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Some Ways To Protect Your Film, and by Extension, Your Vacation Memories

After All, You Don't Want to Deprive Your Family of the Joy of Watching Your Vacation Slideshow, Complete With Thirty Pictures of Identical-Looking Cathedrals

1) All film is at risk, but high-speed film is the most susceptible to damage (as opposed to slow-moving films, like anything by Ingmar Bergman).

2) We don't recommend packing your film in your carry-on luggage. With stronger bomb detection devices, your film is now more likely to get fried. After all, you don't want your pho-tos to become pho-toast! [Oh, stop groaning. That was a really clever pun.]

3) Buy special carrying cases designed for protecting film. That's the easy part. The hard part is trying to remember where you stored the carrying cases before you travel. Try looking in the closet. No, not that closet, the one at the top of the stairs. You know, the one with all the old shoes in it that you're never going to wear again. Speaking of which, you live in Georgia, do you really need moon boots?

4) You can ask for a manual inspection in the United States and some foreign airports to avoid the x-rays if you place your film in your carry-on bag. This should not be confused with the annual inspection that your doctor performs. [For once, we decided to take the moral high road and not include a "Hernia Test" joke here.]

5) Walkthrough and hand wand security devices shouldn't affect your film. And, who knows? After an extensive manual pat-down by security personnel, you might even have made a new friend.

6) Your best bet is to buy the film after you arrive and develop it before you go. This may not be the cheapest route, but it is the best guarantee to keep your memories safe. (Sorry, no tips on taking good pictures that don't make you look like your Aunt Rose.)