Tips from our travels and our travelers . . .

Before packing, check with Travel All Over about the current size allowances and airline baggage fees. Check the latest security regulations at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

 NanaMy carry-on:

 Anything I can’t live without goes in this bag. However, as another traveler recently reminded me, when flights are especially crowded, you might be asked to gate-check your carry-on. While this has only happened to us once, I would recommend packing any necessary medications in your personal item (handbag or briefcase).

make-up, toiletries (check TSA for what is allowable)
toothbrush and paste
at least one change of clothing, underwear
change of shoes
Band-Aids, antiseptic ointment, cortisone cream (anti-itch)


medications in original containers
lipstick, comb, mirror
sunglasses, spare reading glasses
travel documents (tickets,vouchers, reservations, itinerary)
cash, credit card, government issued photo i.d. (driver’s license or passport)
tablet, cell phone, magazine or paperback

 Larry70th 097Larry’s carry-on:

any needed medications in their original containers
shaver (Check current TSA restrictions.)
toothbrush and paste
shower gel, shampoo. (Check TSA regulations for liquid allowances.)
at least one change of clothing, underwear, socks, and shoes
digital camera
copies of travel documents

Laptop or Tablet in case

This is considered the usually allowable personal item. (Check with TSA and the specific airline.) Current regulations require laptops to be removed from their cases as they go through security checks.  His government issued photo id (driver’s license) goes in his wallet.

More Packing Tips

Try to keep the number of bags to a minimum.  Avoid misdirected luggage. Remove old airline tags before leaving home. New destination tags will be added at the airport. Keep your personal id tags attached and tie a short piece of colorful ribbon on the handles to make your bags easier to identify. INSIDE each bag, I also include a 3×5 card with name and cell phone number-– just in case of lost luggage!

sewing kit

Pack a travel-size sewing kit in your checked luggage. (Most include scissors which are not permitted in carry-ons.)

Protecting clothing:

Since bags may be searched, I pack personal clothing, such as underwear and pajamas, in Zip-loc bags. The contents are clearly visible and it is less likely that your lingerie will be handled. Also, if your bags are cloth, consider using a plastic garbage bag as liner on bottom and top of your clothes. Should your bags be transferred to or from the plane in rainy weather, this tactic could help to keep your clothes dry.


Most airline security checks require that you take off your shoes, so wearing slip-ons could make this process easier. Be sure that those slips-ons are comfortable walking shoes. Airport concourses can be very long! When I pack shoes, I stuff socks in them to save space, and then wrap them with gift wrap tissue, or tuck them in a shower cap.

Saving Space

Both of us coordinate around one or two basic colors that will mix and match, resulting in fewer items and fewer shoes.
Cotton knits resist wrinkles and can be gently rolled to save space.
A good jacket or blazer that coordinates with the basic color scheme can complete several outfits.

Traveling with Children

pack1_webI picked up the baggie packing tip from a couple of different mom blogs. The main idea is to pack a complete outfit, underwear and all, for each child for each day of travel. The time spent in preparation should be well worth the time saved while traveling. (This photo comes from All Things Simple by Kim.) When traveling by train or car, I pack a tote bag for each child and fill it with activities, and a book or two.

For airline travel, check with TSA Kids. This page is devoted to traveling with children.

<–Link to TSA list.Prohibited Items

Protecting Valuables


Especially for international travel, I carry cash, credit cards, passport, etc. in a pouch that I can wear under my shirt. A variety of such pouches often can be found in department stores, and even in some office supply stores. Another option is a travel belt that goes under your shirt.

I always pack my camera in my carry-on bag or handbag.

Only take inexpensive jewelry without sentimental value. Pack a few versatile items.  Attractive scarves can take the place of necklaces, and double to cover your hair on a windy day. Leave all other valuables at home.

Travelers with Disabilities

and/or Medical Conditions

At the time of booking your travel, be sure to let us know what you will need so that we will be better able to assist. You might find it helpful to review the TSA page devoted to Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions. Click here.

If you need assistance getting to the gate:

Usually you can request what we call a “Meet and Assist” when you arrive at the airport curbside. This involves an airline employee meeting you at the gate with a wheelchair and accommpanying you, your traveling companion, and your luggage through security and to the gate. At the gate you will get preferred boarding.

The best time to request this service is before you travel. We can add the request to your record when we book your flight.

Special Meals

With International Travel, in-flight meal service is usually provided by the airline. If you have any dietary restrictions, it’s very important to request these special meals when you book your ticket. I personally request vegetarian meals. Others might need meals suitable for diabetics, or gluten free, or lactose free, or vegan. We can help you with these requests when we book your flights.

International Travel

Do I Need a Passport? A Visa?

8049651-globe-iconsPlan ahead. A valid passport is required for all travel outside the United States and its territories.  As soon as you make travel plans, find out what documents are required. Visit the U. S. State Department travel site  for the most current information on required documents and any travel warnings or alerts.

Electric Appliances?

Other countries often don’t have 110 volts as we do in the U. S. Ask us about your specific destinations. Also, clothes dryers might not be available, so a travel clothesline could be useful.

Share your trip tips!

Do you have a favorite travel tip? Please share your ideas with us by dropping a line to me at jerri@travelallover.com:



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