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End inappropriate grabs at the conveyer belt

Tired of unplanned connections with other travelers? You know the kind I'm talking about. The 3-way when you're not looking for one? When you grab your luggage off the conveyer belt and someone else reaches for it....


Especially if yoPack and Travel in Styleu're the one making the inappropriate grab.

Time to do some baggage handling of your own...

Stand downstream

Instead of waiting for your bags to make their way around the carousel, stand just a few feet from the mouth of the tunnel they emerge from. People cluster at the opening of that tunnel, but standing close by gives you time to assess whether it's yours or not before making a grab.   

Dress it up

When everyone was using black bags, I switched to red to make mine super-easy to spot. Now bags run the gamut of every color in the rainbow and color is a useless identifier. Either start carrying your grandmother's carpet bag (not a bad idea) or tie something unique to your bag to make it easy to spot. A feather boa? As long as your identifier doesn't restrict access by security, you're free to dress your bag however you like.

Carry it instead

Checking over-sized bags takes time (and costs money), so get yourself one that tucks neatly into overhead compartments. Remember that many items are still prohibited in carry-on luggage, so if you really need your razor, skip this option.

Rolling and scrunching (without wrinkles) isn't an easy feat - but it's not impossible. Not great at distilling your travel needs into a single carry-on? Learn how to pack with style, Girlfriend!

Carry-ons are for swimsuits

When all else fails, always, always, always pack your swimsuit in your carry-on. At some point in your life your luggage is going to make a trip to Budapest, when you're headed to the Arkansas. Plan ahead and tuck the outfit you're most going to need within 24 hours. My boss would argue that a suit is apropos, but then what would you use as an excuse to miss the 4-hour meeting at the end of your flight?

Bathing suit in the carry on solves so many problems all at once.

Got some great packing tips for your girlfriends? Leave a comment so we can all learn from your wisdom!

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