1. Keep Details Safe and Accessible
Scan your passport and photo ID. Email yourself the copy on a web based email account so you can have access to it when you are traveling. Take out your wallet and take inventory of which credit cards or ATM cards you are taking on the trip with you. Then, email yourself the details of the emergency ‘lost card’ telephone numbers so you know who to contact if your credit card or ATM card is lost or stolen. This way, you have immediate access to all those important information even if you lose everything.
2. Label your Valuables
Write your phone number & email address on a self-adhesive sticky label to items such as your phone, your camera, your memory cards inside the camera, your tablets. If your item is lost or stolen, sometimes, nice people who found them may want to return the item to you, but won’t be able to unless they know who it belongs to or where to find the owner.
Write your home and destination address and mobile number on a paper and place INSIDE your luggage in a visible place. If your luggage is lost and the baggage label has come off, perhaps the airline can still figure out whose luggage it is.
3. Split up your valuables
Split up your bank ATM cards, cash and credit cards as much as possible in different pockets, and wallet and bags when packing. In the unfortunate case you lost your wallet or got robbed, you still have access to other cards and cash. Especially important when traveling overseas and can’t get a replacement card fast enough.
4. Divide and Split up clothes
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, and don’t put all your clothes in one suitcase! When you are flying somewhere and especially on connecting flights, multiple stops, divide the clothes between different suitcases, backpacks, and bags. If one piece of luggage got lost and doesn’t arrive at the destination, you’ll still have clean clothes available on other suitcases.
Pack liquids in clear plastic bags for easy screening. If your toiletries are over 3oz, check them, especially those sunscreen and contact lens solutions.
Keep medications and important travel documents in your carry-on bag. On flights with multiple stopovers, you may want to pack a fresh change of clothes as bags tend to get delayed or lost on long haul, multiple stop flights.
6. Pack in clear bags
Pack everything in clear plastic bags or packing cubes such as these. Sort and divide into items such as underwear, t-shirts, shorts etc. before packing in your suitcase. One bag for each type of clothing. When you unpack your bag, you can see immediately what you want. This is especially helpful for short overnight stays somewhere. This way, you can just take 1 item out of a bag – no rummaging!! In addition, if you have to unpack at customs or security checkpoints, the officer can clearly see the contents of each bag. Repacking will also be easy.
7. Separate Beach Bag
If you’re going on a beach vacation, pre-pack your bathing suits and goggles or whatever you may need at the beach into a beach bag inside your suitcase. This will save time when you unpack.