Thursday, July 10, 2008

Avoid Baggage Fees: What Not to Pack

(SPM Wire) With many airlines now charging fliers for a single checked bag, travelers are striving to pack more efficiently and only travel with carry-ons or as little luggage as possible.

According to the experts at there are several ways to achieve this goal:

* Rethink Wardrobe: Stick to essentials. Choose clothes in neutral colors that can be mixed and matched, and pack a travel-size packet of laundry detergent to wash clothes while traveling. Bring no more than two pairs of shoes: one to be packed and one to be worn on the plane.

* Simplify Beauty Regimens: Don't lug an army of beauty products. Instead, use hotel toiletries or pack products with multiple uses, such as a moisturizer with SPF or a combination shampoo/conditioner. To meet security requirements, pack products in containers of three ounces or less in a quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag.

* Pick One Favorite Guidebook: Don't weigh down a suitcase with books. Pack one comprehensive guidebook and use Internet cafes as necessary to look up additional information on the road.

* Leave the Crown Jewels at Home: Leave all valuables at home. Fancy watches and jewelry are targets for thieves.

* Forget the Gizmos: Pack only indispensable electronic gadgets.

To help travelers pack more efficiently, offers an interactive packing list at, featuring more than 100 commonly packed items.

The site also features other packing tips and the latest carry-on rules for air travelers.

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