jsp wrote:Here's an idea for you: anytime I travel, I always pack things in ziplock bags before putting in suitcase - helps keep things together and easy to find - and keeps any inspectors mits off my duds should bag be opened for inspection along the way -- so any possible running dye wouldn't be an issue then either.... if you're seriously concerned about that...
ZIPLOCKS? Amateur! ;-) Ziplocks are for your 3oz bottles in your carryon, and maybe your bathing suit or your smelliest sneakers. For everthing else, there's Masterc--- oh, I mean, Pack-its!
Invest in a few Eagle Creek Pack-It folders and cubes/tubes. Suddenly, you find out exactly how much can *REALLY* fit in your luggage, there's less wear and tear on the bag's zippers because it's not crammed full, and your stuff doesn't come out all wrinkled when you get to your destination. You, too, can play mall retail clerk, because the pack-it folders contain a flexible plastic rectangle around which you fold your clothes so that they all end up the same size. I'm always packing at the last minute, and this is really the fastest way to do it.
As someone else mentioned, sorting the stuff in your luggage makes for reduced "paw-age" should your bag be selected for review at the airport. (If yours contains the mishmash of chargers that usually accompanies a travelling wooter, the odds are in favor of this occurring.) I suspect every time they open my bag, take out a stack of pack-it folders containing clothing, take out a pack-it cube containing all my adapters and chargers, take out the shoes randomly here and there between all the pack-its, shrug, and put it all back, without disrupting the folded clothes. As an added plus -- pack-its help protect the stuff in your luggage JUST IN CASE there's a tear or zipper issue, etc.
I have red Victorinox luggage that cost far more than today's Woot, and wouldn'tcha know it, within ONE FLIGHT, the red was already scuffed up with big black marks. (PAAAaaaAAaaaanCAAAAAKES!? Did they drag it along the tarmac behind the baggage cart to get it that worn out looking?) So particularly if you're of the "any color but black" persuasion, and tend to like red, I'd recommend less expensive bags like these. If the red are still available in the morning when I'm more awake, I'll probably spring for a set.