The Packing List #31 – October 30, 2016 – Ghoul-Free Travel

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Hello! Are you all spooked out and stuffed with candy? If you’re in North America, probably! It’s Hallowe’en tomorrow, which means it’s the season for jack o’ lanterns, little chocolate bars, and finding a costume that will fit over a snowsuit. Ask anyone who grew up in Canada about that last one. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!

Travel news you can use

Nifty finds

  • Depending on the airline, if it has wifi at all, it’s a pain. And expensive. And spotty. This post cracks the code on in-flight wifi if you have a bit of tech savvy, or an iPhone. Bookmark this along with the link I shared a couple of weeks ago that unlocks airport wifi passwords around the world.
  • I spent a super spooky Hallowe’en in Salem, Massachusetts in 1998, and highly recommend their sometimes kitschy, sometimes scary brand of “witch tourism.”
  • Could you travel like Anthony Bourdain? My favourite thing on this list is reading fiction set in the place you’re going. It gives a unique spin on sense of place and you may even recognize some of the places (or, if you’re lucky, the people) described in a book.
  • Exciting news if you want to explore the streets of Havana, but have run out of vacation time. A Swedish company is working with Habaneros and Habaneras to make a Street View-style map of the city.
  • According to recently-published research, some cold-hearted monsters have had it with some airlines’ flashy or funny safety videos. Air travel is a grotesque social experiment I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemies these days. Often, the safety video is often the only joy to be had until arrival. In summary: stuff it, whiners.

Planning for your next trip

Packing lists and tips

  • Traveling with jewelry presents some unique packing challenges so here are some unique solutions. I’ve used the saran wrap method for necklaces with great success – straws, less so.
  • I talked about solid toiletries last week, one of the best ways to stick it to The Man who wants to crimp your packing style. Here are even more options to beat liquid carry-on limits.
  • I have an overnight business trip coming up that will find me in a few different airports and meetings with strangers, which is different sort of travel than what I do these days. I couldn’t find a packing list for this predicament, so I guess I’ll make one. Stay tuned!

Zipping the suitcase

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