Travel FAQs

Please take a moment to scan through some of the questions that travelers have asked us in the past. If you don't find the question that you may have, then please feel free to e-mail us. We will be more than happy to respond. Thank You.

  1. How can I be sure an Airline will let me Carry-on a particular piece of luggage?
    Carry-on restrictions vary from airline to airline, many with new regulations recently. We suggest that you look for your airlines policy on its web site. Following is a list of major airlines with specific carry-on limits: ( Our Carry Ons )
    American9" x 13" x 23"
    Continental45 linear inches
    Delta9" x 14" x 22"
    Northwest9" x 14" x 22"
    Southwest10" x 16" x 24"
    TWA10" x 16" x 24"
    United9" x 14" x 22"
    US AIR10" x 16" x 24"(overhead)
    US AIR8" x 16" x 21" (under seat)
  2. Is there a way to reduce wrinkling your clothing when you pack?
    There is no way to guarantee a completely wrinkle-free arrival. But there are a few tricks that will greatly reduce the risk. The best method is to separate clothes with plastic dry cleaning bags. The plastic traps air around the garment, eliminating wrinkle-producing friction between garments. Tissue paper between folded clothes also works well. Another important rule is to pack the right amount of clothing; wrinkles occur with both under packing and over stuffing your suitcase.
  3. What is Ballistic Nylon?
    Originally developed for use in bulletproof vests, genuine American-made 1050 denier nylon is one of the toughest fabrics in the world. While some luggage manufacturers have tried to imitate this fabric, the American-made Allied Signal Fibers Tru-Ballistic 1050 denier fabric meets U.S. Military Specification #MIL-C-12369F-GL. Always know what you are buying!
  4. What is the definition of "Denier" in Ballistic Nylon?
    "Denier" refers to the weight, NOT the strength of an individual fiber that goes into making a fabric. Therefor, a higher denier count does not indicate a stronger fabric, it just means a heavier fabric. Strength and abrasion resistance are achieved through molecular manipulation, or how a fabric is stretched, spun, or woven. These characteristics are measured through tenacity (strength per denier), breaking strength (tenacity x denier) and toughness. Laboratory tests prove that the Tru-Ballistic 1050 denier fabric is the strongest and most durable fabric for its denier weight level.
  5. What is the best way to clean Ballistic Nylon?
    Dirt and dust can be easily cleaned off with a soft, damp cloth. Adhesive lint brushes work well also. If you have a really tough stain, just give us a call. We will be more than happy to advise you in the best way to clean certain stains.
  6. General rules for European gift giving?
    • Always have flowers sent before arriving at someone's home for dinner.
    • Avoid red roses and white flowers, even numbers and the number 13. Don't wrap the flowers in paper.
    • Do not bring perfume to a woman in Europe unless she or her husband has requested that you purchase a certain type for her.
    • Silver items are appropriate gifts if you are hosted at a German home for a few days.
    • Fancy chocolates and special liquors are usually appreciated.
    • Do not risk the impression of bribery by spending too much on a gift.
    • Gifts for children are especially appropriate.
    • Gifts should be simply wrapped.
    • Avoid logo gifts, unless they are unique.
    • Porcelain gifts are often appreciated in Europe. However, home decorations are risky unless you know the decor preferences of the recipient very well.
    • Gifts of historic or intellectual appeal are especially appropriate in Europe.
  7. General rules for Japanese gift giving?
    • Do not out-gift the Japanese. Gift giving is more their custom than ours. Allow the Japanese to derive satisfaction from his giving and avoid obligating him by giving a more expensive gift.
    • Present the gift when the recipient is alone, unless you have gifts for everyone present.
    • Consumable gifts and small conversation pieces are usually appreciated. These include liquor, candy, cakes and books.
    • In general, the Japanese do not care for bourbon. Scotch is preferred.
    • Always bring a gift when visiting a home.
    • Wrap non-logo gift. Avoid bold colors, dark gray, black and black and white combinations. The black and white gift-wrapping combination is reserved for funerals.
    • Do not open a gift in front of a Japanese counterpart unless you ask if he would like you to do so. If he does not open your gift, then your option is clearly to do likewise.
    • The latest in American toys are usually appreciated by Japanese children.
    • Avoid ribbon and bows as part of gift wrapping. Bows as we know them are considered unattractive. Rice paper for wrapping signifies good taste.
    • The color red is appreciated. Red traditionally is associated with healing and good health.
    • Do not offer a gift depiction a fox or badger. The fox is a symbol or fertility, and the badger, cunning.
    • Brand name items are appreciated in Japan.
    • Let your Japanese counterpart initiate the gift-exchange unless he is visiting you or your gift is a reciprocation.
    • Your return gift need not reflect 100% reciprocity. Thoughtfulness is more important.
  8. How do I prevent motel crime?
    • Don't be afraid to say "no" to a room if its not located in a safe spot.
    • The clerk should not announce your room number or directions publicly so strangers can hear and follow you. Have the clerk write it down instead.
    • If you feel unsafe, ask the clerk to walk you to your room.
    • Ask what time any outside doors to the building close.
    • Ask if any crimes have been committed in the motel recently.
  9. How can I use my North American 110-120 Volt appliances while overseas?
    North American appliances operate on 110-120 volts AC (Alternating Current). Most of the world, however, operates on 220-240 volts AC. In order to use your appliance overseas, you need to convert foreign 220-240 volt electricity to match the voltage requirement of your 110-120 volt appliance. Failure to do so will destroy your appliance. A Voltage Converter is used for this purpose. We carry a wide range of Voltage Converters, able to satisfy any requirement that you may have. Make sure to read " How to find voltage and wattage ratings"
  10. How do I find voltage and wattage ratings for my appliance?
    To determine the correct model voltage converter for your appliance, you must know the input voltage, wattage requirements, and appliance type: electronic, motorized, or heating. You can find this information on the manufacturer's label on the back or bottom of the appliance or in the specifications section of the owner's manual. An example would be, 120V (120 volts), 60W (60 wattage), and .5A ( 5 amperage). If only the input voltage and amperage ratings are shown, then to determine the wattage, simply multiply the input voltage by the amperage rating. 120 x 0.5 = 60.
  11. How do I know if I have a dual voltage appliance?
    Dual voltage appliances will have a selector switch and will show input voltage as 110-120/220-240V AC. Multi-voltage appliances will not have a selector switch and will show input voltage as 100-240VAC. A voltage converter is not needed if you have an appliance of this type.
  12. What type of converter should I buy? ( Solid State vs Transformer)
    Transformer type voltage converters can be used with any electrical appliance that meets the transformer's wattage rating requirement. Transformers can either increase (step up) or decrease (step down) voltage. Solid State type voltage converters can be used only with non-electronic heating appliances. Solid State converters can only decrease (step down) voltage.
  13. What type of converters do we sell?
    We sell both Solid State and Transformer type converters. All of our converters have " Overload Protection Circuit " features. There are no fuses to replace with this patented circuitry. If an overload condition occurs your converter will automatically shut off, protecting the converter and your appliance! To restart, simply unplug the converter and allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes.
  14. How are foreign electrical outlets different from ours?
    It is very important to know that foreign electrical outlets around the world differ in shape, size, number, and arrangement of plug holes. Our selection of adapter plugs will allow voltage converters, heavy duty transformers, and dual voltage appliances to fit the electrical outlets found worldwide. Adapter plugs DO NOT convert electricity, they simply modify foreign outlets. All of our converters, adapter plugs, and heavy duty transformers will accept "polarized" plugs. A "polarized" plug is found on many North American appliances where one blade of the plug is wider than the other.
  15. Click here for Luggage Limits - Airline Baggage Allowance Policies
  16. Looking for seat maps of every airline flight?
    www.seatguru.com

    Fellow Traveler's -

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    When you enter your Airline & Flight Number , the site brings up an exact model of the plane you have booked. It clearly highlights what are the best seats and tells why. Moving the curser over a specific seat will tell you if it has TV, Power, degree of leg room, under seat storage, and also tells you which seats are the worst because of nearness to Restrooms, the Galley, etc. All seats are color coded by desirability.

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Please Note:If you could not find an answer to your question in the information above, please e-mail us the question and we will respond promptly.

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