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First of all, it is essential to travel light, even better if you can fit everything you need in your hand luggage: in this way, you avoid the hassles of the queue at check-in and the waiting time for baggage recovery.
For long-haul travel, however, it’s not that simple: here are some tips to help you better manage your suitcase.
- Avoid packing fragile objects without protection.
- Do not leave loose any laces, especially of travel bags, they could get stuck in the conveyor belts (which would not stop) and destroy the bag.
- Avoid overfilling the suitcase: too much weight could break it when passing from the stow to the freight elevator.
- Use padlocks for hinge closures. Valuable items, such as PCs or photo machines must go in hand luggage; if they force you to board them, always put them in the inner part of the suitcase, never in the side parts. And above all, register the serial numbers.
- It is always better to use a rigid suitcase rather than a flexible one, more appropriate for (sure) hits in the stow.
- Always find out about the regulations of the airports from which you depart and respect them, in particular as regards materials that cannot be transported. Try to avoid “suspicious” formats: even if it is not dangerous, the security services may wish to check.
- Detach all barcodes from previous trips, which may confuse baggage handlers.
- Use an identifying label for your suitcase, which displays your name, surname, and contact phone, but never the address.
- Check well the luggage before leaving the airport, and if you notice anything strange, immediately report to the security services, before leaving the baggage reclaim area.
- Bring – for safety – a change in your hand luggage.
- If you travel in the USA or Canada use a TSA approved lock: they are the same as common padlocks but they can be opened by security personnel with a special key, without having to break neither luggage nor padlock.
Finally a recommendation directly from George Clooney, from the movie “Up in the air”:
The best suitcase is a good credit card, with unlimited expense”.
Have a good trip!