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Packing for a trip can be stressful, especially when we all know packing the wrong things has the potential to ruin your trip—especially if that bag gets lost, damaged or delayed. A simple rule of thumb all travelers should abide by? Pack anything of value or importance in your carry-on bag, in case your luggage accidentally doesn’t show up. However, there are a few other things that you might not have thought about. Here are 5 things that you should always be sure to leave out of your checked luggage during your next vacation!

  1. Electronics –Many of us could fill a whole suitcase with our electronics including laptops, iPad, kindles, and gaming devices. If you want to free up space in your carry on and decide to include some of those electronics in your suitcase – think again. The chances of something breaking is pretty high no matter how well you think you have secured them.  Keep them with you at all times and you won’t have to worry.
  2. Important Documents –Any official paperwork that is important for your trip and for your personal records should always stay with you in your carry-on. Everything including your travel protection plan information, itinerary, airline and accommodation details, ID cards and passports, and any other documents that may be essential for your trip should be with you at all times. If you want to pack any of these in your checked bag, make sure they are photocopy versions.
  3. Medication –Never pack any important medications or prescriptions in your checked baggage.   Your luggage usually reaches your destination at the same time you do, but you can’t count on it every time. It can be a huge hassle to replace if, in fact, it does go missing. More importantly, you may be without vital medications when you need them most.
  4. Money– Always keep your cash, checkbook, and credit cards with you in your carry-on bag at all times during your trip. Although your luggage should be safe when you check it at the gate, your bags do go through the hands of many different people and are placed in several different locations. It’s better to be safe than sorry and also always a good idea to have extra money on you just in case an emergency arises.
  5. Valuables –Whether it is expensive jewelry or an heirloom that was passed down from generations in your family, the rule of thumb should always be if it is irreplaceable in your mind, do not put it in your suitcase!

What are your tips and tricks for packing? Let us know below!

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