5 Tips on Getting Ready for a Trip

Excited about the upcoming vacation abroad? To start your travel experience right it’s important to find a balance between taking all you need and still be able to carry your luggage around. Before starting to pack consider these 5 tips on getting ready for a trip.

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1. Know Airline’s Limits and Regulations

Research the airlines regulations about the maximum weight of the hold luggage. Keep in mind that although some companies allow to check-in more than one suitcase, their total weight cannot exceed a certain amount. The usual weight range is from 20 to 25 kg. If your baggage is heavier than the allowed maximum you will need to pay extra for every kg; the price often is a hefty one.

If you know it’s difficult for you to keep your luggage light, you might want to consider buying a very light suitcase. The case like that will give you several extra kilos.

If you plan shopping while on a trip, make sure to leave enough space in your case for the items you’ll purchase. We suggest to reserve 3+ kg in your luggage.

If you decided to buy something really big you might need to use special delivery services. It won’t be cheap, but still less expensive if you would pay for extra kilos at the check-in.
Some upmarket hotels offer such services too. They can collect your luggage from the hotel room and deliver it to your home and vice versa.

Find out in advance what are the regulations for hand luggage. Make sure you know how to carry creams, gels and other liquids and how many of them you are allowed to take in your handbag.

Hand Luggage Rules - via BAA.com

Most likely you won’t be allowed to take a half a litre bottle of water through security, but you can easily buy one in the waiting area after you passed the security check.

2. Spread Your Clothes Between the Bags

Sometimes airlines lose luggage. It doesn’t happen often but when it does, it can spoil your vacation. If you travel with someone, or alone but with several suitcases, divide the clothing between different bags. This way if one piece of luggage won’t arrive at the destination you still will have necessary clothes available.

Mark the bags that you will check-in with your name, address and contact phone number (put the notes inside and out the bag). Avoid putting anything especially valuable (like photo camera or laptop) in the checked-in luggage.

3. Travel Light

When preparing for a trip never pack for the worst scenario. If something extraordinary happens you can always buy a necessary item at the destination.

Instead of packing things that could potentially be handy, examine every item and ask yourself if you can manage without it.

If you plan on visiting operas or theatres avoid taking formal clothes that can be only worn once. Instead take a decent pair of trousers or/and skirt and a good looking shirt/blouse or blazer. Choose clothes with color coordination in mind (use mix and match approach).

If you will travel for more than 3 weeks, plan to wash the clothes on the road.

When packing your bag consider the tips in the video below (the method does work, we use it every time we arrange our luggage):

4. Check The Weather at Your Destination

Always pack accordingly to the season and climate at the destination. Before arranging your bag, see what the weather will be and really take the forecast into consideration. Take only what you know you will use for sure.

For winter travel avoid taking heavy coats, better bring a lot of layers. Wear warm, waterproof shoes. Remember to take a winter hat, gloves or mittens and a warm scarf.

Weather for Honolulu

When you are going on a summer vacation keep in mind that shorts are uncommon in many countries and are used only as beachwear. If you want to blend in when sightseeing and still feel comfortable during hot day wear linen summer pants instead.

5. Take Care of  Your Gadgets

Keep in mind that depending on the country electronic devices can run on different volts. For example, while European appliances run on 220 volts, American appliances do so on 110 volts. Some older devices aren’t equipped to deal with the voltage difference. If that’s the case with some of your gadgets, you need to buy a separate converter.

Plugs for Different Countries

Another thing to consider is the plug. You might want to buy a small adapter that will allow to fit continental European outlets (that have 2 small, round prongs) into British (three rectangular prongs) or American-style plugs (two flat prongs).

Please feel free to download this Travel Check List we’ve created for iPatrol Travel Advice readers and have a great vacation!

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