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TRAVEL AWARENESS

Importance of Travel

Without Travel, You Can’t Really Know The Place You’re From
Travel is an important tool for personal development.  Without travel, you can't really know the place you're from.  Simply put, we all take things for granted. Going to a country where basic amenities are not always readily available gives us the realization of how fortunate we really are.  Compared to the millions around the world, our lives are incredibly comfortable. Travel makes you appreciate this. As strange as it may sound, travel helps you understand what’s near a lot better.

Travel Helps Us Know Ourselves Better
People live life caught up in different routines. Every day is the same and every month is the same as the last. How often do you really get to stand back and reflect? Stepping into a new environment has a way of revealing things about yourself.  You may discover that you’re more shy, more confident, more open, more friendly or more cautious than you thought you were. This discovery helps you re-evaluate yourself and greatly helps you in your journey of growth.

So tell us, how has travel helped you find yourself?

TSA Locks

TSA stands for the Transportation Security Administration and is an agency that oversees all public transport in the United States. In the USA all luggage is electronically screened at airports and suitcases can be randomly opened for inspection. By having a TSA lock on your suitcase, the TSA can open your bag with their universal ‘master’ key and return it to you with your lock still in tact.

All the top luggage brands we keep in our stores come fitted with TSA locks. We also sell the combination locks separately.

Luggage Wrap

Luggage-wrapping is a service offered by the airports that protects your suitcases from being tampered with. Using a machine roller, a thick layer of plastic shrink-wrap is stretched around your suitcase a few times, covering your zips and handles in a similar way as one would wrap a sandwich.

Why Wrap Your Luggage?
  • It protects your belongings.
  • Prevents unauthorised access to your suitcase.
  • Wrapped luggage lets you know immediately if your luggage has been tampered with.
  • Keeps your luggage clean.

How much will it cost?

Our airports charge between R50 – R100 per case.

Inspecting Your Case

Always check your suitcase for any signs of damage the moment you land. Luggage warranties don’t cover you against airline damage so it’s advisable to inspect your suitcase and report the damage to the respected airline counter at the airport.  

Inspection
  1. Adjust the trolley handle up and down to see it hasn't been bent, broken or jammed.
  2. Push your suitcase back and forth to make sure the wheels are still in tact.
  3. Inspect your zips and condition of your suitcase for any signs of tampering or damage.

Luggage Labeling

Take extra precaution by labeling your luggage thoroughly. The last thing anyone would want is to arrive in Paris with your luggage arriving in Rome.

List the following:

  • Full Name
  • Address
  • Cellphone Number
  • Email address
  • Flight details                          

What to do if your Case Has Been Damaged

Every travel airline has a help desk at the airport. If you notice your luggage has been damaged or tampered with at the airport, report it at the respective airline counter. Fill out the form with all your personal details, flight details and describe the extent and nature of the damage in detail.

Always inspect your luggage thoroughly the moment you collect it because you can report the damage there and then at the airport!

Luggage Tags

Our stores stock a range of rubber luggage tags that strap around your suitcase. Besides having slots to fill in your personal details, they’re also bright in colour which makes it easier to spot your luggage on the airport conveyor belt.  

Before You Start Packing

Different airlines have different baggage restrictions.  Consult your airline to find out your exact baggage allowance beforehand. What is very important is that you must always pack your bags yourself as you will be held responsible for its contents!   
Before you start packing, note the following:
  • The weight of your baggage must not exceed the weight allowance given to you by your respective airline. If you have over weighted baggage, contact your airline in advance otherwise you may have to pay for the extra weight.  
  • The size of your baggage must not exceed the size limits given by your airline.
  • Carry-on baggage is the baggage that you bring into the security area and airport and take into the cabin with you. It’s also called cabin baggage. For security reasons, there are restrictions on what you can pack into your carry-on baggage:
  • Your carry-on baggage cannot contain any sharp objects (knives, scissors, cutters, straight razors, etc.)
  • It is advised to carry your electronics like cameras/tablets and phones in your cabin case to protect them as this case will be stored in the overhead compartment above you and be with you throughout your flight.
  • Checked baggage is checked into the plane and away from your personal throughout the flight.
  • Checked baggage cannot contain any dangerous goods like compressed gases, corrosives, explosives (including fireworks), flammable liquids and solids, radioactive materials, oxidizing materials, poisons and infectious substances.
  • Electronic devices in baggage must be turned off.
  • It is not recommended that you pack valuable items like cash, jewellery, travelers cheques and laptop computers in your checked baggage.
  • Undeveloped films and cameras should be putted in carry-on baggage since screeners can destroy these if packed in checked baggage.
  • Make sure your bag is locked with a combination or key lock. If you’re traveling to the US, make sure you have a bag with a fitted TSA lock or you buy one separately. Most of the suitcases in our stores come fitted with TSA combination locks and we also sell them separately.

Travel Esssentials

Make sure you’ve got the basics covered:
  • Passport and a copy to keep with you.
  • Your Visas! Read up on how early you need to apply so you get them on time.
  • Tickets and itinerary (airline, train, bus, accommodation bookings). Carry a spare set in case these get lost.
  • Travel Insurance – You never know what may happen.
  • First AID Kit or basic medicines in case you get sick on your trip.
  • Travel bags - luggage, cabin bag, travel backpack, travel bags to carry documents
  • Address list and list of important contacts or numbers to give to a family member
  • Spare pens for immigration forms and for every day travel use.
FINANCES
  • Credit card (Visa or Mastercard are most widely accepted)
  • Debit card (Maestro or VISA are the most widely accepted)
  • Cash in the local currency of your arrival destination
  • Calculator or currency converter
  • Money belt (you can't be too safe in some places)
  • A notepad and pen to keep track of your daily spending

Packing Your Bags

Use these useful tips to pack like a pro!
  1. Different airlines have different baggage allowances and restrictions as to how many suitcases you can carry with on your flight. Before you start packing, check up with your airline!
  2. Always pack your luggage yourself as you will be responsible for its contents!
  3. Airline loyalty programs give you an extra baggage allowances. Enquire on your loyalty program status!
  4. Save precious kilos by taking an extra light suitcase.  Try out Samsonite’s Asphere range or even Carlton’s Alba range for a good light suitcase.
  5. If you suspect your baggage might tip over the limit on your return, weigh it before you get to the airport with a hand-held digital scale. Our stores stock the digital scales which are always handy to take with so you can also weigh your baggage on the return flight.
  6. Before you start packing, take out everything you will be taking and lay it on the bed. Now put 30% of the clothes back because the chances are you won’t use any of those items on your trip ☺
  7. Items that don’t wrinkle should be rolled up and packed inside. Rolling takes less space which means you can pack more of the other important items.
  8. Choose clothes that you can mix and match with other pants and shoes. Remember it’s better to travel light and it also means you have more leeway to shop more and bring back things.
  9. When choosing shoes, choose 3 pairs. A comfortable sneaker, an evening shoe and maybe a sandal. Shoes take up the most space as they are the bulkiest items so keep it simple.
  10. Gels, creams, pastes and other liquids in your hand luggage must still be in containers of no more than 100ml in size.
  11. Open up your belts and run them around and along the perimeter of your suitcase to save packing space.
  12. Stuffing your socks and underwear in the inside of your shoes not only saves space but also retains the shapes of your shoes!
  13. Carry your toiletries in a toiletry bag as they are waterproof and will protect your clothes from any leakage. Our stores sell a variety from different brands.
  14. Carry your toiletry bags with you in your cabin case so you can still brush up in the plane during your flight!
  15. Pack a few packets in your suitcase that can be used for dirty laundry.
  16. Going on a beach holiday? Pack a few spare packets to keep your wet towel separate from your clothes!
  17. If you’re carrying valuables, pack them deep inside your case and underneath your garments to keep them protected.
  18. Most of our suitcases have internal dividers. Use them to separate your packing so you can keep jackets and pants on the one side, and everything else on the other.
  19. Not sure how to pack your jewellery in your suitcase? But a 7-day pillbox and use that to pack your earrings and pieces inside.
  20. To save space, roll up your ties and pack them inside your shoes.

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