AIRLINE LUGGAGE REGULATIONS : BE AWARE OF FLIGHT LUGGAGE REGULATIONS

If you are planning to take a flight in the near future, knowing what you can carry and what you can’t will save you a lot of grief at the airport security checkpoints. Think of this post as your mini-guide to airline luggage regulations.

Liquids, Gels, and Aerosols
On 26th September 2007, the TSA (Travel Security Administration) adjusted the ban on liquids, gels, and aerosols by allowing travelers to carry them in their carry-on bags when going through airport security checkpoints. However, the important point to note is that all of these items must be carried in 3-ounce or smaller containers, in a single quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. All flight passengers must remove their quart-sized, zip-top, clear plastic bag from their carry-on bag, and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening.

There are exceptions to the above procedures for baby formula, breast milk, and other essential liquids, gels, and aerosols, including prescription and over the counter drugs. (See the tips section of this post for the link to the TSA site that has further information)

Electronics
Laptop computers, cell phones, pagers and PDAs (Personal Data Assistants) are all allowed both in checked as well as carry-on baggage. The X-ray screening machine used to scan checked luggage might possibly damage undeveloped film in camera equipment. So, it’s a good idea to carry your camera in your carry-on luggage.

Sharp Objects
DO NOT attempt to carry sharp objects such as box cutters, ice axes, knives, meat cleavers, razor blades (non-safety razor types), sabers, or swords in your carry-on luggage. You run the risk of a security officer confiscating these items, and you may find yourself being questioned in a back room at the airport instead of boarding your flight.

You may carry these objects as part of your checked luggage, but make sure they’re sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent damage to your luggage and injury to baggage handlers.

Sporting Goods
Baseball bats, bows and arrows, cricket bats, golf clubs, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, pool cues, ski poles, and spear guns are all prohibited on-board. If you really need to, you can carry these in your checked luggage.

Guns And Firearms
Each individual airline has their own policy on weapons, so it is a very good idea to call the airline before your trip, and ask about any limitations or fees that apply.

In general, you are not allowed to carry guns and firearms in your carry on luggage as per airline luggage regulations. The items that you may carry in checked luggage (but not in carry on luggage) include: ammunition, BB guns, compressed air guns, firearms, gun lighters, pellet guns, replicas of firearms, and starter pistols.

Tools
You are allowed to carry on or check in: tools (if seven inches or less in length), screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers. Items that you can check but not carry on include: axes, hatchets, cattle prods, crowbars, hammers, drills, and saws.

Explosive Materials
Airline flight regulations strictly prohibit explosive or flammable material of any type in either carry on or checked luggage. These include, but are not limited to, blasting caps, dynamite, fireworks, flares, hand grenades, plastic explosives, and plastic replicas of explosives.

Chemicals
You may not check or carry on the following items: chlorine, fire extinguishers, bleach, spray paint, and tear gas.

Note : The information provided in this blog post is applicable to all domestic and international flights departing from U.S. airports. Travelers are advised to check with transportation security authorities in their country of origin for flights originating at non-U.S. airports.

YOUR GUIDE TO LIGHTWEIGHT FOLDING LUGGAGE CARTS

Lugging all your different pieces of luggage with you en route to your destination is hardly fun. Thankfully, lightweight folding luggage carts can make your life much easier. In this post, we’ll look at the benefits that folding luggage carts provide, give you some tips on how to select the best folding luggage cart, and end by giving you 2 specific recommendations on the brand of folding luggage carts that we recommend.

Lightweight folding luggage carts allow you to to carry two or more pieces of luggage, which make them suitable for families or couples traveling together. They are generally allowed aboard a flight in addition to your carry-on luggage, and when folded can be easily placed in the seat in front of you or stowed in the overhead bin. If you’re carrying a heavy shoulder bag, a luggage cart will really make it easy for you to tow your luggage along with you, greatly enhancing your mobility.

A lightweight folding luggage cart that carries up to 80 pounds of luggage weighs under three pounds. The ratio of cart weight to load is amazing!

How to select the best lightweight folding luggage cart

The best lightweight folding luggage carts are easily collapsible, and come equipped with a strong set of wheels, well-built step sliders, and a wide base for better stability. Here are some additional factors you should consider when selecting a lightweight folding luggage cart :

1. Adequate load-bearing capacity – The smaller carts can carry an average of 100 pounds, and the larger varieties will carry as much as 175 pounds.

2. A mechanism to lock the luggage cart securely in place when it is placed upright, so that you can stack and unload luggage easily.

3. A sufficiently wide platform for added stability and to accommodate multiple bags

4. A reasonable weight – Not more than 7 pounds (the heavier a cart, the more durable it is, though)

5. When collapsed, the size of your luggage cart should enable it to fit under the seat in the plane, or in the overhead compartment.

6. Stretchy, elastic cords properly attached to the base to secure your luggage. The last thing you want is your luggage falling off the cart !

7. A high-quality set of wheels with a minimum diameter of 3 inches, but preferably 4 to 6 inches for more stable movement along stairs or curbs.

Recommended lightweight folding luggage carts

When choosing a folding luggage cart you should consider what your long-term traveling needs are. Do you travel light or tend to carry many pieces of luggage with you ?

Luggage cart manufacturers such as American Reliable, Travelon and Samsonite make luggage carts in a variety of shapes, sizes, and of different weights and carrying capacity.

However, we recommend the highly durable luggage carts made by Remin. If your preference is traveling light, Remin Kart-A-Bag Flite-Lite Luggage Cart 100 Lbs. lightweight, but durable folding luggage cart is what we recommend.

For more heavy-duty and long-term multi-purpose use where you expect to carry a heavy load or expect different types of surfaces, curbs, and stairs, we suggest you go with the Remin Kart-A-Bag Concorde III Luggage Cart 175 Lbs folding luggage cart. This luggage cart has a larger set of wheels, a wider base, and specially designed step sliders that make carrying your luggage up or down a flight of stairs a cinch.

A well-chosen luggage cart can make your traveling life a whole lot easier, especially if you’re a frequent traveler. What you have just learned about lightweight folding luggage carts should help you make an informed choice, and choose the best luggage cart to suit your own needs.

USE LUGGAGE REVIEWS TO MAKE AN INFORMED BUYING DECISION

When you are buying new luggage, it’s a good idea to read luggage reviews before making your purchase, rather than simply heading to the nearest store, and buying luggage bags on sale. With the wealth of information on the internet, it’s easy to find reviews of almost any product you could possibly think of.
The main benefit of reading luggage reviews is that you learn about not only the positive aspects of the product, but also the things that consumers are not too thrilled about.

Many luggage manufacturers will post testimonials that portray their products in the best possible light, but it’s not very often that you’ll find reviews or testimonials highlighting any flaws or problems (even minor ones). Many of the benefits of the product are touted, but you’ll hardly find any negative information. So, luggage manufacturers’ sites are not the best place to go to for an objective review.

If you plan to spend more on your new luggage then it’s even more important that you read a luggage review written by an owner of the brand, rather than simply going by the information provided on the luggage company’s web site.

In general, the review that would provide you with the most value is one from an actual product owner that has paid for and used the product. A good and honest luggage review can often tip the scales in favor of you not buying, especially if the negative aspects highlighted in the review are important to you.

One of the things you should look at when reading a luggage review is how sturdy certain things are with a particular brand. No matter how well the bag endures frequent travel, the handle may not be comfortable after being held for a few hours, or the zipper may come apart at the seam, if you over stuff the bag. If you’re traveling in winter, how well the wheels on any wheeled suitcase move if they happen to be dragged through the snow might be important to you.

Consumer Search is a great place to find reviews on most consumer products (including luggage reviews).

Even if you’re not sure about which brand to go for, the luggage reviews and information at the above site should help you make a more informed buying decision.

TSA LUGGAGE LOCKS – WHY YOU SHOULD GET ONE

Everyone, at one point or another, has been worried about how safe their luggage and its contents are. Because theft is extremely common, it is crucial that you protect your belongings. Isn’t that the reason that we have locks for our luggage? Yes. However, if your luggage is spot checked by airport security, they may very well cut the lock right off your luggage, thus leaving it unlocked and vulnerable for the rest of the trip. Therefore, it would behoove you to spend a little more money and purchase TSA luggage locks.

I know it is difficult to think about, but please consider that your belongings will be much safer when protected by TSA luggage locks. Normal locks are destroyed and cannot be replaced on the luggage when airport security is through with them. TSA luggage locks can easily be opened by airport security and then relocked to protect the luggage from loss or theft. For this reason, these locks are the most highly recommended by seasoned travelers and airport authorities.

How it Works

Airport officials recognize the TSA luggage locks’ logo. They will know that they can easily gain access into the bag without damaging the lock. After searching your luggage, they can relock it using the same TSA luggage locks that were there originally on your luggage. You will know by the security window on the lock, that will either be colored red or green, whether someone has had access to the contents of your luggage.

Green indicates that the lock has not been opened or tampered with, while red indicates that the lock has been opened, even though it may have been relocked. This feature will alert you to the fact that airport security has rummaged through your bag. It’s good to know that, should airport security have to search your bag; although, they should leave a paper notification in your bag to let you know that they had searched it. Logically, TSA luggage locks are the only kind of locks that should be used when traveling.

LUGGAGE REVIEW : THE VICTORINOX WERKS TRAVELER 2.0 24″ DELUXE EXPANDABLE WHEELED TRAVEL BAG

The Consumer’s Digest awarded the Victorinox Werks Traveler 2.0 24″ Deluxe Expandable Wheeled Travel Bag the 2007 Best Buy in luggage, as found in their June 2007 edition, and for good reason. This is one delightful suitcase. From its handsome good looks to its functionality to its reasonable price, the Victorinox Werks Traveler 2.0 24″ Deluxe Expandable Wheeled Travel Bag is a winner. If you have a teenager or want to be able to spot your bag easily and quickly on the carousel, the color combinations on the Victorinox Werks Traveler 2.0 24″ Deluxe Expandable Wheeled Travel Bag simply cannot be compared to others. It comes in three colors, all trimmed in black. Black on black is perfect for the conservative traveler, but the other two choices are perfect for those who want a little flair. Red with black trim is a color combination that shows off your sense of style, and the sapphire and black combination is absolutely stunning. With either of those two non-traditional looks, you will be able to see your suitcase as it rounds the bend. No worrying about whether or not you will be able to differentiate it from all the brown and tan choices surrounding it.

Inside the attractive bag are all sorts of clever designs that make this bag functional as well as handsome. The removable garment sleeve that folds up in thirds is a great way to pack hanging items, so if you are going to a wedding, your nicer clothes can travel in style, or that suit for your business meeting can remain nicely pressed.

The nylon weave has a Teflon coating that helps keep your clothes protected in the event of a summer shower, so you will not have to worry about your clothes getting all wet inside a “cloth” soft-sided bag, and you still get to have the luxury of a quality piece of luggage that is lightweight so your back doesn’t ache the way it sometimes does when you have to lug a heavier bag around the terminal. The Teflon also helps prevents stains, so not only do your clothes stay nice, so does your suitcase. Inside the durable, water-resistant Victorinox Werks Traveler 2.0 24″ Deluxe Expandable Wheeled Travel Bag is a plastic frame that looks like honeycomb, and that simple feature makes sure that your bag is durable without weighing a ton.

If all those quality ideas weren’t enough, Victorinox deserves a special round of applause for the mesh packing cubes that come right along with this perfectly designed bag. They are removable, and you would be amazed at just how handy these simple cubes are. They are just right for packing smaller items and keeping them within easy reach, so there is no digging through all your clothes just to find the Chap Stick.

The Victorinox Werks Traveler 2.0 24″ Deluxe Expandable Wheeled Travel Bag is an affordable way to step out in style.

Rules for Carry on Luggage

Rules for carry on luggage are changing all the time. Each time a new security incident happens on a plane, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) adjusts the rules for carry on luggage accordingly. One of the most recent changes that happened has to do with liquids. Apparently, certain liquids can be used to make explosives in-flight. Thanks to some people who actually tried that, all liquids are now seriously restricted in carry on luggage.

Under the new TSA guidelines concerning liquids, a wide range of things fall under the “liquid” restrictions. This includes creams and gels, as well. This means that such things as shampoo, moisturizer, shaving cream, and toothpaste are restricted in carry on luggage. This isn’t to say you can’t bring these things on the plane at all. They just have to be in containers of three ounces or less, and all of the containers have to be packed together in one quart-sized zip-lock bag. You’ll have to take that bag out of your suitcase at the security check-point for additional inspections.

Bottled water is no longer allowed past the security check-point, either. If you have it, you’ll have to get rid of it before going through the line. However, if the airport you’re visiting has a concession stand beyond the security check-point, you can buy water there to carry on the plane.

A lot of food falls under the category of liquids, as well. So, if you’re bringing home any kind of special jams or jellies (or even salsa) from your vacation, it has to go in your checked baggage, unless it’s in a three ounce container. In fact, there are very few exceptions to this three ounce rule. Most of the exceptions involve baby supplies, such as breast milk, teething cream and formula. Liquid prescription medicines are also allowed on board in amounts greater than three ounces. However, these all have to be declared and inspected under the new rules for carry on luggage.

The new rules for carry on luggage don’t have to be a hardship for you. If you learn what they are, you’ll know how to pack correctly for your trip and save yourself (and everyone behind you in line) a lot of time at the security check-point at the airport. The best rule of thumb is simply to store all liquids, creams, and gels in your checked baggage, unless it’s something you absolutely can’t do without for the duration of your flight.

CHILD LUGGAGE: PREPARING TO TRAVEL ABROAD WITH YOUR CHILDREN

Traveling abroad with your children can be great fun. Before leaving on your trip, there are numerous matters to attend to. The first thing to do is to obtain all necessary documents. If you are planning to visit a foreign country, each member of your family needs appropriate travel documents. Secondly, you will beat the rush when you book your trip well in advance. The third thing that you must do is purchase child luggage for your children. No, it is not a good idea to include your children’s belongings in your own luggage. Every one of your children needs separate luggage that can be taken with them during the entire vacation. The following tips will help you find the appropriate child luggage.

Shopping For Child Luggage

You will have to take the age of your child into consideration when shopping for child luggage. You should also understand that the preferences of small children are different compared to older kids. Your child does not really need elaborate luggage if he or she is younger than 8 years old; a small backpack or small rolling suitcase will suffice. If you have a child older than 8 years of age, you may think about purchasing him/her a larger duffle bag or backpack, and also possibly a rolling suitcase. Rolling suitcases are nice because they can easily be dragged across pavements.

Functionality, design, and color should also be considered when shopping for child luggage. Functionality is the most important thing here. All of your kid’s stuff should be able to fit in a good piece of luggage. It should also have pockets where your child can store snacks and drinks, for easy access.
Younger children prefer bright colored luggage featuring their favorite cartoon character when it comes to the design and color of the luggage. When deciding what child luggage to purchase, check with your child to find out if he/she has a favorite cartoon character or color.

However, older children have other desires, like dotted designs, fire designs, just about anything graphically inclined. Be advised though, teenagers prefer to match their belongings. In order to avoid arguments with your teenager over the luggage that he or she will bring on your trip abroad, it’s a good idea to have them select the luggage themselves.

CHEAP LOUIS VUITTON LUGGAGE ?

If you’re the kind of person who likes to be a little (or maybe a lot !) fashionable when it comes to luggage, you’re surely looking for something stylish and classy. One of the luxury luggage brands you have probably considered is the internationally recognized and highly renowned Louis Vuitton line of luggage. But unless you’re looking to burn a huge hole in your pocket, you want designer Louis Vuitton luggage that is not just stylish and fashionable, but also cheap and affordable. 🙂 In this blog post, you will learn how to avoid the pitfalls you might encounter in your search for cheap Louis Vuitton luggage.

The word “cheap” should really be used loosely when talking about designer goods. Someone who bought a $2500 designer luggage piece might sell it to you second-hand for $1500. This is definitely a very good deal when compared to the original price, but not if you’re looking to save money. If you desire to buy designer luggage, but are restricted by your budget, my advice is to adjust your personal spending habits to save money and purchase the piece without landing into debt.

First off, you need to know that the original designer luggage is sold only at these places :

The official Louis Vuitton estore
Authentic Louis Vuitton boutiques (with a very small number of exceptions – boutiques in very high-end department stores)
On the eLuxury online store.

You typically won’t find Louis Vuitton offering their luggage through retailers, either discount stores or upscale department stores.

Finding Cheap Louis Vuitton Luggage

eLUXURY has a sale section where you can browse for items that are discounted or discontinued. Another way to find discount Louis Vuitton luggage is by asking a customer sales representative using the Live Chat feature on the site. You could also call their toll-free number and ask.

Another way to find cheap Louis Vuitton luggage is through people who are selling their old pieces. Search eBay, your local Craigslist, or other online second-hand sales sites for discount Louis Vuitton luggage. Most of these sites have a search feature that you can use to find the specific piece you are looking for.

Thoroughly inspecting items at yard sales in affluent and upscale neighborhoods might result in a super cheap Louis Vuitton luggage find as well. However, be sure you have enough knowledge to spot a real piece of luggage versus a fake or a replica. This will ensure you do not spend a small fortune on a “deal,” only to end up with piece of luggage that is not authentic.

Cheap Louis Vuitton Luggage on eBay

Like we mentioned above, eBay is a great place to find cheap Louis Vuitton luggage that is genuine. Check out these listings on eBay. You may find a genuine Louis Vuitton at an amazing price.

CARRY-ON LUGGAGE REVIEW – SAMSONITE ASPIRE LITE 21″ EXPANDABLE UPRIGHT SUITER

Have you ever been amazed at the unique ability of roller bladders to maneuver their way through a crowded sidewalk? It can be fun just to watch them; well, the technology in their wheels is what gives them that unique edge, and now those same type of wheels are found on luggage. The Samsonite Aspire Lite 21″ Expandable Upright Suiter bag makes good use of that technology, and the ease with which you can glide your suitcase across the parking lot and airport makes this case a true pleasure to travel with.

In addition to the cool wheel system that allows you to navigate like a pro, the Samsonite Aspire Lite 21″ Expandable Upright Suiter has a steel wire wrap frame that keeps all your belongings secure and safe. There is no need to worry about your shampoo bottle breaking open and spewing soap all over your new jacket. There is no way that bottle is going to break open.

The special pockets made just for shoes allow you to keep your sort of rugged-looking shoe bottoms away from your clothes, so your clothes do not get ugly black marks or dirt and grass on them. Your clothes will be just as clean when you open your suitcase, as they were when you put them in there.

The 21 inch size of the Samsonite Aspire Lite 21″ Expandable Upright Suiter is the perfect size. It offers just the right amount of room for enough stuff to get you through a 3-day travel adventure – whether you are getting away from it all for a long weekend or taking care of business for a couple of days. If you like to be sure all weather conditions are covered and want to bring along a light jacket or sweater, have no fear. The Aspire lets you put in a few extra items because it expands two inches. The design of this reasonably priced, attractive bag makes packing just the right combination of articles as easy as pie.

Inside the Samsonite Aspire Lite 21″ Expandable Upright Suiter, you will find x-shaped cross straps that are designed to keep your clothing items in place so they don’t slide all over the place during handling.
This is a time-tested, proven way to assist in keeping your clothes neatly pressed and avoiding wrinkles. Vacation is a time to avoid the iron and business trips are often too busy to worry about having to press your clothes, so the Aspire’s cross straps take that worry off your hands.

For a lightweight, nicely-handled, attractive bag that uses high-tech wheels to practically float across the floor, the Samsonite Aspire Lite 21″ Expandable Upright Suiter is the ultimate choice.

CARRY ON LUGGAGE REVIEW – BRIGGS & RILEY TRANSCEND 21-INCH CARRY-ON EXPANDABLE UPRIGHT

Summer is upon us and with it comes the season for travel. Whether your plan is to take several smaller trips to close-by locales, forge ahead with an all-out vacation blast, or take a short trip for business purposes, the Briggs & Riley Transcend 21″ Carry-On Expandable Upright is the perfect bag to meet all your needs.

Made of top-quality material, this stunning piece of luggage can make traveling a breeze. Even though the bag is puncture and tear-resistant, which will make it much more likely to keep your personal possessions safe from damage, it is still one of the most lightweight bags out there. Careening through an airport to catch a connecting flight or traversing across the parking lot to the rental cars is so much easier when the weight of the world is not dragging behind you. The lightweight durability of the Briggs & Riley Transcend 21″ Carry-On Expandable Upright makes the walking that is a huge part of any trip much more manageable.

In addition, the Transcend will keep its gorgeous good looks and protect your travel needs even in the harshest conditions. Nothing puts a damper on any trip quite like a thunderstorm, as travelers who choose soft-sided luggage fear the dampness and ensuing mold that is likely to invade their clothes when luggage gets wet. The Transcend, however, can put your mind at ease. It is so incredibly water repellent that rain just rolls right off onto the ground where it belongs. There is no need to worry about opening your suitcase and being overwhelmed by the smell of mildew. Briggs and Riley think of everything when it comes to choosing the best material out of which to create top-notch luggage.

The material makes handling a breeze, and the design of the Transcend makes packing a joy as well. There is no need to worry about your shoes messing up your white blouse, as there is a separate compartment made just for shoes, so your delicate, stain-prone clothes will not get all messed up from the black soles on your high heels. For even more protection for your clothes – the only ones you will have with you as you travel from home – the Expandable Upright Transcend offers panels inside that keep your clothes secure; when you get to your destination, you do not need to head straight for the ironing board because your clothes come out nice and wrinkle-free.

For ease of packing, great clothes protection, and a lightweight walk through the busiest airports, the Briggs & Riley Transcend 21″ Carry-On Expandable Upright simply can’t be beat.