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i. General Baggage Advice

There are only a few basic things to always avoid when it comes to either carry-on bags or checked luggage, mostly having to do with items you are not allowed to carry. There are the obvious items that you should never pack such as illegal drugs or explosive devices. However, most other items that you should not pack are not so obvious, especially items that may be allowed in checked bags but not in carry-on bags. Ensure you contact your airline or transport company and become aware of their specific policies relating to your luggage.

 

ii. Carryon Baggage Tips

A reasonable approach to carry-on baggage is keep in mind three things: think small, think smart, and think safe. Keep in mind the following points when you pack and you will likely avoid any problems with your carry-on baggage while you are on the aircraft:


Think Small

  1. The maximum size carry-on bag for most airlines is 50cm.
  2. No oversize packages or luggage can be used as carryon luggage.
  3. Store only the essentials (such as medicine, personal hygiene items, passports & essential documents and valuable items in your carryon bag.


Think Smart

  1. Plan to check in more of your baggage and carry less with you in the cabin.
  2. Check with your airline before packing to determine its carry-on guidelines regarding the number of items you may carry and the maximum size of those items.
  3. Keep valuable or hard to replace items like money, jewelry, cameras, laptops, electronics and important papers with you in carry-on baggage.
  4. For safety reasons, the airline may require most or even all of your bags to be checked, so be prepared to unpack and repack again.


Think Safe

  1. Carryon items, which may fall from the overhead stowage compartments, can injure you or other passengers during flight or in the event of an emergency evacuation.
  2. Stow heavy items under the seat in front of you, not overhead, if the airline allows.
  3. Don't stack items in the overhead stowage compartment. Pack them alongside one another.
  4. Remember, be safety conscious when stowing your carryon items.


Think Healthy

  1. Make sure that you keep items critical to your health and well being with you in the cabin and not in checked baggage.
  2. If travel with eyeglasses or sunglasses, make sure you have a sturdy case for each pair to protect them while they are in your carryon.
  3. Plan for any special medical needs.
  4. Remember that if you need something for medical reasons, in most cases you will be allowed to take it with you in your carryon baggage, even if it is one of the items normally prohibited in the cabin.
  5. Check the specific details with your airline.
  6. If you are a diabetic, make sure you pack with you medical supplies, emergency snacks, and other items that diabetics should carry when traveling.