She’s the Wonder Woman who sews me up and sends me on my way… and very occasionally I come back with everything I left with.
And I’m getting better.
I’m also prompted by RTE reruns of the sumptuous Silk Road by the even silkier Joanna Lumley who agrees about the importance of multi-compartment purses and wallets.
They come in all shapes, sizes and styles (wives and wallets) and all make your life easier.
So what to remember
Your passport obviously. Now you may want to keep it in your inside jacket pocket or perhaps skin tight in your front trouser pocket.
And you will need to take it in and out at the airport but when you don’t need it, it’s best to put it away in the zipper compartment of your folder. If you’re travelling with your partner and your kids maybe put them all in together.
When you get to your hotel room put your valuables in the safe and only take it out if you need it for ID for bars, nightclubs or to get into some sports events.
Your tickets. Keep in another sleeve or compartment. It will be easier to differentiate. Some people (usually younger) are comfortable with having their tickets on their phones but what happens if you run out of battery (Ally?). Be safe do both.
Currency. Save yourself fiddling around in your wallet/purse between euro and a foreign currency and maybe even a third (sterling) if you’re passing through London. Use a third compartment for foreign dosh.
Now you’re on the plane
If you’re on a long-haul flight then you’ll want to keep your vanity case with you… save yourself from having to tap the person sleeping next to you so you can get up to the overhead cabin.
And if you’ve had the good fortune to go Business Class then remember the little overnight bags they give you the next time you travel.
And the earplugs will block out the noise of the snorer next to you.
Overnight bags tend to be the same but different and it’s always nice to find a little new treat.
A little bottle of Eau de Cologne was a particular treat in the Etihad bag I got this week even though I’m the last person who needs it.
Thank you www.etihad.com. And you too www.aerlingus.com, www.turkishairlines.com, www.virginatlantic.com, www.britishairways.com and everyone else who keeps us all refreshed in the air.
Unless you’re just doing an overnighter you’ll probably be taking hand luggage and putting a suitcase in the hold.
Don’t do as I do, but as I say.
Avoid black or blue suitcases, they all look the same on the carousel. Put stickers on it to identify it as uniquely yours, maybe places you’ve been to cheer you up.
Padlock your case up and choose a lock number that’s not 1234 or your birthday or one you might forget.
And always fill out your luggage tag with your address for obvious reasons.
Don’t forget to remember
Make a list. Check it twice and give yourself enough time.
Better if you pack to go home the night before but if you are making the most if your last night on holiday then set your alarm early or get a room call.
Next week: How I didn’t take any of this advice and some of the scrapes I got into (and out of) mostly because of the saints and saintesses who helped me out.