Travel Tips

Travel Tips / Packing Tips / Packing Checklist / Airline Luggage Specifications

 

Travel Tips

Personal

  • Reduce jet lag by drinking lots of water before, during and after your flight.

  • When flying, feet have a tendency to swell. Consider wearing athletic shoes or other comfortable shoes with laces that you can loosen.

  • Traveling for an extended period requires lots of planning. Follow a preparation schedule identifying what needs to be done each week up until the night before your trip.

Luggage

  • Place an ID tag on all your suitcases.

  • Include a copy of your itinerary, along with telephone numbers where you will be staying, inside your suitcase. 

  • Remove all old baggage claim tickets and tags.

  • We suggest you lock your checked luggage with a TSA approved lock. TSA screeners can gain access to bags with these locks without damaging your bag or lock. Other locks may need to be cut off.

  • Take along extra keys to your locks.

  • Make it easier for you to identify your baggage on the carousel. You can distinguish your bag by using different color luggage straps or colorful tags, tape or yarn tied to the handle. This will help deter someone else from picking up your luggage in error.

  • Remove all shoulder straps, add-a-bag straps, keeping these items on your luggage increases the chance it will get caught in a baggage belt system and cause damage.

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Packing Tips

  • To reduce wrinkling, separate clothes in plastic dry cleaning bags. Do not use dry cleaning bags with printed advertising as it may rub off on your clothing. Large garbage bags also can be used.

  • Roll knit outfits and sweaters together. These items generally won't wrinkle.

  • Place tissue paper between folds. This is another way to reduce wrinkles.

  • Pack hairdryers, shoes and heavier items at the bottom of your case.

  • Utilize the space inside your shoes by placing socks, hosiery, anything that doesn't wrinkle easily.

  • Stuff the corners of luggage with small items that won't wrinkle (underwear).

  • When packing a garment bag hang several items together to alleviate using too many hangers. Try to use a maximum of 3.

  • If you are traveling with small children, place a days clothing in a zip lock bag. This makes it simple to find the outfit and not search for individual items.

  • Do not pack medication you might need at your destination.

  • Do not pack home and car keys that you might need upon your return home.

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Packing Checklist

The following list serves as a reminder of what to take on your trip and where best to pack it.

 

CARRY-ON LUGGAGE:
Our first suggestion is to carry on items that are essential to you and must be accessible if you become separated from your luggage.The following necessities and electronic items should be packed in your carry on luggage, purse or briefcase:

Necessities & trip related material

Tickets One set of undergarments 
(in case of a bag delay)
Cash Toothbrush, paste, floss
Credit cards Reading glasses, sunglasses, contacts
Travelers checks Make-up 
Passport Skin care products (moisturizers, lip balm)
Business cards Shampoo and conditioner
Medication Comb, hairbrush
Keys to your car and home Deodorant
Reading material


Electronic Items

Laptop computer Video recorder & extra tapes, batteries
Camera, film & batteries Adapters & converters
Calculator Travel alarm clocks

 

 

CHECKED LUGGAGE:

We suggest the following items be packed in your checked luggage:

Casual clothing Athletic wear
Dress clothing Swimsuit
Shoes (heels, sneakers, walking shoes, sandals ) Socks
Pajamas Accessories (scarf, handbag, umbrella, belt)
Hosiery Undergarments

If space permits the following are suggested items that make your trip a little more comfortable:
 
Anti-bacterial wipes Nail file
Atlas Batteries
Paper clips Book on cassette
Rubber bands Bread clips or cloths pins
Extra lock Toilet seat covers
Bobby pins Plastic bags (dry cleaning, garbage & zip lock)
Safety Pins Luggage straps
Band-Aids (a few sizes) Stationary or post cards & stamps

 

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Airline Luggage Specifications

Carry-on Luggage Requirements

 

Airline Code Number 
of Bags
Maximum 
Size
Weight 
Limit
Carrier Telephone #
Air Tran FL 2 55 linear inches N/A 1-800-247-8726
Alaskan AK 2 9X14X24" N/A 1-800-426-0333
American AA 2 45 linear inches 40 lbs 1-800-433-7300
America West HP 2 45 linear inches None 1-800-235-9292
British Airways BA 2 22x16x8" N/A 1-800-247-9297
Continental CO 2 51 linear inches 40 lbs 1-800-231-0856
Delta DL 2 22x9x14" 40 lbs 1-800-221-1212
Jet Blue B6 2 24x16x10" None 1-800-438-2583
Northwest NW 3 22x9x14" 40 lbs 1-800-225-2525
Southwest WN 2 24x10x16" None 1-800-435-9792
United UA 2 45 linear inches 50 lbs 1-800-241-6522
US Airways US 2 24x10x16" 40 lbs 1-800-428-4322

 

It is necessary for carry-on luggage to be able to fit under the seat or in the overhead compartment. Many airlines display a template at the gate to assure your carry-on luggage meets their standards. Briefcases and purses should be counted as part of your carry on allowance.

While luggage loss when traveling is minimal, it is recommended that you carry-on items in your luggage that are essential to have access to when you reach your destination. Examples are medication, glasses, money, home and car keys.

 

Checked Luggage

Each carrier allows the transport of a specific amount of checked luggage without additional charge. The luggage you check should not exceed a linear dimension (length+width+height) of 62ö and a weight of 50 lbs.

 

Airline Liabilities

Liability for loss, delay or damage to checked baggage is limited to $3000 per passenger when traveling domestically. When traveling internationally, the liability is $9.07 per pound to a maximum of 70 pounds or $634.90 per suitcase. The airlines assume no liability for certain valuable, fragile or perishable articles. If your luggage and packed items exceed the established liability limits, it is advised to inquire about luggage insurance to cover the exclusions. 

 

Lost or Damaged Luggage Claims

If your luggage is missing or damaged when you reach your destination check in the baggage service office of the carrier you traveled to file a claim. 

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