The Christmas season is fast approaching and everyone is already making plans and talking about the dreaded ‘gift ideas list’! As constant travellers, we know exactly what it’s like when family and friends get lost trying to think of what to buy us for Christmas.
What do you buy for people who live out of their luggage? Luggage of course! In fact, the avid traveller will love any gift that helps them in the never-ending quest for organised and efficient packing. That’s why we put together this great list of luggage and packing accessories from WorldTraveler.com. You’re welcome!
A new technology has made its way into the travel world and has actually been adopted by a growing number of airlines. Integrated electronic tags built into the luggage allow you to check your bag in online from your hotel or home, then simply drop it off with the airline. The flight information is displayed on an LCD screen on the luggage casing. While this facility is only available with a select number of airlines at the moment, it’s sure to grow so get in early and be one of the first to sail past the lines, straight onto your flight!
The more we travel the more we have learned to appreciate the benefits of a compact, well-organised backpack rather than just a hole in a piece of cloth that everything gets crammed into. Everything becomes easier when everything has its proper space; passport checks, laptop removal for security checks, finding a pen to fill in forms at borders... Maybe we’re just getting older, but we have become very picky when it comes to selecting our hand luggage. Because our style of travel has shifted away from low budget backpacking to luxury travel, we also prefer our gear to look nice too. If you can’t find something to suit your functional needs and travel style in this selection, then you may be beyond help!
When you travel regularly for business you need all of the above, plus a little something extra special. You need all of the functionality and capacity of a normal travel backpack, with special pockets for laptops, tablets, notebooks and other important work gear. The thing is you also need all this in the most compact form possible (as you’ll be carrying it around all day) and it has to look formal enough to match your special meeting suit!
We absolutely love packing cubes! Until we found them, all of our belongings would get piled into a backpack in what felt like an organised manner, only to turn to instant chaos as soon as we had to retrieve a single item. Not only can we use these in our backpacks to separate different types of clothing, we also use them at home to organise our cupboards.
If you haven’t started using packing cubes yet, you’re doing it wrong!
Have you ever been that person sitting in the airport or plane next to what seems to be the most prepared and efficient traveller you have ever seen? This person has a single adapter that fits everything, a portable battery and something that lets him hang up his phone or tablet from anything, effectively creating his own personal movie theatre. Oh yeah, he listens to it through his bluetooth headphones so he doesn’t disturb anyone else. Don't worry, you too can be a travel god!
There’s really no need to be afraid while traveling the world, as long as you use basic common sense and take the same precautions you would take at home. Having said that, nothing improves an experience like a little extra piece of mind and that doesn’t have to cost the earth. A little padlock here and a sneaky money belt there can be just enough to keep your valuables out of sight so that you can attract less attention in the streets and take your mind off your luggage and it embarks on the obstacle course between check in and baggage claim at the end of your trip!
Whether buying for someone else or just for yourself, travel smart, travel cool and travel safe!
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