As I was standing at the carousel I saw a case come past with this zipped nylon cover.
I had never really noticed these before so I was intrigued and did a bit of research.
Typically they cost between $25 and $35.
The retailers say ‘They provide your luggage with the ultimate level of protection and being water resistant you don’t have to worry about an unexpectedly rainy day ruining your belongings.“
Five reasons why I won’t be buying one
- I buy waterproof luggage, without zips so water isn’t a problem.
- I never have anything in my checked luggage I’m not prepared to lose.
- The cover material doesn’t look as resistant to damage as my luggage so everything is going to look scruffy quickly . . . . unless I keep spending more money on more covers.
- Although it may stop scratches its unlikely to be strong enough to protect the luggage from drops and hitting hard edges.
- I actually think a few marks on your suitcase are expected if you are a regular traveller.
One thing that is always in my toilet bag is this rubber multi size basin plug.
After many years of travels its now comes as no surprise to me to either find the basin , or bath plug, is missing.
That makes it a problem to shave, wash your face, or launder your clothes ,unless you have got your own plug handy.
Use With Integrated Mixer and Basin Outlet
I have even found it useful when I have been faced with an integrated mixer and basin outlet with a leaking seal.
As you will see from the photograph below many of those fancy chrome units just lift out so you can use the rubber plug.
Additional Travel Hack
If you can’t lift out the basin outlet duct tape will provide a waterproof seal.
I often hear about people keep quiet about special occasions.
They could be missing out!
My wife and I usually go away on anniversaries and birthdays and aren’t shy about telling others about it.
Here are some of the free things that have resulted from letting people know:
- Bottles of champagne from flight attendants.
- Bottles of champagne in the room.
- Flowers in the room.
- Limo Hire.
- Best table in a great restaurant.
- Room upgrades.
Twenty five years ago suit carriers were the ‘go to bag’ for frequent flyers.
Now you rarely see them.
In the late 90’s I was living away from home for 2 years and used my suit carrier every week for the whole period.
These days I rarely wear a suit, or business shirts and some airlines are weighing carry on so it doesn’t come out so often.
It has not been completely forgotten as I would still use it 2-3 times a year, mainly for me and my wife on an overnight stay.
- Great for times when you need to travel with formal clothes.
- Quick and easy to pack.
- Great in the hotel room; just lay it on a counter or hang it in the wardrobe
- Much heavier than my Go To Carry On.
- Not as ‘Trendy’ as the wheeled bags
I would never get rid of my suit carrier even though it’s not my main bag. . . . its still useful for certain trips
Over the years I have tried most of the options for shaving.
I started with mains powered electric shavers . . . but too heavy.
Next it was battery electric . . . . but the battery always went flat at the wrong time.
Next was wet shaving with foam . . . . but the foam is expensive and after 9/11 you could only take the tiny and expensive foam canisters.
Its just a BIC 3 bladed disposable razor and a shaving brush.
I also have half the blade container to protect the blades, and a plastic bag for the shaving brush.
I don’t need soap as I just use the hotel soap, or shampoo.
The whole kit costs around $10 . . . so it gets left behind it’s no problem!
I’m not one of those ‘travel hackers’ that says you should only take carry on luggage.
Quite often I do take only my carry on bag for two weeks travel, although there are other times when I check a bag in as well.
Why I Check In A Bag
Ten minutes waiting for a bags isn’t going to spoil my holiday.
Yes you can manage with only 4 shirts/blouses and wash them, but that can get a bit boring, and you don’t want to be known as the ‘Same Shirt Person!‘
Going away for a couple of weeks, or more, and I would rather take 7 or 8 shirts, another pair of pants and an extra pair of shoes.
What To Check In
Basically my thoughts for a checked in bag are:
- Clothes that are nice to have, but not essential; in case the bag gets delayed (I still carry on a bag with all the essentials including spare clothes)
- Avoid anything that has a risk of being broken.(These need to be in your carry on)
- Keep the bag reasonably light (as I get older) I don’t want to be pulling 20kg + bag off the carousel or lifting it into a small hire car.