- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Packing advice is available on a number of Web sites, especially from companies pitching products for the travel market.

mTravelSmith(www.travelsmith.com) mentions items of use for various types of travel, such as walking tours, cruises, etc. It also has valuable reminders under Travel Resources. The recommendations for apparel, under Packing Lists, refer mainly to items available for purchase from TravelSmith’s seasonal catalogs.

• TravelGoods, a magazine for the Travel Goods Association (www.travelgoods.org), showcases trends in the field and gives some general guidelines as well as detailed size and weight restrictions for some of the better-known U.S. airlines. The current issue features a story on “indispensable” accessories for travelers.

• The subscription newsletter TravelSmart (www.travelsmartnewsletter.com) offers a one-time-only free copy that occasionally contains a few words of packing wisdom among the travel deals and discounts that are its bread and butter. Of special value are warnings such as never to pack unprocessed film in checked luggage.

• ExOfficio (www.exofficio.com), an apparel manufacturer, has up-to-date ideas on kinds of clothing especially useful in high-performance activities. Products are listed under icons that signify “insect repellent,” “moisture wicking,” etc.

• The Container Store (www.containerstore.com) invites viewers to shop by category, one of which is Travel. The page then breaks down into several other categories by need. Under Auto Travel, it advertises its “modular hauler system” to separate items by function; different colors are available for family members traveling together.

— Ann Geracimos

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