*When at all possible, FLY DIRECT - less chance of your luggage getting lost and of course a lot faster.
*If checking bags, ALWAYS bring a spare change of clothes (or two) in your carry-on in case your luggage gets lost. You will thank me for this hint one day!
*Bring all valuables (jewelry, MEDICINE, etc.) in your carry on - if your luggage gets lost you will be in trouble if you don't have your prescription!
*Pack lightly!!!! To avoid over packing, check with your accommodation to see if they have a hairdryer, iron, shampoo, soap, etc. Ladies, do you really need 8 pairs of shoes???
*If you have allergies/sinus problems, don't forget medicine/spray for the plane since the air pressure when descending can be very painful.
*Check the weather forecast of the country to which you are traveling on weather.com prior to leaving. Also, bring a light jacket and a small umbrella.
**Make sure to bring complete addresses and phone numbers of the place(s) you are staying so in case your luggage gets lost you can provide the driver who is delivering your luggage to you with the correct information.
Did I happen to mention that my luggage has been lost in the past??