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Baggage: Size & Weight Matters
Limit your bags to one large bag as this is the limit to our our porterage
service and one carry-on. Typically airlines will allow 2 checked pieces.
To avoid airline surcharges, these may be no more than 62 linear inches (a
combination of length, width & depth) and weigh a maximum of 50 lbs each
for domestic air. International carriers allow 75 lbs per bag.
1. Choose your vacation luggage carefully. While togetherness is great,
it's advisable for each of you to pack at least one bag of your own for
clothes and toiletries.
2. Tip: Select vacation bags with wheels. Even garment bags come on
rollers these days, so there's no need for anyone to wrench his back
before the big night. And you won't feel so guilty including everything
you'd like to pack.
3. Pack right for the weather. You wouldn't carry the same things on a
safari vacation as you would on a trip to the tropics or Europe.
4. Roll, rather than fold, vacation garments. It saves packing space and
also can cut down on wrinkles.
5. Make sure your name, home, and vacation address are on a luggage tag
and somewhere inside the bag you pack as well.
6. Pack your carry-on carefully: Pieces do get lost. Travel with one
complete change of clothes, vital medicines, and sundries you can't live
without in your carry-on. (per new TSA rules)
7. Know what size carry-on your airline permits, and how many pieces are
permitted on board.
8. If you're on a budget, pack things like sunscreen, sunglasses, and skin
lotion rather than planning to buy them at a vacation resort, where
they're often expensive.
9. Make a photocopy of all your credit cards that shows numbers clearly.
Pack a copy for yourself and leave the original with a trustworthy friend.
Notify your bank you are traveling abroad to prevent any problems using
your ATM card.
10. Make a photocopy of your passport and keep it on you.
New Airport Security Measures
The U.S. Transportation Administration has introduced new airport security
rules in light of the recent announcement of a thwarted terror plot in
Britain. The TSA has posted answers to some frequently asked questions on
their website and will continue to update them as measures evolve. Here
are the major changes that affect travelers:
At U.S. Airports:
No liquids or gels of any kind will be permitted in carry-on baggage. Such
items must be in checked baggage. This includes all beverages, shampoo,
suntan lotion, creams, tooth paste, hair gel, and other items of similar
Exceptions: Baby formula and medicines, which must be presented for
inspection at the checkpoint. Prescription medicine that matches the
passenger's name is permitted. Essential non-prescription medicines such
as insulin are permitted.
Beverages purchased in the boarding area, beyond the checkpoint, must be
consumed before boarding because they will not be permitted onboard the
Laptop computers, cell phones and other electronic items ARE still allowed
Arrival time: Passengers should consult their individual airline, but the
TSA recommends arriving at least two hours in advance of flight time.
Again, keep in mind that if it is necessary to remove liquids at the
checkpoint, time will be added to the process.
Additional bag searches: There will be more hand searches of bags at the
checkpoint and a bag check at the gate immediately prior to boarding the
Note: Passengers traveling from the United Kingdom to the United States
will be subject to a more extensive screening process.