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Help your luggage find you!

The most worrisome thing about flying is loosing your luggage. Even if you pack ultra smart and don't check anything, sometimes your bag ends up in the belly of the plane anyway. I've heard stories of travelers having to check their larger carry-on because the plane was full. Talk about stressful travelling!
So far, I've been really lucky, never having had a bag get lost in transit, but that doesn't make me feel much better about the whole thing. What about luggage tags? They are definitely a good idea, but all the conveyor belts your bag travels down can easily rip off your tags. I've taken a few precautions to make it easy for the airline to figure out that it belongs to me and what they should do with it if the airline label or my luggage tag comes off.

1. Take a sharpie to your stuff. My big yellow North Face duffel bag has my name, cell phone number and email address written in large black letters on the top; a very visible location. There are a few bags that I wouldn't want my name plastered all over the outside of, so I've written the same information inside of the bag in a very visible place. If anyone opens the bag, they'll see my information.

2. Create a word document with your name, phone number, email address, and if you like, your mailing address. Beneath that, put contact information for use in the place you are going. I included my boss's name and email address in UAE in addition to my own. Then, lay out your itinerary. Make it very easy to read. Include the date, airline, the flight number, where the flight leaves and lands. I use a large font with plenty of room between lines of type. If the tags the airline prints and sticks to your stuff gets ripped off, the first thing the luggage handler will do is look inside your bag. Make it easy for them to find.

Tricks for Traveling- Don't forget anything!

First and foremost, I'm a huge list maker. I make lists all the time to help me stay organized. This helps tremendously when I am packing for a trip. I start a list in a small notebook, and keep it with me for a few days. That way no matter where I am, if I think of something I need to add to it, I can. When I am satisfied my packing list is complete, I photocopy it. Don't forget to add obvious things like your passport and credit card. This should be a hard thing to forget, but with the stress of a big trip it can happen. Wondering why I need two lists? Keep reading to find out why.

Handmade Women's Travel Clothes - Found on Etsy

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 clothing guidelines
I love Etsy, the handmade online marketplace. Etsy is home to thousands of web shops owned by artists and crafters making all sorts of beautiful products. Buying products on Etsy is easy and connects buyers to high quality, customizable products. Just about anything that can be made by hand is available on Etsy. I've been selling on Etsy for a couple of years and have had positive experiences both selling and buying there. Over the years, I've added hundreds of items to my "want" list. Many of them have me dreaming of far off places, so I've decided to share them with you.
Most of them fit my travel clothing guidelines and are super cute. Sorry guys, this post is for the girls.

Traveling Light: Bags for Adventure Travel

Adventure travelers aren't your typical tourists, so of course their luggage needs are different. I've decided to break my posts on travel bags into two sections, the first for adventure travelers and the second for traditional tourists.

There is so much to consider when choosing your luggage and other bags for adventure travel. Adventure travel is so often filled with adversity, making packing a pretty nerve wracking venture in itself. I speak from experience. I've learned a few lessons the hard way. While I was in Costa Rica, 5 minutes of carelessness lost me my passport, debit card and cash. In this post, we'll work through things one should consider when choosing luggage to make your trip safe, secure and happy.