The Packing List #34 – November 20, 2016 – Decoy Glitter Wallets to Foil Pickpockets

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Hello! A very reliable source told me winter is coming in the Northern hemisphere, so it’s time to dig out layers and plan trips somewhere warmer for February. I never do this and always regret it.

In blog news, I’m finally getting caught up and posted something new about buying craft beer in Iceland, as well as new sections organized specifically for Camino de Santiago planning, travel in Haiti, and craft beer travel. Check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!

Travel news you can use

Nifty finds

  • Going to Barcelona, a renowned pickpocketing destination? May I suggest making a decoy glitter wallet. Once it’s lifted from your pocket, unsuspecting pickpockets will be treated to shower of glitter. GLITTER.
  • Not to belabour the point, but if everyone used decoy glitter wallets, pickpocketing could be cured.
  • Aer Lingus and Air New Zealand are having a very delightful rugby-fueled Twitter war.
  • Mapping the world’s national tourism slogans.
  • Another very old piece of art has been destroyed by an idiot attempting to take a selfie with it, this time in Portugal. This story has everything: obliviousness, people being the worst, and a lack of museum security fueling the problem.
  • Instagram influencers are ruining travel and I tend to agree. Staging “moments” and wistful looks over the shoulder are so ubiquitous and UGH.
    • In a second story that proves my point, one travel blogger and Instagrammer has accused another one of copying her travel instas because all of these people are ridiculous and seem oblivious to the fact that the “art” they’re fighting over can be easily replicated by literally anyone with money and a passport.

With US Thanksgiving travel rapidly approaching, James Corden and Eddie Redmayne provide a timely reminder about packing properly for the trip through TSA screening.

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Zipping the suitcase

To my American friends, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of problem-free travel! Tell me what you think about the newsletter by sending a message directly to Find out more about where I travel on See you next week!

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