Donâ€™t check in your bag at the airport, says Jake, but carry it on wherever possible: avoid checking bags at all costs, he stresses.
Sound advice these days especially when some airlines are beginning to charge you for checking bags, especially within the USA.
Jakeâ€™s tip on taking a small laptop bag for things you want easy access to during a flight, and which you can easily slide under your seat, is a good one. Iâ€™ll apply that on my next trip.
Thereâ€™s one tip Iâ€™d add to Jakeâ€™s list â€“ when youâ€™re travelling to foreign countries, take an extension lead or power strip instead of multiple plug adapters.
If you travel internationally, you know that one of the banes of such travel is the different standards that apply in different countries regarding the power outlet in the wall and what type of plug it will take.
No doubt youâ€™ll have some or all of these things that require electrical power â€“ laptop computer, mobile device charger, iPod charger, portable speakers, maybe an AirPort Express, a PSP or other gaming device, video camera, etc.
And no doubt youâ€™ll need to plug two or more of these gizmos into a power outlet at the same time. So you need to carry two or more plug adapters.
Not if you take just one plug adapter and an extension like the one pictured, a funky-looking thing from Ikea which cost me less than Â£6 for a twin-pack a couple of years ago. Of course, this oneâ€™s for British plugs; Iâ€™m pretty sure an Ikea store in your country will have the equivalent for the plugs you use.
Since then, the last thing I need to worry about is plugging things in when I get to my destination hotel.