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Hello! A hectic week has me thinking travel and packing. I’m 100% ready to get it away from it all, where shall we go? Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- A drug smuggler almost passed as a pilot and would have gotten away with it, too, except he didn’t.
- In Canada, major news outlets cover travel as a bunch of grievances and how-dare-they inconveniences and it drives me nuts:
- These people complained on local tv for days after their Dominican resort didn’t have power at times. They complained until their local travel agent refunded their money.
- These people entered the United States (somehow?) with expired documents, then complained when they were denied boarding on their return flight. They had to walk across the border. GOOD.
- The Onion has similar coverage: “Man Detained At Airport Even Though He Considers Himself A Citizen Of The World”
- This week in US travel discrimination news:
- Guess what, extreme vetting fans, soon it could be for everyone! Yes, you too, UK and Australia.
- This week, the Royal Canadian Navy’s HMCS Summerside crossed the Equator at the prime meridian, off the coast of Ghana in the Gulf of Guinea. This crossing is a unique naval achievement, and the sailors on board received a new honour: they’re now Royal Diamond Shellbacks. Upon hearing this, I fell into a Wikipedia hole about naval line-crossing traditions and the many (often elusive) statuses out there for sailors.
- A very unofficial contest to design the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit passport resulted in some very cool ideas.
- Since I’m heading back to London this summer, let’s explore the world of the Night Tube.
Planning your next trip
- Your country’s foreign affairs/state department will issue travel advisories for a variety of perils, but which countries are actually the most dangerous for travelers?
- The US State Department created a traveler resource site directed at travel agents, but contains good info for all travelers, including important reminders about passport validity.
- Related: it takes 6-8 weeks to get a US passport and that’s nuts. It’s 10 business days in Canada (and usually faster than that).
- Canada is celebrating 150 years of officially being Canada this year, and these Irish travel writers have a bunch of great ideas for seeing our country from coast to coast to coast.
- Ending on high note, this city guide to Seville comes highly endorsed by me. Eat, drink, dance, stand-up paddleboard?
Packing lists and tips
- I’m in love with the ultra-minimalist packing list (in a 16L bag) for long-ish trips. I promise a test drive this summer.
- This round-up of packing habits of various artsy types is worth a read. Marvel at how designer Karim Rashid travels with only carry-on and mostly white clothes. The rest is about how these high-falutin’ high fliers travel carry-on only and still conquer the world.
- If you’re a handy person, you’ll want to travel with this modified keychain toolkit that is TSA-compliant.
- The same guy wrote a broader piece about all of the gear (outdoor and otherwise) and clothing he packs to make flying tolerable.
Zipping the suitcase
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