Packing smart really means packing light and taking less.
Below are some useful packing tips gathered from REI Adventures staff and other travel experts. Be sure to see the checklist that follows.
Luggage can get delayed or lost. So be sure to keep these essentials in your carry-on bag:
The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) allows laptops to remain in bags that meet "checkpoint friendly" guidelines. Not all laptop bags are "checkpoint friendly."
A checkpoint-friendly design is one that provides an unobstructed image of the laptop when undergoing X-ray screening. This helps to streamline the security process and better protect your laptop.
Purchasing one of these bags doesn't guarantee that you can leave your laptop in your bag for screening. If the TSA finds your bag doesn't present a clear, distinct image of the laptop, it will be screened separately. The TSA does not endorse any bag design or manufacturer.
Tips for using a "checkpoint friendly" laptop bag:
Though the TSA electronically screens all baggage, there are times when they need to physically examine a piece of luggage. Avoid having your luggage lock cut by using only locks that are "TSA recognized." These locks can be opened by security officers using universal master keys or codes without damaging the lock.
Your packing needs will vary by your trip destination, duration and personal comfort level, so vary this checklist accordingly.
These are best placed in your carry-on or personal bag. Remember: The less you bring, the less you have to worry about losing or having stolen.
By Linda Ellingsen
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Last updated: 10/08/2012
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