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.
Here are a couple more travel hacks I have seen, that I won’t be using.
Well I don’t want to look as though I am going to a funeral.
I think iit’s boring to wear black and shows a lack of imagination.
Finally we have a predominantly white cat and cat hairs really show up on black clothes.
Taking Detergent for Washing Clothes
I have seen small tubes of liquid detergent for travellers, but the cost for a few cc’s is as much as a big bottle!
As far as I am concerned the less liquids that can spill in my bags the better.
I normally wash my T shirts, socks and boxer shorts using the hotel shampoo or shower gel.
Seems to work fine to me but if you really must use a clothes detergent it doesn’t cost much to buy it at your destination..
If you are getting a little bit older its worth checking out Seniors Discounts.
On a recent trip to Adelaide we enjoyed free public transport for the weekend.
We just called in at the Airport Information desk and asked the question “Do you give Seniors Discounts” and immediately received Seniors Free Passes.
This ‘Travel Hack’ saved us lots of money that we might have otherwise spent on taxis and trams.
We also made considerable savings on the Trans Alpine train in New Zealand in 2018
Check the Rules
Wherever you go the rules change, both across Australia and Internationally.
Also public transport may have different rules to attractions and cafes.
Not everyone is as generous as Adelaide who publicise their system fairly heavily.
In the UK pensioners get free public transport . . . .but visitors have to pay full fare.
Probably the biggest surprise was getting a Seniors discount in Kuala Lumpur for being over 55, at a theme park.