Tips for Traveling

Not sure what to pack in your carry-on? Read What’s Allowed In Your Carry-On Luggage.

WHN TIP – Make a Copy: Use our Travel-Packing Checklist when packing your bags, then keep the list separate from your bags. This will help if your luggage is lost and you have to file a claim.

  1. Do NOT put valuables in bags you are checking (electronics, computer or mobile devices, jewelry, camera, money, credit cards, etc.). Put them in your carry-on if you can.
  2. Bring all medications in your carry-on. They should be in their original labeled container. Bring prescription copies as well as a list of the generic names.
  3. Luggage
    • Lost luggage is often routed to the address on the tag.
    • Do not put a home address on luggage tags (luggage will be returned to an empty house!).
    • Put your business card or write the address on your luggage tag.
    • If you’re staying in one place for a while, put in that address.
    • Mark your suitcases with a bright-colored tape, ribbon or rubber bands so it’s easy to identify.
    • Remove old white airport tags (the ones with the barcodes on them).

WHN TIP – Lost: Pack an extra change of clothing (or whatever you deem essential) in your carry-on in case your luggage is lost.

WHN TIP – Child ID Info: Traveling with kids? Download the free FBI Child ID for iOS or Android to electronically store photos and vital information about your children so that it’s all at hand if you need it. App includes pictures and physical identifiers like height and weight as well as the ability to e-mail the information to authorities with just a few clicks. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® has a similar app, called Safety Central as well as a downloadable identification kit in English and Spanish.