Lewis & Clark have provided a variety of travel and packing tips that conform to current rules and regulations.PackingOnly take what you can carry yourself. How you prefer to carry them should determine which bags to take. If you'll be bringing home more than you brought, pack an empty lightweight, collapsible bag.
Always keep two packing lists - one for business and one for vacation travel. Then you won't have to reinvent the list every time you take off on a new adventure.
Each airline has its own rules about traveling with infants, electronic equipment and carry on luggage. To avoid hassles, have them FAX you the specifics ahead of time.
Save space by transferring shampoo and lotions into small travel bottles. Be sure to leave some room inside the bottles to accommodate for air pressure and avoid leakage.
Select clothing using basic color palettes that may be mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits.
Group like items together in Packing Cubes or Mesh Packers for wrinkle prevention and instant access. In general, rolling clothes (instead of folding) and packing tightly helps avoid wrinkles. Placing suits, dresses and skirts in plastic dry-cleaner bags limits wrinkling as well.
Visit the World Health Organization (WHO) for current travel and health advisories around the world.
Talk to your travel agent or consulate about necessary shots/health precautions. If you require shots, plan ahead with your physician to avoid side effects while traveling. If you require medication, carry two sets (one with you and the other in your luggage). Keep prescription labels handy for replacement.
Avoid jet lag by getting lots of rest and drinking plenty of water before, during, and after your journey. Once you're there, force yourself to readjust to the time zone you're in -take short naps if necessary.
Devote some of your travel time to rest. Plan to relax in a quiet area. Bring an eye mask, travel pillow and blanket for maximum comfort.
If you suffer from ear discomfort during air travel, bring along pressure reducing ear plugs to make the trip more bearable.
Since a sink isn't always accessible, it's a good idea to keep some antibacterial moist towelettes or hand sanitizer with you.
Ask your consulate ahead of time for a list of English speaking physicians abroad.
The familiar habits and patterns of travelers are changing. Keep current on the latest airport and travel procedures at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Money & Documents
Make copies of passports, visas, credit cards and travelers checks so they can be easily replaced or canceled if lost or stolen.
Before traveling abroad, take small amounts of foreign currency to handle ground transportation and tipping.
Becoming aware of proper dress, language use, dining etiquette and other customs will contribute greatly to your success as a business or vacation traveler.
Traveling with Electronics
North American electrical appliances are designed to operate using 110 - 125 volts AC (Alternating Current), while appliances in most other countries operate using 220 - 250 volts AC. Additionally, the shape of electrical outlets differs throughout the world. If you are traveling with an electrical appliance, it is likely you will need an adapter, converter or transformer, depending on the appliances you take.
Cycles (50Hz. Or 60Hz.)
Electric current alternates direction (AC) at 60Hz. (cycles per second) in North America, but at a slower 50Hz. in many other parts of the world. There are even some areas with a direct current (DC), which does not alternate at all. However, converters and transformers are designed to operate in AC areas ONLY.
The difference in cycles may cause your North American appliance to operate slightly slower when used on 50Hz. This cycle difference can also cause analog clocks and timing devices to keep incorrect time. Most modern electronic equipment such as battery chargers, computers and CD players will not be affected by the difference in cycles. However, because converters and transformers will not adjust cycles, it is very important to check each product's specifications and requirements before using them, or contact the manufacturer if in doubt.
Voltage and Wattage
You must also determine the voltage and wattage ratings of your appliances in order to select the appropriate converter, transformer and/or adapter plug required. This information is usually listed on the appliance manufacturer's label located on the back or bottom of the appliance, or in the product specifications section of the instruction manual. The label or manual will show the following items: voltage, wattage, or amperage. If only the amperage rating is shown, simply multiply the voltage by the amperage to find the appliance's wattage rating. Volts x Amps = Watts (i.e. 120V x .5A = 60W) NOTE: If your appliance is dual-voltage (120/240V), it will NOT require a converter or transformer for use overseas, though you may need an adapter plug.
Electric vs. Electronic
It is critical to know if the appliances you intend to use are electric or electronic. This will determine if you need a converter, transformer, or in some instances, both.
Electric Appliances operate with simple heating elements or motors (hot pots, travel irons, hair dryers, heating pads, etc.). These appliances may be used with either a converter or a transformer of the appropriate wattage range for short periods of time, less than 1 hour.
Electronic Appliances operate with electronic motors, circuits or chips (computers, clocks, radios, battery chargers, appliances equipped with timers or automatic shut-off devices). These appliances should be used ONLY with a transformer of the appropriate wattage range for short periods of time, less than three hours.
NOTE: Computers are typically dual-voltage and do not usually require a transformer - always check the manufacturer's specifications first.