Category: Planning & Packing

The Best Travel Luggage: Know what to look for before you buy

Luggage is so personal, particularly for travel. It is frankly impossible to name one suitcase that is THE best travel luggage. Not to mention since the companies change them nearly every year so what may be the best luggage this year for airplane travel may not be available next year. Our team spends many days out of the year living out of luggage of all makes and sizes, so here’s our view on what makes the best travel luggage for trips that require an airplane (or boat or train for that matter) to get there:

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Packing tips for the eco-conscious traveler

For the eco-conscious traveler, sustainability is a lifestyle that drives all day-to-day choices. And packing for a holiday is no exception. Here’s some suggestions of what to pack, and what not to pack, to ensure that you’re traveling with environmental and cultural sensitivity in mind. If done right, you can not only minimize your carbon footprint and waste, but you can even benefit local communities and have a positive impact!

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Choosing the best flight for your next trip

How do you go about choosing the best flight for your next trip? Allegiance to an airline simply on the grounds of earning status is losing its luster. Prices are going up, benefits are getting harder to earn, miles are becoming harder to redeem, and even once revered higher status may get you little more than advance boarding and a free checked bag these days. Forget airline loyalty.

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Business Trip Packing Tips: Fight wrinkles & worry

Ease your travel stress with our business trip packing tips. Traveling for business is challenging enough, even for frequent flyers. Trudging on and off planes, trains and automobiles while schlepping clothes and gear is hard. Mix in being forced to mingle with coworkers in hotels, restaurants and airport lounges – people you may hardly know outside of the office — and even the best of us can feel discombobulated. There are ways to fight the stress, however. It starts with packing light, as we detailed in our recent article, Packing light: smart load-trimming tips.

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Useful travel must-haves from the junk drawer

Often, the most useful travel must-haves are not the cute and costly gidgets, tricky gadgets and techy wizdoodles that are all designed to make your life easier on the road. Aside from a few selective travel accessories, the really useful travel must-haves will come from the junk drawer, sewing cabinet or garage shelves at home.

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Packing light: smart load-trimming tips

If you aren’t a frequent traveler, packing for holiday or vacation travel means more anxiety about how to fulfill the packing light mantra. Who wants to schlep a bulging, obese suitcase? But what about all that “stuff” you might need? Tips for packing your luggage lighter are really all about adjusting your attitude. The “might” in “might need” is key here.

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The Best Worldwide Travel Plug and Voltage Guide

If you are planning on traveling internationally, you will need more than a passport if you plan to pack items that require electricity – which means most everybody in today’s digital age. Nothing is more frustrating than getting to a country only to discover your plug will not work, which of course means your computer, mobile phone, electric shaver, hair dryer, camera, tablet, etc. could become useless weights. Buying an adapter in other countries is possible but can be expensive and demand you spend valuable holiday time finding and getting to the right store. Best is to consult our...

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Travel Organization Tips: Cube, compress, fold

The suitcase explosion of tousled, tangled, disorganized piles is – or should be – a thing of the past these days with the wide array of accessories that don’t add a lot of weight but help you travel with more organization. You need travel organization tips! Think of it as feng shui for your travel suitcase – aaaaaah, relief! In addition to creating up to 20 percent more space and keeping clothes wrinkle free, organizing clothes and other luggage items with today’s lightweight packing cubes, small stuff sacks, compression bags and garment folding systems can make bag searches at...

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Essential Travel Comfort Items To Pack

No one likes to travel in discomfort, and frankly, being airplane and airport experts ourselves, you can trust the HI Travel Tales team when we tell you, acquiring select travel comfort items might be the most important travel item purchases you’ll make. Why? Because airlines and more continue to cut back on the frill and comfort items they used to provide — need a pillow? Good luck. Want a blanket? Only in first class and even then, was that sucker washed recently? If you really want to ensure some travel happiness,  you’ll do well to pack some key travel comfort...

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Travel essentials for the luggage HITT list

Packing a bag for upcoming travels can be a bit stressful, no matter how experienced you are. You know weather is going to change, you aren’t sure how often you’ll get to do laundry, and you want to pack light and multifunctional. Into the “go” stack you put something, only to find yourself tossing it out a few minutes later. To help make our lives a bit easier at HI Travel Tales, there are a few travel essentials that go along, pretty much no matter what – not matter how big the suitcase, how cold or hot the destination,...

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Travel Packs: A perfect choice for adventurous travel

If you are off to New Zealand, the Ardennes Mountains or South America and you’re going to be gone for a while hopping on and off planes, trains, automobiles, donkeys and boats, chances are you might want to look at buying into the category of travel packs, rather than schlepping wheeled luggage or a duffel with straps. For college students, this two-month escape earned by cobbling together every spare penny from endless part-time jobs with a generous “please, don’t come home just now” airline ticket gift from mom and dad is known by friends and peers as the Lucky Bastard...

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