luggage http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/13917/all en-US 5 Money Saving Travel Gadgets http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-saving-travel-gadgets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-money-saving-travel-gadgets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_travel_computer_000014260697.jpg" alt="Woman using money saving travel gadgets" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are countless gadgets out there that can help you travel safer, easier, and more efficiently, but there are only a few that can really save you a lot of money while on the road. Here is a list of my favorite travel gadgets. Many of them can actually pay themselves off in no time at all!</p> <h2>1. Handpresso</h2> <p>This portable espresso maker probably paid itself off in the first month that I traveled with it. You can pick one up on Amazon for around $140, and basically all you need to pour a perfect cup of espresso coffee is hot water and about 30&ndash;35 compressions of the built-in pump.</p> <p>I picked up the <a href="http://amzn.to/1VBrx9k">Handpresso</a> for my travels through Europe, where small cups of espresso can cost as much as &euro;2 each. Instead of spending that much at a cafe, I buy a 250 gram bag of <a href="http://amzn.to/1VBrYAr">Lavazza coffee</a> for &euro;2 and it's good for around 35 cups of coffee.</p> <p>That means that after going through one bag (which usually takes about two weeks), I've saved myself over &euro;68 ($75). If you prefer lattes, you'll save even more money because you can buy milk for cheap at the supermarket and make a latte at home for about 25 cents, but in an Italian cafe a latte will probably cost you around &euro;4!</p> <p>Bonus Gadget: If you're worried about not having a kettle in your hotel room for boiling water, consider traveling with a portable coil water heater as well.</p> <h2>2. Luggage Scale</h2> <p>Baggage fees are getting more and more ridiculous on airlines around the world. The idea of having one free checked bag is slowly fading into distant memory, especially with North American carriers.</p> <p>This means that every pound you put under the plane counts. Instead of walking up to the check-in counter with that dreaded feeling of not knowing if your bags are overweight, pick up a <a href="http://amzn.to/1WcVI5E">luggage scale</a> on Amazon for under $15.</p> <p>It only takes one flight to pay this thing off. Usually if you're over by just two pounds you'll have to pay $15 extra, so by weighing your suitcase before arriving at the airport, you can take out that heavy sweater and wear it on the plane instead of paying a surcharge for overweight checked luggage.</p> <h2>3. Luggage GPS</h2> <p>As someone who has recently had his luggage lost by an airline, I can't recommend this gadget enough. Usually if an airline misplaces your baggage, they'll locate it eventually, but it can take days. When Turkish lost my bags earlier this year, I had to buy a whole new wardrobe in order to survive the cold Istanbul winter.</p> <p>Had I tagged my bag with a <a href="http://amzn.to/1SXAHqI">luggage GPS</a>, I could have used the app to tell Turkish that it was sitting in New York, given them the exact coordinates and I probably would have had my bag back in a day, rather than a week.</p> <p>You can also tag your purse, golf clubs, and even your children with a tracker. Never lose something that's important to you again.</p> <h2>4. Steripen</h2> <p>You may not know how expensive bottled water can be until you travel to a place where it's not safe to drink tap water. On a hot day in Europe for example, you may find that you drink over 50 ounces of water. This can cost over &euro;5 per day.</p> <p>A <a href="http://amzn.to/1WcVT15">Steripen</a> uses Ultraviolet rays to purify 33 ounces of water in 90 seconds. All you have to do is submerge the pen and press a button. This simple, handheld tool can save money and a ton of plastic by not disposing of all those bottles..</p> <p>One thing to note is that the Steripen removes bacteria and contaminants from the water but doesn't really help the taste. To combat funky flavored H2O, consider packing some flavoring packets or better yet, electrolyte powder.</p> <h2>5. Wi-Fi Range Extender</h2> <p>I have to say that this gadget has saved me a ton of hassle and has probably paid itself off as well. All you have to do is plug it into the wall, press a button to hook it up to the router, and the <a href="http://amzn.to/1VBBJ1J">range extender</a> can get rid of dead spots in your hotel, at the airport, or at the train station.</p> <p>No more having to go to a cafe and buy a coffee just to get a decent Wi-Fi connection. This thing should give enough of a signal boost to give you full bars, even if the router isn't nearby.</p> <h2>What's Your Favorite Travel Gadget?</h2> <p>My favorite money-saving gadget that I picked up this year has to be the Handpresso pump, but I love all of the items on this list. As a full-time traveler, I'm always looking for new tools to save money and make travel easier. What's your favorite travel gadget? Does it save you money? Tell me about it in the comments below.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-saving-travel-gadgets">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/5-fun-ways-the-sharing-economy-helps-you-save-on-vacation">5 Fun Ways the Sharing Economy Helps You Save on Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-take-a-frugal-grownup-spring-break">4 Ways to Take a Frugal Grownup Spring Break</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/the-6-best-vacation-deal-websites">The 6 Best Vacation Deal Websites</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-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel clean water coffee gadgets luggage steripen suitcases useful tools vacation wi-fi extender Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:00:11 +0000 Nick Wharton 1695997 at http://www.wisebread.com 31 Super Smart Travel Hacks http://www.wisebread.com/31-super-smart-travel-hacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/31-super-smart-travel-hacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother_daughter_packing_000039949614.jpg" alt="Mom learning super smart travel hacks before next trip" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Since the dawn of exploration, travelers have been finding ways to simplify and streamline their adventures. Today, we call this &quot;travel hacking,&quot; and a few important tricks can save you a lot of time, space, and money. I've traveled the world with my wife since 2008 and we've saved thousands of dollars and a lot of time by using these 31 essential hacks that every traveler should know. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hotel-hacks-from-professional-travelers?ref=seealso">25 Hotel Hacks From Professional Travellers</a>)</p> <h2>1. Get Theft-Proof Luggage</h2> <p>There are a ton of brands out there that offer theft-proof luggage. I have a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=numinous%20anti-theft&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Anuminous%20anti-theft&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=ZLT5MAJJVNVP6PCJ">Numinous Theft-Proof Backpack</a> which has anti-slash technology, puncture-proof lockable zippers, and a steel tie-down cable. This bag is like a portable safe, and it gives me peace of mind knowing that my valuables are secure while I'm on the road.</p> <h2>2. Use Packing Cubes</h2> <p>If you don't already have these things, I highly recommend picking some up. Simply put, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=packing%20cubes&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Apacking%20cubes&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=NU6VYS5SBZDAU5R3">packing cubes</a> are small, zippable compression squares that help to keep your backpack and luggage organized and compact. You can separate your tops, bottoms, and underwear into different sized cubes so that next time you're at the airport and you need to take out a t-shirt, you'll know exactly where to look.</p> <h2>3. Roll, Don't Fold</h2> <p>I first heard of this trick on the Oprah show a few years back, but it really works. Rolling your clothes can save a lot of space &mdash; and having them rolled and lined up in packing cubes (instead of folded and stacked on top of each other) allows you to better see your traveling wardrobe.</p> <h2>4. Protect Your Toothbrush With a Clothing Pin</h2> <p>Who knows what kind of nasty bacteria and particulate matter has accumulated on that hotel bathroom sink and counter!? According to a hotel sanitation study conducted by Katie Kirsch and a team from Purdue University and the University of South Carolina, the bathroom sink is one of the &quot;germiest&quot; surfaces in the hotel room. Her team claimed that the same sponges are sometimes used to clean the toilets and the counters. I'm really sorry to be the one to tell you, but this is why the <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/26880928998279779/">clothes pin toothbrush holder</a> is so important. Don't ever rest your toothbrush on the counter again!</p> <h2>5. Charge Your Device on the TV</h2> <p>Newer LCD and Plasma screens usually have a USB outlet on the rear console. If you've used up all of the outlets in your hotel, or you forgot to bring that little USB/AC wall adapter, the TV in your hotel room could save the day.</p> <h2>6. Pack the Boil Coil</h2> <p>I love this little thing and I wouldn't travel without it. Basically, it's a small heating coil that you can place in a metal bowl or mug to boil water. It can boil a cup of water in a little over a minute. The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VK0DRY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000VK0DRY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DPN2FUP7CDPOE3MV">boil coil</a> is perfect for coffee, noodle bowls, hard boiled eggs, and tea! (Maybe even pasta?)</p> <h2>7. Cook in the Coffee Machine</h2> <p>Did you know that the coffee machine in your hotel room can also be used as a mini vegetable steamer or porridge cooker? Simply place your desired grub in the carafe, add some water, and let it cook.</p> <h2>8. Put Your Valuables in an Empty Sunscreen Container</h2> <p>Next time you're at the beach, don't worry about leaving your valuables behind while you go for a swim. Just create this <a href="http://www.safewise.com/blog/hiding-plain-sight-6-sneaky-ways-keep-valuables-safe/">brilliant little hidden container</a> by cutting your sunscreen bottle in half and you can easily hide your iPhone, money, and wallet while you're out enjoying the waves.</p> <h2>9. Stay Fresh With Dryer Sheets</h2> <p>Stinky backpack? Toss in a Bounce sheet. Smelly dorm? Put a sheet on the fan or air conditioner. Nasty foot odor? You guessed it. Fill up your hikers with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=dryer%20sheets&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=CHHOSX25ACKLE3I6">dryer sheets</a>. These things can freshen even the most unsavory of situations. Never travel without them.</p> <h2>10. Carry a Portable Home Theatre</h2> <p>The newest DLP technology has shrunk down to a size that travelers can actually pack. The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QXS8L6I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00QXS8L6I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YWDADU4JMIXHOOCB">RIF6</a> is a Rubix Cube-sized projector that can fit inside of an empty shoe in your backpack. All you need is a device and a white wall and you've got your own personal cinema.</p> <h2>11. Carry a VGA or HDMI Cord Instead</h2> <p>Don't want to buy the portable projector? Just carry a VGA or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=hdmi%20cord&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Ahdmi%20cord&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=SCJN7PXJI4ZRJCG4">HDMI cord</a> so that you can hook your laptop up to the hotel room television.</p> <h2>12. Find Wi-Fi Passwords on Foursquare</h2> <p>This is a great hack to use when you stay at hotels and guest houses that are located in cities with lots of access points. Just search Foursquare comments for businesses around your hotel and you'll likely find that someone posted a Wi-Fi password near you. Help the community by posting passwords as you find them as well.</p> <h2>13. Plug a Drain With a Coin</h2> <p>Sometimes you just want to do a bit of laundry in your hotel room sink, but you didn't pack a plug or the plug you packed doesn't fit. Luckily, coins come in pretty much all sizes, so just dig into your wallet and pick out two that will fit the drain in your sink. Then wrap the first one in plastic, place it in the sink and put the other one on top to hold it down. Now you can fill up the sink and do your laundry!</p> <h2>14. Take a Picture of Your Travel Documents</h2> <p>It's always a good idea to carry your passport and important documents with you, but you also run the risk of losing them or having them stolen. Instead, take photos of them and keep them in your smartphone photo library. If a corrupt border guard asks for your documents, try to flash the screenshot rather than your actual passport. Also make sure to email the documents to yourself so you still have them, even if your smartphone is stolen.</p> <h2>15. Be a Signal Vulture</h2> <p>When you first arrive at a new destination, head into as many restaurants and cafes as you can, buy something small and get the Wi-Fi code. Hit up 10 to 20 places around your hotel and you'll soon have free Wi-Fi within a one mile radius.</p> <h2>16. Use Fishing Line Security</h2> <p>If you're sleeping on an overnight train or bus, you're probably not paying much attention to your bag. If you don't have theft-proof luggage from the first hack on this list, tie fishing line to your important luggage and attach the other end to your wrist. If anyone tries to take it, they won't notice the invisible line, but you'll wake up when your arm jerks. You can then stop them in their tracks.</p> <h2>17. Record YouTube</h2> <p>Sometimes you just want to save that favorite video or music playlist to watch or listen to during a flight or long bus ride, but you know you're not going to have Wi-Fi. Head to <a href="http://en.savefrom.net/">savefrom.net</a> and you can download your favorite vids and songs to watch or listen to later.</p> <h2>18. Hide Jewelry</h2> <p>Hide your beloved wedding ring and your favorite gold necklace in a Tylenol container instead of a Tiffany's box. No thieves are going to look in your first aid kit for a big score.</p> <h2>19. Practice the Secret Offline Google Maps Function</h2> <p>This is a very useful trick for those of us who don't want to spend money on data usage overseas. While you have Wi-Fi, open the Google Maps app on your smart device. Zoom into a map area that you know you'll want to look at later and then type &quot;okay maps&quot; into the search field. The app will then download that portion of the map for you to view later while offline.</p> <h2>20. Use Duct Tape to Fix Anything</h2> <p>This strong, sticky, grey adhesive can do so much for a traveler. Fix your broken shoes, seal up holes in window frames where creepy crawlers can enter, patch tears in your mosquito net, or temporarily cover a wound. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=duct%20tape&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aduct%20tape&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=RBC77I6JHIF6XCF3">Duct tape</a> can do it all!</p> <p>And there's no need to pack a huge bulky roll: instead just ditch the ink portion of a ballpoint pen, roll about 10 feet of tape around the outer casing, and cut off the excess plastic bits on either end of the pen.</p> <h2>21. Call Your Credit Card Company and Bank Before Traveling</h2> <p>The last thing you want is to be in the middle of your vacation and suddenly you're cut off from all of your accounts. If your credit card provider or bank sees random charges from Timbuktu, they'll probably freeze your accounts, forcing you to call in and sometimes order a new card. Don't let this happen to you. Simply call them before departing and let them know where you'll be and for how long.</p> <h2>22. Carry an Empty Water Bottle at the Airport</h2> <p>I hate spending $3 for a bottle of water that can be bought for 50 cents anywhere else in the country. But airport security will take your bottle if it has any water in it. Instead of paying airport prices, carry an empty bottle through security and then fill it up from a fountain or at Starbucks on the other side. Stick it to those airport overcharges!</p> <h2>23. Clear Your Cache or Browse Privately When Booking Flights</h2> <p>This is just one of several <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds">flight booking hacks</a> I've got for you, but it's a goodie. Booking engines and airline websites store cookies in your browser so that they can jack up prices if they see you coming back to shop for the same flights over and over again. Clear your cache or browse &quot;incognito&quot; in Google Chrome (cmd-shift-n) to save yourself hundreds of dollars on airfare. (Ctrl-shift-n for PC Chrome users.)</p> <h2>24. Keep Your Collars Crisp With Your Belt</h2> <p>Roll up your belt and place it inside the collar of your favourite shirt to keep it from wrinkling and bending out of shape while in transit.</p> <h2>25. Seal Shampoo Containers With Shrink Wrap</h2> <p>Have you ever had your shampoo explode while in your luggage? It's a mess and the dyed liquid can potentially stain your cloths. To prevent this catastrophe, simply place some plastic wrap (or a Ziploc bag) over the opening and screw the lid on over top of it. Don't have cellophane wrap? Just tape the lids shut.</p> <h2>26. Ask Siri Your Flight Status</h2> <p>Hold the home button on your Apple smart device and say &quot;Check flight status for (your flight number)&quot; and Siri will list results with up-to-date information about your flight. If you don't have an Apple device, simply Google your flight number and you will see your flight info above the search results.</p> <h2>27. Put All Travel on Rewards Credit Cards</h2> <p>You might as well get some cashback and rewards from all of your travel purchases. Put your hotel rooms, restaurant bills, flights, and insurance on your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal">favorite travel rewards credit card</a> and earn some rewards for all of your purchases. Even better, use a card with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation?ref=internal">no foreign transaction fees</a> if you're abroad.</p> <h2>28. Get a Travel Debit Card</h2> <p>Some banks charge upwards of $5 for every transaction from international ATMs. Shop around and find an account that waives these fees so that you're not wasting money every time you withdraw cash overseas. In the U.S., the Charles Schwab debit system doesn't charge foreign ATM fees, while in Canada, the TD Canada Trust Select Service Account offers the same.</p> <h2>29. Ladies, Use the Diva Cup</h2> <p>If you're on a world trip, you're not going to want to carry a year's worth of pads or tampons in your bag, and in some countries it's hard to find tampons at all. Enter: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=diva%20cup&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Adiva%20cup&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=VS7LYZGR3VMDIQDS">The Diva Cup</a>. This little thing will save you a ton of space in your luggage and it is much better for the environment and for your body.</p> <h2>30. Get a Range Extender</h2> <p>Wi-Fi in hotels and hostels seldom reaches the private rooms or dorms, but with this handy <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=range%20extender&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Arange%20extender&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=TNO5V2GNMQOCQFN4">range extender</a>, you can double the strength of the signal just by plugging it into a wall socket. It captures the signal from the router and magnifies it for you to use. It even has its own password so other people can't share the bandwidth with you unless you want them to.</p> <h2>31. Watch Inflight Movies on Budget Airlines</h2> <p>Carry a Ziploc bag big enough to fit your device and then clip the bag into the seat tray table in front of you. Hang the device down and voila! You have yourself an inflight movie, even when the plane lacks video on demand.</p> <p><em>Did you find any new and useful hacks in this post? I must have missed some! What easy tricks have you used to make your travels cheaper, safer, and more comfortable? Please share with us in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-super-smart-travel-hacks">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/5-money-saving-travel-gadgets">5 Money Saving Travel Gadgets</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-dangers-of-mobile-banking-and-how-to-avoid-them">5 Dangers of Mobile Banking — And How to Avoid Them</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/extend-your-vacation-for-free-with-open-jaws-and-stopovers">Extend Your Vacation for Free With Open Jaws and Stopovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-simple-ways-to-make-a-hotel-feel-like-home">5 Simple Ways to Make a Hotel Feel Like Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel hotel rooms luggage organization packing tips security travel hacking wi-fi Mon, 28 Sep 2015 15:00:47 +0000 Nick Wharton 1570273 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Reasons You Should Check Your Luggage http://www.wisebread.com/7-reasons-you-should-check-your-luggage <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-reasons-you-should-check-your-luggage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_travel_000027580182.jpg" alt="Couple with suitcase walking through airport" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Several years ago, many airlines started charging fees for everything &mdash; including fees for checked luggage &mdash; and many travelers started doing whatever they had to do not to check a bag. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money?ref=seealso">5 Ways Carry-On Luggage Saves You Time and Money</a>)</p> <p>I get that. I really do. However, I don't think that saving the money for the bag fee is always worth it. In fact, unless I have some compelling reason not to, I usually check my bags. Here's why.</p> <h2>1. Getting Around is a Breeze</h2> <p>Have you ever worn leg shackles? If you've toted a bunch of luggage around an airport, you know what it's like.</p> <p>Seriously, trekking a carry-on around an airport can be hellish. It sounds okay, but then you find yourself making a third trip to the bathroom, complete with suitcase and personal items, and all of a sudden it's like managing a hundred pound weight. For vastly easier movement around the airport, check that ball and chain.</p> <h2>2. Free up Your Layover</h2> <p>Layovers can be fun or stressful, depending on how much time you have. In my opinion, they're always easier without a carry-on suitcase.</p> <p>If you have to run to your next flight, you can do it without the burden of the bag. And if you have some time to enjoy yourself, you can get some food or have a drink without keeping constant vigilance over your few possessions.</p> <p>Yes, there's always a chance your bag might not make it onto your connecting flight. But in my experience, the chances of that happening are pretty small, and, when it has, I usually wound up with an email letting me know before I even had to ask. Then they delivered it to my destination, and it wasn't a big deal.</p> <h2>3. Stop Messing With Those Tiny Bottles</h2> <p>If you don't mind transferring miniscule amounts of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and any other useful fluids to carry-on compatible bottles, then by all means don't check your bag. But if you're like me and that process is tedious and painful, avoid it by just checking the thing already.</p> <p>Not only is transferring the liquids always a mess (and mine don't come prepackaged in tiny bottles), but there's often not enough in that bottle for the entire trip. So I make a mess and then I have to go shopping anyway. I'd rather take the whole bottle and check the bag.</p> <h2>4. Bring as Much as You Want &mdash; There and Back</h2> <p>Minimalistic packing is cool, if that's the way you roll. But if you like to have options, you're traveling to several different climates, or you have a lot of items you might need, it's a royal pain.</p> <p>When you check a bag, you can bring a lot more stuff. I don't advocate traveling with stuff just to travel with stuff, but I do think your trip will be a lot more enjoyable if you are able to bring all of the things that you want to bring. If that's more than fits into a carry-on, use a bigger bag and check it.</p> <h2>5. Avoid Injury</h2> <p>I have tweaked both my neck and my shoulder lugging too much stuff around an airport. Not only was that painful, but then I had to continue carrying my bags until I got to my destination. Even though I was hurt, there wasn't another good option because I'd already decided not to check the bags.</p> <p>Even if you don't do yourself serious injury, schlepping stuff like that fatigues your muscles. If you want to be more rested when you get to your destination, check your bags.</p> <h2>6. Offer Courtesy to Fellow Passengers</h2> <p>People with a lot of luggage always seem more stressed. It makes sense: They have more to keep track of, and it's harder for them to move around and do the things they need to do. Often, their stress means that they end up being unkind to other passengers.</p> <p>Most of the arguments or rudeness I've overheard at airports have had to do with carry-on luggage. Someone rolls a bag over someone else's toes. There's no more room in the overhead bin. One person opens a bin and someone else's bag falls out. It happens. And you can avoid it all by checking your bags.</p> <h2>7. No Overhead Bin Awkwardness</h2> <p>Speaking of overhead bins&hellip;they seem specifically designed to produce awkward situations. There's no room. Someone takes a spot in a bin that doesn't correspond to their row and someone else gets angry. Things fall out. You have to crawl over people to get your stuff down. Half the people on the plane can't lift their own stuff in or out.&nbsp;If you've ever been in one of these situations, you know it can get uncomfortable.&nbsp;Now, I love awkward situations in books and movies, but I hate to be in them myself. And I avoid a setup that seems likely to produce them when I check my bags.</p> <p>Whether these benefits outweigh the cost of checking your bag is up to you. For me, they almost always do.</p> <p><em>Do you check your bags? Why or why not?</em></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/7-reasons-you-should-check-your-luggage">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-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/23-airport-hacks-to-remember-before-your-next-flight">23 Airport Hacks to Remember Before Your Next 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/the-8-worst-and-best-airport-buys">The 8 Worst and Best Airport Buys</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel air travel carry-on check flying luggage Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:00:08 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1333248 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways Carry-On Luggage Can Save You Time and Money http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businessman-airplane-luggage-Dollarphotoclub_69149855.jpg" alt="businessman airplane luggage" title="businessman airplane luggage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I don't know about you, but just the thought of air travel fills me with dread. Booking a flight is a bit like agreeing to toss my schedule into a chipper-shredder for at least a day and embracing the Great Unknown. The whole process is just stressful enough that travelers are hungry for any tip or trick to help the whole process go a bit more smoothly. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-airport-hacks-from-professional-travelers?ref=seealso">15 Airport Hacks From Professional Traveler</a>s)</p> <p>After 15 years of living far enough from family that any visit requires a flight, I've adopted a personal travel policy that makes a world of difference: I <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">pack strategically</a> and fit everything into a single carry-on bag. Seriously &mdash; I haven't checked a bag since the Clinton Administration. If you're still checking luggage when you fly, it's time for a change. Here are five ways you can save time and money by traveling with only a carry-on.</p> <h2>1. Easier Check-Ins</h2> <p>Without luggage to tag and check, you can skip the long lines at the check-in counter. Print your boarding passes beforehand or at the self-service check-in machines at the airport and then breeze right over to the TSA screening line. If you're running late, being able to dodge even a single slow-moving line can mean the difference between making your flight and screaming as you watch it taxi down the runway.</p> <h2>2. No Fees&hellip; Most of the Time</h2> <p>One of the most obvious benefits of traveling with a carry-on only is avoiding the notorious checked baggage fee. Depending on the carrier, these charges can range from $25<span style="color: rgb(84, 84, 84); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 18.2000007629395px;">&ndash;</span>$50 for the first two bags and up to $125 for each additional bag. For budget-conscious travelers, those numbers can add up quickly. And while the majority of airlines still don't charge for properly-sized carry-on bags, <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2014/05/carry-bag-fees">Frontier Airlines' new fees</a> may signify the first shot across the bow.</p> <h2>3. Itinerary Flexibility</h2> <p>During my most recent flight in August of last year, thunderstorms in Denver (my connecting city) left me stuck in Portland, Oregon. By checking-in with the gate attendant frequently, I was able to get rerouted through Chicago. The first question she asked me was &quot;Did you check any luggage?&quot; Of course I hadn't. I had everything I needed in a small carry-on slung over shoulder. No need to worry about where my luggage would end up and no need to make a special trip to the airport to pick up my belongings a day or two after I arrived at my final destination. I saved hours of time, avoided lots of drama, and dodged a major migraine.</p> <h2>4. Theft and Loss Avoidance</h2> <p>Take a second to Google this phrase: &quot;TSA theft checked luggage.&quot; If you still feel confident about the security of your checked luggage after wading through the 51,000 results, kudos to your boundless optimism. Though I don't travel with anything terribly expensive, I still cringe at the thought of someone thumbing through my daily planner, pocketing my favorite pair of sunglasses, or (worst of all), nabbing my fat jeans.</p> <h2>5. Speed and Convenience</h2> <p>Ever notice how antsy everyone gets as soon as a plane hits the tarmac? It's not because your fellow passengers have all developed a mad craving for a gooey Cinnabon &mdash; they're hoping to beat you to the car rental counter. Not having to wait for your luggage to be spit out onto the baggage carousel is a major benefit, especially if there are a limited number of rental cars or taxis available. Once again, the advantage goes to the traveler with the least amount of stuff to haul around.</p> <p>Let's face it, we live in a new era. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-airline-travel-sucks-and-what-you-can-do-to-make-it-better">Air travel sucks</a> most of the time and all signs point to the whole process <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-scariest-things-probably-coming-to-air-travel">getting a lot scarier</a> for travelers in the not-too-distant future. Making it just a little more bearable means planning carefully, preparing diligently &mdash; and always packing lightly.</p> <p><em>Could you travel happily with a carry-on bag only? What ways do you save time and money when flying?</em></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/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-airport-hacks-to-remember-before-your-next-flight">23 Airport Hacks to Remember Before Your Next 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/7-reasons-you-should-check-your-luggage">7 Reasons You Should Check Your Luggage</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/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Travel air travel airport carry-on luggage packing Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:00:08 +0000 Kentin Waits 1283249 at http://www.wisebread.com The 10 Most Creative Ways to Avoid Airline Fees (Like Wearable Suitcases) http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-most-creative-ways-to-avoid-airline-fees-like-wearable-suitcases <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-10-most-creative-ways-to-avoid-airline-fees-like-wearable-suitcases" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/stewardess-helping-passenger-dv2074027-small.jpg" alt="stewardess helping passenger" title="stewardess helping passenger" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The cost of flying has never been higher. Which means the ways to potentially save on airfare have never been as&hellip; creative. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-airline-fees-that-are-actually-worth-paying?ref=seealso">8 Airline Fees That Are Actually Worth Paying</a>)</p> <p>For those interested in bending a few rules, or looking a bit silly, you can skip some of the fees and chop down the price of a ticket, with these 10 of most ridiculous ways you can avoid those pesky airline fees.</p> <h2>1. Invest in Wearable Luggage</h2> <p>Ask yourself the following question &mdash; &quot;Is it more important for me to look good on the plane, or save money on my flight?&quot; If you choose the latter option (and you're reading Wise Bread, so that's highly likely), consider saving on checked bag fees by <em>wearing your luggage</em>. That's right, a website called <a href="http://www.jaktogo.com/">Jaktogo.com</a>, which has been around since 2010, has created clothing lines that can store up to 33 pounds of luggage. It's not exactly chic or stylish, but who cares if it saves you a bunch of cash every single time you fly. Not only that, if you're not checking bags you can avoid the baggage claim delays.</p> <h2>2. Make Your Layover Stop Your Final Destination</h2> <p>This is also known as the &quot;hidden city&quot; airline ticket, and none of the airline carriers will tell you about it. In fact, many of them say it's something you cannot do. But, if the airlines insist on charging additional fees while cutting services, I say &quot;power to the people.&quot;</p> <p>The trick here is to avoid booking a non-stop flight, and instead book one to a very popular destination with a big hub. The 1-stop or 2-stop flights are cheaper than direct flights, and what you want to do is find a layover that is your actual destination. Then, instead of switching planes, you just get off at the layover city and enjoy your vacation. You can save 30% or more by taking this route. Of course, you can only do this if you have no checked baggage, you must book one-way tickets, and if you get caught, you may get suspended from the airline.</p> <h2>3. Wear Layers Of Clothing</h2> <p>The blankets and pillows used to be free on your flight. That's increasingly not the case. So, if you're in for a long flight and don't like the chill, double or triple the layers of clothing you're wearing. Two to three shirts or sweaters, or maybe even a blanket tied around your waist, can come in very handy when you're flying. Ball them up as a pillow, or use them for cover. If you're hot, it's easy enough to take a few layers off.</p> <h2>4. Check Your Bag at the Gate</h2> <p>You'll pay to check your bag at the service desk, but you can skip that fee if you decide to take the airline's generous offer of a free bag check at the gate. Of course, you have to ensure the bag would fit in the overhead compartment first; they won't let you carry a massive suitcase onto the plane. But these days, with flights being overbooked, they are always looking to save a little room. If you want to make sure you've got the best chance of being asked to check your bag for free, hang back and board last.</p> <h2>5. Carry an Empty Water Bottle</h2> <p>You can't take big bottles of liquids, like water or juice, through security. But there is absolutely nothing stopping you taking an empty water bottle through the scanner. Once you're through the gate, you can fill it at a drinking fountain, or take your bottle onto the plane and ask them to fill it with water; either option is better than paying for the expensive bottled water on the flight. Seriously: <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/airline-fees-carry-ons-pillows-water-included-now/story?id=16423408">Spirit charges $3 per bottle.</a></p> <h2>6. Baggage? Just Upgrade to Business</h2> <p>Wait, what? Isn't that going to cost more? Well, that all depends on the airline, your destination, and how much luggage you're checking. Business class seats often come with two or three checked bags free of charge. Sometimes, it can be as little as $40 for an upgrade (anyone who listens to comedian Hannibal Buress will know that story). If you do the math, you may find that you're paying the same for the business class seat as you are for the coach seat with checked bags.</p> <h2>7. Bring Chocolates on the Flight</h2> <p>These sweet treats aren't for you; they're for the flight attendants. When you board the plane, hand over a gift-wrapped box of delicious chocolates and thank them in advance for the wonderful job they do. Not only will you make their day, you will now be their favorite passenger. Suddenly, you're not paying for headphones, movies, drinks, meals, or anything else you'd normally have to pay for on board. It doesn't always happen, but when it does you'll save a bunch of money.</p> <h2>8. Buy Round Trip for One Way Journeys</h2> <p>It seems so odd that round trips are often cheaper than one-way tickets. Airline representatives state that they don't like people flying one way as it upsets schedules, so they discourage it with higher costs. There is also the corporate factor to take into account; business people will fly one way and their travel departments won't even blink at the high price. So, next time you're looking for a one-way flight, do a search for round trips as well. You may save hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars.</p> <h2>9. Send Your Baggage Through the Mail</h2> <p>Sadly, it has now become less expensive (in some instances) to mail your belongings to your destination than paying the additional baggage fees. Some will often charge over $100 extra for a heavy bag as well, and it can be much, much cheaper to simply box it up and send it via USPS or FedEx Ground. You'll have to make sure you analyze the weight, the time, and the hassle of going to the post office. But if it makes sense, why not?</p> <h2>10. Get a Bereavement Fare</h2> <p>Finally, the title of the article does include the word &quot;ridiculous,&quot; and this is certainly the most questionable one on the list. I asked several friends to tell me the craziest thing they had done to save money on airfare, and two came back with &quot;bereavement fare.&quot; It seems that if you are flying for bereavement, most airlines will discount your ticket. Now, the ethics of this are highly questionable (actually they're not&hellip; it's just wrong), <em>but</em> if you really are flying because of a death in the family, you should definitely take the airline's offer of a discounted ticket.</p> <p><em>To what great lengths have you gone to avoid paying airline fees? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-most-creative-ways-to-avoid-airline-fees-like-wearable-suitcases">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-saving-travel-gadgets">5 Money Saving Travel Gadgets</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-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-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/11-spring-break-budget-busters-to-avoid">11 Spring Break Budget Busters to Avoid</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/is-companion-airfare-really-worth-it">Is Companion Airfare Really Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel Airfare airline fees luggage travel savings Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:02:01 +0000 Paul Michael 1181399 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-clothes-3727594-small.jpg" alt="packing" title="packing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have been living out of my luggage since 2007 &mdash; literally. I sold everything I owned to travel the world with one checked bag in tow. And when I get a chance to leave the big bag behind, I travel for months on end with carry-on luggage only.</p> <p>Here are 15 of the best packing secrets I've learned from seven years of full-time travel.</p> <p>(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards)</a></p> <h2>Wardrobe</h2> <p>Before you even start packing, there's an art to choosing a travel-friendly wardrobe.</p> <h3>Stick to Three Colours</h3> <p>By ensuring your entire travel wardrobe matches (including shoes!), you'll have infinitely more combinations of clothing to choose from.</p> <h3>Choose Multi-Functional</h3> <p>A sarong is a perfect example of multi-functional travel gear. It can double as a blanket, skirt, towel, beach accessory, privacy curtain, scarf, and more.</p> <p>There are also many clothing choices (mostly for women) that can be worn multiple ways to suit differing climate or style requirements. One of my current favourites is the <a href="http://www.encircled.ca/blogs/live/10897057-guest-post-tips-for-choosing-your-travel-wardrobe-from-a-full-time-traveler-by-nora-dunn-theprofessionalhobo-com">Chrysalis Cardi</a> by enCircled.</p> <h3>Fly Quick-Dry</h3> <p>You'll probably end up having to hand-wash something at some point. (See my note on Ziploc bags below for how to make this easy.) Your travel wardrobe should be comprised largely of items that can air-dry (inside) in less than 24 hours, ideally overnight. Quick-dry clothing has the added benefit of being light-weight. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a>)</p> <h3>Buy Wrinkle-Free</h3> <p>No matter how carefully you roll or fold (see below) your clothing, if it wrinkles you'll continually look dishevelled, or you'll continually be in search of an iron. (And really &mdash; who wants to iron when they travel?)</p> <p>Try a wrinkle-test on each item before you pack it: Bunch some material up in your fist for 5&ndash;10 seconds, then let it go. If if doesn't hang out satisfactorily, don't bring it.</p> <h2>Luggage</h2> <p>Your luggage is your home on the road (or at least in-transit). If you're traveling at a fast pace you might never have a chance to unpack. Thus, your luggage is a very important help &mdash; or hindrance &mdash; to your trip.</p> <h3>Not Too Big</h3> <p>The larger your luggage bag is, the more stuff you'll try to pack into it. Then the heavier it will be, and all the more onerous to schlep through airports, on to buses, trains, up stairs, etc.</p> <p>Choose luggage that suits your needs without being too big. If you're intent on bringing back loads of souvenirs, then pack a second bag that can be filled and checked separately on your return. Commingling lots of souvenirs with your luggage only confuses and elongates the re-packing process every time you move on.</p> <h3>Dividers and Separate Compartments</h3> <p>Things get lost in a big shell of a bag with no way to separate or organize your belongings. Even simple functions like elasticized mesh along the sides and separate zippered compartments will help you to easily find what you need, when you need it.</p> <h3>Easy Transport Options</h3> <p>Your exact luggage preferences will depend on the nature of your trip. If you plan on scaling mountainsides and camping, then a well-fitted backpack will be best. If you're staying in hotels and sightseeing, a more traditional suitcase might suit you better.</p> <p>Wheels are essential for me; without them I get frustrated lugging heavy bags along in airport lineups, and walking any distance without wheels is laborious. For added versatility, I tend to travel with a <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2012/12/wheeled-backpacks-why-theyre-the-best-and-tips-for-buying-one/">wheeled backpack</a>.</p> <h2>Packing Tips</h2> <p>You might end up packing and unpacking your luggage a few times throughout your trip. Thus, this process needs to be quick and easy.</p> <h3>Everything Has Its Place</h3> <p>Establish a packing system and stick to it. This way you won't constantly waste time rummaging through your luggage looking for something and wondering if you lost it.</p> <h3>Roll Clothing</h3> <p>By rolling your clothing instead of folding it, you can fit more in, access what you need easily without disrupting everything else, and often reduce the wrinkle-factor as well. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/roll-dont-fold-and-10-other-tricks-for-packing-fast">Roll Don't Fold, and 10 Other Tricks for Packing Fast</a>)</p> <h3>Wrap and Stuff</h3> <p>Stuff anything hollow (such as shoes) with small items like socks and trinkets. If you have delicate or breakable items, wrap them in heavier clothing for protection. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/vacation-hack-7-tips-for-single-bag-travel">Vacation Hack: 7 Tips for Single Bag Travel</a>)</p> <h3>Keep Liquids Together</h3> <p>If you're flying with carry-on luggage only, keep your liquids together (sealed in a Ziploc bag to prevent leakage disasters) and pack them at the top of your bag for easy access, so you can cruise through the airport with grace. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</a>)</p> <h2>Helpful Accessories</h2> <p>Here are a few more tools to make packing a dream.</p> <h3>Mesh Bags/Packing Cubes</h3> <p>As you'll note in my <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">ultimate carry-on packing list</a>, mesh ditty bags and packing cubes are very useful for organization. Packing cubes aren't particularly space-savvy, but the minimal extra bulk is a negligible trade-off for invaluable extra organization.</p> <h3>Plastic Bags/Ziploc Bags</h3> <p>I generally have a few plastic bags and Ziploc bags at the ready. Plastic bags are good for dirty laundry, wrapping up shoes, containing wet things, and lots more. Ziploc bags can securely separate and contain your liquids, protect documents and souvenirs, and even double as hand-washing tools if you fill them up with soap and water and shake them with small items of clothing (like underwear and socks).</p> <h3>Hoboroll</h3> <p>This little gem of a packing aid is a new &mdash; and indispensable addition &mdash; to my travel entourage. The <a href="http://www.mygobigear.com/">Hoboroll</a> separates, organizes, and compresses your stuff. I keep a ridiculous number of miscellaneous items from undies to exercise wear to hard drives to scarves and more, all well organized and compressed to a fraction of its former bulk. It makes traveling with carry-on luggage a dream.</p> <h2>Bonus Tip: Take Notes</h2> <p>Whenever you travel, take note of what you use and don't use. The next time you travel you can apply this knowledge to streamline and improve your travel entourage even more. (See Also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pack-faster-and-lighter-with-this-one-trick">Pack Faster and Lighter With This One Trick</a>)</p> <p><em>What are your packing secrets? Share in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler">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-17"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-saving-travel-gadgets">5 Money Saving Travel Gadgets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-super-smart-travel-hacks">31 Super Smart Travel Hacks</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/if-youre-traveling-with-these-8-things-youre-overpacking">If You&#039;re Traveling With These 8 Things, You&#039;re Overpacking</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel baggage luggage packing Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:24:10 +0000 Nora Dunn 1112733 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Get Through the Airport Faster http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/arptfast-78777813.jpg" alt="airport" title="airport" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sometimes, the time and process of just getting to &mdash; and through &mdash; the airport makes flying an agonizing experience. It doesn't have to be! Use these tips to get through the airport faster and join the ranks of savvy frequent flyers.</p> <p>I recently a completed a three-week, eight-country <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2013/10/8-countries-3-weeks-2-hours-sleep-globaltravelernora/">whirlwind trip</a> through Europe. By using these tips, flying was a breeze &mdash; surprisingly so at times. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>Before Check-In</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/arptfast-100612849-ggnoads.jpg" style="line-height: 1.6em; opacity: 0.9; width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Preparation is key to getting through the airport faster. Here's your checklist.</p> <p><strong>Book Friendly Connections</strong></p> <p>If you miss your connection due to a delayed initial flight, you won't be getting through any airports quickly. Give yourself the best chances of having smooth connections by allowing at least 90 minutes between international flights. In cases of smaller airports or easy domestic flights, you can get away with 60 minutes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-handle-flight-delays-like-a-pro">What to Do When Your Flight is Delayed</a>)</p> <p><strong>Check In Online</strong></p> <p>You can usually check in online up to 24 hours before the flight; check in as early as possible for the best choice of seats (see below). Don't worry about printing your boarding pass if you don't have easy access to a printer; you can pick up your boarding pass at the airport, and in some cases a bar code on your smartphone will suffice.</p> <p><strong>Pick Your Seat Wisely</strong></p> <p>Checking in online usually allows you to choose or change your seat. Keep <a href="http://www.seatguru.com/">SeatGuru</a> open on another tab, so you can look at their seating plans for your flight showing the best and worst seats. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-frequent-flyer-miles">Everything You Need to Know About Frequent Flyer Miles</a>)</p> <p>In choosing your seat, the closer to the front of the plane you can sit, the faster you'll get through the airport on the other side. This is paramount!</p> <p><strong>Go With Carry-On Only</strong></p> <p>This is another crucial element to getting through the airport quickly. You'll contend with having to lug around your bags after check-in, but you save time having to line up to check your bag, and more time yet when you cruise out of the airport on the other side while people are still waiting for their checked bags. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/vacation-hack-7-tips-for-single-bag-travel">7 Tips for Single Bag Travel</a>)</p> <p>Traveling with carry-on only isn't that difficult. I can easily travel with this <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">carry-on packing list</a> for up to (and beyond) three months at a time in varying climates.</p> <p><strong>For Checked Bags: Pack Your Liquids</strong></p> <p>If you must check a bag, then put all your liquids and toiletries in the checked bag. Not having liquids in your carry-ons increases your chances of getting through security quicker. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-minimize-baggage-fees-when-flying">5 Ways to Minimize Baggage Fees</a>)</p> <p><strong>For Carry-On: Bag Liquids and Keep Ready</strong></p> <p>It's always best to seal liquids in a bag to prevent &quot;shampoo disasters&quot; on arrival. With carry-on luggage, seal your liquids in a quart-sized or liter-sized bag, and leave it at the top of your case. (You'll see why when clearing security).</p> <p><strong>Wear the Right Shoes</strong></p> <p>Easily removable shoes make the security process much smoother. They also give you more freedom to get comfortable on long flights.</p> <p><strong>Skip the Belt, Keep Pockets Empty</strong></p> <p>These are just more things to remove and replace while shuffling your belongings on and off conveyor belts at security. Save yourself the hassle.</p> <p><strong>Bring a Pen</strong></p> <p>You just never know when you need a pen. For international travel, you'll need one to fill out departure/arrival cards and other miscellaneous tasks; don't get stuck waiting to borrow somebody else's pen.</p> <h2>When You Arrive at the Airport</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/arptfast-dv2073065-ggnoads.jpg" style="line-height: 1.6em; opacity: 0.9; width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Depending on where in the world I am, I tend to arrive at the airport about 90 minutes in advance of the flight (for easy domestic flights I might reduce that to 60 minutes). Although this may be longer than necessary to get in and out as quickly as possible, it allows time for things to go wrong &mdash; as they often can &mdash; with unpredictable problems or delays.</p> <p><strong>Keep Your Passport Handy</strong></p> <p>Dorky as it may sound, I keep my passport and boarding pass in a small pouch hanging around my neck from the time I check in until I've cleared customs and immigration at my destination. It's always close at hand, in one place, and it's easily accessible to flash or reference my passport and boarding pass &mdash; as is required a few times throughout the process.</p> <p><strong>Head for the Kiosk</strong></p> <p>Print out your boarding pass at a self-service kiosk to avoid the check-in line. This is especially handy if you're traveling with carry-on bags only.</p> <p><strong>Check-In Line Options</strong></p> <p>If you're checking luggage: Print out your boarding pass at the kiosk, and head for the baggage drop-off line, which is usually shorter and moves quicker.</p> <p>If you must line up for whatever reason: Hopefully you're a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-frequent-flyer-miles">frequent flyer mile superstar</a> and you're flying in business class or with membership privileges, so you can use the special reserved lines. If not, allow extra time for this process.</p> <p><strong>Go Straight for Security</strong></p> <p>Don't dally between checking in and clearing security. If there's a delay or problem (which hopefully there won't be if you follow the tips below), you want to allow time for it without missing your flight.</p> <h2>Getting Through Security</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/arptfast-76750680-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>If you've used this checklist thus far, your security line experience should be a relative breeze. Make it even quicker with these tricks.</p> <p><strong>Get Behind Business Travelers</strong></p> <p>Business travelers are usually frequent flyers who know how to not only choose fast lines, but how to move through them quickly: win win.</p> <p><strong>Look for Lone Agents</strong></p> <p>According to <a href="http://lifehacker.com/choose-the-airport-security-line-based-on-the-number-of-1449986614">Lifehacker</a>, if there are two agents standing at the x-ray monitor, one is usually a trainee, which means the line will move slower. Lone agents manning the monitors will usually keep the process moving.</p> <p><strong>Have Everything Ready</strong></p> <p>Pack all electronics (laptops, e-readers, etc), so they can be taken out and put in the security trays. The same applies to your liquids (the ones you made easily accessible while packing, as per above). Scarves, jackets, belts, pocket contents, and often shoes need to come off. (Hint: Put anything that would go in your pockets into your jacket to limit the number of things you need to manage). While waiting in the security lineup, I usually start this process by pulling out my laptop and liquids so I can just chuck everything in the trays.</p> <h2>On Landing</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/arptfast-79071625-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>If you've applied the tips above, you'll be (close to) first off the plane, with your passport at the ready and forms filled to clear customs and immigration quickly. And if you're traveling with carry-on bags only, you'll be cruising out of the airport in no time flat!</p> <p>Here are some additional tips to keep your momentum up.</p> <p><strong>Know Where You're Going</strong></p> <p>Hopefully you have accommodations booked and some sense of how to get there. Even if you're planning on heading into town to sniff out a place to stay, research the airport online, so you know the best way to get to wherever you're going. Getting stuck in lineups for information or to book tickets will delay your airport departure.</p> <p><strong>Pre-Book Transportation</strong></p> <p>If you're renting a car, march up to the rental desk with the confirmation number from your earlier online reservation. You can often book bus and train tickets online as well; other times you can use kiosks in the airport to buy tickets quickly.</p> <p><em>What is your best tip for getting through the airport faster?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster">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-19"> <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/15-airport-hacks-from-professional-travelers">15 Airport Hacks From Professional Travelers</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/7-reasons-you-should-check-your-luggage">7 Reasons You Should Check Your Luggage</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-airline-travel-sucks-and-what-you-can-do-to-make-it-better">5 Ways Airline Travel Sucks — and What You Can Do to Make It Better</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/clipped-wings-can-consumers-fix-air-travel">Clipped Wings: Can Consumers Fix Air Travel?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel air travel airports luggage travel Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:24:04 +0000 Nora Dunn 1098526 at http://www.wisebread.com Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-3768256-small.jpg" alt="woman and luggage" title="woman and luggage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you want to fit your travel packing needs into carry-on luggage, regardless of whether your trip is two weeks or two months? Look no further. The answer is the widget you find here, which, after a few tweaks and filters, becomes the ultimate carry-on packing list, whatever your itinerary. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-travel-must-haves-that-you-can-live-without">10 Travel &quot;Must-Haves&quot; That You Can Live Without</a>)</p> <p>The carefully selected items included in this widget are the product of over six years of full-time travel; going from one main destination to another with a <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2013/07/the-ultimate-packing-list-for-full-time-travel/">larger entourage</a>, and then traveling for up to three months from each base with just carry-on luggage. I started with mountains of useless gear and utilitarian clothing, and gradually &mdash; through experience &mdash; whittled the contents down, and now my carry-on packing list is a well-oiled, well-coordinated machine.</p> <h2>Using the Widget</h2> <p>Click on any of the items and you'll see a description of why and how it fits into my carry-on packing list. Within each description is even a link that takes you to the item itself, so you can see descriptions and reviews. Play around with the different category filters so you can more easily navigate the list.</p> <h2>Optional Filter</h2> <p>I don't carry all of these items &mdash; even I'd be hard-pressed to fit it all in.</p> <p>This carry-on packing list is flexible for multiple climates and scenarios. You'll see a number of items in the &quot;Optional&quot; filter &mdash; your need for these are dependent on where you're going and what kinds of activities you intend to do.</p> <p>If you're the outdoorsy type and are headed for Switzerland, then you'll have your down jacket, warm scarf and hat, and sturdy shoes with hiking socks.</p> <p>If you're city-slicking through Paris in autumn, you can leave the big shoes behind and stick to your ballet flats, but bring a fashionable scarf for chilly evenings, that funky fedora, and your DVD drive.</p> <h2>The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</h2> <p><iframe width="430px" height="1066px" frameborder="0" src="http://dbdapps.co.uk/appgenwisebread2/" seamless="" style="border:solid 1px #cccccc;" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <h2>Additional Notes</h2> <p>Everybody travels differently, so not every item on this list may resonate with you. And fellas &mdash; I realize this is a pretty girly list, but if you can see past the fashion choices and toiletries to the core structure of this packing list (including various functions of clothing and shoes), I believe it's a universally applicable list.</p> <p><strong>Restrictive Carry-On Guidelines</strong></p> <p>Generally, you're allowed a carry-on suitcase/bag, plus a laptop bag or purse. I consistently carry all three. However if hard-pressed by a restrictive airline, I can fit my purse into one of the other bags, so I only have two. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-new-carry-on-luggage-charges">How to Avoid New Carry-On Luggage Charges</a>)</p> <p>Weight guidelines for carry-on bags vary by airline and route, and some budget airlines are pretty stingy. Depending on how much warm-weather clothing (and other &quot;optional&quot; items) you have, plus the weight of your electronics, you might have difficulty getting this packing list through.</p> <p>But if you fly with larger full-service airlines (and if you are collecting and redeeming frequent flyer miles, you should), carry-on weight restrictions shouldn't be a problem. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-frequent-flyer-miles">Everything You Need to Know About Frequent Flyer Miles</a>)</p> <p><strong>Best Carry-On Bag?</strong></p> <p>The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0034HVABY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0034HVABY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">OR compression sack I carry</a> might not be the absolute best choice for a carry-on bag (the backpack straps are solid but not beefy) &mdash; but it does a pretty fine job for me. It's part of my larger full-time travel packing list, so I can fill it using the compression straps to keep volume low, and pack it into my larger bag when I'm moving bases. The is so light and thin it takes up very little room of its own.</p> <p>You might instead prefer to purchase a more traditional carry-on sized bag (maybe with wheels) that enable easier transport and access to contents.</p> <p><strong>Electronics</strong></p> <p>You might not need the same electronic entourage as I do; my location independent career necessitates having the gear to work from the road wherever I am. This forces me to make tougher choices about what else I can carry, and carry in my carry-on. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/location-independent-career-basics">Location Independent Career Basics</a>)</p> <h2>What's on Your Carry-On Packing List?</h2> <p>Okay, I've showed you mine; now you show me yours!</p> <p>How do the contents of your own carry-on packing list differ from mine? Got any hot tips for useful items that I didn't include? Tell us in the comments!</p> <p><em>This ultimate carry-on packing list widget was courteously designed and provided by Round the World Experts, who provide round the world flights</em><em> to adventurous travelers, and there are some affiliate links in the widget. As I have purchased most of these exact items myself, all opinions are obviously my own.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-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/7-reasons-you-should-check-your-luggage">7 Reasons You Should Check Your Luggage</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-money-saving-travel-gadgets">5 Money Saving Travel Gadgets</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/31-super-smart-travel-hacks">31 Super Smart Travel Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel carry-on luggage packing Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:36:03 +0000 Nora Dunn 981833 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Avoid New Carry-on Luggage Charges http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-new-carry-on-luggage-charges <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-avoid-new-carry-on-luggage-charges" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5932957204_412f9a8196_z.jpg" alt="woman at airport" title="woman at airport" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="168" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Well, it&rsquo;s begun. A second airline dipped its proverbial toe in the water of new charges last week. Las Vegas-based <a href="http://articles.boston.com/2012-04-03/travel/31282210_1_baggage-fees-carry-on-luggage-overhead-bins">Allegiant Air will charge passengers</a> up to $35 to use the overhead bin space for stowing carry-on bags. Though frequent travelers and industry-watchers heard rumblings of the new charge months ago, it&rsquo;s always a bit shocking to see the first couple of slips on any slippery slope. Get ready for this novel charge to become the standard.</p> <p>The bright side (i.e., the last vestige of sanity) is reserved for travelers who pack light. Fliers who can fit/wedge their carry-on luggage under the seat in front of them will not be charged (at least for now&hellip;but we know how these things go). So the great puzzle begins &mdash; how do we pack necessities while avoiding the new carry-on fees and still manage to keep our feet somewhere approximately below our waist? Here are a few tips that might help. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">The 5 Best Travel&nbsp;Reward Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>Pack Light</h2> <p>Obvious, right? But packing light means more than just packing less &mdash; it also means packing smart. A small weekend travel bag is about the right size for fitting under a typical airline seat. That bag sets your boundaries and within those limits, you need to get creative. Literally every precious square inch of space has to be maximized. Everything you pack needs to be more compact, pull double-duty, fit inside something else, or be easily washed and worn again.</p> <h2>Avoid Dead Zones</h2> <p>Dead zones are those areas in your luggage that aren&rsquo;t maximized because of improper packing. The inside of shoes is the most common dead zone. Rolled socks, rolled neckties, belts, underwear, or cell phone chargers can fill these voids and make more space.</p> <h2>Hold It! Don&rsquo;t Fold It</h2> <p>Larger dead zones in luggage are created by stacking folded clothes instead of rolling them. Stacked clothes always leave peaks and valleys in a bag, and those areas waste valuable space. Rolled clothes wrinkle less, compress better, distribute volume more evenly, and ultimately use space more efficiently.</p> <h2>Choose Versatile Basics</h2> <p>Trips are fun, and we like to have some of our favorite clothes with us when we travel for pleasure. But for budget-conscious travelers, the days of multiple outfit choices may be long gone. Pack for versatility and wearability &mdash; <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/twenty-five-things-to-do-with-old-jeans">jeans</a>, layered cottons or synthetics that can be easily washed, separate pieces that are interchangeable, classic cuts, and neutral colors are all great ways to start.</p> <h2>Go Small</h2> <p>I&rsquo;m a big fan of trial-size toiletries &mdash; at least in theory. The trouble is, they&rsquo;re expensive, not all products I use come in these smaller quantities, and some trial sizes are still too big for the squeeze-a-thon we call modern air travel. I improvise my own trial-sized containers by reusing smaller bottles, snatching sample makeup containers from friends, or recycling old pill bottles. My travel containers are about half the size of what you can pick up at the department store. And yes, my Ziploc toiletry bag is an engineering marvel &mdash; roughly the size of a teacup Chihuahua.</p> <p>As the airline industry gets more creative in its charges, maybe it&rsquo;s time for savvy travelers to match that creativity in-kind. I&rsquo;m not sure what the next wave of charges will be or how consumers will respond and adjust. Maybe we&rsquo;ll all be traveling with only single small fanny pack in 10 years and reminisce about the glory days when didn&rsquo;t have to use our tray tables as foot rests. Whatever the future holds, travel safe, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/vacation-hack-7-tips-for-single-bag-travel">pack light</a>&hellip;.oh, and stay limber.</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/how-to-avoid-new-carry-on-luggage-charges">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/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-reasons-you-should-check-your-luggage">7 Reasons You Should Check Your Luggage</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/5-money-saving-travel-gadgets">5 Money Saving Travel Gadgets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel air travel baggage fees luggage travel light Mon, 16 Apr 2012 09:48:08 +0000 Kentin Waits 916319 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Reduce Baggage While Traveling http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-reduce-baggage-while-traveling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-reduce-baggage-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/4864416325_4af280fb78_z-1.jpg" alt="Reduce Baggage While Traveling" title="Reduce Baggage While Traveling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on how to reduce baggage when traveling, creating a budget, and questions to ask your financial advisor.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/5803020/pack-multi+use-items-to-reduce-baggage-while-traveling">5 Multi-Use Items to Reduce Baggage While Traveling</a> &mdash; Next time you travel, be sure to pack a banded notebook. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/creating-a-budget-money-management/?utm_source=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=creating-a-budget-money-management">Creating a Budget: Money Management Basics</a> &mdash; When making a budget, let the Internet do your dirty work. [Gen X Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2011/05/ten-questions-to-ask-a-financial-advisor.html">Ten Questions to Ask a Financial Advisor</a> &mdash; Next time you see your financial advisor, be sure to ask if there is a good chance your investments will lose money. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.financialsamurai.com/2011/05/18/how-to-trick-an-employer-into-hiring-you/">How To Trick An Employer Into Hiring You</a> &mdash; Trick employers into hiring you by being positive. [Financial Samurai]</p> <p><a href="http://www.investopedia.com/articles/pf/08/inexpensive-weddings.asp">Have A Charming (And Cheap) Wedding</a> &mdash; Have a frugal wedding by holding the wedding in a city park. [Investopedia]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://getcurrency.com/dining-travel/how-to-purge-your-kitchen-pantry-of-guilt-and-garbage">How to Purge Your Kitchen Pantry of Guilt and Garbage</a> &mdash; Clean out your pantry by taking mental notes of what you aren't eating. [Currency]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/25-great-everyday-uses-for-vinegar">25 Great Everyday Uses For Vinegar</a> &mdash; Use vinegar to clean your oven vents. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://funny-about-money.com/2011/05/18/how-to-deal-with-a-workplace-bully/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+funny-about-money%2Ffunny+%28Funny+About+Money%29">How to Deal with a Workplace Bully</a> &mdash; Deal with workplace bullies by taking written observations. [Funny about Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/6-sneaky-weight-loss-tricks/">6 Sneaky Weight-Loss Tricks</a> &mdash; Lose weight by weighing yourself weekly. [PickTheBrain]</p> <p><a href="http://firstgenerationwhitecollar.com/2011/05/18/how-to-spend-money/">How to spend money</a> &mdash; Before you spend money, be sure to ask yourself if the purchase will put you in debt. [First Generation White Collar]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-reduce-baggage-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-7"> <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/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-apps-for-the-tech-challenged-traveler">7 Apps for the Tech-Challenged 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/5-money-saving-travel-gadgets">5 Money Saving Travel Gadgets</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/what-to-do-if-you-dont-have-your-id-at-the-airport">What to Do If You Don&#039;t Have Your ID at the Airport</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel baggage best money tips luggage traveling Thu, 19 May 2011 10:00:31 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 545427 at http://www.wisebread.com