When packing for your vacation, you need to keep in mind that there are some things that you can take with you and some things that you need to leave at home. Airport security has gotten much tighter recently and there are a few things that you need to consider before packing for your trip.
Most people do not think anything of taking bottled water with them on the airplane, but you may want to reconsider this. Any substance in an open bottle raises the suspicions of airport screeners. They will most likely delay you at the security checkpoint and you may not be allowed to take it on the plane until you drink it in front of the guards. Sometimes they still will not allow you to take it on the plane.
Food is not something that security officials are usually concerned with. If you have blood sugar problems or need to eat small meals frequently, then you can take some high-protein snacks in baggies to keep you feeling good.
Wet wipes are great for many different purposes when traveling, from wiping dirty hands to wiping a sweaty face. They are also handy to carry in your purse or bag and you can find them in individual packets, larger boxes, and in tubs. They are not just for baby bottoms anymore!
Find a secure way to carry your money, credit card(s), passport, and other things you need. Many people wear money belts under their shirt or money-necklaces, but the money-necklaces may make you look like you have a large growth on your chest. Fanny packs are a great option, but they are bulkier than the money belt.
If you are going to be gone for longer than a week, then you will want to purchase some postcard stamps before you go. This way you can send family and friends notes much cheaper than using a regular stamp.
Plastic grocery bags are a great tool to use as a dirty laundry bag or to keep dirty or wet shoes quarantined from your clean clothes. These bags are easy to pack and do not take up much room!
Delays should be expected if you are flying to your destination. Take a few DVD’s with you to pass the time. Many airports have DVD players that you can rent and you can catch up on the top movies while you wait!
A small first aid kit is a great thing to pack in your purse or carry-on bag, but if you want to take a sewing kit, then you need to put it in your checked baggage. Anything that is sharp can be confiscated by airport security and this includes a seemingly innocuous sewing needle.
If you want to check your makeup or hair, then a compact is a great thing to put in your purse or carry-on. You can also use it if you get something in your eye and you will not have to search for a restroom.
Following these tips can make your trip much more enjoyable and less stressful. Living in a post-9/11 world has caused us to have to make several sacrifices, but if you plan ahead, you will be prepared for anything! Have a good trip!