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There are a variety of strategies you can use but they all involve a cost of time. I use different strategies in different places. First and foremost is what we calling "walking the campsite" (because it came from camping trips where leaving something behind could be catastrophic). You literally walk from room to room in the hotel (or wherever you are) ...


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With a connection time of slightly under an hour, you're right that it's a possibility your bags won't make the connection. It's quite likely that your bags will be labelled (or marked in the electronic tracking system) as "hot", meaning "get this bag off the plane and onto the connecting flight ASAP". Re-checking your own luggage at Atlanta probably ...


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I make a conscious, visual check of my surroundings every time I leave the place (restaurant, lodging, bus, etc) I've been in. "Conscious" is important: running one's eyes over the walls and floors and so on so that you're really seeing what's there. Works very well, and has become a useful habit.


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I do not think this is a concern: transferring luggage is easy going, especially as your luggage will not have to be screened again since you are a domestic arrival. Moreover DL and KLM have a highly integrated system, and the airport in Atlanta handles more than 100 million passengers a year: barring some unexpected event if you can make it to the flight - ...


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Short of arranging a longer connection (which may involve the payment of change fees) or shipping your luggage ahead (which, itself, may be result in it becoming delayed or lost), there's not really anything you can do as a passenger to ensure your bags are transferred at your connection. They're supposed to be, and airlines generally do a pretty good job of ...


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Frankly, there's not much you CAN do, and I would advise against re-checking your own luggage as this would make your connection tighter. Personally, I have had some really tight connections at busy hubs (50 min at DUB in Dublin, 1 hr at JFK in New York, and 1.25 hr at LHR in London) and I have never had any issues. Missed connections for luggage are the ...


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For Aussies such as yourself, my site - Beat That Flight (and beta Android app) might be able to help a bit. For example, on a search from Sydney to Hong Kong - on the left side, you can see baggage options, with the perceived difference in price: It's not perfect, and relies on data on upstream providers as well, but makes an effort to try and calculate ...


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Those things (which I also often forget) have something in common: they are out of sight and out of mind, and easy to overlook especially when in a hurry: The toiletries are probably in the bathroom, maybe under a towel or in the shower behind a fold of the shower curtain, and it's easy to forget to look there or to miss a spot The adapter is wherever the ...


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Kayak is not my first choice of search engines, but I do note that it now attempts to factor carry-ons and checked bags into the price. You have to start the search and then change the zero bags default in the filters. Kiwi.com (which I also am not thrilled with) will tell you which flights allow NO bags, which isn't a great help, but it's something. ...


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Alaska explicitly states that you have to call them in this situation (or a situation very close to this one): If a friend or family member will be meeting the child passenger(s) in a connecting city, you must call Alaska Airlines reservations at 1-800-252-7522 (TTY: Dial 711 for Relay Services), prior to travel.


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Remember that you can forget things, so e.g. for the charger, when it is not attached to the computer, put it in your bag. If you need it again, you will take it out again. Put things in evident places. I put often my umbrella under my chair at restaurants, so that I would probably see it also if it stop raining. If you forget your bag, it is probably that ...


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I book flights regularily and actually keep a list of hidden charges for the sites that come up near the top of any search regularily. Then, when I make a new search and see the prices listed, I simply add the hidden charges I know about in my head. Typically, the offers are close enough together that the hidden charges actually do make a difference. It's a ...


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I have flown with many duffel bags as hold luggage and I have never had a problem with the handles. The warning you quote refers mostly to big rucksacks which have thick loose shoulder straps, and maybe even chest and waist straps. Having said this, if you want to be extra careful with your luggage there are a few options you can consider: Get a rucksack ...


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tl;dr Be tidy and leave cupboards and draws open to indicate you’ve checked they’re clear. I have a sequence I follow when leaving a location I’m not returning to, particularly hotel rooms but most applies to any location. Tidy my surroundings, it’s harder to find things in a messy environment. This includes clearing rubbish or at least consolidating it ...


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That's easy, see here: https://www.schiphol.nl/en/at-schiphol/services/luggage-storage Relevant details from that page: Locations before security: Baggage basement Locations after security: Holland Boulevard, Lounge 1, Lounge 2, Lounge 3


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Write a list of everything you want to take with you on a trip, use it to pack your bags, then at the end go through that same list and check you still have those things before you leave


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Some tips that might help: Whenever you are visiting a place, locate the item you don't want to forget (such as your adapter) near something you definitely will not forget (your jacket for example). Or (but this can take some practice), connect your jacket to the adapter in your mind in the most funny strange way you can think about (e.g. when you take on ...


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Luggage delays happen, and sometimes (often?) they'll be out of your control. What you can do, however, is to mitigate the consequences. In addition to the packing recommendations suggested in the other answers, perhaps the way to go is just to get adequate travel insurance so that if your luggage is delayed, you'll be able to re-purchase whatever items you ...


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What are my rights regarding delayed baggage? Finnair’s baggage policy states their liability for baggage delay is limited to 1,131 SDRs (approximately EUR 1,200). The air carrier is liable for destruction, loss or damage to baggage up to 1,131 SDRs (approximately EUR 1,200). In the case of checked baggage, it is liable even if not at fault, unless the ...


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There is no reason why a titanium miniature that small would raise any eyebrows. Titanium & titanium alloy are used to manufacture golf clubs, eyeglass frames, water bottles, etc., and it is hard to imagine that titanium alone would cause any suspicion.


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You should careful pack the oil, some airlines requires double layer. 3-4 liters should be OK for Germany, if you import just oil (ev. with few other cheap items). The only airline I know that has restrictions on olive oil is Aeroflots, and only on flights from Greece to Russia (no such restriction on oil on other flights).


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Most people working in airports are honest, will not steal. So there is a very good chance that the money will come through, even when the case is checked by X-ray or by hand. Even more likely as the most likely location for checking by X-ray is in Germany. And German border control and security forces are not known for stealing. I would not put money in ...


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What I use is a Trello board with three lists on it: The first list is things that I have at home. I keep a card on this list for each item I have that I'm planning on packing for the trip. This helps make sure I don't forget to pack things, as well as coming in handy for keeping track of things at the end of the trip. For sets like toiletries that mostly ...


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I'd take it to the Turkish Airline desk and check it in there. Since all your flights have the same PNR the airlines should route it appropriately. If in doubt you can always ask for confirmation at the Turkish Airlines desk.


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A 53-min connection at ATL is normal and generally you would expect the bag would make your flight like 90+% of the time, else it should come on next flight (and they have a van service to deliver to your hotel/location). plan your luggage so that documents, valuables, urgent items, chargers, essential toiletries, change of clothing etc. are in carry-on. ...


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It is a valid concern. Landing in Atlanta, checked bags will be unloaded and sorted. Only those with final destination Atlanta will be brought to a baggage carousel. Bags checked for a connecting flight will be taken from plane to plane. Unloading, sorting and loading with some transporting in between will of course take a little while, but in some cases ...


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Yes, your luggage will be checked through; you can verify this when you check it in. One hour is quite tight and, if your incoming flight is delayed, there's a good chance that you'll miss the connection. However, the airline is obliged to put you on the next available flight so this won't be a disaster. Also, if you're delayed slightly and you only just ...


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It's possible, but it might depend on luck/kindness of airport staff, and perhaps time if you're in a rush - it might be tricky. Example: I was flying from Dushanbe, Tajikistan to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan via Tashkent, Uzbekistan (layover) on two separate tickets, which were very cheap. I realised as I landed in Tashkent that I had no visa for Uzbekistan, and my ...


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Yes, it counts as an additional small bag Officially not allowed, but DNATA at AMS is usually quite lax about it They will notice the number of bags, but as for weighing it, unlikely if you make sure to get an A4/mobile boarding pass, and as such avoid the bag drop desk.


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In Bacalar, the ADO bus stop is just right next to a gas station. In the shop next to it they accept items of luggage for a small fee each. The only catch is that you need to get them before 22h. I needed them around 00h15m. A bit before the bus I had to get. The pickup hour is probably negotiable. When I asked, the person immediately said he would be ...


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