Airport check-in tips
Carry-on luggage is usually limited to one bag plus one of the following personal items:
- laptop computer bag
- bookbag style backback
- large hiking or camping style backpacks count as carry-on luggage
At some airports, carry ons may be more restricted, call your specific airline for exact guidelines. All other luggage must be checked at curbside or ath te ticket counter. Passengers exceeding the carry-on limit will not be allowed through the security checkpoint.
Certain items cannot be packed incarry-ons, including knives of any length, cutting instruments of every kind (metallic or non-metallic), including carpet knives, box cutters and other folding or retractable blades, regardless of length. Items such as ice picks, straight razors, elongated scissors and knitting needles. (Safety disposable razors such as BIC and Gillette may be allowed.
Passengers should be prepared to have their carry-on items thoroughly searched. If you have packages such as gifts, they should be unwrapped because they will be subject to inspection.
When entering a metal detector at the airport, do not put your laptop on the conveyor belt to be x-rayed. Instead, ask the security to conduct a manual search of the computer and any other electonic equipment you may have on you.
10 Important tips
- Travel Jackets and vests, with their many pockets to store important and useful items close at hand, are versatile and practical
- Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs. While you are in a foreign country you are subject to its laws.
- Make two copies of your passport identification page. Leave one copy at home with a friend or relative. Carry the other with you in a separate place from your passport.
- Leave copy of your itinerary with family or friends at home in case of an emergency
- Carry all medications, important documents and even essentials toiletries in a carry-on bag
- Pack comfortable shoes for walking and travel
- To avoid being a target of crime do not wear expensive jewellery or obviously expensive clothes
- Baby wipes are useful to carry for quick clean ups
- A travel first aid kit complete with an assortment of medications, sterile dressings and preparations is essential
- Stay healthy. This means among other things, the following: Take preventative vaccinations before you leave home, wash your hands frequently, and bring anti-diarrhea medications. For appropriate destinations, consult a travel doctor for necessary advice, vaccinations and prescriptions. And, by all means, purchase travel insurance before you embark on your journey.
Take out travel insurance and don’t leave home without it! For coverage and instant quotes for comprehensive medical and travel insurance please ask your travel agent. Coverage includes baggage loss, trip delays and cancellations, doctors’ visits, hospital stays and emergency evacuation.