Most people have heard luxury travel vacation horror stories about lost, stolen or damaged luggage. But in this day in age, there are a lot more restrictions about what you can and cannot pack or bring aboard, in addition to more ways to be ripped off by con artists and petty thieves. Avoid these travel stresses by following some common sense luggage safety tips.
Have a Back Up Plan
Assume that everyone at the airport is unable to help you. This means you must help yourself. First, purchase travel insurance that covers lost or stolen luggage. Make sure your luggage tags are secure and within plain sight. Bring your own luggage tags from home as a backup. Don’t put your home address or phone on your luggage tags. This alerts everyone you are out of town and where you live. Plus, should your luggage get lost as you depart, you won’t be at home to receive it. A good idea is to use the address of your travel agent who specializes in luxury vacations. That way, they can receive your personal items and safely hold them for you. Pack a few clothing items in your carry-ons, just in case. Clothing is the hardest to replace when traveling, and if you have an extra set, you will save yourself some time and money should the worst befall.
Your entire luggage will be searched, and unfortunately, not all luggage screeners are trust worthy. This means do not pack any clothing items, shoes or handbags that are obviously worth over $100. If you are talking about a suit or gown, chances are no one will be able to steal that, but if you are talking about an $800 Fendi purse and matching sunglasses, you are better off putting those in your carry on. If you are bringing jewelry or electronics on your luxury world cruise, do not pack them in your checked luggage, as these items are also easily taken.
For a person that travels as part of their career, what items you bring on the trip are not only important to your individual safety and well being, but they can also have a major impact on how successful and productive the business trip is. Failure to bring an essential item can cause serious problems toward achieving the desired outcome of the trip or cause major inconvenience to the travel process. Having a well thought out travel plan includes making an itemized list of all of the essential items a corporate traveler will need.
When it comes to your personal care items, it is recommended to keep as much of it in your checked luggage as possible. This is due to the fact that the travel restrictions on what can be carried in your carry-on luggage may be a little tighter. Try to get a feel for how long the flight is scheduled for and determine what care items you may need in that time period. Once you determine the items that you will need in transit, it is important to understand the legal restrictions on these products in the places where you intend to travel.
The modern corporate traveler is likely to need a variety of tech items to accompany them on their trip. Some are just for communication, some for actually performing some part of the actual job they have been sent to do and some might be for entertainment when they are in transit. Whatever electronics you bring for corporate travel, make sure to pack the charger and any accessories you may need to use with the item. Most business travelers will certainly need a mobile phone when they travel and likely a laptop or tablet. These electronics are allowed to be carried on to planes but most airlines do have policies about how they are used during flight. They will also have to be checked with the rest of your carry-on luggage and security may even ask you to turn it on.
The clothes you bring on a business trip and how you pack them is also very important. Check your corporate travel itinerary to see what kind of events and meetings you will be engaged in during your travel. This will help you understand what the appropriate attire for the trip should be. Trying to manage your luggage is important. Try to manage your packing so you can fit everything you need in one medium sized suitcase. This can save you money on a possible charge for additional luggage.
Most business travelers will have a variety of personal items and documents that must accompany them on their travels. These would be items like credit cards, passports and your booking details. It is important to make sure that any personal items are kept in a location where they will be easy to keep track of and will not get lost. It is also recommended to make a copy of your passport and any other important travel documents that you are carrying. This can be of great assistance if the items were to become misplaced. Finally, bring some pocket money just in case it is needed, sometimes there may be no access to cash through the credit card and you wouldn’t want to get caught in a jam.
After you have planned your vacation to Aruba, you may be wondering what to pack. To ensure that you don’t experience any unwelcome surprises at either your departing airport or the Aruba Airport, make note of the guidelines in this article. The following is a convenient outline of what you can and cannot pack when traveling to Aruba and some added travel tips to make your vacation as enjoyable as possible. First, make sure you pack all your important personal belongings such as travel documents, personal identification and medications in your carry-on luggage. Do not place locks on your carry-on baggage, as this could cause unnecessary delays when passing through screening.
Try to arrive at your departing airport three hours before the scheduled flight time. When you are ready to fly home, you must also allot approximately three hours for check-in and screening at the Aruba Airport, especially if your return flight is between 11 AM and 3 PM.
Due to recent concerns, liquids, gels and aerosols are no longer allowed in the carry-on baggage of all travelers on flights arriving to, traveling within or departing from the United States. Effective August 11, 2006, the following items must be placed in your checked baggage when traveling to Aruba, until further notice from the U.S. government:
All beverages and liquid food items such as yogurt
Skin lotions, creams or balms including suntan lotion and hand sanitizing products
Hair gels and pomades
Hair spray or any other type of aerosol products
Liquid cosmetics such as lip gloss and mascara
Obviously, there are some exceptions to the restriction on liquids and gels. The following items are allowed in carry-on baggage when traveling to Aruba, but make note of the documentation and packaging that some items may require:
Prescription medicine – medication or dispenser must be properly marked with a professionally printed label or pharmaceutical label identifying the medication or the manufacturer’s name. If for some reason you don’t have a professionally printed label, you must obtain a doctor’s note.
Non-prescription saline solution and eye care products (under 4 ounces per container)
Liquid insulin and dispensing products for diabetic passengers (under 5 ounces per container) – must be properly marked with a professionally printed or pharmaceutical label identifying the medication or the manufacturer’s name
Solid cosmetics and personal hygiene items including lipstick in a tube, solid deodorant and lip balm
Baby formula, milk and food – only allowed if a baby or small child is traveling with you
Gels, saline solutions or other liquids worn as detachable items used to augment portions of the body for medical or cosmetic reasons – includes gel bras
Duty free liquor, perfume and cosmetics items purchased within the airport terminal areas will given to you by the duty free operator after reclaiming your checked luggage
If you are concerned about any item packed in your carry-on baggage, contact your travel agent or airline before arriving at the airport or simply ask personnel at the time of check-in. You can still place the above-mentioned restricted items in your checked baggage before proceeding to security screening. It is also suggested that you try to minimize the amount of metal you wear. Large belt buckles, clothing with metal buttons, some jewelry and metal toed or heeled footwear can set off security checkpoint metal detectors. This will require additional searches, slowing you and other travelers down. Therefore, while you are waiting in line, it is recommended that place your keys, jewelry or watches, coins, belts and any other metal items in your carry-on baggage until you clear security. You will also be asked to remove your shoes at the checkpoint and place them in a tray to be x-rayed. As was the case before the new regulations in August, electronic devices such as mobile phones, PDAs, cameras, CD and MP3 players are still allowed in carry-on luggage. However, be prepared to remove your laptop computer from its case and place it on the x-ray belt by itself. It is generally recommended to attach a name and contact information label to the bottom of your laptop in case any confusion arises passing through security. Also, it is still advised that you pack all film in your carry-on luggage. If you have any concerns about your film going through the x-ray system, you can request that it be hand-inspected by a security screener.
When planning your vacation to Aruba, it is also very important to note that effective January 8, 2007, the U.S. Government will require passports for all air and sea travel to and/or from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Bermuda and The Bahamas. It is advised to allow six to eight weeks to process passport applications before your vacation to Aruba.
The whole world was shocked with what happened to one of the most powerful countries in the world – the USA, particularly when it was attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001. Since then, air travel has become infinitely more difficult and scrutinized. As a result, air passengers have to face innumerable complications.
There are many air restrictions that are implemented now which never existed before the bombing. As it is, that incident is the primary cause of this emergence of restrictions. It is for the overall safety of passengers.
Familiarity with air travel restrictions for passengers would be a major benefit to any individual who is about to journey by air. There are many who have had to face extremely long lines, sudden delays and unpredictably frustrating instances before boarding their flight.
Air Travel Hand Baggage Rules by Airlines
- The difference between hand baggage and hold baggage (checked-in-baggage) is the regular size which hand baggage should be. They do not allow 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. Some airlines may even insist on smaller dimensions. Therefore, it is advisable to check with them beforehand. The number of bags allowed may also vary between different airlines. The items that should not be included in your hand baggage are: scissors, razors and blades, knives, axes and hatchets, arrows as well as darts, Harpoons and spear. This also includes ice skates, meat cleavers, machetes, and carpenter’s tools.
- ID Requirements- If you are 18 years of age, you will be asked to show your ID at security checkpoints where you can show your passport, a Department of Homeland security “Trusted Traveler” card, U.S. military ID card, driver’s license, or a permanent or tribal resident’s card.
- Electrical items like hair driers and laptops are permitted in hand baggage but they are removed as well as examined during the security check. Even medical equipment and medicines are allowed but they are also screened beforehand. These medicines and equipment’s must be accompanied by a doctor’s prescription, especially in cases of post-pregnancy air travel
- The amount of liquids that you can carry on a flight is restricted. All liquids in your carry-on must be placed in one quart-sized, plastic, clear bag with a zippered closure. Liquids must be in bottles less than 3.4 ounces in volume but you can place multiple small bottles in your one plastic bag. You are limited to one quart-sized bag per person, and you must place the bag directly in a bin for easy screening. If you require liquid medicines or are traveling with a baby, you can exceed the 3.4 liquid ounces rule. Declare medications, breast milk or baby formula to the personnel at the security checkpoints.
Better to check out these listed tips regarding airlines restrictions so you won’t be suspected of being a terrorist and your flight won’t be affected by some delays in airline security checkpoints.