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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Modern Strategies of Travelling Today (Part 3)

Packing.
  • Pack as little as possible. Packing light would possibly mean avoiding checking bags. Most airlines charge for check-in bags over 50 pounds or so. If your bag is over the limit and the airline allows two checked bags per person, simply pack in 2 smaller pieces of luggage instead.
  • It's a good idea to roll clothes to create more space and avoid wrinkles (at least much better than folding). Other option is layer your clothes inside plastic dry-cleaning bags which is friction-free which means wrinkle free. Hang them upon arrival.

Flying.
  • If you don;t have bags to check in, it's best to check in for a flight and print your boarding pass 24 hours beforehand.
  • If you are sensitive to noise (or hate it), purchase a noise-canceling headphone which make flying way more pleasant.
  • Whenever you deplane from an international flight, walk fast. Passing 10 people during the trek to immigration check points can spare you at least 5 minutes of waiting in a long line.
  • If your flight is cancelled and you're at the airport, call the airline's 800 number while walking to the airline counter. This way can increase your chances of getting on the next flight.
  • When checking your bags, be sure to have a photo of it and put your itinerary and contact details in case it doesn't arrive with your flight. For easy recognition, mark your bags with colorful straps or stickers. Never put items that are valuable or fragile when checking your bags.
  • If you're a first-time traveler, be aware of airport security guidelines.
  1. All liquids and gels (in 3 -z. containers) should be placed in a quart size ziploc bag. Wear slip on shoes, - easy to slip in and take out at the security line.
  2. Once in the security line, remove the necessary things you need to remove except your boarding pass.
  3. Laptop should be removed from your bag (if you are carrying one) and place it on the bin provided at the security line.
  • Got a big carry-on bag? Never allow the bag to end up behind your seat, or you'll have to wait for the entire plane to be empty before you'll be able to retrieve it.

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