The 5 Worst Packing Problems and How to Solve Them
Back when the TSA first introduced their 3-1-1 rules for carry-on fluids, an IndependentTraveler.com employee Ashley accidentally tried to bring a large, expensive bottle of shampoo through airport security. When the TSA officer threatened to seize the shampoo, Ashley returned to the charge of her airline to check her bag. The line was long, and she was in danger of missing her flight. She asked a nearby airline staff to skip them to the front of the line; He refused. It was not until Ashley began to cry that the red-faced aircraft manufacturer liked to leave the line.
She made her flight with minutes to spare - but the airline later lost Ashley's checked bag. Says Ashley: "If I had known how much trouble the whole thing would be, I would have simply forfeited the shampoo."
When it comes to packing, a small mistake is like putting a prohibited item in your bag bag of snowball in a messy chain of events. Fortunately travelers have faced similar packaging problems, do not have to rely on tears to save their holidays. Whether it's a seized item in the security line, a transition from souvenirs, an evil spill or a broken pocket, a bit of gripping emergency know-how can make the difference between a disaster and a worry-free vacation.
Packing Problem #1: Airport Security Confiscates Your Prized Possession
If a safety officer finds your five ounce bottle of designer perfume and removes it from your pouch, is it forever lost? Not necessarily.
We do not recommend to argue with a TSA officer about something easily interchangeable like a jumbo size tube of toothpaste but if he or she seizes something that has value for you, politely ask if you take the item away from the checkpoint can. If you're lucky and the officer says yes, here are your options:
If you are sure that you have enough time before your flight takes off, you can go back to your airline's check-in counter and either check your bag bag or place the forbidden position in your checked-on baggage. Keep in mind that you have to wait in line at the check-in desk and at the security checkpoint again and again, so you may need an extra hour or two before your flight is scheduled to depart. There is no guarantee that the flight crew will be able to help you, so do not return to the check-in desk, unless you have time to spare; Otherwise, you can not miss your flight.
If you have not checked a bag and you have driven to the airport, take your item to the parking lot and place it in your car. Again, be aware of how much time you have, especially if you are in a crowd that is a lengthy walk or ride away from the airport. You have to wait again in the security line.
Has anyone picked you up at the airport? If he or she is a very good friend (or someone who owes you a favor), give this person a call and ask him or her to turn the car around. Promise to bring your helpful friend a souvenir from your trip.
Packing Problem #2: Too Many Souvenirs
Many of us forget to save a little more space in their suitcase for souvenirs. Others travel only with a carry-on, which means that some souvenirs that we could purchase, such as liquid-filled snow globes, can be banned past the airport security checkpoint. Without space in your pocket for something bigger than a postcard of Tuscany and just a carry-on in which two weeks of clothing is worth, how do you get these bottles of expensive Italian Merlot home?
Many travelers send souvenirs home - especially large or fragile items like handmade Moroccan carpets or Waterford crystal. A serious business that largely tourists (and sells large and expensive items such as furniture) will likely ship your goods back home straight from the store. However, without insurance or a tracking number, you have little control over the fate of your purchase.
A second possibility is to send the article itself. We recommend the use of major international shipping companies such as UPS and FedEx as opposed to a local post, as overseas postal services (especially in developing areas) may be unreliable. Be sure that your shipment is insured and record a tracking number!
Your third, most convenient option is to pack a squashy, foldable bag that takes up little space in your suitcase. A soft duffel or zipper pocket will work. If you end up with a mass of bulky souvenirs, you can unfold the extra bag and check it at the airport. Although you end up paying a check-bag charge for an additional piece of luggage, this could be a more economical way to make your souvenirs at home than paying for international shipping that is not cheap. Wrap some t-shirts or sweaters around all fragile items.
Packing Problem #3: You Left (Insert Essential Item) at Home
When you go to the airport, you'll be struck by the fact that you've forgotten your cell phone charger, raincoat, travel guide, wallet, or other item you need or want to use on your trip. No panic. Have you forgotten a piece of clothing or an electronic device? It's time to think positively and maybe even treat yourself to something new at an airport shop if you are upset. Or be brave and go on without your favorite possessions. (You may even be better off breaking your smartphone addiction!)
We probably do not have to tell you that you are turning the car by the second because you know you do not have your pass. But if you have arrived at the airport with just a few hours before your flight, not having enough time to get home and back, and without proper identification, you will miss your flight. If you are traveling to an international destination, there is no way that you are in a plane without a passport.
So now you missed your flight You still have a chance to save your vacation. Stop crying - everyone is staring. First, go to your check-in counter of your airline and try to get on the next flight. If you are already on the way home, pull the car and call your airline. Airlines policies vary on missed or canceled flights so you can have a sympathetic ear or you can end up paying full price for a new ticket.
Packing Problem #4: Your Luggage Breaks
I have never exploded a suitcase in the middle of the airport, although I often imagined this scenario after filling my rectangular pocket so tightly that it ends in the form of a ball. We live in reality, unlike an animated cartoon world, so the worst thing that could happen to your overfilled bag is probably a broken zipper that may or may not hang a gaping hole with your underwear. Are you no longer a suitable suitcase? Here is what you do:
Proper preparation is the best way to cope with this situation; Adhesive tape should be at the top of your must-pack list. But if you've forgotten your loyal band and your bag has a gaping hole, you'll find a band! Whether you are at the airport or you have already arrived at your destination, look for shops that may or may not have, you can find help with your airline check-in desk, talk to your hotel concierge or even ask To see if at all fellow travelers have a few tape to spare (someone will trust us).
A broken bag is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of these craftsmanship that you have learned in elementary school. Is your zipper breaking broken? Hook a clasp through what's left of the zipper (ask each store cashier for a clasp if you do not have one). If the situation is urgent and your bag is not working, ask a shopkeeper for some plastic bags where you can pack your items until you can get to a place that sells luggage.
Packing Problem #5: Something Spills All Over Your Stuff
A good thing about the TSA's 3-1-1 rule is that it forces travelers to store their carry-on liquid items in plastic bags, eliminating any spills of stains sweaters and dresses. But your check bag can be a different story.
Is your favorite cashmere sweater slathered with expensive face cream? Stay calm. Your clothes may or may not be ruined, depending on what was spilled and how long it would take. Heat puts many types of stains, so do not dry your damaged clothes with a hair dryer or use hot water on them. If possible, bring your clothes to a professional cleaner. Or if you are staying in a hotel that offers a laundry service, ask the staff to clean your clothes. You may need to buy one or two new items so you do not go naked while your clothes are being cleaned (but who does not love any excuse for shopping?).
Travelers in developing countries or places where there are no chemical cleaners should pull their sleeves up and go to work. Do not have access to a stain remover product or detergent? First rinse the stain with cold water. Dab, do not rub so the spot does not spread. Dab stains with white vinegar, a great natural stain remover, or use dish soap diluted with water, which effectively removes most stains (ask the hotel kitchen staff if you can lend some vinegar or dishwashing).
Before dipping any dyed objects into a water basin, press a towel against the stain to make sure it does not come up easily; If it does, it could color the water and color more. Dry sweaters and delicate pieces, roll them into clean towels and hang them on clothes hangers or shower curtain rods.