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Luggage, Travel Accessories and Other Holiday Essentials

Jul 15, 2008
Ok, so you've booked your two weeks holiday. You've confirmed your hire car collection from the airport, your boss has confirmed your annual leave and you've arranged for your neighbor to feed your cat and water your plant. Now all you need is to sort out your luggage, travel accessories and other holiday essentials. An enterprising company could use travel accessories to their advantage. Why not look into the different types of travel accessories available, and choose one to promote your business? They make great gifts, and anyone would appreciate getting some.

It is a good idea to make a list of all the possible things you will need for your trip, including your luggage and travel accessories. This will obviously depend on where you are planning to go, the weather at your destination, and what you are planning to do while you are away. Two weeks lazing on the beach is going to require very different travel accessories from a winter sports holiday or two weeks backpacking in the Andes.

The luggage you take with you will also be different depending on if you're going to need a suitcase or backpack, for example. There are hundreds of different luggage solutions available to buy now. And, as many people are travelling more often, businesses are using travel related pieces as promotional tools.

A good choice for the holiday traveller is the new type of hard suitcases with wheels. Despite the large sizes that you can buy them in, they are easy to transport due to their wheels. So if you're the kind of person who always packs enough for two months away when you're just going for a couple of weeks, then these could save your back from a lot of damage! They are also very sturdy, which is good news when they are being thrown around by airport baggage handlers.Luggage and travel accessories are all great branding tools for businesses, as they are commonly used and many pieces are highly visible by others.

You can often buy matching travel accessories to go with your luggage, including whole sets of hand luggage, a wash bag, comb, brush and toothbrush. You may also need to take travel accessories such as a travel iron, electric plug adaptors for the country that you are visiting and an inflatable pillow and eye mask for the journey. If you fly a lot then it might also be worth investing in some travel scales to weigh your luggage so you can avoid the fear of extra baggage fees.

Other travel accessories that are real holiday essentials are items such as insect repellent, sun tan lotion, after sun lotion, lip balm, mosquito nets, luggage tags and straps and waterproof clothing.

With the rules on safety and security on aircrafts and at airports constantly being reviewed and updated it is always wise to check with the airport that you are flying to and from regarding their current rules on permitted luggage and travel accessories. This includes the size and weight of your luggage in both the cabin and the hold and permitted travel accessories.

One final tip is when packing your travel accessories into your luggage think about what you will need for your journey and put it in your hand luggage. Also think about what you are permitted to take into the cabin with you and pack accordingly. For example, if you have your wash bag in your hand luggage then remember to check the rules on allowed travel accessories and items such as scissors and tweezers, and put them into your hold luggage.
About the Author
Matt Franks is director of Fluid Branding, the UK's largest supplier of Promotional Travel Accessories and Branded Travel Accessories at www.fluidbranding.com. For Eco Friendly promotional products, including Recycled, Organic and Sustainable items visit www.ecoincentives.com
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