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how to travel in one bag

Posted on April 18, 2008 by dorisch

Few days ago, my business associate’s hairspray was ditched at the airport customs checkpoint when she forgot that hairspray or aerosol products were not allowed in hand carry bags.

In this age of airline fare wars, traveling across multiple borders is increasingly common. Many business travelers have the habit of traveling in one bag for fast clearance and saving time on baggage claims. Here are some steps from WikiHow that suggests how you can travel in one bag:
1. Get a bag with shoulder or back straps and plenty of pockets. The bag need not be huge, since one will not carry much.

2. Gather the following:

* Three changes of clothing (at most)
* Laundry detergent for washing by hand (powdered is much easier to handle than liquid, and allowed on airplanes.)
* A universal sink stopper (available at any hardware store). A rubber ball is a good alternative.
* A portable clothesline (available at any camping or travel goods store)
* Toiletries

3. Pack using the “bundle” method: wrap clothes around large objects (such as bags of toiletries or pairs of shoes), rather than folding or rolling clothes. Stuff underwear and socks into shoes to save space and to prevent crushing shoes. The bundle method saves the most space and also prevents wrinkling.

4. Buy toiletries in miniature or transfer liquid contents like shampoo into smaller travel bottles. Save hotel/airplane toiletries so you can pack them the next time you travel.

5. Put toiletries that could leak (shampoo, gel, etc.) in plastic bags to avoid the hassle of having your clothes covered in liquid soap. Bags are also useful if clothing doesn’t completely dry overnight.

6. Due to airline security issues, you should use solids rather than liquids. Shampoo is available in solid soap-block form. Better yet, purchase toiletries at your destination to avoid security issues. They may be cheaper too depending on the currency.

7. Minimize the number of items that require electricity, as converters can be costly and space-consuming. Portable electronics often run on batteries, and shaving, of course, can be done by hand. Keep your CAT6 and other cables at home if possible.
8. Mail home or give away items not necessary for traveling, such as finished books or souvenirs. Trading books is a great free way to keep one’s travel library fresh. Also check out – here you can leave books for others to pick up and find books wherever you might be in the world that others have left behind (bookcrossers leave notes about the books, you can read where the book’s been, reviews, etc.). You should be able to fit a sheet of labels in your bag to stick on the books…or better yet print them out from a public computer in an internet cafe…

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