luggage http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/13917/all en-US How to Avoid International Baggage Fees http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-international-baggage-fees <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-avoid-international-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/cute_couple_traveling.jpg" alt="Cute couple traveling" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most airlines will charge you to check luggage when traveling within the United States, but until recently, they at least let you check one bag for free on most international trips. Perhaps it was just a matter of time, but some airlines are now imposing the same dreaded bag fees on international flights as well.</p> <p>This is especially true on the Basic Economy fares that the major airlines have adopted, which don't allow you to check any bags for free or even put anything in the overhead bin. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beware-these-sneaky-fees-on-discount-airfare?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Beware These Sneaky Fees on Discount Airfare</a>)</p> <p>Here are the times you'll have to pay a baggage fee for international flights.</p> <h2>American</h2> <p>American charges $25 for your first checked bag on flights to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America (except Panama). It has yet to offer Basic Economy fares to destinations where it currently offers a free checked bag, though it has announced it will begin Basic Economy flights to Europe in April. There is no word yet on how much it will charge for a checked bag when those flights begins.</p> <h2>Delta</h2> <p>While Delta still offers a free checked bag to most international destinations on most fares, it will charge $25 for the first checked bag on flights to Mexico, Canada, Central America (except El Salvador), Caribbean, Guyana, and Bermuda. However, it recently imposed a $60 bag fee for its Basic Economy fares on flights from the U.S. and Canada to and from Europe or North Africa for flights on or after April 10, 2018. Your first checked bag is still free if you purchase Delta's more expensive Main Cabin fares.</p> <h2>United</h2> <p>United also charges $25 to check your first bag to international destinations in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. Flights to other international destinations allow your first bag to be checked for free, and United hasn't begun offering Basic Economy fares on those flights yet.</p> <h2>European carriers</h2> <p>Many European carriers have begun offering their own Basic Economy fares on flights within Europe and to the U.S., which they often label &quot;Economy Light.&quot; As with the Basic Economy fares offered by the major U.S. airlines, the Economy Light fares on European airlines don't include a free checked bag, but their regular intercontinental flights still do.</p> <p>Examples of major European carriers that have Economy Light fares include Lufthansa, Air France, Swiss, and Austrian. The baggage fees range, and can be quite expensive. Lufthansa charges $60 for a checked bag in Economy Light for a transatlantic flight ($100 if you pay at the airport). Swiss Air charges $150.</p> <h2>Avoiding baggage fees on international flights</h2> <p>Even though the airlines are counting on baggage fees to earn them even greater profits, there are several ways you can avoid having to pay for them.</p> <h3>1. Have the right credit card</h3> <p>Most <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">airline credit cards</a> offer cardholders and their companions a free checked bag, but you'll have to read the fine print. Many cards allow for one free checked bag only within the U.S.</p> <p>In these cases, you may be better off with other types of credit cards that offer you annual statement credits toward airline fees, such as those for checked baggage. Another option is a travel rewards credit card that offers miles that can be redeemed as statement credits for travel charges, including airline fees for checked bags. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h3>2. Travel on the right airline</h3> <p>While airlines tend to copy each other when imposing baggage fees, there are some exceptions. For example, Southwest offers all customers two free checked bags on flights to all of its destinations including those in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-save-on-baggage-fees?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Ways to Save on Baggage Fees</a>)</p> <h3>3. Check child car seats</h3> <p>All airlines allow you check child car seats for free. To protect the child car seat, it's best to place it in a large duffel bag. And if you happen to have a few other items packed underneath the seat, it's unlikely that the airline will notice or care.</p> <h3>4. Maximize your carry-on allowance</h3> <p>Even when you will be charged for a checked bag, many airlines still allow each passenger to carry on both a suitcase and a &quot;personal item&quot; such as a purse, briefcase, or backpack that can fit underneath the seat in front of you. To carry the most possible, pay close attention to the maximum size allowable and pack efficiently. And if you need to carry a large coat or jacket, try to wear it on the plane rather than pack it. Of course, you are free to stow your jacket in the overhead compartment once you are onboard.</p> <p>Finally, always be careful to look at the baggage allowance when purchasing basic economy fares, economy light fares, or tickets on an ultra low-cost carrier. These tickets don't usually include a carry-on suitcase, just a personal item. (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> <h3>5. Avoid basic economy fares</h3> <p>As basic economy fares spread, it is becoming even harder to avoid checked baggage fees. It might be worth it to pay more for your airfare just to avoid a basic economy ticket.</p> <p>First, the additional cost of your checked baggage may make the price comparable to a standard fare. But also, basic economy fares don't come with the ability to select assigned seats together, and are not changeable for any price. If the price of a standard fare is close to a basic economy fare plus baggage fees, you may be better off just paying for the standard ticket.</p> <h3>6. Be aware of exemptions for active duty military members and dependents</h3> <p>Most U.S. airlines and even some European carriers have policies that exempt active duty service members and their families from baggage fees, but some limit it to travel on orders or relocation, while others do not. If you are on active duty or are the dependent of an active duty service member, pay close attention to these policies, and make sure to bring your military ID and any other required documentation.</p> <h3>7. Have elite status</h3> <p>If you fly enough, then you may have earned elite status with an airline that allows you to avoid bag fees. In fact, that elite status will offer you bag fee waivers when traveling on a partner airline within the same airline alliance such as SkyTeam, Oneworld, or the Star Alliance. When using these partner relationships to avoid baggage fees, make sure to bring your frequent flyer card that indicates your elite status, just in case.</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" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-avoid-international-baggage-fees&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Avoid%2520International%2520Baggage%2520Fees.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Avoid%20International%20Baggage%20Fees"></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/How%20to%20Avoid%20International%20Baggage%20Fees.jpg" alt="How to Avoid International Baggage Fees" 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/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-international-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-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/how-to-provide-proof-of-onward-travel-during-an-open-ended-trip-abroad">How to Provide Proof of Onward Travel During an Open-Ended Trip Abroad</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-avoid-airline-fees-in-basic-economy">How to Avoid Airline Fees in Basic Economy</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/11-essentials-every-business-traveler-needs-to-pack">11 Essentials Every Business Traveler Needs to Pack</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-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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-should-always-carry-on-an-economy-flight">9 Things You Should Always Carry on an Economy Flight</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel baggage fees checked bags international travel international travel tips luggage travel tips Tue, 06 Mar 2018 09:30:15 +0000 Jason Steele 2112171 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Things You Should Always Carry on an Economy Flight http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-should-always-carry-on-an-economy-flight <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-things-you-should-always-carry-on-an-economy-flight" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/great_music_in_the_airplane.jpg" alt="Great music in the airplane" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Flying in economy class today is a far cry from the golden age of flying, when a standard flight provided free blankets, meals, and even alcoholic drinks in some cases. Airlines these days compete to offer the lowest prices possible, and to do so, they&rsquo;ve stripped out many of the amenities they used to provide free on domestic flights.</p> <p>If your flight is more than an hour or two, it&rsquo;s usually worth bringing along some items that can make your flight more comfortable. Below are nine things to consider packing in your carry-on.</p> <h2>1. Water</h2> <p>Anyone who&rsquo;s ever flown knows the dry cabin air can leave you dehydrated. It&rsquo;s recommended you drink at least eight ounces of water per hour you&rsquo;re in the air. While many airlines still give you water for free, some discount airlines don&rsquo;t. Either way, it can take up to an hour after you board the plane for beverage service to start, so it&rsquo;s best to bring your own water.</p> <p>Though you&rsquo;re not allowed to take liquids through TSA checks, you can bring an empty bottle and fill it up once you&rsquo;re past airport security. If you&rsquo;re in a country where the water in the airport is not safe to drink, you may need to buy a bottle of water from a vendor in the airport. That&rsquo;s still better than not having any water with you on the flight. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-ways-to-make-flying-coach-feel-like-first-class?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Ways to Make Coach Feel Like First Class</a>)</p> <h2>2. Snacks or a light meal</h2> <p>While some airlines still offer a small bag of pretzels to passengers, it&rsquo;s increasingly common to find there is no free food at all on a flight. Instead, many airlines offer overpriced meals or snacks that you can buy. If you don&rsquo;t want to pay those inflated prices, bring your own healthy nibbles. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-to-pack-delicious-and-cheap-airline-snacks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Easy-to-Pack, Delicious, and Cheap Airline Snacks</a>)</p> <p>Light and lean proteins are best for long-distance flights because they are easy for your body to digest while sitting down for long periods of time. Turkey, chicken, tuna, and hard boiled eggs are good options that can easily be packed for your flight.</p> <p>Avoid foods that are deep fried, processed, or high in sugar, as they can make you feel fatigued and restless. It&rsquo;s equally important to watch what you eat before a flight. Gassy foods such as onions, broccoli, and carbonated beverages can make you feel bloated during long periods without physical activity.</p> <h2>3. Entertainment</h2> <p>Keeping yourself occupied is the easiest way to make a long flight go faster. That&rsquo;s why most planes come with some sort of in-flight entertainment. But many airlines now charge for movies, with prices topping $5 for a single film.</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t want to pay those prices, plan ahead and make sure you bring something with you to do. Download your favorite film or show onto a tablet, bring a book or e-reader with you, or if you&rsquo;re traveling with friends or family, consider bringing a pack of cards or games you can play from your seat.</p> <h2>4. Headphones</h2> <p>Even airlines that do provide free entertainment tend to not provide the headphones to allow you to listen to it. The crew will offer headphones for sale at the beginning of the flight, but they&rsquo;ll be poor quality and expensive. Avoid that frustration by bringing your own pair of headphones so you can plug in for free if you get lucky with an in-flight movie.</p> <p>You might even consider upgrading to good pair of <a href="http://amzn.to/2ntqM8T" target="_blank">noise-cancelling headphones</a>, which can drown out unpleasant or distracting sounds.</p> <h2>5. Earplugs</h2> <p>Maybe you&rsquo;re the type of person who likes to catch a few winks on a flight. Earplugs are a must if you don&rsquo;t want a fitful nap interrupted by constant noise, especially in the tightly packed economy section.</p> <p>Believe it or not, earplugs are not all created equal. I always go for the plugs that cancel out the most noise, while still feeling comfortable. <a href="http://amzn.to/2jOUtfF" target="_blank">Mighty Plugs</a> are a great option for planes.</p> <h2>6. Eye mask</h2> <p>Once you&rsquo;ve planned for the noise situation, it&rsquo;s time to think about light. It can be difficult to catch some quality z's when the sun is streaming in through the windows and the cabin lights are on. An eye mask can be a godsend in these situations, providing you with the darkness you need.</p> <p>When shopping for a mask, look for something made from a cool, comfortable fabric with an adjustable strap. You may also want to consider a contoured shape that pushes the mask out from your face so it&rsquo;s not resting uncomfortably on your eyelids. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-eye-masks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Eye Masks</a>)</p> <h2>7. Pillow and blanket</h2> <p>Not so long ago, an airline branded pillow and blanket wrapped in a cellophane bag on your seat was a common sight. These days it&rsquo;s rare for airlines to provide them as standard in economy class. Even in the unlikely event that you do find a blanket waiting for you, you probably won&rsquo;t want to use it. Airline employees have admitted that the blankets are infrequently washed. You can buy travel blankets that roll up to a compact size. Another option is to wear a large scarf that you can cover yourself with.</p> <p>If you plan to do any sleeping, you&rsquo;ll want a pillow, too. An inflatable neck pillow is good because it folds up small for carrying. If you take frequent long-haul flights, you may even want to consider a <a href="http://amzn.to/2ikHnXi" target="_blank">lean-forward pillow</a>, which lets you use the space in front of you for a more comfortable sleep. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-pillows?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Travel Pillows</a>)</p> <h2>8. Compression socks</h2> <p>One of the best ways to get comfortable on a flight is to kick back and take your shoes off. But no one will appreciate it if your socks smell like you&rsquo;ve just run a marathon. The easiest way to ensure you don&rsquo;t stink up the cabin is to bring an additional pair of socks with you.</p> <p>Shell out a little extra for a pair of <a href="http://amzn.to/2iit5WQ" target="_blank">compression socks</a>, which will also significantly reduce your risk of suffering Deep Vein Thrombosis during your flight. Though they&rsquo;re particularly effective on long distance flights when the risk of DVT is higher, there&rsquo;s no harm in wearing them for flying short distances, as well.</p> <h2>9. Hand sanitizer and sterile wipes</h2> <p>Studies have shown that airline cabins are filthy spaces. Tray tables, seat belts, arm rests, and even suitcases are rife with bacteria. The pressure to quickly turn around an aircraft between flights inevitably means that they&rsquo;re not cleaned to a high standard.</p> <p>Since most of the harm materializes as a result of touching infected areas, you can reduce the potential by keeping good hygiene. Use sanitizer spray or sterile wipes on the surfaces around you, as well as regularly on your hands.</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" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F9-things-you-should-always-carry-on-an-economy-flight&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%2520Things%2520You%2520Should%2520Always%2520Carry%2520on%2520an%2520Economy%2520Flight.jpg&amp;description=9%20Things%20You%20Should%20Always%20Carry%20on%20an%20Economy%20Flight"></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%20Things%20You%20Should%20Always%20Carry%20on%20an%20Economy%20Flight.jpg" alt="9 Things You Should Always Carry on an Economy Flight" 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/9-things-you-should-always-carry-on-an-economy-flight">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/11-essentials-every-business-traveler-needs-to-pack">11 Essentials Every Business Traveler Needs to Pack</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/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-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/6-money-saving-items-to-bring-on-your-next-cruise">6 Money-Saving Items to Bring 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/3-first-class-airlines-that-are-dripping-with-luxury">3 First Class Airlines That Are Dripping With Luxury</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation Travel Coach coach seat economy flight flight essentials flight tips frequent flyer luggage packing tips travel tips Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:30:11 +0000 Nick Wharton 2067353 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Essentials Every Business Traveler Needs to Pack http://www.wisebread.com/11-essentials-every-business-traveler-needs-to-pack <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-essentials-every-business-traveler-needs-to-pack" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_traveling_abroad.jpg" alt="Woman traveling abroad" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Business travel usually sounds like a lot of fun, until you're on the road constantly. Living out of a suitcase often means leaving some of your favorite things behind, and one delayed flight can throw off meetings, hotel reservations, and more.</p> <p>Whether you're an experienced business traveler or new to this particular adventure, there's a way to make the traveling life easier &mdash; by packing smart. Here are some things that the savvy business traveler should always have along for the ride. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-business-travel-helps-your-wallet?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Ways Business Travel Helps Your Wallet</a>)</p> <h2>1. A filtered water bottle</h2> <p>It's easy to forget just how essential water is for health and happiness. Make sure that you have safe, clean water to drink wherever you go by investing in a <a href="http://amzn.to/2mTf33g" target="_blank">water bottle that will filter contaminants</a> on its own.</p> <h2>2. A Wi-Fi hot spot</h2> <p>Airport and airplane Wi-Fi can be expensive and, if you happen to be in the wrong part of the airport, it can be spotty, too. Some places, it's also an unsecured network. While you can almost always turn your smartphone into a wireless hot spot, many business travelers prefer to carry a <a href="http://amzn.to/2mTtHY7" target="_blank">separate hot spot device</a>. Sometimes, work will even pay for it! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/technology-hacks-for-the-international-traveler?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Technology Hacks for the International Traveler</a>)</p> <h2>3. A surge protector</h2> <p>Many power cords these days come with surge protection built in, but you can never be too safe (especially when traveling overseas). Carry a small surge protector with you, and you'll know that your devices won't get fried when you need them most. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-surge-protectors?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Power Surge Protectors</a>)</p> <h2>4. A power bank</h2> <p>You never know when your phone, tablet, or laptop is going to run out of battery life, but it's almost guaranteed to be at the worst possible time. Save yourself the hassle of finding a charging station in an airport or bumming a charge off another traveler by making sure you have your power bank packed. Make sure yours is fully charged before you leave. (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. A small carry-on bag</h2> <p>Save money and hassle by investing in a <a href="http://amzn.to/2A0309b" target="_blank">carry-on bag</a> that conforms to TSA's standards, and fit everything you need for your trip into it. You could save between $50 and $100 per flight by not bringing extra luggage, and you'll have it all with you so you won't have to wait in line at baggage claim or have to worry about lost luggage. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-unexpected-items-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on?ref=seealso" target="_blank">21 Unexpected Items You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</a>)</p> <h2>6. A first aid kit</h2> <p>You never know when you'll trip or something unusual will happen and you'll need a Band-Aid or some ibuprofen. And you don't want to be heading into an important business meeting with an open cut or a splitting headache that could've easily been taken care of, had you planned ahead. Gather a few first aid items in a baggie before you leave, so these small inconveniences don't become bigger problems. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-first-aid-kits?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best First Aid Kits</a>)</p> <h2>7. Wrinkle releaser</h2> <p>Sure, many hotels now stock irons and ironing boards for travelers, but what if you end up running straight from the plane to a big meeting? Get rid of wrinkles on-the-go by bringing your own <a href="http://amzn.to/2zfx9yg" target="_blank">wrinkle-release spray</a> along. It's also useful when you don't feel like ironing in your hotel or you forget to send your clothes out for cleaning.</p> <h2>8. Travel apps</h2> <p>There are many apps out there geared toward business travelers. Apple's <a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204003" target="_blank">Wallet</a> lets you organize your boarding passes and other important data so you always have access to them. Send your confirmation and travel emails to <a href="https://www.tripit.com/" target="_blank">TripIt</a> and the app will create your itineraries for you.</p> <p>The point is, if you want to find an app to do something that will make your business travel easier, you probably can. Take the time to figure out what tasks you would like to do digitally, and download the apps that will work best for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-apps-for-the-tech-challenged-traveler?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Apps for the Tech-Challenged Traveler</a>)</p> <h2>9. Travel-size personal care products</h2> <p>Hotels are always stocked with shampoo, conditioner, and soap for guests to use, but they don't usually have other essentials like face wash, deodorant, or hair styling products. These are must-haves for business travelers who need to be presentable and professional at all times, so make sure you have TSA-approved sizes of the personal care items you like to use.</p> <h2>10. The right travel rewards card</h2> <p>Some companies will let you book your own business travel and will reimburse you later. Whether this is true for you or not, it can pay to have a good travel rewards credit card along with you. Even if you can't book your own travel, these cards can offer rewards for things like dining out, entrance fees, and other travel costs you might incur on your own. Figure out what you will use your card for most and which type of points would help you the most, then get the card and reap the benefits. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-credit-cards-have-the-best-travel-redemption-value?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which Credit Cards Have the Best Travel Redemption Value?</a>)</p> <h2>11. Plastic bags</h2> <p>These are useful in so many ways. Use them to cover your shoes, store your dirty laundry, keep your toiletries from bursting all over your bag, and more. You may feel a little silly when you pack them the first time, but you're likely to find yourself using them over and over again during your trip.</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" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F11-essentials-every-business-traveler-needs-to-pack&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F11%2520Essentials%2520Every%2520Business%2520Traveler%2520Needs%2520to%2520Pack.jpg&amp;description=11%20Essentials%20Every%20Business%20Traveler%20Needs%20to%20Pack"></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/u5180/11%20Essentials%20Every%20Business%20Traveler%20Needs%20to%20Pack.jpg" alt="11 Essentials Every Business Traveler Needs to Pack" 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/11-essentials-every-business-traveler-needs-to-pack">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-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-things-you-should-always-carry-on-an-economy-flight">9 Things You Should Always Carry on an Economy Flight</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/6-money-saving-items-to-bring-on-your-next-cruise">6 Money-Saving Items to Bring 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/16-must-haves-to-pack-for-your-next-cruise">16 Must-Haves to Pack for Your Next Cruise</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Travel business traveler business trip carry-on luggage packing tips travel tips what to pack Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:30:10 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 2063302 at http://www.wisebread.com 21 Unexpected Items You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On http://www.wisebread.com/21-unexpected-items-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="/21-unexpected-items-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/garment_women_and_accessory_to_travel_and_holidays.jpg" alt="Garment women and accessory to travel and holidays" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is not your first trip down the jetway. You've got your eye mask, your noise-cancelling headphones, your laptop or tablet, your multi-item charger for the airport, your backup power source, and even your actual paper book in case all your technology runs out of battery. But what did you <em>not </em>think to put in your carry-on that could make your flight better? Here are a few I never fly without, and a few more I can't wait to try. (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>Domestic</h2> <p>Maybe you're only going to be stuck in that hamster cage they call a seat for a few hours, but that doesn't mean you should show up without any provisions for your comfort.</p> <h3>1. A pencil and notebook</h3> <p>Unlike a laptop, which will run out of power, or a pen, which might refuse to write at altitude, this little piece of technology won't let you down when you are bored enough to write poetry or fill in the in-flight magazine's crossword puzzle.</p> <h3>2. A headphone splitter</h3> <p>While it's obvious you'll be bringing headphones, do you really want to sit there, laughing at the movie on your laptop, while your companion sits there and seethes? Share!</p> <h3>3. A medicine bag</h3> <p>Include painkillers, because, ouch: altitude. Antihistamines and decongestants are also good calls. Some of us like to carry something that will make us sleepy or calm our nerves. If you need an inhaler or insulin, it's obviously important to bring plenty for your own safety, but also because if you ever ask a flight attendant if they have a spare inhaler, you'll probably be denied boarding for medical reasons. They don't want to take the risk of anyone having a health emergency in the sky.</p> <h3>4. A change of clothes</h3> <p>Because you never know if or when your checked bag will make it to your destination, and what if the person next to you spills his coffee all over you?</p> <h3>5. A tennis ball</h3> <p>Huh? Travel &amp; Leisure swears you should bring this piece of sports equipment on board, and use it to massage your back, legs, and feet to keep the blood flowing during the flight.</p> <h3>6. Business cards, or a copy of your manuscript</h3> <p>Because you never know when you'll be seated next to the one business contact you always dreamed of meeting.</p> <h3>7. Sanitizing wipes</h3> <p>Because did you know people change their babies' diapers on those tray tables? Wipe it down the moment you take your seat.</p> <h3>8. Another bag, like one of those shopping bags that pack down tiny</h3> <p>Because you might not be able to quickly stuff everything you used on the flight back into your carry-on when it's time to go.</p> <h3>9. A pacifier</h3> <p>Not traveling with a baby? Imagine what a hero you might become to the whole flight if you whip out a new, in-the-package bippy for a family that has lost theirs. Back when I traveled with infants in tow, I once had another mom offer me $10 for a single pacifier. (I gave it to her for free.)</p> <h3>10. Slipper socks</h3> <p>Because if you're like me, you wore slip-on sandals through security, and now your feet are cold.</p> <h3>11. An empty water bottle</h3> <p>Because you can fill it up after you go through security. You don't want to drink the airplane water. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-water-bottles?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Aluminum and Stainless Steel Water Bottles</a>)</p> <h3>12. A USB or Apple lightning cable</h3> <p>Some planes now have ports in the seat, so you can charge your phone! Make sure you buy the rapid charging kind.</p> <h3>13. Your rights</h3> <p>Print out the <a href="https://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer/fly-rights" target="_blank">US Department of Transportation's rules</a> on delays, bumping passengers, and compensation. Why? Because crews may take advantage of the fact that most people don't know off the top of their heads that they're entitled to 400% of the original fare, up to $1,350, in cash, if they're bumped and arrive at their destination more than two hours late on a domestic flight, or four hours on an international flight. Having these guidelines on hand will allow you to make an informed decision if you're asked to get off the plane, and to ask for what you're owed while you're still at the airport.</p> <h3>14. A comfort item or hypnotherapy recording</h3> <p>Do you get scared, especially during takeoff? Don't be ashamed to bring a stuffy from home that you can squeeze until its eyes bug out. Personally, I like to use self-hypnosis to talk myself down, and if you're new to that type of thing, you could download a recorded hypnosis session to your phone. The side benefit of using hypnosis to fight fear of flying is that it might actually help you fall asleep.</p> <h2>International</h2> <p>On an overseas flight, you will almost certainly try to sleep at some point, making your carry-on arsenal especially important. It's also more important to make friends, since you'll be stuck with everyone you see while boarding for the next 12 hours or more.</p> <h3>15. Treats for the crew</h3> <p>I never would have thought of this myself, but when I read about professional air passenger Ben Schlappig bringing designer chocolates to the flight attendants, I realized how much sense it makes. These are the people who will be responsible for, yes, making sure you make it to the emergency exit in a water landing, but also for whether you get a Jameson refill when you can't sleep with nine hours of flight time to go. Will they accept your goodies? Maybe, maybe not &mdash; I can imagine accepting edibles from unknown passengers being considered a security risk &mdash; but just the offer will mark you as a super nice passenger who deserves to be treated like one.</p> <h3>16. More than one kind of travel pillow</h3> <p>It may seem like a waste of space, but there are a lot of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-pillows?ref=internal" target="_blank">differently shaped travel pillows</a> on the market now, and if you are trying for a solid six hours (let's not wish for the moon and say eight), you are going to want to change positions. On a recent trip to Australia, I alternated between a Turtl, which is like a scarf with a stiff support to let you sleep with your head leaning to the side, and one with a flat back so that I could recline straight back.</p> <h3>17. Something cozy to snuggle up and hide in</h3> <p>I like to wear a Chicago Cubs sweatshirt with pockets and hood so large I can pull it down over my eyes, but others swear by scarves or Turkish towels. In all cases, you're packing something you can use as a blanket or as a barrier between you and a questionably clean airline blanket, but it's also something you can put to other uses.</p> <h3>18. Melatonin</h3> <p>Sleep scientist Matthew Walker confirmed during a recent interview that this hormone in pill from can help you <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/10/16/558058812/sleep-scientist-warns-against-walking-through-life-in-an-underslept-state" target="_blank">adjust to a new time zone</a>. I take it about an hour before I want to fall asleep on a flight.</p> <h3>19. A cord for your glasses</h3> <p>On my last long-haul flight, I dropped my glasses in my sleep. The flight attendants let me crawl on the floor under my seat for an hour without mentioning that someone had turned in a lost pair of glasses.</p> <h3>20. The address of where you're staying, on paper</h3> <p>Before you land, the crew will pass out immigration forms, and you'll be expected to have that info at your fingertips. Don't leave it on an electronic device that might be out of power by now.</p> <h3>21. A truly delicious snack</h3> <p>When I traveled with little kids, I always tried to bring a toy or book they'd never seen before to keep them occupied. You can do this for yourself, too, by skipping your typical snacks and stashing something you love, like a high-end chocolate bar or some gourmet wasabi popcorn, into your bag. If you have the willpower, save it for midflight, when the flight attendants are sick of you and you feel like the journey will never end. Then eat your treat as slowly as possible.</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" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F21-unexpected-items-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F21%2520Unexpected%2520Items%2520You%2520Should%2520Always%2520Pack%2520in%2520Your%2520Carry-On.jpg&amp;description=21%20Unexpected%20Items%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/u5180/21%20Unexpected%20Items%20You%20Should%20Always%20Pack%20in%20Your%20Carry-On.jpg" alt="21 Unexpected Items 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/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-unexpected-items-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-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-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/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/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/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/beware-these-sneaky-fees-on-discount-airfare">Beware These Sneaky Fees on Discount Airfare</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airlines baggage carry-on flying luggage minimalism packing Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:00:06 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2057051 at http://www.wisebread.com 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> <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" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-ways-families-can-travel-like-minimalists&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Ways%2520Families%2520Can%2520Travel%2520Like%2520Minimalists.jpg&amp;description=7%20Ways%20Families%20Can%20Travel%20Like%20Minimalists"></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/u5180/7%20Ways%20Families%20Can%20Travel%20Like%20Minimalists.jpg" alt="7 Ways Families Can Travel Like Minimalists" 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/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-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-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/21-unexpected-items-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on">21 Unexpected Items You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</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/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</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/25-hotel-hacks-from-professional-travelers">25 Hotel Hacks From Professional Travelers</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/24-train-hacks-from-an-amtrak-veteran">24 Train Hacks From an Amtrak Veteran</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/11-essentials-every-business-traveler-needs-to-pack">11 Essentials Every Business Traveler Needs to Pack</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-things-you-should-always-carry-on-an-economy-flight">9 Things You Should Always Carry on an Economy Flight</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/6-money-saving-items-to-bring-on-your-next-cruise">6 Money-Saving Items to Bring 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/16-must-haves-to-pack-for-your-next-cruise">16 Must-Haves to Pack for Your Next Cruise</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/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/the-5-best-luggage-scales">The 5 Best Luggage Scales</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-packing-cubes">The 5 Best Packing Cubes</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/why-you-should-sign-up-for-airline-rewards-even-if-you-dont-travel-much">Why You Should Sign Up for Airline Rewards Even If You Don&#039;t Travel Much</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-towels">The 5 Best Travel Towels</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-travel-adapters">The 5 Best Travel Adapters</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-binoculars">The 5 Best Binoculars</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-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-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-travel-towels">The 5 Best Travel Towels</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-toiletry-bags">The 5 Best Travel Toiletry Bags</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-adapters">The 5 Best Travel Adapters</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-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/11-essentials-every-business-traveler-needs-to-pack">11 Essentials Every Business Traveler Needs to Pack</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/21-unexpected-items-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on">21 Unexpected Items You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-should-always-carry-on-an-economy-flight">9 Things You Should Always Carry on an Economy Flight</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> 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-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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-unexpected-items-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on">21 Unexpected Items 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/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/these-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable">These 6 Things Will Make Your Next Flight More Comfortable</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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-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/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> 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-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/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/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-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/6-ways-to-save-on-baggage-fees">6 Ways to Save On Baggage Fees</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/beware-these-sneaky-fees-on-discount-airfare">Beware These Sneaky Fees on Discount Airfare</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-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/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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-4 views-row-even"> <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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/vacation-safe-11-tips-for-hotel-safety">Vacation Safe: 11 Tips for Hotel Safety</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-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/21-unexpected-items-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on">21 Unexpected Items 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/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/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-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/5-things-you-should-never-pack-for-vacation">5 Things You Should Never Pack for Vacation</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