Vacation Items You Can’t Leave Home Without

Even the most experienced traveler who packs, hires a luggage delivery service and makes it to their hotel forgets important items when they travel.It happens to even the most experienced traveler; you finished packing, made it through the airport, hired a luggage delivery service and got all the way to your hotel, only to realize you left your bathing suit in the drawer and your camera’s memory card is still by the computer. Here are some of the most forgotten items for traveling so you remember next time:

Chargers
Most people today can’t function without their phones, but your phone won’t function without a charge. Try setting a reminder on your phone to pack the charger, because we all know you won’t forget your phone!

Even the most experienced traveler who packs, hires a luggage delivery service and makes it to their hotel forgets important items when they travel.Bathing Suit
You may think it’s odd to bring swim gear on you ski trip, but you don’t want to be the one left out when your group wants to party in the hot tub. Better to have one and not need it…

Emergency First Aid
This is one of those things you won’t miss until you really need it. Don’t underestimate the importance of a small first aid kit with some bandages, even if it’s just for blisters after a day on the town.

A Lock
It may seem trivial, but for the gym goer or those using hotel amenities, a small travel lock can give you peace of mind that your items are safe when you can see them.

Even the most experienced traveler who packs, hires a luggage delivery service and makes it to their hotel forgets important items when they travel.Camera Accessories
Your fancy camera and selfie stick are going to take some great pictures on your trip, just don’t forget the memory card! Make sure you have all your camera accessories packed up with your camera to ensure you can share all the memories with friends and family.

A Jacket
Just like the swimsuit, never underestimate the usefulness of a jacket. Movie theaters get cold, restaurants can be chilly, and can you ever really trust the weather? Always bring something warm to wear – just in case.

Laundry Items
Let’s face it, accidents happen. You will have dirty clothes on your trip, and you will need somewhere to put them. Bring a laundry bag and some sort of laundry soap is another must-have for those accidental spills on your favorite pants. You’ll be glad you did!

Avoid Excess Baggage: What Not to Pack on Your Next Trip

Bad packing decisions leads to excess baggage. Figuring out out what you really need and what you can leave is the only way to consolidate and save space. Most people pack with the assumption that anything that can go wrong, will. And they pack accordingly. This accounts for a great deal of excess baggage and unnecessary items being brought along on trips. Figuring out what you really need and what you can leave is the only way to consolidate your luggage and save space. Try to keep these things in mind and out of your bags when you’re packing:

TSA Prohibited Items:
When flying, make sure you’ve consulted the TSA list of prohibited items. This will save space in your bags, and potentially a hassle at the airport. And remember when it doubt, leave it at home.

Full Size Bottles:
Full size toiletry items are not only bulky and cumbersome, they are also against TSA regulations. Replace your regular shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste with drug store trial size bottles.

Extra Clothing:
Try to limit your clothing choices to simple outfits that can be doubled for alternate situations. Spruce those up with small accessories that don’t take up a lot of room – ties, scarves and belts are a few options. And remember, if you’re going somewhere cold, wear your big coat on the plane to save some room in your bags.

Footwear:
Again, versatility is key with shoes. Wear your bulky pair on the plane, and make sure the ones you pack can serve more than one purpose. Try to limit yourself to two pair: one causal and one dressier, though you may want to pass on extra-high heels or heavy boots.

Bulky Items:
Don’t forget what hotels provide and what they don’t. Bathrobes, hair dryers and a selection of toiletries are commonly provided at all kinds of hotels and resorts. Use theirs! Take advantage of the free amenities.

Valuables:
When thinking of what to bring, avoid possible mishaps and streamline your bag by leaving your valuables, i.e. jewelry other fancy accessories at home. If you have to bring lots of cash or expensive items, be sure to pack them in your carry-on instead of checked bags.

Tips for Traveling with the Family

Even the most seasoned travelers know that going anywhere with the family along brings a new level of stress to any trip. Use Bags VIP luggage delivery to handle the excess baggage.Even the most seasoned travelers know that going anywhere with the family along brings a new level of stress to any trip. More bags, more people and more money equals more problems. Here are just a few tips from Bags to help make a vacation with the whole family a little easier on you and on them:

Only the Essentials
Skip the frills on a family trip. The more you bring with you, the more you have to carry and keep up with during your trip.

Be Prepared
While packing light its good, packing smart is better. Always expect the unexpected and have essentials in your carry on, like diapers, wipes, medications, a change of clothes and snacks.

Bring the Fun
Vacations are fun, but traveling is boring. Make sure to bring entertainment for everyone. Backpacks for each child are a great way to make sure that everyone in the family gets to bring their chosen toy or game.

Safety First
Car seats do not count as checked luggage on any airline. You will not be charged. Get yourself a durable car seat cover and check it for your trip.

Even the most seasoned travelers know that going anywhere with the family along brings a new level of stress to any trip. Use Bags VIP luggage delivery to handle the excess baggage.Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Being open, understanding, and above all flexible will always make your trip smoother. Lines will be long, traffic will be heavy, flights will be delayed and children (and adults) will get grumpy. But with just a little planning and an open mind, you’ll survive and enjoy another family vacation.

Use Bags VIP
Imagine your family stepping off of a plane and straight into your vacation. Now you can head to your destination with the confidence that your luggage will meet you there safely. Traveling luggage-free is the simple way to enjoy every moment with your family. And with Bags VIP luggage delivery handling the excess baggage, your biggest worry will be where to grab lunch.

Bags VIP Luggage Delivery FAQs

With Bags VIP luggage delivery service, you get a proven service on which you can rely. Your luggage travels with you and there's no need to ship it ahead.We understand that trusting someone with your luggage is a big deal. You don’t want just anyone to be responsible for everything you need on your trip. That’s where we come in. With Bags VIP luggage delivery service, you get a proven service on which you can rely. Bags® travel partners, including major airlines, cruise lines and world-famous resorts, trust Bags to handle their customers’ luggage every day, more than 5 million bags each year! Below are answers to some of our frequently asked questions that should assure you that you can walk confidently past baggage claim, trusting Bags VIP to retrieve and deliver your items, as promised. It is a responsibility we take seriously!

What is Bags VIP?
Bags VIP is a service that allows you to skip baggage claim and have your baggage delivered directly to the location of your choice (home, office, hotel, golf course, etc.) within 100 miles of a participating destination airport.

From traveling hassle-free to saving time to great customer service, our customers tell us why they love using our Bags VIP luggage delivery service.Can I schedule a Bags VIP delivery if I’m already at the airport?
Yes, as long as you book your delivery at least one hour before your scheduled flight departure, your destination is a participating airport, your baggage will not need to clear customs, and the delivery address is within 100 miles of the airport, you can participate in the Bags VIP service.

How will Bags VIP know which bags to deliver?
When you place your order, we get a detailed description of each bag included in the order. Our local delivery agent will use the description you provided to find your bag.

Do I need to prepare my bags for the delivery service?
Most luggage shipping services require your items to be picked up days in advance and specially packed. With Bags VIP, you don’t. As long as your items can be checked with the airlines, we will deliver it as is, including skis, golf clubs, and strollers.

Does my luggage travel separately from me?
With Bags VIP, your luggage travels on the same plane as you, instead of being shipped ahead. You get the peace of mind knowing your bags will be traveling with you, and will be delivered in a time frame you can plan around.

For answers to any and all of your questions about Bags VIP luggage delivery service, visit our FAQs page for a more detailed list of questions.

History of Luggage and Luggage Delivery

The history of luggage and luggage delivery is fascinating. From wooden chests to modern day luggage, we tell the story of luggage's evolution.

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Love it or hate it, luggage is an integral part of almost every vacation or trip you will take. Everyone has luggage, and everyone uses luggage, but most people don’t know anything about how luggage has changed over time or its history. We tend to think of luggage in terms of the sleek, wheeled, and lightweight cases we see today. However, luggage has been used for centuries, and was very different up until just a short time ago.

The history of luggage and luggage delivery is fascinating. From wooden chests to modern day luggage, we tell the story of luggage's evolution.

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According to The Oxford English Dictionary the word ‘luggage’ enters printed English in 1596. The word derives from lug (v.) “to drag” and literally means, “that which needs to be lugged about.” For most of history, luggage commonly came in the form of chests or trunks made of wood, ivory, or other heavy materials.

The history of luggage and luggage delivery is fascinating. From wooden chests to modern day luggage, we tell the story of luggage's evolution.

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Due to their bulk and weight, these chests and trunks would be shipped by professional movers. It was not until the end of World War II that smaller and more lightweight suitcases and bags that are carried on your person became the more popular and acceptable form of taking your possessions along on a trip.

While steamship travel in the past required luggage to be strong, waterproof and sturdy for journeys, bags and luggage needed to be quite the opposite for plane trips. Zips replaced clasps, suitcases were no longer required to be waterproof, and wheels and towing handles became more commonplace features in luggage design. Travelers now carry their own cases in transit – and the old fashioned porters have become a thing of the past.

With Bags VIP luggage delivery service, you get a proven service on which you can rely. Your luggage travels with you and there's no need to ship it ahead.While luggage has had many amazing transformations in the past, we saved the best improvement for last. In 2012, Bags launched its now nationally recognized and used Bags VIP luge delivery service to help travelers across the country Make Travel Easier. Bags VIP allows you to bypass baggage claim and begin making the most of your vacation or business trip right away, without the burden of luggage. Don’t live in the past, click here to book Bags VIP for your next business trip or vacation!

Making the most of your airport wait time

Most of us have been there – stuck between flights and in need of a way to pass the time at the airport. Nowadays most people turn to their mobile devices, but games and apps can use a lot of data and even more of your phone or tablet’s precious battery life. So here are some other options for making the most of your down time at the gate:

We offer ways you can spend your idle time at the airport better, courtesy of Bags® VIP Luggage Delivery Service.

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Catch up on current events: With all that’s going on in the world, there’s always time to get up to date on the goings on of the world outside of our daily bubbles. Find a TV showing the news or pick up a newspaper and learn what’s happening overseas, or even new developments around the country that you’ve missed.

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Train your brain: Puzzles and books are one of the easiest and most beneficial ways to waste your extra time waiting for a flight. Puzzle books like Sudoku or crosswords can help you eat up a lot of time, and bringing a few novels or magazines along is always a great way to distract yourself from the wait.

 

We offer ways you can spend your idle time at the airport better, courtesy of Bags® VIP Luggage Delivery Service.

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Bar Hop: Every airport has at least one or two places to grab a drink, and most have far more than that. Sit down, relax, and have a drink while you wait for your flight. Just always remember to drink responsibly. It’s a great way to loosen up for your flight and burn some down time. Try chatting with another patron – you never know who you may meet!

We offer ways you can spend your idle time at the airport better, courtesy of Bags® VIP Luggage Delivery Service.

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Catch up on sleep: Waiting for your flight is the perfect time to grab some z’s before you’re off. Whether it’s before an early morning flight or waiting for a connection, grabbing some shut eye during the wait will make you feel better when you’re finally at your destination.

 

 

If what you really want on your next trip is to save time, not waste it, we have a solution for that too. Bags®VIP luggage delivery service allows you to bypass baggage claim and begin making the most of your vacation or business trip right away, without the hassle of luggage.

Trust Us, We’ve Got Your Bags

With Bags VIP luggage delivery service, you get a proven service on which you can rely. Your luggage travels with you and there's no need to ship it ahead.We understand that trusting someone with your luggage is a big deal. You don’t want just anyone to be responsible for everything you need on your trip. That’s where we come in. With Bags VIP luggage delivery service, you get a proven service on which you can rely. Bags® travel partners, including major airlines, cruise lines and world-famous resorts, trust Bags to handle their customers’ luggage every day, more than 5 million bags each year! Below are a few facts that should assure you that you can walk confidently past baggage claim, trusting Bags VIP to retrieve and deliver your items, as promised. It is a responsibility we take seriously!

Your Luggage Travels with You
With Bags VIP, your luggage travels on the same plane as you, instead of being shipped ahead. You get the peace of mind knowing your bags will be traveling with you, and will be delivered in a time frame you can plan around.

With Bags VIP luggage delivery service, you get a proven service on which you can rely. Your luggage travels with you and there's no need to ship it ahead.Don’t Pack and Ship Days Ahead
Most luggage shipping services require your items to be picked up days in advance and specially packed. With Bags VIP, you don’t. As long as your items can be checked with the airlines, we will deliver it as is, including skis, golf clubs, and strollers.

Better Value than Shipping
Our pricing model is simple. We offer rates for one, two, or three to eight bags, starting at just $29.95. In a recent example, delivering a set of golf clubs through Bags VIP was 27 percent cheaper than delivering with a well-known luggage shipping company.*

Excellent Customer Service
Bags VIP agents strive to provide the best customer service in the industry. Our agents are cross trained in all aspects of the business, and with 24/7 customer service, we’re always just a call away.

*Example based on checking a set of golf clubs as a second checked bag with one of our major airline partners, then adding the standard Bags VIP delivery price for that one bag and comparing against the price posted on the luggage shipping company’s website.

How does Bags VIP luggage delivery work?

Reduce the likelihood that your bags will need to be searched and avoid delays or damage to your personal belongings. Or use Bags VIP luggage delivery services and skip the wait at baggage claim.

Bags VIP luggage delivery lets you skip baggage claim.

Traveling can be stressful enough without the extra hassle of luggage. At Bags®, we want to help you Make Travel Easier with our Bags VIP baggage delivery service. Bags VIP baggage delivery allows you to bypass baggage claim and begin making the most of your vacation or business trip right away, without the burden of luggage. And signing up for Bags VIP is quick and easy. Just follow these five steps:

1. Click on the “Book Now” button on MakeTravelEasier.com and complete your reservation at least one hour before your scheduled departure.

2. When you arrive at the airport from which you are departing, check in your luggage as usual and pay any baggage fees you owe the airlines. Airline baggage fees still apply to Bags VIP customers.

From traveling hassle-free to saving time to great customer service, our customers tell us why they love using our Bags VIP luggage delivery service.3. Enjoy your flight, knowing you won’t have to deal with your luggage again until it joins you at the delivery location you specified on the reservation form.

4. When you arrive at your destination airport, bypass baggage claim. A Bags VIP agent will retrieve your luggage and deliver it to your chosen destination, safely and securely.

5. Along the way, you will receive email updates about the progress of your delivery, and Bags VIP’s world-class customer service is always just a phone call or an email away.

It’s that simple! Just a few easy steps and you can be on your way to luggage free, hassle free travel. For more about Bags VIP or to book your Bags VIP baggage delivery service, go to our website and let us help you Make Travel Easier.

Tips for Traveling Light

We have all seen the old movies where travelers have towers of matching bags, trunks and cases with what must be their entire wardrobe along for a trip. However, in this day and age of baggage fees and weight limits on luggage, packing light for a trip is more important than ever. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you pack smart and light.

Keep our helpful and handy tips in mind next time you travel. Another great way to lose the hassle of luggage is to use Bags® VIP luggage delivery service.

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Make a list
If you don’t make a packing list, don’t be surprised when you wake up the morning of an important meeting and realize you left your belt at home. In her book How to Stay Healthy and Fit on the Road, travel guru Joanne V. Lichten advises compiling multiple lists — one for two-day business trips, another for a weeklong vacation and so on. Not only does a packing list help you remember what you need, it can also advise you on what you really don’t need to bring.

Pack a little detergent
Washing your own socks, shirts or underwear can really help save space. For the best results, try washing your stuff in the shower, rolling it into a towel, and then stomping up and down on it to squeeze out the excess water before you hang it to dry.

Repurpose
You can easily cut down on what you bring if you pack some items that can serve two or three purposes. Khakis can be used for casual wear or for dinner, and wrap dresses make excellent all-purpose travel garments for casual and dressier occasions.

Limit toiletries
When in doubt, smaller is better. Don’t waste space on full size bottles of toiletries. Rely on travel-sized containers and hotel toiletries during your trip. You can save space portioning out needed doses of medication and storing them in an inexpensive daily pill organizer.

Keep our helpful and handy tips in mind next time you travel. Another great way to lose the hassle of luggage is to use Bags® VIP luggage delivery service.

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Leave the shoes
Each pair of dress shoes adds 1.5 pounds of weight to your luggage, and that can add up fast. Try to limit yourself to two pairs of shoes, not including the ones you wear on the plane. For men, multipurpose brown dress shoes and a pair of running sneakers should be enough to handle most situations you will come across during your travels. Women should pack a pair of versatile, comfortable ballet flats.

Keep these tips in mind next time you travel to cut down on stress as well as fees at the airport. Another great way to lose the hassle of luggage is to use Bags® VIP luggage delivery service. With Bags, you can walk right past baggage claim and head to you destination, knowing your luggage is on its way. Visit maketraveleasier.com to book your order for your next vacation!

The Best Toddler Suitcases

Whether as a carry-on or for suitcase delivery to baggage claim upon your flight's arrival, these toddler friendly suitcases should make traveling with your little one easier.

Pottery Barn Kids’ Fairfax Luggage is chic enough for adults too.

I recently flew with my 18-month-old for the first time and it was an interesting experience. London loved speeding up on the runway and taking off, but then she was instantly bored once we reached cruising altitude. After exhausting all the books, toys, and squeezable applesauce packs I managed to bring, she sat on the floor and pulled everything out of our carry-on. And screamed. So…fun.

If I were a more organized mom, I would have packed one of these adorable kid-friendly bags.

Pottery Barn Kids Fairfax Luggage
Preppy stripes are always stylish. And this PB Kids suitcase is made with durable fabric that stands up to kid wear and tear. Roomy pockets, an easy-grip handle, wheels for fast transport and a spacious interior make packing and travel a snap. Plus, you can personalize it with a name or monogram. >> Get it here

Whether as a carry-on or for suitcase delivery to baggage claim upon your flight's arrival, these toddler friendly suitcases should make traveling with your little one easier.

The Govinci is a suitcase and art space in one.

Govinci Eva Hard Back Kids Backpack Trolley
This all-in-one suitcase doubles as a drawing table and mobile art display, and provides ample storage for on-the-go essentials. The telescopic handle makes moving through airport lines easy. >> Get it here

Whether as a carry-on or for suitcase delivery to baggage claim upon your flight's arrival, these toddler friendly suitcases should make traveling with your little one easier.

Kids can bring a favorite toy along for the ride with this suitcase from Cabin Max.

Cabin Max Bear Children’s Luggage Carry on Trolley Suitcase
While, sadly, the teddy bear is not included, your little one can tote a favorite stuffed animal or doll along for the ride. The bag also features an external side pocket and bottle holder. An internal pocket makes for easy organization. This water-resistant suitcase is available in a variety of bright, kid-friendly colors. >> Get it here

Trunki Suitcase
Keeping kids entertained at the airport is key to traveling happy. Trunki does the trick. This ride-along suitcase has a four-gallon capacity so packing clothes and toys is a breeze. Made from sturdy but lightweight plastic, kids can ride on their own or get pulled through the terminal by mom and dad. >> Get it here

Whether as a carry-on or for suitcase delivery to baggage claim upon your flight's arrival, these toddler friendly suitcases should make traveling with your little one easier.

Kids can ride on their Trunki, which makes airport waiting time easier on parents.

Skip Hop Zoo Luggage
Skip Hop’s Zoo collection features bright, modern designs that appeal to kids and parents. I’m partial to the dog, but the ladybug, bumblebee, monkey and owl are all cute. There’s a useful shoulder strap for carrying when your young traveler tires of wheeling the case. Plus they coordinate with Skip Hop backpacks, lunch bags, tableware and more. >> Get it here

Whether you use them as a carry-on or for suitcase delivery to baggage claim upon your flight’s arrival, these bags should make traveling with your little a little more enjoyable.

Whether as a carry-on or for suitcase delivery to baggage claim upon your flight's arrival, these toddler friendly suitcases should make traveling with your little one easier.

Skip Hop’s Zoo collection comes in an array of adorable options.