Rules to Packing
1. Weight Check
- Always check your airline’s weight restrictions
and the luggage allowance before you leave to avoid hefty
baggage fees. Once packed, weigh your case before flying
to check it’s within your allowance.
your destination before you go - the temperature, facilities,
and your plans all affect what you will pack.
3. Avoid last
minute panics – make a pile of what to pack a few
days before. Make time to do any laundry or dry cleaning,
charge items up or buy batteries.
4. Make a list
- perfect as a checklist for repeat trips and also handy
for coming home to make sure nothing is left behind. It
also makes life a lot easier if your case goes missing in
transit and you need to make a claim. Email it to yourself
along with a scan of your passport and travel insurance
documents – this way you will always have access to
5. Basic Packing
Rules - There are two basic rules to adhere to regardless
to whether you opt for the rolling or folding packing technique.
+ Place heavy
items at the bottom of your bag. This helps stability and
avoids the heavy items crushing your clothes.
+ Always pack
items maintaining a flat layer, use underwear, shoes and
socks etc to level out. This is also a great place to put
chargers and electrical items as they get some protection
from the clothing on top. By keeping the packing surface
flat, creasing is less likely.
– Consider packing clothing suitable for both the
day and evening to minimise items or concentrate on one
or two main colour palettes, so you can create a variety
of outfits from few items and save vital space.
– Pop toys and books in a carry on kids case which
fits airline size regulations to keep children entertained.
They will love being grown up with their own case!
Traveller - If you’re a frequent business or weekend
traveller, keep a part packed case with basic essentials
in eg. toiletries, chargers, underwear so you’re ready
- Always lock your bag – it could invalidate your
insurance if you don’t. If you’re flying to
America you will need a case with a TSA (Transport Security
Administration) lock so the security staff can check your
case if they need to without breaking open your lock. Note
down your lock code. A case is easily parted from a luggage
label – always put a second one inside the case.
10. Crease free
– Hang your shirts up in the bathroom when you arrive
– the steam from the shower will remove any wrinkles.
to the USofA? New TSA Passenger information
required for entry into US under Visa waiver program
All travellers wishing to enter the US under the Visa
Waiver Program will need to hold a passport with an
integrated chip (an e-passport). Your passport is
an e-passport if it carries this internationally
recognised symbol on the front cover.
If you are in any doubt or if you are concerned that
an existing ESTA may have been cancelled due to new
rules, you should contact the nearest US Embassy or
The Transportation Security Administration
(TSA), a US government entity, has announced the implementation
of a new directive known as Secure Flight Programme. Secure
Flight was developed by the US Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) and is designed to enhance the security of commercial
air travel. This means that for reservations ticketed after
you will be asked to provide the following data when you
are booking a flight:
- Full name (as it appears on your passport)
- Date of birth
- Redress Number (if applicable)
Under the new Secure Flight policy, the TSA mandates that
airlines collect specific information from passengers when
making reservations. The required information is known as
Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD).