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Practicing Bedbug Awareness

What are some practical measures for minimizing bedbug exposure during domestic (US) hotel stays? [more inside]
posted by macinchik on Aug 9, 2006 - 14 answers

All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go.

How do I get a free airline ticket? I've had two airlines independently lose my luggage this week, and one airline sent me to another airport to get on a flight that was eventually delayed another few hours after my initial flight was cancelled. With all these inconveniences, and the fact that my current trip is open-ended, I'd like to fly home for free. How can I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by thejoshu on Jul 26, 2006 - 14 answers

Luggage trailer recommendations.

We are taking our minivan with four kids, two adults, to the coast in Oregon. My wife and I have an unresolved disagreement about which is best--a trailer, or a roof top carrier--for hauling all of our camping junk that won't fit in the vehicle. Please enlighten me about trailers. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Jul 10, 2006 - 20 answers

help me find the best bag ever

Looking for nicely designed, functional, stylish luggage for trips of a two-week duration. [more inside]
posted by booknerd on Jun 30, 2006 - 7 answers

Leather Messenger Bag

I'm looking for an inexpensive (less than $80 if possible), quality, brown leather messenger bag. It'd be great if it was big enough to hold my HP Compaq nc6000 (1.34 x 12.51 x 10.31 in). [more inside]
posted by tnoetz01 on Jun 28, 2006 - 8 answers

This Baggage is Literal

TravelFilter: Got Luggage? [more inside]
posted by Smarson on May 18, 2006 - 30 answers

Is it a bad idea to check a bag on an airplane with a small form factor (SFF) computer in it?

Is it a bad idea to check a bag on an airplane with a small form factor (SFF) computer in it? [more inside]
posted by D Wiz on May 10, 2006 - 30 answers

Help me find the right overnight bag...

I travel a lot for business, can you help me find the right bag? [more inside]
posted by mattr on May 1, 2006 - 20 answers

Will an inflated thermarest break or explode if I put it in my airline's checked luggage?

Above the pressure at sea level, how many additional PSI can I expect checked luggage to experience ? [more inside]
posted by jldindc on Apr 14, 2006 - 15 answers

Getting plastic smell out of new luggage

I bought a new suitcase recently, and when I got it home discovered that the interior (which is lined in some sort of plastic or vinyl) has a very strong plastic-y/chemical smell. I've tried leaving it open to air out, I've tried putting some dryer sheets inside and closing it, but nothing has helped abate the stank. I'm going on a trip on Thursday and don't want my clothes to reek of chemicals! Any ideas?
posted by Kat Allison on Feb 21, 2006 - 12 answers

collapsible roof-top luggage carriers

I'm thinking about getting a tiny car, and using a roof-top luggage carrier for trips. Good idea? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Nov 26, 2005 - 18 answers

Where do I put my luggage for the day in NYC?

Post 9-11 locker storage in NYC train stations: Is there such a thing anymore? If not, what other options are there? [more inside]
posted by pomegranate on Nov 24, 2005 - 8 answers

Where can I store luggage in San Francisco?

I'd like to spend some time in San Francisco on foot, without have to lug my suitcase around. The storage lockers at SFO have been taken out of service for security reasons. Is there somewhere else I can store a suitcase for a day?
posted by russilwvong on Jul 21, 2005 - 12 answers

Travel Lock Problem

How do I re-set an EasyCheck lock? [more inside]
posted by essexjan on Jun 19, 2005 - 0 answers

A bicycle for the bus/train/plane

How do you take your bike along when you ride the bus/train/plane? [more inside]
posted by airguitar on Apr 20, 2005 - 11 answers

luggage security traveling to the US

I'm flying to New York in the summer and have heard from recent visitors that they have had any padlocks or other security devices attached to their luggage removed/broken and replaced when going through security checks. How common is this and should I bother to lock up my luggage when I travel to/from the U.S.?
posted by floanna on Apr 4, 2005 - 28 answers

Luggage for Road Warrior

I need some suggestions for some luggage. I am starting a new job in the tech field (laptop capability needed for sure) where I will be traveling 60 - 70% of the year. My visits will typically only last a week, but I tend to over pack. Any ideas on the perfect luggage for an IT worker? [more inside]
posted by bobadoci on Jan 27, 2005 - 25 answers

Backpack

My wife and I are starting to plan our 1 month+ trip to Europe for this upcoming summer and I was wondering if anybody could recommend a comfortable, compact, relatively inexpensive backpack. We are going to be packing pretty light, as we will only have one bag each, and it needs to be small enough for carry-on luggage.
posted by Hillman Cobs on Jan 14, 2005 - 21 answers

Is there any good advice to help my sister recover her carry-on bag?

My sister had the worst travel experience the other day, resulting in an airline losing her carry-on bag. Her carry-on! She's been playing mad phone-tag with ambivalent airline personnel, but I'm wondering if anyone has any experience or advice that would help her. [mi, natch] [more inside]
posted by kittyb on Dec 24, 2004 - 12 answers

Best practices for getting my bag back from the airline

One of the airlines I flew yesterday lost my bag. Best practices for getting it back? [more inside]
posted by lbergstr on Dec 24, 2004 - 2 answers

Where to Store a Suitcase in NYC?

Checking a suitcase in New York City: is it possible? I'd like to leave my suitcase somewhere for the day. Many moons ago, I checked my bag at Grand Central Terminal, but I've heard that the luggage room was discontinued after 9/11. Does anyone know if it's back (or have other suggestions)?
posted by 4easypayments on Oct 31, 2004 - 8 answers

Travelling with a Guitar

HaveGuitarWillTravelFilter: Has anyone flown with a guitar lately? How did you secure the case? Any tips? What did you do with it at the hotel when you wanted to go out without it?
posted by mischief on Oct 21, 2004 - 5 answers

What companies make good lightweight luggage?

TravelFilter: What companies make good lightweight luggage? [more inside]
posted by werty on Oct 21, 2004 - 6 answers

Over-the-shoulder carry-on?

LuggageFilter: Can anyone recommend a good bag that will hold a few days clothes and be small enough to carry on to a plane? Preferably not a hard case or a backpack, but flexible enough to be carried around anywhere over the shoulder. I live in the UK so it'd be better if the bag was available there but if there's something amazing from the US I'd be willing to order it.
posted by adrianhon on Sep 11, 2004 - 5 answers

Hard-Sided Rolling Suitcases

Recommendations for luggage. I'm looking for durable (!), rolling, hardsided suitcases. Haven't been that happy with my last set of Samsonite - eg, weak handles, screws coming out.
posted by shoos on Jul 19, 2004 - 10 answers

Luggage Tag Languages

I just bought an overpriced piece of luggage and as a method to make sure it's easily recognizeable (like all modern luggage it's plain black fabric) and lower it's inherent value i want to place a sticker on it that says "This is not your bag" in as many languages as possible. I just don't trust babelfish not to make my bag say "bag yours not" so i'm hopeing i can steal some of that bilingual knowledge out there.
posted by NGnerd on Jul 11, 2004 - 35 answers

Flying with a Guitar

In about a week, my boyfriend and I are flying from Chicago to Boston. He plans to play with his band while he's there, and so would require his bass (electric). This is not something we would want to check, for risk of damage or theft. But I don't think that sort of thing is allowed as carry-on. What can we do? I know that a lot of locked items are forced open nowadays for security checks. Does anyone have any experience with transporting instruments via air? We're taking ATA by the way.
posted by agregoli on Mar 16, 2004 - 22 answers

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