Number of bags, cases and containers which hold a traveller's articles during transit.

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Which brand of backpack should I carry so as to not stick out in Europe?

I was wondering what brands of backpacks are popular in Paris, France and Berlin, Germany because I'm the type of traveller that likes to wander under the radar without people knowing that I'm a ...
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How to deal with inaccurate luggage weighing scales at an airport

TL;DR: What options does one have at (US) airports when they know the luggage weighing scales are inaccurate? This has happened twice now. My bags always appear heavier when measured at the flight ...
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Are there any flight price search engines with baggage allowance included?

I am looking for a flight search engine that includes a luggage calculator in the price. I recently booked a trip and had the choice between two carriers at the time, and not feeling very stupid I ...
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Why does the TSA allow two 3-ounce containers but not one 6-ounce container?

If I understand the TSA's 3-1-1 policy in the US correctly, you are allowed to take two 3-ounce containers of a liquid on a plane, but not a single 6-ounce container of the same liquid. Is this really ...
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Dealing with smelly travel daypacks?

This came from an idea I saw on another website's thread that wasn't getting much love. When travelling, especially in hot, humid regions, you tend to sweat - especially in the back area where your ...
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Can I bring my desktop computer as check-in baggage on a flight?

I am moving from Malaysia to the US, and planning to bring my desktop computer with me. I plan to pack it in my checked-in luggage. Will the computer risk being damaged? Any precaution should I take ...
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Camping stove on a plane?

Can I bring a camping stove (without fuel) on a (domestic or international) jet, either in checked baggage, carry-on, or some other means?
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Travel insurance with regards to luggage being stolen/lost

I am looking for answers to how people have recovered from having their luggage stolen/lost when arriving at their destination. And further to this, how they have ended up packing in the future to ...
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What is the average & max temperature of an airplane cargo hold?

I want to take some chocolates to offer in my luggage. Chocolates are a bit sensitive to heat, though. What is the average temperature inside a cargo hold? 'Average by' itself can be misleading. What ...
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Can I add more luggage after doing the on-line check-in in Ryanair?

I will be travelling with Ryanair in a few weeks. Currently I have a printer so I can do the check in and print the tickets. I am not yet sure if I will increase the weight in my luggage. I will only ...
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When travelling internationally with valuable personal effects, how do I avoid paying duty at each border crossing?

Some people travel internationally with valuable personal effects. The most obvious example is photography equipment which could easily be valued over $15k. Jewelry, watches, and specialized medical ...
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Why is the baggage allowance on flights to/from Brazil more generous?

It seems that it is common that the baggage allowance on flights to Brazil is more generous (both in number of pieces and weight) than to other countries. In fact many airlines, have a specific ...
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Empty suitcase on flight

I need to take 2 big empty suitcases on a flight. Is there an increased risk of losing the suitcases? A couple of risks come to my mind: Airport conveyor might not deliver big empty suitcases well. ...
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How can I minimize the weight of the suitcase of my checked in luggage?

I am going to travel soon and I need to maximize the weight of the content that I am taking in the checked-in luggage and minimize the weight of the bag/suitcase. Are there any tips for this? I am ...
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Send 1 overweight suitcase instead of 2 underweight?

We're traveling internationally as a couple and are allowed 2 pieces of checked in luggage. Is it OK to send 1 slightly overweight piece instead of 2 underweight pieces? Edit: flying El Al
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Why can't I travel onwards if my bag wasn't going to make the flight?

I was flying KLM from the UK to the USA with a short layover in Amsterdam. Because of delays in the UK, I almost missed my flight. The flight attendant told me my bag wasn't going to make it, but if ...
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How do you pack your dirty clothing when moving from hotel to hotel?

I'm getting much better at packing my clean clothes when I am preparing for a trip, but I still haven't figured out what to do with my dirty clothes when I need to pack them to move hotels. My goals ...
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How can I fly with a guitar?

During my upcoming holiday to the USA I'm thinking about buying a new guitar as the exchange rate is extremely favorable. Excuse my naivety but I have never flown with a guitar before. What is a ...
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Is it possible to bring a bicycle on a plane?

I have often wanted to bring my own bicycle while traveling. Are there some international regulations regarding bringing my bicycle on a plane? What should I expect to pay?
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Can I fly with a robot as a passenger instead of shipping it as luggage?

Can I book a ticket for my C-3PO human-size figure and let it have a seat instead of paying extra money to have it shipped? I couldn't find a law which says the passenger has to have a soul, its all ...
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Can I take a sex-toy on plane through UAE?

I will be traveling from Australia to Austria, transferring in Abu Dhabi. Is it alright for me to bring a vibrator in the check-in luggage, or are there laws against that? It is approximately 17cm ...
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Taking large amounts of strong medications on holiday

Not quite narcotics, but not far off. I'm hoping to go on holiday soon with someone that suffers from major depression and anxiety. She's on a daily dose of a strong anti-psychotic (not quite ...
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Can checked baggage on airplanes ever get wet?

I'm considering sending some pieces of checked baggage being cardboard boxes rather than suitcases (on an international flight). Is there a real chance my boxes might get wet? Assume heavy rain both ...
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Key vs. combo lock security for international travel

I leave on my trip next month, and I wanted to buy locks for my backpack since I'll certainly be passing through crowded areas of the city where it may be difficult for me to notice a pickpocket ...
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How rigorous are Amtrak in enforcing luggage rules?

Looking at Amtrak trains between NY and Boston, I found that all had "no checked luggage" save for a midnight train (less than ideal for a relaxing vacation). Looking at this reference, it's not ...
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How to protect glass and ceramic items for air travel?

I have got some glass stuff that I need to transport, and it seems that the only way to go is by plane. How well does it need to be wrapped? Is the chance that it will survive at least 90%? (The ...
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Where can you safely store your belongings in order to travel?

Traveling light is a sound piece of advice. For that, you need to leave your belongings behind. The issue: Suppose you plan to go on a long trip and you stop paying rent, so you have to return the ...
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Could leaving a TSA notice of baggage inspection visible in my suitcase upon opening help it avoid inspection?

I would like to avoid my suitcase being inspected to prevent loss and damage. Last time I took the airplane the TSA left a notice of baggage inspection in my suitcase. If I leave it in my suitcase in ...
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Can I carry on/check in a child's car seat for free for a flight?

I am not flying with my child. Instead, I will meet my child at the destination of my flight. I have a small backpack and one carry-on bag, which is free for most airlines. Can I carry on additionally ...
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Is it possible to take a desktop PC as carry-on luggage?

I am moving from Egypt to the Netherlands and I need to take my PC with me. I won't be taking the monitor, just the case, but I'm wondering what the best way would be. Am considering taking it as ...
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Are there safe places to store luggage for a couple days in New Delhi?

I'm travelling India for a few weeks. We plan on doing a few overnight trips from New Delhi and do not want to carry all our luggage with us. We don't have anything really valuable but it would be ...
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Missing bag report swindle

I have just had the worst customer experience with a major airline in my life and want to know if there is anything I can do. TL; DR: I got my bag one day late, after that I was told by employees of ...
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How can I travel with a double bass?

I need to travel among several eastern US cities to auditions and must bring along my instrument: a (huge) double bass. What is the best way to travel, given that I do not drive, but that most of the ...
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Can I pre-purchase more luggage allowance on Qatar Airways flights?

Can I pre-purchase more luggage allowance on Qatar Airways flights? I am traveling with Qatar Airways from Stockholm, Sweden (ARN) to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) and I will be carrying one additional bag ...
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Baggage tagged with “limited release”

Background information: During a recent Air France flight, I had a very unexpected situation: at the counter I was informed that my baggage to be checked was below the minimum weight, which is of 5 ...
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Are airlines not liable for damages and losses to the contents of luggage?

When picking up my bag from baggage claim at SXF, I realized that it's upside down. The ID sticker was on the bottom, and inside it was a mess. At home, I found one item broken, a marmalade glass: ...
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Traveling to USA with tripod attached to my camera bag

I like to travel with my DSLR and I have nice slingshot bag for it which I can take with me on the plane along with my carry on. This picture shows what I want to do while boarding the plane. Would it ...
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Are there any places to leave luggage in Brussels, for short and/or long periods of time?

Is there a place where one can leave luggage for more than one day in Brussels? It can be either in the airport or the central station. I know that there are lockers in the central station. The ...
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What is more effective seeking luggage damage compensation from the aiport or airline?

We found air luggage to be damaged after a flight and reported the damage right at the airport. The airport then advised us to seek damage compensation from the airline as this would go more smoothly ...
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Why do airlines gate check bags when there is still overhead space?

On a recent flight, an airline employee (either gate agent or flight attendant) who had just stepped out of the plane told my family that there was no more room in the overhead compartments, and we ...
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On flying with a backpack with detachable shoulder and hip straps, when best to take them off

This is the first time I'm traveling with a backpack with detachable straps. Some insight from anyone who has done this before will be appreciated. When do you take the straps off? After security ...
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Can I simply bubble wrap a cardboard box and check it on a US domestic flight?

I wish to take a computer monitor with me on vacation. I possess the original cardboard box and the Styrofoam. Unfortunately I do not have a suitcase with the same dimensions. I was hoping that I ...
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Under which conditions should I buy an extra ticket for my luggage on public transport in Sofia?

Here in Sofia (Bulgaria) when using the tram/metro/bus you not only need to buy a ticket for yourself but also one for each piece of (large) luggage you carry with you. I read about this in a guide ...
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United Airlines does not comply with baggage policy from IATA Resolution 302?

My itinerary: UA: Indianapolis -> Newark (operated by ExpressJet). Flight# UA** ANA: Newark -> Tokyo (operated by UA). Flight# NH** VNA: Tokyo -> Hanoi. Flight# VN** ANA policy allows 2 free ...
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Aerosol cans in the checked luggage?

Is it allowed to carry aerosol spray cans (deodorant, insect repellant, waterproofer, spray point, i.e. any common thing you can think of that typically comes in spray bottles) in the checked luggage ...
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How to deal with excess baggage?

I might have some excess bagage on my next flight with KLM. According to KLM's website excess baggage could be checked in online with a 20% discount. Are there other options? Long, long ago there ...
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How do I travel with musical instruments?

How can I travel to another country (by plane) and take my instruments with me? I live in Greece and I want to go to the USA with my double and electric bass. I found this question, but it is ...
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How to send baggage from US to Australia?

We are planning a trip to Australia. We are going to spend some months there and we would like to take with us more than the current baggage limit. One option would be carrying in the plane just what ...
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Compensation for delayed baggage on international United flight

My bag on an international flight with United Airlines was delayed. The bag got delivered at its destination about 36 hours after I arrived. During that time, not only did I not have clothes to change ...
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How to deter theft of checked baggage at baggage carousels?

This question worried me and so inspired this question. Provided that an airline traveller must rely on checked baggage, what can one dissuade or forestall such theft? Friends have confirmed that ...