Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Luggage Tips for Stress-Free Christmas Travel

While some are dreaming of a white Christmas, others are crossing their fingers that they don’t get snowed in! With millions of travelers crowding the airports, the holidays are by far the busiest travel season of the year. Whether you’re visiting relatives or escaping to a warmer destination, the key is to book early, plan ahead, and be prepared.

Packing your luggage is one of the most important parts of preparing for your Christmas trip. If you have old, beat up suitcases, it is probably time to invest in some quality luggage that will protect your precious belongings. To avoid frantic Chirstmas shoppers and long lines, consider shopping online. is an online luggage store that has a great selection of suitcases, carry on luggage, garment bags, ski and snowboard bags, and more by a variety of trusted manufacturers, like Samsonite and Boyt. When you’re buying new luggage, try to choose a piece that has wheels and a handle and look for well-built, lightweight, high-quality, and portable gear. Avoid heavy, bulky luggage that will be hard to maneuver.

When you’re traveling during Christmas, it’s important to pack light to avoid aches and pains during your holiday celebrations. Packing lighter luggage is better for your body’s muscles, bones and joints, and will make it easier for you to lift your luggage. Sometimes our goal is to fit all of our things in one bag, but this may be cumbersome. Instead, pack your belongings in a few smaller suitcases, rather than one large suitcase. Two lighter pieces of luggage in each hand, rather than one heavy piece in one hand also reduce stress on your spine. If you have bags full of holiday gifts for your loved ones, consider checking them or shipping them ahead of time in dependable luggage, allowing at lease two to three weeks for the gifts to arrive at their destination.

Have you ever arrived at your destination only to find that your luggage didn’t make it there? Lost luggage can put your Christmas stress level through the roof. To help your bags find their way back to you, be sure to attach luggage tags to all of your bags. Flimsy outside luggage tags can be torn off during baggage handling, so securely attach a durable luggage tag made of leather or faux leather to the outside of the bag with your contact information inside, and attach a second luggage tag in the inside of your bag as well. It never hurts to have a backup!

Check out Merry Christmas Decor for other holiday tips, gifts, and decorating ideas!

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