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1. How do I choose the right luggage?

Choose your travel wear based on your destination, the duration and nature of your travel. For short duration travel, opt for a cabin baggage. This saves you the trouble of standing in check-in queues, or waiting for your baggage on arrival. Besides, by keeping everything to you – there is less chance of errors. If you are traveling for business – you could opt for a mobile office, which neatly secures your laptop along with other belongings. For longer duration travels – pick a bag that suits your requirement and your personal style. You could choose trendy, bright colored bags which can be identified with ease. If that's too radical for you, try out the easy identification luggage tags that are unique and stylish.

Airline restrictions are very particular with respect to excess baggage. When going on leisure trips or holidays choose a bag that is light – so that you can pack more and shop more! Most importantly, choose a bag you can trust. Whether it is the rough airport transfers, or your hotel rooms –ensure the safety of your valuables and other belongings.

2. Do I opt for an Upright or a Spinner?
Uprights are great if the bag is not filled with heavy items. They are easier to drag on uneven surfaces, than Spinners which are more suitable for plain surfaces. Spinners offer great ease of maneuvering, irrespective of the weight of items packed. They offer unparallel ease when you have multiple bags to carry – a handbag, a laptop bag etc.
3. How important are travel accessories?
Never undermine the need for good travel accessories. They offer great convenience while travelling. Travelling to the US would require you to carry a check-in bag with TSA. If you don't have one – purchase a separate TSA lock. Locks and luggage straps offer the added security to your belongings – so that you can travel care-free. Waist pouches and neck pouches are helpful in keeping cash, tickets and passports safe and inconspicuous. Comfort accessories like travel pillows are a must-have for any long haul journey. World wide travel adaptors also come in handy – especially if you are traveling for business.
4. Are there any restrictions on carry-on baggage/cabin baggage?
Most airlines allow you to carry only one piece of cabin baggage. Some may allow an additional small item like a camera, personal stereo, overcoat, handbag, laptop etc. Also, different airlines have their own size and weight restrictions for cabin baggage. You are advised to contact your airline for exact updated details, since they may be different for various airlines and may change from time to time.
5. What is covered under the Samsonite Worldwide Warranty?
The Samsonite Worldwide Warranty is applicable for any manufacturing or material defects. It does not cover any damages that may be caused due to the regular wear and tear and usage of the luggage. For more details on warranty, please refer the warranty card handed over to you with your luggage.
6. Is the Worldwide warranty applicable in a country different from where the bag was bought?
The Samsonite Worldwide Warranty is applicable across the globe in the countries mentioned in the warranty card, irrespective of the country of purchase.
7. How can the Worldwide Warranty be availed?
The user must produce either the warranty card or the purchase invoice as a proof of date of purchase, along with the defective piece to the nearest Samsonite Store/ authorized service centre. Samsonite reserves the right to repair or replace the piece as necessary.
8. If the bag is damaged by airline baggage handlers , can it be replaced?
The Samsonite Worldwide Warranty only covers the bag for manufacturing and/or material defects. Abuse and mishandling of the product are not covered under by the warranty. In case of such an event, please take it up with the airlines immediately. However, in case of any accidental damage to the bag – Samsonite would be more than willing to do the possible repairs at minimal cost.
9. Who decides if the Warranty is applicable?
Samsonite's service and repair executives are adequately trained to evaluate if the warranty is applicable.
10. How long does the repair/replacement take?
The manufacturer's liability for damages is restricted to the repair/replacement of the defective piece. The liability under the warranty shall in no event and under no circumstances exceed the price paid by the customer to the company for the goods stated in the invoice.
11. What is the maximum liability to the company?
The manufacturer's liability for damages is restricted to the repair/replacement of the defective piece. The liability under the warranty shall in no event and under no circumstances exceed the price paid by the customer to the company for the goods stated in the invoice.
12. Can the bag be repaired even after the warranty period has lapsed?
Yes. Contact your nearest Service centre and we will repair your Samsonite bag at a reasonable price.
ARRIVING TIPS

A trip would of course rejuvenate you. But, being well prepared while on a vacation is the best way to thoroughly enjoy it. Imagine, you visit a place for the first time, but no clue of how to proceed further upon arrival. No one would like to go through such an unpleasant experience.

Reaching a tourist destination spot can be by airways, sea route, or via a train, but doing a little bit of research about the place would mean a lot. There is aplenty of online travel guides to provide travelers with required tourist information. If you have a rough sketch of the airport or railway station you arrive to, you will be able to fairly manage the commutation in the city. Like to make it even simper? Then go for airport limousine or book a hotel that offers pick up facility. Opting taxi for this purpose wouldn't be a wise decision, especially when you are unfamiliar with the place.

Wherever you go, it is worth carrying a travel map. A destination guide book will also be a good companion. If you feel that assistance is a must to go further, just check with any of the airline staff. In many airports, the concerned place's tourism department have assistance booth to guide people on arrival.

Incidents, especially repulsive kinds, are unexpected, and hence being attentive at akk tunes can avoid worsening a situation. So, during vacation, make sure that your belongings like cash, cards, and documents are secured and kept out of scandalous reach.

You cannot just be running around the airport to withdraw money. Before you head off for the trip, have some amount of money converted to the local currency. Keep a small amount of cash at an easy-to-reach place, so that you do not have to open your wallet every time you need to make a payment. This way, you can protect the large sum of earnings from getting lost.


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AT THE HOTEL

Hotels, especially those of four and five stars category are usually safe; providing you with an electronic safe in the room and over at the reception area. Security guards and cameras are always operating 24/7 to ensure that all security measures is being taken. However, things do occasionally disappear, sometimes without the owner ever knowing that they have gone. So here are a few tips to avoid your valued possessions from taking a walk:

If the hotel has an in-room safe, use it and keep all your valuables in there. However, if the safe is electronic, wipe the touch keys with a damp cloth first before operating it, and then dry it before entering your secret code. Try to do this every time when you use the safe.

Also, after you have keyed in your code and closed the door firmly to lock on the safe, press all the other keys that do not make up your code. Doing this may set off a small alarm from the safe but it stops quickly and no one will pay any attention.

The reason to do this is because certain hotels have caught their own hotel staff placing a light oil residue or powder onto the touch keys. This enables them to see which keys are being pressed, using a torchlight to see the surface. They managed to open the safe, and one very clever thief took only 1 or 2 US$ from each room. Would you have noticed? It is not a lot, but in a 400 or 500-room hotel, the guy was doing quite well for himself.

Never leave valuables in soft/material bags with pockets even if they are padlocked like Alcatraz. Never get drunk and invite a stranger to your room. This seems funny, indeed, but better be safe than sorry.


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HEALTH TIPS

How can I protect my health when I travel?

If you have any food allergies, keep in mind the names of those foods in the languages used in the countries that you'll be visiting. This way you'll be better equipped to stay on the look out for them.

Find out what types of diseases are common to the area you'll be visiting and take actions to prevent your exposure to those diseases. Find out what types of vaccinations you will need to enter the country, there may also be medications you'll need to take before, during and even after your trip. Get your vaccinations early in case you have a reaction and need some recovery time.

You should consider a dental appointment if you haven't had a check up in a while.

Be careful what you eat and drink. Carry complete health information with you on your trip.


Where can I find information that will help keep me healthy while traveling?

http://www.moh.gov.sg/content/moh_web/home.html - The Ministry of Health Singapore provides updated information of local and international health updates.

www.cdc.gov/travel/ - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel Information web page. This site contains updated information and articles on diseases. It also includes guidelines for travel to areas that have suffered a recent natural disaster. The most valuable section of the site is the destinations section. This area of the site contains detailed specific information on diseases common to particular regions of the world, along with the recommended precautions and vaccines advised to avoid those diseases.

www.who.int/ith/ - The World Health Organization's Geographical distribution of potential health hazards to travelers web page. This site contains information, divided by regions of the globe, on potential health hazards for travelers within that region.


How can I protect myself while traveling abroad?

When you are traveling abroad, don't forget that drinking another country's water can be dangerous. Stick with bottled or boiled water and carbonated soft drinks. Wipe the tops of cans before you drink; otherwise, bring some straws to use for drinking. Avoid raw foods, as the risk of contamination is high.


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MONEY TIPS

What credit cards do I need to take with me?

Take your major credit cards, such as, Visa, Master Card and American Express. Make sure they are really credit cards and not just debit cards with a credit card company's logo on them. Many locations require a credit card and will not accept a debit card, so they may have limited use on your travel. Leave all your local store credit cards in a secure location at home; there will be no need to carry them with you.


Why should I contact my credit card companies before I leave?

You may want to notify them of your trip as they might delay your transaction if they are unaware that you are out of the country. The unfamiliar spending patterns might cause them to suspect that the card is being used fraudulently and delay your approvals.


How can my credit card company help prepare me for my trip?

You can arrange to pay bills that will come due at your own convenience while you are gone. They are aware that you will be making charges from another country. They will be able to give you an idea of how acceptable their credit card is in that particular country. They can verify acceptance at certain foreign locations. They'll be able to see if your PIN number will work in the countries you are visiting. They can also issue you another PIN number if your current PIN is unacceptable to the foreign bank's system. They can explain cash advance, ATM, foreign purchase and foreign exchange rate policies and fees. They may need to give you another phone number to call in case you need to reach them. The number listed on the back of your card may not work from foreign locations. You can find out if they charge a currency conversion fee, so you can find the most economical card on which to place your foreign purchases.


What should I know about using travelers checks?

Whether the particular brand of traveler's checks is accepted in the country you'll be visiting.
How widely they are accepted within the countries you'll be visiting.
Any fees for purchasing and using the travelers checks.
The travelers check company's loss, replacement and refund policies.


How can I protect my travelers checks while traveling?
Take the same precautions you would to protect your cash. Be sure to learn and follow the procedures required if you lose your travelers checks. You'll also need to make copies of your traveler's checks before you go and keep them separate from the following information:

The serial numbers of the travelers checks.
The denomination of the travelers checks.
The date and location of their purchase.
The phone number to call to report when you lose the check.


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SAFETY TIPS

How can I protect my safety while traveling abroad?

Do relevant researches in order to know the particular risks abroad. Read up on the local news through internet in order to keep updated on the current situation. Register your whereabouts with the Singapore Embassy if you are staying longer than two weeks or visiting a particularly dangerous area. Be careful when choosing your hotel and transportation providers. Leave the valuables in the hotel's safe. Don't draw attention to yourself, avoid wearing flashy jewelry and don't display large amounts of cash. Carry only enough cash to make it through the day and leave the rest in the hotel's safe.

Avoid traveling alone. Be careful about sharing your traveling plans with strangers. Stick to the main roads and avoid taking shortcuts down narrow alleys and/or poorly lit streets. Stay alert and always be aware of what is going on around you. Only use taxis, tours and other transportation services with official markings. Only select transportation from official pickup points at transportation hubs.

Be very careful if you are asked to sell or part with your personal items. Many countries have restrictions on items that foreigners can sell or give away as you can get into serious trouble for violating those laws. Never accept gifts or packages from unknown parties. Don't accept items from locals to carry out of the country and deliver or mail to someone they know. Approach any "special deals" with caution, especially if you have to go off the beaten path to get them. Know the laws about exchanging money. Only use official exchange facilities since this is another area that can get you into trouble fast.


Where can I find information on travel notices ?

http://www.mfa.gov.sg/ - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore. This site contains detailed information on foreign countries' entry requirements, safety, crime, medical facilities, traffic and aviation safety, customs, criminal penalties, and special issue information. It also includes contact information and web links to foreign Embassies and Consulate offices.

Singaporeans in distress overseas can seek consular assistance during and after regular office hours. However, please note that the nearest Singapore Mission at your destination may not necessarily be accredited to the country you are in. If there is no Singapore Mission nearby, you may wish to call the MFA Duty Officer in Singapore at (65) 6379-8800.


How can I avoid being the victim of a pickpocket?

Don't travel in narrow alleys or poorly lit streets.
When possible, avoid having crowds of people surrounding you.
Carry a dummy wallet and put your money in your front pocket.
Place a rubber band around your wallet, it will make it much more difficult to remove from your pocket without your knowledge.
Place your money under your clothes.


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HOW TO BEAT JET LAG

Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, the further your trip the more chance you stand of being caught out by jet lag. Some are lucky and never seem to be affected. However, for some, jet lag can be quite severe and something that we really would prefer to avoid.

Some people say that it actually takes the body one day per time zone that we cross to fully recover! That is great as I calculate that I am now on a 12 hour flight that crosses 6 time zones all for a 6 day trip! So my body will have just recovered by the time I am boarding my return journey! This is why it is so important to actually minimize the effects jet lag has on us, after all if you are traveling on business you need to arrive fresh and ready for the heavy schedule. If you are on vacation, well, you deserve every minute you can get. Here, we will look at a few ideas, which should help to ease the strain.

With increased air traffic, a lot of airlines especially on their long haul services have actually introduced twice daily flights. One which normally departs in the evening and another the daytime. It very much depends on which direction you are traveling to, and whether you are an active flyer or a 'wake me up when we land' sort.

This means with the daytime service you have 13 hours or so to fill, sleeping is not really advisable as you will need to do that when you arrive in London in the evening. As we all know airline movies can be good but the chances are, if you travel frequently, or watch movies a lot, then you may have already seen most of them. You can work of course, but does the airline you are flying with have laptop electric supplies? Otherwise you may be restricted to a couple of hours or so of usage. This is where the initial problem lies, because if you do fall asleep then chances are, you will find it difficult to get to sleep when you reach the destination. This would then worsen the jet lag effect and possibly ruin the next day for you, due to fatigue.

The opposite is of course true for the evening service, you can sleep as you are aided by the fact that your body clock is saying that you should. Then when you awake you will hopefully be refreshed and ready to work after a nice hot shower.

Today, airlines are going out of their way to ensure that you have a comfortable flight, and that you arrive as fresh as possible, at the other end. The leading airlines offer a total bed experience, which is where the seat will go all the way back flat, duvets, and pillows are offered, plus pajamas etc. This is now par for the course in First Class with Singapore Airlines and British Airways being among the first to offer it.

Firstly, avoid alcohol in flight, with the pressurized air in the cabin your body dehydrates substantially, and alcohol affects the body clock by not giving you a full and refreshing sleep. In fact, try to drink as much water as possible. Just ask the steward(ess) for a large bottle and keep it by your seat so you can take sips whenever you want. Drinking a lot of water will also help in other ways. It is highly recommended to move around when in-flight, walk up and down the plane, do dome stretching exercises, to keep the blood circulating, and stop the joints from stiffening. While seated, swirl your ankles around from time to time.

Again, depending on which direction you are traveling to, whether East or West, and how much sleep you require. You should set your watch to the local time of your destination as you board, and sleep according to that. This helps your body to start the change in its body clock, which is important when combating jet lag.

When you do arrive at your destination, and it is day time, try not to go to sleep, no matter how tired you are. Instead, try to go outdoors and into the sunshine if possible, this helps to alter your body clock. One of the first hotels to offer a jet lag service was the Okura Hotel in Tokyo. They would offer the guests, a special bright light in their rooms, special food designed to help the body clock, massages and a whole load of other things, all so that you could be refreshed and ready to go as soon as possible.

If you can't resist and your eyelids are drooping and you feel more and more tired, then set your alarm for four hours time, have a very hot bath, and then jump into bed.


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THE SAVVY TRAVELER

To beat jetlag, book an overnight flight or one that arrives in the evening when traveling. As you will be able to either catch your sleep on the flight or as soon as you get in to your destination.

To prevent the swelling of feet on long flights, walk in the aisle at intervals and try not to take off your shoes. Refrain from drinking alcohol on flight as it causes dehydration. Instead, opt for mineral water.

When making flight reservation, remember to request for special meals if you have any food restrictions. After September 11, airlines follow very strict security procedures. So make sure you reach the airport for check in well before departure time. It is best to check with the respective airlines reagarding how much in advance you should arrive at the airport before flight.

If your baggage does not arrive on the same flight as you, fill out a Property Irregularity Report (PIR), with a description of the baggage, a list of contents and address to which it should be forwarded. If your baggage does not arrive at all, place a claim with the airline within 21 days.

Overbooking is a fact of life in the airline industry. If you are not in a particular hurry to get to your destination then volunteer to give your seat up and take the next flight. The airline will provide you a hotel room and other frills, so you can end up having an extended vacation at the airlines expense!
Do not accept any package from a stranger.

For a smooth ride on a plane, choose the seats located near the wings as if the plane hits an air pocket, this is where you will get the least amount of bumps.

If you are prone to motion sickness, take an anti sickness pill before the flight. The pill won't help much, if you have it after you have started feeling sick!
Abide by the list of items prohibited on board and carry most items like skis/cues/walking canes/sticks/Swiss knives in checked in baggage - this smoothens the check-in process plus avoids the risk of confiscation and unnecessary delays.

Report any unattended items in the airport or aircraft to the nearest airport or airline personnel.

Keep track of the weather at your destination and be prepared, especially if you are going to a hurricane prone area.

Make your hotel reservations in advance, especially if you are visiting a place in peak season. You don't want to be caught without a roof over your head!

Negotiating room tariffs over the phone? Call the hotel twice to confirm the rates. Note down the name of the person you have talked to and request a written/faxed confirmation. This way you can be sure that you will not be wrongly billed by the hotel. Don't depend solely on the hotel's alarm service. Carry your own little alarm clock to catch an early morning flight or that pre-dawn sightseeing trip. When you check into your hotel, ask the reception to give you a card with the hotel's name address and telephone number. This will come in handy if you get lost or forget the name of your hotel. Check whether your hotel has a hair-dryer, iron, coffee percolator, etc, to avoid carrying these gadgets and also making it easy to skip the 110/220 conversion problem when travelling to foreign countries. Most hotels frown on guests doing their own laundry in the bathrooms, but if you do need to wash some smalls, carry a length of nylon twine to improvise a clothesline.


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