When traveling overseas, packing a suitcase can be a very frustrating and overwhelming experience. From creating the perfect packing list, to the concerns of luggage being lost or stolen in transit, putting the perfect bag together can be a stressful procedure. Moreover, checking luggage comes with few guarantees as well: with a missed scan or wrong placement, a traveler's bag can be lost forever.
If a critical item is waylaid or lost in transition, travelers could be struggling to replace more than their personal items. By following four simple carry on rules, every adventurer can make sure their travels run as easy as possible.
Always pack prescription medications in carry on luggage
For those who rely on a prescrption medication, ensuring it is packed while traveling is not an option – it is a requirement. As a simple carry on rule, every travleler should always pack prescription medications in their one carry-on suitcase or personal item.
By keeping prescription medications close at hand, travelers can personally ensure the safety of their medicines, while personally delivering them from destination to destination. Because prescription medications are exempt from the 3-1-1 rule for gels and aerosols, travelers have no excuse to not pack their prescription medications in carry on luggage. However, all liquid, gel, and aerosol medications (such as insulin) must be declared at the security screening area. For these items, additional screening may be required.
In the event that travelers are separated from their prescription medications, a travel insurance policy may be able to replace them. Travelers should keep a copy of their prescription information in a travel contingency kit, and contact their travel insurance provider immediately if medicines go missing. A good policy can help travelers find a local pharmacy to fill an emergency prescription.
Pack cash, credit cards, and curency equivalents in carry on luggage
When traveling abroad, many countries will require travelers to carry the local currency, a credit card that allows international spending, or a currency equivalent such as a traveler's cheque or EMV debit card. While many credit cards and cash equivalents offer free international replacement if lost or stolen, it may take days before they can be fully replaced. On the other hand, cash cannot be replaced at all if it is lost in transit.
As a carry on rule, travelers should always carry their cash and credit cards on their person or in their personal item. Furthermore, travelers should always be aware of pickpocketing scams around the world, and protect their money everywhere they go. By simply being aware, travelers can make sure they part with their money on their terms alone.
Pack travel plan documentation in carry on luggage
When entering a foreign country, travelers are often asked a number of questions about their overall plans. In some situations, travelers may be asked to prove additional details on their travel plans, including hotel information and plans to exit the country.
Every traveler should make packing travel details in their personal items a carry on rule. This information must include itineraries, hotel reservations, and any additional information about entry visas. Keeping these plans on hand can help travelers enter their destination country, without being submitted for additional screening.
Electronics and other valuables always go in carry on luggage
Like any other tool, electronic devices like GPS finders and tablet computers can be invaluable to a traveler. However, travelers who do not pack these items in their carry on luggage may be in for a surprise when they do not arrive at the final destination. Additionally, electronics and other valuables that are lost, damaged, or stolen may not be covered by a travel insurance policy.
International travelers should always carry electronics and valuable items with them as a carry on rule. Although electronics may be subject to additional screening, and other valuables may require additional travel insurrance, those who adhere to this carry on rule can help protect their items wherever they may roam.
While packing for international travel can be stressful, following these carry on rules can help travelers maintain their safety and security during their travels. Planning for a trip today can prevent lost items and frustrations upon arrival now and into the future.