-these-airports-and-save-big-on-airfare">Fly Out of These Airports and Save Big on Airfare</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable">These 6 Things Will Make Your Next Flight More Comfortable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-save-on-travel-gear">7 Easy Ways to Save on Travel Gear</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel Airfare baggage deals discount airlines flights flying Hidden fees luggage tickets Mon, 01 May 2017 08:30:14 +0000 Holly Johnson 1935018 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Affordable Travel Items That You Shouldn't Leave Home Without http://www.wisebread.com/9-affordable-travel-items-that-you-shouldnt-leave-home-without <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-affordable-travel-items-that-you-shouldnt-leave-home-without" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_grass_camera_510619646.jpg" alt="Couple not leaving home without affordable travel items" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-your-best-travel-budget?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel budget</a> can easily get busted just from buying things <em>for</em> your trip. That said, there are certain things you just shouldn't leave home without. If you pack a few smart items that will give you the most bang for your buck, you can enjoy your trip with the right stuff on hand &mdash; and enough money left in your budget for your actual trip.</p> <h2>1. Memory Cards</h2> <p>Chances are if you're going on a trip, you're going to want to bring your camera. Running out of space on your <a href="http://amzn.to/2jaQUiE" target="_blank">memory cards</a> can be a big bummer when you're on the go and just about to capture the perfect shot. You'll burn through memory especially fast if you're taking videos, so it's better to go prepared and have at least one high capacity SD memory card, plus one extra, just in case.</p> <h2>2. Travel Cubes</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jvOGhv" target="_blank">Travel cubes</a> are an easy way to pack your bag. These little compartments let you pack and unpack everything with ease. You can group your clothes, toiletries, and shoes all separately, so you don't have to worry about emptying your entire bag just to find one item buried at the bottom. They work well for backpacks, too.</p> <h2>3. Universal Plug Adapters</h2> <p>A <a href="http://amzn.to/2jaOVuC" target="_blank">universal adapter</a> is a packing essential if you're planning to travel to foreign countries, because outlets fit different sized plugs depending on where in the world you are. Some countries even use two different sized plugs.</p> <h2>4. Luggage Scale</h2> <p>When you're packing your bags for a trip, a few extra pounds make a big difference. If you show up at the airport with a bag over the airline's allowed weight limit, you could be charged up to hundreds of dollars in overweight bag fees.</p> <p>With a handy and <a href="http://amzn.to/2jm96VO" target="_blank">portable luggage scale</a>, you never have to worry about guesstimating how much your bag weighs. You can know for sure.</p> <h2>5. TSA Master Lock</h2> <p>It's a good precaution to lock your bag shut. Of course, if you're flying you'll need a lock approved by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. The proper <a href="http://amzn.to/2jaGM9O" target="_blank">TSA lock</a> will ensure you get through security checkpoints.</p> <h2>6. Leather Passport Case</h2> <p>You know you need to bring your passport when you're traveling, and it's smart to get a case to protect it from wear and tear. Get a <a href="http://amzn.to/2i6QRaX" target="_blank">leather case</a> that blocks the rare thief armed with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) reader from scanning personal information on the RFID chip in your passport.</p> <h2>7. Travel Bottles</h2> <p>We're all attached to our specific brand of products. Get the proper sized <a href="http://amzn.to/2iWPg6w" target="_blank">travel bottles</a> and fill them up before your trip.</p> <h2>8. Solar Panel Charger</h2> <p>Solar panel technology is still growing, so it's interesting to see the gear that's now being aimed at travelers. If you're going camping off the grid, a <a href="http://amzn.to/2jaO9OB" target="_blank">solar panel rechargeable battery</a> could be a great way to charge your phone and other electronics you can't do without.</p> <h2>9. Water Filtration Systems</h2> <p>Depending on what type of trip you're going on, having a way to purify your water may not only save you from buying bottled water, but it could also get you out of a tough situation. <a href="http://amzn.to/2iwPIWi" target="_blank">Water filtration systems</a> are particularly useful if you're planning on doing any overnight hiking and you want to be sure you're drinking water that's safe for human consumption.</p> <p>Happy shopping and happy travels.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F9-affordable-travel-items-that-you-shouldnt-leave-home-without&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%20Affordable%20Travel%20Items%20That%20You%20Shouldnt%20Leave%20Home%20Without.jpg&amp;description=9%20Affordable%20Travel%20Items%20That%20You%20Shouldnt%20Leave%20Home%20Without" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/9%20Affordable%20Travel%20Items%20That%20You%20Shouldnt%20Leave%20Home%20Without.jpg" alt="9 Affordable Travel Items That You Shouldn't Leave Home Without" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-gokee">Amanda Gokee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-affordable-travel-items-that-you-shouldnt-leave-home-without">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-packing-cubes">The 5 Best Packing Cubes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-items-you-will-never-regret-bringing-on-a-trip">10 Items You Will Never Regret Bringing on a Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-should-never-pack-for-vacation">5 Things You Should Never Pack for Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel electronics gear luggage packing passports solar panels trips tsa vacations water Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:00:07 +0000 Amanda Gokee 1871130 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Easy Ways to Save on Travel Gear http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-save-on-travel-gear <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-easy-ways-to-save-on-travel-gear" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-598248080.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're getting ready for a big trip in the near future, you're probably discovering that buying travel gear can add up pretty fast. Maybe you're looking into investing in a good pair of hiking boots, a tent, and a sleeping bag. Maybe you just need new luggage or a backpack.</p> <p>Having the right supplies is a good way to ensure that the trip goes well, and some expenses just can't be avoided no matter what. The good news is your gear doesn't have to break the bank.</p> <h2>1. Shop Around for the Best Sales</h2> <p>Depending on where you're planning to go shopping, you'll always want to try to buy your items when they are on sale. This might mean buying last year's model, but if it's an investment piece such as sturdy luggage, you'll want to pick something that is timeless anyway.</p> <p>Some stores will have semiannual or annual sales, so ask a sales representative when their next sale will be. You can also subscribe to a store's email list to be notified of upcoming sales.</p> <p>When you're looking for the best deals on gear, start shopping earlier rather than later. Give yourself ample time before you leave on your trip and avoid paying full retail price at the last minute.</p> <h2>2. Check the Chain Discount Stores</h2> <p>Discount stores like TJ Maxx and Marshalls are great places to look for steeply discounted travel gear. Find cheap travel gadgets like portable scales to weigh your bags (so you can avoid airline overweight baggage fees) and space-saver bags, which vacuum seal to store your clothing flat.</p> <p>These little items can add up faster than you'd imagine, but buying them at a discounter will ensure that your budget for gear goes much further.</p> <h2>3. Use Rewards Points</h2> <p>Some retailers offer rewards programs to encourage you to shop at their store more frequently. Eastern Mountain Sports, for example, offers a good rewards program that gives you a certain percentage back on your purchases in the form of a coupon that they mail out every so often. Especially when you're planning big purchases, make sure that you are getting reward points that can help defray the cost of future purchases.</p> <p>Other stores may further reward you for opening a credit card with them. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/store-credit-cards-that-dont-suck?ref=internal" target="_blank">Store credit cards</a> can help you earn points faster and entitle you to special sales and discounts. If you're not familiar with their program, ask a sales representative before making your purchases. Just be sure you pay off your balance every month, because interest rates tend to be high on store cards.</p> <h2>4. Shop at the Right Time of the Year</h2> <p>To return to the example of Eastern Mountain Sports, this can be a great place to shop around the holidays. Often if you spend a certain amount, you will receive a gift card (usually for December, before Christmas).</p> <p>Even better are end-of-season sales (which often take place before the season is really over). Winter gear may go on sale as early as January; summer gear as early as July. Again, by planning ahead you can strategically purchase your travel gear when there are the best offers.</p> <h2>5. Consider Buying Secondhand</h2> <p>You don't always need your gear to be completely new and buying secondhand can be a great value if you're looking to significantly cut your costs. You can count on saving of at least 50% compared to buying new gear.</p> <p>There are some stores that specialize in secondhand gear and clothes, so check listings in your area to find out what your options are. You can also check online resources, like Craigslist and eBay, that will connect you directly with a seller.</p> <h2>6. Buy It When You Get There</h2> <p>Depending on where you're planning to travel, it may make more financial sense to hold off on your travel gear purchases until you arrive.</p> <p>For example, Nepal is a very common trekking destination and in the capital, Kathmandu, you can find entire streets filled with people selling sleeping bags, tents, and other trekking gear at steeply discounted rates from what you'd find in the United States.</p> <p>You can get quality, discounted gear in other places, too. In France, the store Decathlon offers good technical gear that is much more affordable than in the United States. Chamonix Alpine Equipment in Hong Kong has great prices on rock climbing shoes and other gear.</p> <p>Research your destination and find out how prices compare. Sometimes just waiting until you set off on your trip can save you a lot of money, plus the cost of transporting your gear there.</p> <h2>7. Does It Make Sense to Rent?</h2> <p>This is something every traveler needs to carefully consider. Sometimes rental costs can be exorbitant. Consider, for instance, renting a canoe at $45 a day. If you have the canoe for a week, you&rsquo;d have paid for the cost of the entire canoe.</p> <p>On the flip side, while you may not own the canoe, you do not have to haul it to your destination and back, store and maintain it, or find a buyer for it. All of that takes time &mdash; and money.</p> <p>Rentals often offer great convenience, especially if it's a one-time experience and not likely to be something that you will use again in the future.</p> <p>Whether you're buying new or used gear, or renting, there are many options to get a great value on travel gear. Decide what your priorities are and consider your budget before you get to the store. By doing a bit of research ahead of time, you can save a lot of money once you're ready to buy.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-easy-ways-to-save-on-travel-gear&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%20Easy%20Ways%20to%20Save%20on%20Travel%20Gear.jpg&amp;description=7%20Easy%20Ways%20to%20Save%20on%20Travel%20Gear" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Easy%20Ways%20to%20Save%20on%20Travel%20Gear.jpg" alt="7 Easy Ways to Save on Travel Gear" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-save-on-travel-gear">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-affordable-travel-items-that-you-shouldnt-leave-home-without">9 Affordable Travel Items That You Shouldn&#039;t Leave Home Without</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-little-known-secrets-to-saving-money-on-your-next-cruise">10 Little-Known Secrets to Saving Money on Your Next Cruise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-save-on-baggage-fees">6 Ways to Save On Baggage Fees</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel deals discounts gear luggage rewards points travel Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:30:25 +0000 Nick Wharton 1877970 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Avoid Theft While Traveling http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-theft-while-traveling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-avoid-theft-while-traveling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_wallet_theft_187934619_0.jpg" alt="Woman avoiding theft while traveling" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Travel can be a beautiful and life-changing experience, however, it does come with its own set of risks. By setting out in a prepared way, you can reduce the chance of having a horror story to bring back home with you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-theft-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways to Protect Yourself From Theft While Traveling</a>)</p> <p>While some destinations have reputations for being dangerous, petty crime like pickpocketing and theft can occur in pretty much any major city in the world. It exists in Paris, just as it does in New York. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-when-your-belongings-get-stolen-abroad?ref=seealso" target="_blank">What to Do When Your Belongings Get Stolen Abroad</a>.)</p> <p>You may want to research your destination before you leave home to get an idea for the major concerns that you will face on arrival, and to develop the strategies you might follow once you're there. It helps to have a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-surprising-reasons-to-always-use-your-credit-card?ref=internal">credit card that offers purchase protection</a> insurance against theft or accidental damage. While it doesn't help to be suspicious of everyone, you do need to be aware of some basic procedures and guidelines for safety. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/follow-these-5-credit-card-rules-when-traveling-abroad?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Follow These 5 Credit Card Rules When Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>Be Aware, Not Afraid</h2> <p>While you're traveling, you may find yourself at times out of your comfort zone. This is a completely normal part of traveling and it can arise from something as simple as not speaking the local language. Your discomfort does not mean that you're in a particularly risky situation.</p> <p>However, regardless of how you're feeling, it's important to project an attitude of confidence. If you do find yourself in a situation that you're uncomfortable with, confidently take action to get yourself out of that situation.</p> <p>If you appear to be frightened, you may make yourself seem like an easier mark for petty crime. Instead, you should focus on having a good time while always being aware of your surroundings.</p> <p>Be especially alert when taking public transportation as this is a common place for pickpockets to strike. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-and-money-carrying-decoy-wallets?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Use a Decoy Wallet When Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>Keeping Your Stuff Safe</h2> <p>What kind of bag did you choose to bring with you? The most secure bags for traveling always close securely. This means they have a zipper or a front flap that closes tightly so that pickpockets can't get their hands into them easily (or at all!).</p> <p>Avoid walking around with valuables or money in your back pockets. Instead, put your stuff in your front pockets where you'll notice if anyone's trying to grab it.</p> <p>Sometimes pickpockets work in groups, so there may be someone chatting with you as a distraction. This doesn't mean you need to be wary of every person that comes your way to talk to you, but if the situation doesn't feel comfortable, listen to your intuition and find a way to get out of it quickly &mdash; and confidently. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-and-money-how-to-get-and-carry-cash-safely-and-securely?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Get and Carry Cash Safely and Securely</a>)</p> <h2>Understand Your Surroundings</h2> <p>Travel is amazing because it means you get to check out uncharted territory. However, it's always a good idea to either research online or talk to locals once you get there. If there are neighborhoods that they avoid, for example, it's better to know about them before you end up wandering there.</p> <p>Some places will be perfectly safe to walk around during the day, but are better off avoided at night. Know how and where to get a reliable taxi. You can ask the receptionist or concierge at your hotel and they will likely give you an informed answer. Just make sure you take the time to ask; then you can explore in a carefree and safe way.</p> <h2>Avoiding Theft at Your Hotel</h2> <p>If there is a safe in your hotel, it's a good idea to store your valuables (cash, passport, credit cards you won't be using) there. If you don't have a safe, consider another secure place. Remember, your wallet may not be the best choice since it's the most obvious place that a thief would check for cash.</p> <p>If you're staying in hostels, they will usually have a locker where you can put your belongings. Remember to travel with your own lock since sometimes a hostel won't provide them, and if they do provide them, you have no way of knowing who else has a copy of the key. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-keep-your-laptop-safe-when-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Keep Your Laptop Safe When Traveling</a>.)</p> <h2>And During Transport</h2> <p>Airlines rightly recommend that you never check valuables. Tablets, cameras, and computers all need to be packed into your carry on bag. The reason for this is straightforward; a checked bag will be out of your eyesight and in the hands of strangers for the majority of your time in transit. Keep them close.</p> <p>For train and bus travel, be cautious especially during overnight trips. Again, the bag that you check under the bus or at the end of the aisle of a train car is the bag that's at a higher risk of going missing.</p> <p>For overnight buses or trains, consider a money belt that you can tuck into your pants while you sleep. This will give you peace of mind and a reasonable defense against pickpockets or thieves who will look to target you in your sleep. You are at a higher risk while traveling alone, so you may want to find a travel buddy, even if it's just for a few days.</p> <h2>To Money Belt or Not?</h2> <p>Outside of those overnight journeys, you may want to use a money belt for daily use, too. This is a personal choice and there are solid arguments on either side of it. Some people will never use a money belt because it feels clunky. You can argue that when you pull out or otherwise show the money belt, it will pinpoint you as a tourist and may make you a more likely pickpocketing target. If locals aren't using money belts, why should you?</p> <p>However, if you feel comfortable hiding money on your person in this way, there's nothing wrong with that either.</p> <p>If you're keeping money in a bag, be sure that it's in a zipped compartment. You may also want to consider separating your money, so maybe you have some in your pocket and some in your bag. This way if some of it does get stolen, chances are that not everything will get lifted. Also consider keeping some emergency cash or credit card with a list of contacts somewhere very safe, in case you do lose everything you're carrying. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards to Use While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-avoid-theft-while-traveling&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%20to%20Avoid%20Theft%20While%20Traveling.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Avoid%20Theft%20While%20Traveling" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Avoid%20Theft%20While%20Traveling.jpg" alt="How to Avoid Theft While Traveling" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-theft-while-traveling">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-theft-while-traveling">7 Ways to Protect Yourself From Theft While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip">9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pay-your-bills-and-5-other-things-you-must-do-before-you-leave-on-vacation">Pay Your Bills and 5 Other Things You Must Do Before You Leave on Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-countries-where-you-can-travel-on-30-a-day-or-less">7 Countries Where You Can Travel on $30 a Day or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly">10 Sneaky Vacation Costs That Add Up Quickly</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel luggage money belts out of town pickpockets protection safety theft transportation vacation valuables Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:00:11 +0000 Nick Wharton 1870055 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Things Worth Buying Before Heading Overseas http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-worth-buying-before-heading-overseas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-things-worth-buying-before-heading-overseas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_51400926_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="buy these things before you go on an international trip" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>From the bizarre-looking ostrich pillow, to jackets riddled with specialized pockets, you could spend thousands of dollars on supposedly must-have travel accessories. But which gadgets, innovations, or services are actually worth your money? This short list includes the items and services that globetrotting friends and I have found to be truly indispensable.</p> <h2>1. A Better Travel Pillow</h2> <p>Search Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you'll find a ton of variations on the classic travel pillow, and for good reason. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-airline-travel-sucks-and-what-you-can-do-to-make-it-better">Airplane seats are tiny</a>, and some airlines still don't have reclining seats. If an accessory that costs $40 could help you sleep comfortably on a long-haul flight, it could save you thousands of dollars compared to the cost of upgrading to first class.</p> <p>Normal inflatable or stuffed travel pillows have never been comfortable for me because the back of the U shape prevents my back from resting comfortably against the seat. So, on a recent 13-hour flight to Australia, I brought along not one, but two new travel companions: the <a href="https://www.kuhicomfort.com/">Kuhi Comfort pillow</a>, basically two plush mini pillows connected by a strap that goes behind your neck, and the <a href="https://trtltravel.com/">Trtl Pillow</a>, which is really more of a combination scarf and neck brace. Each cost about $40.</p> <p>I found the soft and cozy Kuhi more helpful than the Turtl, which is supportive for sleeping without a window seat but can dig into your chin a bit. While I'm not 100% sold on either of these particular pillows, I'll never go back to a standard travel pillow again. Even if you don't want to experiment with a newfangled pillow, swapping a standard travel pillow for a memory foam or loose bead-filled pillow will increase your comfort significantly because the part behind your neck will flatten when you lean on it.</p> <h2>2. An Aeronaut Carry-On</h2> <p>Wheeled carry-ons have become the norm, but have you ever thought about what you sacrifice for those wheels, such as the ability to easily jump on a crowded escalator or bus?</p> <p>Designer Tom Bihn has developed a cult following among travelers for his ultra-customized, highly organized bags.</p> <p>&quot;There's a bit of an &quot;ethos&quot; you subscribe to when you buy a Tom Bihn bag. It inspires you to lighten your load and be a more efficient traveler,&quot; explains <a href="http://grosstravelchronicles.blogspot.com/">travel blogger Liz Gross</a>, who recently carried everything she needed for a five-day business trip in an <a href="https://www.tombihn.com/products/aeronaut-45?variant=17379023943">Aeronaut 45</a> duffle bag, which fits under the seat in some planes and in the overhead bin in others. Starting at $295 (without straps or the coordinating packing cubes that Bihn acolytes swear by), the bag is not cheap, but it has well-thought-out features such as clips to keep things in place, and pockets that can be combined to make larger pockets if needed.</p> <h2>3. A Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot</h2> <p>Using your cell phone overseas can be a pricey proposition. AT&amp;T international plans start at $40 for minimal data use, in addition to your regular plan fees, and on top of that, phone calls can cost up to $1 a minute.</p> <p>A more affordable way to go &mdash; especially if you are traveling with one or more companions &mdash; is to rent or buy a wireless hotspot. I brought <a href="https://www.tepwireless.com/">Tep Wireless</a>' portable Wi-Fi device to Australia, and my whole family was able to connect to it to use the web for navigation, looking up ferry schedules, and even making phone calls and sending texts via Google Voice. At $9.95 per day for the device rental and unlimited data, this makes a lot more sense than purchasing separate data roaming packages for multiple people.</p> <h2>4. A &quot;Spinner&quot; Suitcase</h2> <p>When I replaced one of my kids' suitcases a couple years ago, I didn't immediately realize how the new one was different than the rest of the family's. But after taking all three of our kids to Europe, I noticed that my daughter was having an easier time than the rest of us maneuvering her bag, especially in situations wherein she needed to move the bag in a tight space. Her suitcase was a &quot;spinner,&quot; or a suitcase with four wheels that can move in any direction. These extra wheels are especially helpful for handling heavier bags.</p> <p>But wait, didn't I just recommend a bag with no wheels at all? Indeed, with four wheels sticking out, spinners aren't ideal for fitting into overhead bins. They're best if you need to carry a lot of stuff and plan to check your bag. Make sure to get one with larger wheels, as these models are easier to tip and pull like a two-wheeler when desired.</p> <h2>5. Airport Spa Services</h2> <p>When flying to England for a wedding last year, fears about long TSA lines pushed me to arrive at the airport two and a half hours early, leaving no time to dash off for the mani-pedi that I was going to need for the big event. So imagine my delight when we passed a spa on the way to our gate in the international terminal of the San Francisco airport! I spent an hour in a massage chair there and strolled out, wedding ready, just as boarding began.</p> <p>Since then, I've learned that the company <a href="http://www.xpresspa.com/spas-a/204.htm">XpresSpa</a> has spas in airports all over the United States, including Chicago O'Hare, LAX, and JFK. Yes, it's more expensive than the same service in a neighborhood salon, but given the alternative of spending that sharing an armrest in a plastic waiting area chair, it's so worth it.</p> <p><em>Disclosure: I used a Tep Wireless device at no charge in order to evaluate it for this article. All opinions are my own.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-things-worth-buying-before-heading-overseas&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%20Things%20Worth%20Buying%20Before%20Heading%20Overseas.jpg&amp;description=5%20Things%20Worth%20Buying%20Before%20Heading%20Overseas" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Things%20Worth%20Buying%20Before%20Heading%20Overseas.jpg" alt="5 Things Worth Buying Before Heading Overseas" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-worth-buying-before-heading-overseas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-luggage-scales">The 5 Best Luggage Scales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-affordable-travel-items-that-you-shouldnt-leave-home-without">9 Affordable Travel Items That You Shouldn&#039;t Leave Home Without</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on">8 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Travel international travel luggage overseas travel packing travel accessories travel necessities Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:30:09 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1822945 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Things You Should Never Pack for Vacation http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-should-never-pack-for-vacation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-things-you-should-never-pack-for-vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_new_shoes_45790784.jpg" alt="Finding things you should never pack on vacation" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Going on a vacation is supposed to be fun, so you never want to get weighed down by what you're packing. Here's a useful list of items you will never need once you get wherever you're going. These things will become a waste of space in your luggage, not to mention a waste of the time you'll spend packing and unpacking them.</p> <h2>1. Multiple Pairs of Shoes</h2> <p>I get it, shoes are awesome. But if you're being completely honest with yourself, whether you're going on a weeklong trip or you'll be backpacking around the world, you don't need that many pairs of shoes. It may be hard, but it's not impossible to pare down your shoes.</p> <p>Shoes take up space and they weigh a fair amount. You will never regret bringing one pair of functional, semi-fashionable sneakers. These will come in handy at literally any destination, since traveling usually entails some amount of walking. So be kind to your feet and bring appropriate footwear.</p> <p>Depending on your destination, you should also bring <em>one </em>pair of versatile sandals. This means something that you can wear out at night or to the beach during the day. These should not give you blisters within five minutes of putting them on your feet.</p> <h2>2. Excessive Toiletries</h2> <p>You might have a complicated and involved skin care routine that includes face wash, toner, moisturizer, eye cream, and more. You might be loathe to go without your favorite bath soap and shampoo during your trip. But you'll survive. Not only do these items take up space, they have the potential to leak and get flagged by security. Use what the hotel or a local store offers. It'll be fine, really.</p> <h2>3. Too Many Electronics</h2> <p>We all love our gadgets and electronics. Surely, you're going to bring your phone and maybe your computer along. But traveling is also a time to disconnect, and you don't want to get bogged down into organizing and packing all of those extra charging cords &mdash; only to end up not using any of them because you were too busy having a good time.</p> <p>Electronics take up space, they weigh a lot, and they're an extra thing to worry about getting stolen since they're usually among the higher-value items you'll have with you. Limit it and reduce them whenever it's possible.</p> <h2>4. Towels</h2> <p>That's right. They seem like an item you can't live without, but you really don't need to pack towels. If you are on a backpacking trip, you can bring a microfiber backpacking towel along or just dry off with a cotton T-shirt.</p> <p>Towels that are packed away in your bag for any amount of time are going to get stinky and funky really fast. You'll be happier you left them at home.</p> <h2>5. Easy and Cheap Things You Can Buy</h2> <p>Nobody should be packing anything that you'll want to buy once you've reached your destination (preferably with a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=travel">no foreign transaction fee credit card</a>). Consider the place you're going and identify things you're interested in buying, whether they're practical items that cost less or just souvenirs.</p> <p>Don't bring anything that falls into this category. You can always make your purchases on the road with space to spare in your bag.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-affordable-travel-items-that-you-shouldnt-leave-home-without">9 Affordable Travel Items That You Shouldn&#039;t Leave Home Without</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-saving-travel-gadgets">5 Money Saving Travel Gadgets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip">9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Organization Travel airports electronics leave behind luggage packing shoes suitcases toiletries towels vacation Fri, 02 Sep 2016 09:00:09 +0000 Amanda Gokee 1780047 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Sneaky Vacation Costs That Add Up Quickly http://www.wisebread.com/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_75848571_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="sneaky vacation costs" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all love going away on vacation, but we don't love the costs associated with it. Usually, the big costs are taken into account before leaving the house &mdash; the hotel, the flight, the attractions, even the rental car. But what we often forget about are the little costs that can eat into the budget before your plane even takes off. Here are 10 of the biggest offenders, with a little advice on cutting down these last-minute expenses.</p> <h2>1. Check-In Fees</h2> <p>Most of us check-in way ahead of time to avoid lines at the airport. However, more airlines are starting to charge for different aspects of this service, knowing that you would rather pay a fee than leave it to the last minute. In some instances, you will be charged for the convenience of checking-in online. Amazingly, there may even be a cost for printing a boarding pass (currently Spirit charges $10 if you have one printed at the check-in counter), so look for options that are free (like printing yours at home, or using an app). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-airline-miles-secrets-only-frequent-flyers-know?ref=seealso">5 Airline Miles Secrets Only Frequent Flyers Know</a>)</p> <h2>2. Checked or Carry-On Luggage Fees</h2> <p>If you've flown anywhere in the last few years, you probably noticed how insanely full the overhead luggage compartments were. That's because people got wise to the checked baggage fees, and started bringing even more carry-on luggage instead. In fact, you'd often see flight attendants asking for carry-on bags to be checked free, due to space issues. However, recent carry-on fees (which are usually more than checked baggage fees) have reversed that trend. Now, there's plenty of room in the cabin, because once again, people are looking for the cheapest option. So, even if you have a bag that's carry-on-sized, look at the prices. It may be cheaper to check it.</p> <h2>3. Overweight Luggage Charges</h2> <p>This one can really bite you at the last minute. If your bag weighs more than 50 pounds, you will pay a penalty, and this can vary depending on the airline. For instance, Frontier will charge you $75, whereas American Airlines tacks on a whopping $200! Sometimes, you can do some quick swapping between bags to get them all under 50 pounds, but if that's not an option, you may find it cheaper to leave some items at the airport (give them away, trash them) rather than pay the hefty fee.</p> <p>A good way to avoid this is to buy a luggage scale and weigh your luggage before you ever get to the airport. Bring it with you, too. You may also want to pack a light extra bag that you can use in an emergency. Usually, the additional bag fee is cheaper than the overweight bag charge. Or, try <a href="https://www.luggageforward.com/excess-baggage-fees/">Luggage Forward,</a> which ships your bags to and from your destination.</p> <h2>4. Seat Selection</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/seat_selection.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>If you're happy with any old seat on the plane, you usually don't have to worry. But if you would like to choose your seat (and if you're not traveling alone, you will most likely want to sit next to the person you're flying with), you'll be faced with a variety of costs. These costs get much higher as you move toward the front of the plane, where there is extra legroom, or if you want to sit in an exit row. Some airlines, like Spirit, will charge you for an advanced seat assignment, no matter where it is on the plane, so you may want to wait until you get to the check-in counter.</p> <h2>5. Food</h2> <p>When you're on vacation, you don't think much about food on the way to your destination. But remember, you're a captive audience in an airport. And when you're hungry or thirsty, you'll pay big bucks. Airport food is always more expensive than it is elsewhere, and when you're traveling as a family, those costs add up quickly. On the plane, it's even worse, with in-flight meals now costing upward of $10 for something quite meager. So before you leave, try and eat a good meal to keep you going through the airport and flight.</p> <h2>6. Parking</h2> <p>If you park at the airport, you won't be paying for this until you return. But make sure you budget for it, because it can really add up (especially at a garage parking, which can run over $20 a day). Instead, look at off-airport parking, which is cheaper and can be paid for in advance. These places offer valet, and covered and uncovered parking, with free shuttles to and from the airport. Most offer coupons and discounts as well, so do a little research before you book. You can get your parking down to $5 a day if you're smart.</p> <h2>7. Car Transportation</h2> <p>If you decide to take a taxi to the airport, you will save on parking fees, but you'll replace them with cab fares. An airport run is often a standard fee for most cab companies, and usually comes with the &quot;airport access fee&quot; tacked on. Depending on where you live in relation to the airport, you can easily spend $75 on a one-way trip, and that does not include the tip. Services like Lyft and Uber are cheaper (although watch out for the surge pricing with Uber), and you can also find car services that specialize in airport runs.</p> <h2>8. Currency Exchange</h2> <p>If you're traveling out of the country, you'll want to turn your dollars into cash you can use when you arrive. And that costs money. Depending where and when you do it, the service fee and poor exchange rate could really cost you. <em>Do not</em> exchange your money at the airport. It's the worst place to do it because it's the most convenient. Instead, order the cash from your own bank way ahead of time, or use a reputable online service. If you can, bring a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=travel">credit card with no foreign transaction fees</a> with you. It'll really help.</p> <h2>9. Visa Fees</h2> <p>Depending on your destination, you will have to purchase visas to enter the country. For instance, right now U.S. passport holders are required to pay a <a href="http://www.mychinavisa.com/rates/">$140 fee per visa to enter China</a>. That's almost $600 for a family of four, which really adds a lot onto the cost of the vacation. You could choose to visit a country that does not require a visa. There are currently 38 countries in the Visa Waiver Program, so if you pick one of those, you don't have to worry about this fee.</p> <h2>10. Carry-On Friendly Items</h2> <p>If you're planning to bring toiletries and similar personal items on the plane with you, get ready to go shopping. The restrictions are quite clear: You can bring a quart-sized bag of essentials, but each liquid, aerosol or gel is <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/liquids-rule">restricted to just 3.4 ounces</a>. If you bring expensive perfume or cologne, and it's bigger than 3.4 ounces, it will be confiscated.</p> <p><em>What are some other sneaky vacation fees to look out for? Share with us!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%20Sneaky%20Vacation%20Costs%20That%20Add%20Up%20Quickly.jpg&amp;description=10%20Sneaky%20Vacation%20Costs%20That%20Add%20Up%20Quickly" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Sneaky%20Vacation%20Costs%20That%20Add%20Up%20Quickly.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable">These 6 Things Will Make Your Next Flight More Comfortable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-fool-proof-ways-to-stay-within-your-travel-budget">7 Fool-Proof Ways to Stay Within Your Travel Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Flyers Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-reasons-you-should-check-your-luggage">7 Reasons You Should Check Your Luggage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-budget-for-summer-vacation">7 Easy Ways to Budget for Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Travel air travel expenses fees flying Food luggage parking travel budget vacation vacation costs Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:30:12 +0000 Paul Michael 1773244 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Save On Baggage Fees http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-save-on-baggage-fees <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-save-on-baggage-fees" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holding_luggage_000081890955.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to save on airline baggage fees" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Since May, 2008 when American Airlines announced that it would be the first U.S. airline to charge for <em>every </em>checked bag, it's been downhill for frugal flight passengers. Now, nearly every airline in the U.S. and Canada charges around $25 for the first bag their customers check (and more for the second and third). But don't worry! You can avoid these fees if you're a savvy flyer. In this article, I'm going to break down six cures to the checked baggage fee epidemic.</p> <h2>The Costs</h2> <p>Before getting into how we can save on bags, let's go over the costs.</p> <p>Generally airlines charge $25 for the first checked bag for each direction of your journey, meaning you'll pay $50 for a roundtrip flight. While $50 may not sound like a crippling fee, when you're hunting for a great deal on a flight, it can end up being a large percentage of your overall fare &mdash; and that's just for one checked bag.</p> <p>That $50 is a steak dinner for two, it's eight beers at a nice restaurant, it's a nice bottle of wine and a museum entry ticket. That $50 is enough to make you think twice about your baggage fees on your next flight.</p> <p>If you're traveling with a family, you can save upwards of $125 each journey (much more if your bags are overweight). So let's get started with some tips.</p> <h2>1. Become Elite</h2> <p>If you're a frequent flyer (usually 25,000+ miles per year), you can become an elite member of your frequent flyer program and reap some pretty amazing rewards. One of them will likely be free checked bags on your flights. Other rewards include free upgrades, free food, and unlimited booze.</p> <p>American Airline's AAdvantage program offers one free checked bag for Gold members, two for Platinum members, and three for Executive Platinum members.</p> <p>If you don't think that you're going to be traveling all the way around the world and back each year and thus don't qualify for elite status, then you may want to utilize the next tip instead.</p> <h2>2. Use the Right Credit Card</h2> <p>Airline loyalty programs like <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-delta-skymiles-credit-card-has-the-best-value">Delta SkyMiles</a>, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-united-mileageplus-credit-card-should-you-get">United MileagePlus</a>, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-american-airlines-us-airways-credit-card-should-you-get">American Airlines AAdvantage</a>, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/earn-award-flights-faster-with-the-jetblue-rewards-mastercard-from-barclaycard">JetBlue TrueBlue</a>, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-domestic-frequent-flyer-program-southwest-airlines-rapid-rewards-premier-credit-card">Southwest Rapid Rewards</a> all have their line of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards">co-branded credit cards</a>. These credit cards offer a variety of travel perks, including free checked baggage.</p> <p>If you're a frequent flyer, or you always fly with the same airline or airline partner, then you should definitely consider choosing a credit card that will maximize your flight benefits with that airline. Baggage fees are usually just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to credit card rewards. You can earn some pretty nice perks by putting your flight purchases on the right credit card.</p> <h2>3. Pack Smart</h2> <p>In 2010, Spirit Airlines started charging for carry-on bags, but luckily no other airlines (aside from Frontier) have followed suit so far. This means that you can sometimes pack all of your things into a carry-on sized bag to avoid baggage fees. You might be surprised at how easy this can be done! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler?ref=seealso">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a>)</p> <p>One tip that works quite well is to wear all of your bulky clothes on the plane to free up space in your bag. I'm not saying that you should dress in everything you own like Joey from <em>Friends</em>, but you can definitely wear your jacket, jeans, and sweater on the day of your flight to lessen the load in your bags.</p> <p>If you're trying to avoid overweight baggage fees, then wearing your bulky items and carrying as much in your carry-on may just save you a lot of money. A 60-lb checked bag can cost you upwards of $90, so if you can put some of that weight in the cabin, you'll be keeping some money in your wallet.</p> <h2>4. Fly With the Right Airline</h2> <p>Sorry, guys! This list is slowly dwindling down and you now only have one option for free bags in the U.S. &mdash; Southwest Airlines. JetBlue was the only other airline that held out on baggage fees until June, 2015 when they announced that the first checked bag would be $25 for all passengers.</p> <p>Southwest is still holding out and they actually allow <em>two </em>free checked bags for all passengers. Go Southwest!</p> <h2>5. Upgrade</h2> <p>You may cringe at the idea of spending double the price of your ticket just for some extra leg room, good service, and a fancy meal, but flying first class doesn't always have to be expensive. Delta, for example, sometimes offers seat upgrades for $90 at check-in. First class allows you a free checked bag and often offers more weight allowance.</p> <p>An overweight bag on Delta can cost around $90, so why not enjoy some comfort, free booze, and a free meal along the way? Definitely ask about upgrades at check-in.</p> <p>WestJet in Canada offers upgrades to Economy Plus Seating for between $15&ndash;$50 and it includes food, more leg room, a drink, and a free checked bag (worth $25). Definitely worth considering.</p> <h2>6. Go Ultra-Light</h2> <p>If you're a frequent flyer, it's probably worth it for you to invest in <a href="http://amzn.to/1Soc74E">lightweight luggage</a>. The amount of money that you can potentially save in overweight baggage fees will likely be far more than the cost of the bag over the course of a year.</p> <p>Some regular suitcases can weigh upwards of 20 lbs &mdash; empty! Buy purchasing ultra-lightweight luggage, you can get this down to around seven lbs. That's 13 lbs lighter, and if you're that much overweight, this luggage could save you around $60 in your return journey!</p> <h2>You Don't Have to Go Far</h2> <p>Some people go as far as to avoid flying altogether, or even shipping their bags with an independent courier service like VIPbags to avoid fees, but you really don't have to go that far. By using the tips in this article, you should be able to rid yourself of the baggage fees, while still flying comfortably on your next vacation. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-most-creative-ways-to-avoid-airline-fees-like-wearable-suitcases?ref=seealso">10 Most Creative Ways to Avoid Airline Fees</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Did You Like This Article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-ways-to-save-on-baggage-fees&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FWays%20To%20onBaggageFees.jpg&amp;description=6%20Easy%20Ways%20To%20Save%20On%20Airline%20Baggage%20Fees" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Ways%20To%20onBaggageFees.jpg" alt="Save On Baggage Fees" width="250" height="374" align="middle" /></p> <p><em>How do you avoid paying airline checked baggage fees?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-save-on-baggage-fees">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-budget-friendly-beach-destinations">6 Budget-Friendly Beach Destinations</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-take-one-vacation-day-and-save-thousands">How to Take One Vacation Day and Save Thousands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-get-the-most-value-from-your-all-inclusive-vacation">11 Ways to Get the Most Value From Your All-Inclusive Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-save-on-travel-gear">7 Easy Ways to Save on Travel Gear</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel frugal living luggage luggage fees saving money travel travel fees Thu, 19 May 2016 10:00:12 +0000 Nick Wharton 1706847 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Money Saving Travel Gadgets http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-saving-travel-gadgets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-money-saving-travel-gadgets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_travel_computer_000014260697.jpg" alt="Woman using money saving travel gadgets" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are countless gadgets out there that can help you travel safer, easier, and more efficiently, but there are only a few that can really save you a lot of money while on the road. Here is a list of my favorite travel gadgets. Many of them can actually pay themselves off in no time at all!</p> <h2>1. Handpresso</h2> <p>This portable espresso maker probably paid itself off in the first month that I traveled with it. You can pick one up on Amazon for around $140, and basically all you need to pour a perfect cup of espresso coffee is hot water and about 30&ndash;35 compressions of the built-in pump.</p> <p>I picked up the <a href="http://amzn.to/1VBrx9k">Handpresso</a> for my travels through Europe, where small cups of espresso can cost as much as &euro;2 each. Instead of spending that much at a cafe, I buy a 250 gram bag of <a href="http://amzn.to/1VBrYAr">Lavazza coffee</a> for &euro;2 and it's good for around 35 cups of coffee.</p> <p>That means that after going through one bag (which usually takes about two weeks), I've saved myself over &euro;68 ($75). If you prefer lattes, you'll save even more money because you can buy milk for cheap at the supermarket and make a latte at home for about 25 cents, but in an Italian cafe a latte will probably cost you around &euro;4!</p> <p>Bonus Gadget: If you're worried about not having a kettle in your hotel room for boiling water, consider traveling with a portable coil water heater as well.</p> <h2>2. Luggage Scale</h2> <p>Baggage fees are getting more and more ridiculous on airlines around the world. The idea of having one free checked bag is slowly fading into distant memory, especially with North American carriers.</p> <p>This means that every pound you put under the plane counts. Instead of walking up to the check-in counter with that dreaded feeling of not knowing if your bags are overweight, pick up a <a href="http://amzn.to/1WcVI5E">luggage scale</a> on Amazon for under $15.</p> <p>It only takes one flight to pay this thing off. Usually if you're over by just two pounds you'll have to pay $15 extra, so by weighing your suitcase before arriving at the airport, you can take out that heavy sweater and wear it on the plane instead of paying a surcharge for overweight checked luggage.</p> <h2>3. Luggage GPS</h2> <p>As someone who has recently had his luggage lost by an airline, I can't recommend this gadget enough. Usually if an airline misplaces your baggage, they'll locate it eventually, but it can take days. When Turkish lost my bags earlier this year, I had to buy a whole new wardrobe in order to survive the cold Istanbul winter.</p> <p>Had I tagged my bag with a <a href="http://amzn.to/1SXAHqI">luggage GPS</a>, I could have used the app to tell Turkish that it was sitting in New York, given them the exact coordinates and I probably would have had my bag back in a day, rather than a week.</p> <p>You can also tag your purse, golf clubs, and even your children with a tracker. Never lose something that's important to you again.</p> <h2>4. Steripen</h2> <p>You may not know how expensive bottled water can be until you travel to a place where it's not safe to drink tap water. On a hot day in Europe for example, you may find that you drink over 50 ounces of water. This can cost over &euro;5 per day.</p> <p>A <a href="http://amzn.to/1WcVT15">Steripen</a> uses Ultraviolet rays to purify 33 ounces of water in 90 seconds. All you have to do is submerge the pen and press a button. This simple, handheld tool can save money and a ton of plastic by not disposing of all those bottles..</p> <p>One thing to note is that the Steripen removes bacteria and contaminants from the water but doesn't really help the taste. To combat funky flavored H2O, consider packing some flavoring packets or better yet, electrolyte powder.</p> <h2>5. Wi-Fi Range Extender</h2> <p>I have to say that this gadget has saved me a ton of hassle and has probably paid itself off as well. All you have to do is plug it into the wall, press a button to hook it up to the router, and the <a href="http://amzn.to/1VBBJ1J">range extender</a> can get rid of dead spots in your hotel, at the airport, or at the train station.</p> <p>No more having to go to a cafe and buy a coffee just to get a decent Wi-Fi connection. This thing should give enough of a signal boost to give you full bars, even if the router isn't nearby.</p> <h2>What's Your Favorite Travel Gadget?</h2> <p>My favorite money-saving gadget that I picked up this year has to be the Handpresso pump, but I love all of the items on this list. As a full-time traveler, I'm always looking for new tools to save money and make travel easier. What's your favorite travel gadget? Does it save you money? Tell me about it in the comments below.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-saving-travel-gadgets">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-should-never-pack-for-vacation">5 Things You Should Never Pack for Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip">9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-theft-while-traveling">How to Avoid Theft While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly">10 Sneaky Vacation Costs That Add Up Quickly</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-affordable-gifts-for-travel-lovers">15 Affordable Gifts for Travel Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel clean water coffee gadgets luggage steripen suitcases useful tools vacation wi-fi extender Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:00:11 +0000 Nick Wharton 1695997 at http://www.wisebread.com