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Lower airfares, a strong U.S. dollar, lower gas prices, and increased consumer confidence have spurred record travel this summer. The Automobile Club of Southern California’s Alhambra branch assists vacationers with many details of their trip: research and planning, passport photos, international driving permits, itineraries, booking, and travel insurance. And for those who don’t want to be burdened with extra weight on the go, Auto Club travel agents recommend the “carry-on strategy.”
“This strategy does require some planning ahead,” said Jacqueline Garcia, manager of the Auto Club’s Alhambra branch. But benefits include ease of movement between stops, reduced or eliminated baggage fees, and easier luggage storage in tight spaces.
Veteran travelers Elizabeth Harryman and Paul Lasley, who write the TravelSmart column for Westways magazine, have several tips to ensure vacationers can fit everything they need in carry-on suitcases, even on a long trip:
Traveling with carry-on luggage doesn’t have to mean skimping on comfort while on the plane. Harryman and Lasley pack an “in-flight bag” they pull out of their carry-on before stowing it that contains sleep masks, earplugs, cell phone or electronic music player and earbuds, mini flashlight, and antiseptic wipes.
They also recommend bringing:
The Auto Club’s Alhambra branch staff of travel agents is available to assist both members and non-members with planning their next vacations. Visit the branch any time at 401 E. Main St., or phone ahead for a travel appointment at 626-289-4491.