In today’s post 9/11 world of travel you would think the obvious would be…well, obvious. But the number of confiscated items at any gate in the country would astound you.

While people know that guns or knives are strictly forbidden, the numbers of people who store large nail files, or full size scissors in their cosmetic kits are legion…and these items continue to pile up in the security bins of every airport until they are finally turned over to a charity.

Whether you think it’s only an innocent utensil which couldn’t cause terror in a fly, don’t bother wasting your time fighting for it, for your own sake and the frustration of the people lined up behind you.

What about those things you should consider carrying on but seldom do?

Airlines report that almost two bags out of every hundred get lost in transit, often wondering the dark worlds of storage centers and airline holds for days.

Sooner or later some airline is going to misplace your luggage, so what can you do to help yourself.

Firstly, and most seriously, always carry all your important medications with on the aircraft. You may not be able to easily refill a prescription in a foreign country as easily as you can at home.

It is also a good idea to take a lightweight change of clothing with you in your carry on. If your baggage disappears, you have at least a day’s grace as ‘they’ sort out what happened to it.

Whenever you are traveling with a spouse or friend each of whom is checking in a separate bag, it is a good planning to each pack half of the others clothing and accessories. By co-mingling your travel wear in this manner in a pinch you might be able to get yourselves through a good portion of the vacation as the search and rescue mission is continued by the airlines.

Traveller’s cheques, jewelry, valuables, and especially that extra wad of foreign currency you picked up before leaving, should not be left in baggage just waiting for crimes of opportunity. Not every country is as successful in picking out bad weeds from their baggage handling department.

And finally use as light a carry on as possible as its weight is taken into account in your total baggage allotment.