What to bring in your hanglugage and what NOT?

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  1. Escobana profile image79
    Escobanaposted 8 years ago

    I've read the policy of my airline company so I know that part already. I'm flying to Brazil, Sao Paolo and staying at the coast of Ubatuba. Surfers paradise. By the way...I can't surf:-)

    I'm wondering about experienced travelers, sharing some tips and tricks about handlugage. Shoot!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eep8HniL … plpp_video

    To see what Ubatuba is like? Click on this link:-)

    1. Rebecca2904 profile image68
      Rebecca2904posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Just basic things really, since you'll be reunited with your luggage once you get there - something to read or do, maybe a crossword; your iPod or mp3 if you have one; some cash in both currencies, so whichever country you're in you don't have to fumble through your suitcase to find anything if you want to buy some food or drink once you land or are on the plane; your mobile phone in case of emergencies; maybe some wet wipes or baby wipes in case you spill your drink or something if there's turbulence on the plane; and obviously your passport and other travel documents. Maybe you'd also want to take a travel guide with you so you can do some more reading up on where you're going when you're on the plane. If it's a long flight, you might want to take something to put on, like a cardigan, in case it gets a bit chilly during the night and a small cushion so you can fall asleep more easily.

      Have a nice holiday!

      1. Rebecca2904 profile image68
        Rebecca2904posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        (obviously this is just if you're travelling alone, with a partner or friends - if you're travelling with small children you'll probably need to take more. Also, if you're travelling with small children, they do normally let you take liquids through security (at least they do in the EU), they'll just ask you to take a sip to ensure it is a drink and isn't anything dangerous.)

        1. IzzyM profile image87
          IzzyMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          No they don't - at least not in my experience. I'm a frequent traveller between the UK and Spain, and liquids are a no-no, unless you bought it in the airport after passing security control.

          I tried to take tomato frito in small cartons and still in their cellophane wrapping, when travelling out of Alicante airport, and they confiscated it!

          Perfumes and things have to be placed inside plastic bags, and you can only carry a small amount in your hand luggage.
          Laptops have to go in your handluggage too, as there is a risk their hard drive will be wiped if they are in your suitcase, but you have to take it out of its case at passport control and allow it to be X-rayed.

          Yet their body scanner missed a pocket knife I had in my jeans when I walked through it just after 9/11. I was glad; I had forgotten it was there and didn't want to lose it.

          1. Escobana profile image79
            Escobanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            I'm bringing a playstation in my suitcase. What about it's hard drive and what do you mean by getting wiped? How? I'm taking my laptop with me anyway but I'm curious.

            1. IzzyM profile image87
              IzzyMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              Strong electro-magnetic fields can wipe hard drives. Modern day airport X-ray scanners emit  low level magnetic fields, but metal detectors are high, as are the electrical motors that run the conveyor belts.

              Your laptop is far safer in your hand luggage, but the Playstation will have to go in your case, I think. It seems to be only sometimes data is wiped. You might want to save the contents of the hard drive to disk, or even to the laptop, just in case.

              1. Escobana profile image79
                Escobanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                Great IzzyM! Thanks for the info! Was very helpful:-)

                1. IzzyM profile image87
                  IzzyMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  You're welcome smile

                  You might also like to check the hand luggage policy of your airline too. Many are very strict on the '1 item of hand luggage per person rule.

                  But of course if you are carrying a laptop, you can't also carry your handbag. You then need to buy a bigger bag that can hold both, but is still small enough to fit into the airline shelf above the seats.

                  Maybe transatlantic flights are more generous in their allowance.

    2. profile image53
      Aladam888posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Don't bring bulky handcarries please!!! And i assume everyone must already be aware that swiss knifes and even nail filers are NOT permitted in handcarry:)

  2. wilderness profile image97
    wildernessposted 8 years ago

    Anything you absolutely can't do without - medications, passport.

    Anything used in the travel - books, games, diapers.

    Anything of high value/size ratio - laptop, expensive camera.

    Leave out anything that might be a weapon (as declared by the airlines or govt) - shampoo, shaving lotion, toy gun.

    1. Escobana profile image79
      Escobanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      The playstation I bring is valuable but I will make sure I wrap up my suitcases with that kind of plastic. Don't really know if it's safer like that but ít's more or less the only way.

  3. profile image54
    Gerryw80posted 8 years ago

    All important travel documents, money, jewellery, mobile, camera, and any other handy and expensive belongings

  4. profile image54
    westalan80posted 8 years ago

    Can we carry ipad, ipods and cameras in handcarry or will the airport scanning damage these items?

    1. Thelma Alberts profile image93
      Thelma Albertsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, you can. You only have to put it out of each bag for inspection.

      1. profile image54
        westalan80posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks Thelma, actually someone mentioned that the scanning rays are harmful for the playstation and im wondering how will it be safer in case and not in handcarry?

        1. Escobana profile image79
          Escobanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          You can easily bring a playstation even though it goes through that scanner. It's mandatory for all electronic devices to be scanned.

          I once brought a Playstation with me and it was perfectly fine after the scan. No problems in using it later:-)

  5. Thelma Alberts profile image93
    Thelma Albertsposted 8 years ago

    I always bring my passport, money, cameras (also video), something to read, pen, small notebook, extra underwear just in case my luggage will arrive later than me, wet wipes, a pack of tissue paper, medicines like immodium and paracetamol. Liquid is absolutely no go in the plane.


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