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To keep your bottles of makeup, lotions, and shampoo from leaking all over your clothes and suitcase, place some cotton in the cap before closing. This will keep it from leaking out! No more mess in your suitcase. Happy traveling!
By Dorothy W. from New Creek, WV
I'm thinking that once that cotton gets soaked, the bottles will still leak. I always put bottles with liquid in them in zip lock bags. So far that has worked without fail for me.
Doris in NW IL
Stop mail and paper delivery prior to your departure.
Obtain travelers checks from your local bank or Credit Union (usually at no charge). Dual signature checks that can be used for both you and your spouse are available. Keep the receipts in an alternate location in the event of theft.
Lock up valuables in the hotel room safe or the safe at the front desk.
Wear a passport holder around your neck to store valuables like cash and your passport or tickets.
Keep alert; recognize that pickpockets may create a diversion (bumping in to you for example) as a way to have their partner lift your billfold. Be aware of your surroundings. Don't take large amounts of cash into a crowd.
Keep your pants pocket (which houses your billfold) buttoned.
Keep your purse secured by zipping or latching the top closure. Keep your purse held closely to your body and the latch facing inward.
Be smart; never leave bags unattended or ask a stranger to hold your expensive camera case while you fish out a tip for the taxi driver.
Leave extra credit cards at home to avoid a hassle in the event of the loss of your billfold or a theft. Keep a record of all your cards (photocopy front and back) so you can report a loss as soon as you become aware of it. Keep this record in the save of in a secure place to avoid a security breach.
If you are traveling this summer you might need to use an ATM that you are not accustomed to using. Here are a few tips to protect you against fraud:
By skibum1910 from Prospect, KY
These are all great tips. I traveled to Canada (from Australia) some years ago to visit my brother and family, fortunately, no trouble, but before that one of my sons visited Zagreb, and had his backpack stolen. He was in a park and put it down near a tree, turned away for just a short while, and it was gone. Fortunately he had his passport, money etc on him, but all his clothes, camera etc were in the backpack.
Then another son and his wife had their passports and other things stolen in Ireland. They were visiting a beauty spot and left things in the car, Car was locked, but thieves broke in.
You really can't be too careful!
Hard plastic soap cases make great camera cases when traveling.
While going on vacation this year, instead of putting shampoo, conditioner, etc. in zip bags to prevent products from leaking in suitcase, just take the lid off and put a piece of Handi Wrap or Saran Wrap over the bottle opening.
I have two preschool daughters. When we travel, I pack outfits in gallon sized Ziploc bags. I include top, shorts, underwear, and socks. That way, they can take a pack and dress themselves and I don't have to sort through all of the clothes each day.
When I travel, I like to take small containers of toiletries but these small items can be costly at the drug store. I have saved up little resealable containers that I have come across over the years.
Some friends of ours travel extensively. One day while at their home, she showed me something she'd sewed for their trip. It was a vest for her to wear with shorts and a t-shirt. It was cute, and appeared to be an average vest. But she showed me the inside and boy was I wrong!
When going camping or on a trip, pack toothpaste, shampoo, cologne and anything else that might leak in a ziplock baggie. This way, if there is a spill, your entire luggage won't be messed up. By Sandi
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