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Hello! I usually write this newsletter the day before I sent it, but the time between major Earth-shattering news incidents is getting shorter and shorter. Fingers crossed everything is still mostly fine by the time you read this!
The Packing List will be taking a break next weekend for the Victoria Day long weekend in Canada, but everything will be back to “normal” on May 28. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great (two) week(s)!
Travel news you can use
- A United flight out of Houston was delayed when a scorpion emerged from a sleeping man’s shirt sleeve. If you’re keeping track, that’s United’s second scorpion incident of 2017. They’re having a real humdinger of a year.
- Air Canada is dumping Aeroplan, easily the least rewarding travel reward program, in 2020 and plans to introduce a new loyalty reward program. Like Aeroplan was at the beginning of all of this. These people are too dumb to be this stupid.
- As of this writing, it looks like Europe will be the next target for the United States’ laptop ban on inbound flights.
- A dispute between Spirit Airlines and its pilots led to the cancellation of 11 flights out of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Police were called after passengers challenged employees to fights and other assorted chaos.
- The Premier of Manitoba is trying to be one of those millennial location-independent workers, spending weeks at a time at his home in Costa Rica. However, his story becomes … less convincing … when he refuses to say how he communicates with the home team from his “second office.”
- Airlines lost fewer bags in 2016. Because of technology! Maybe they’ll assault fewer passengers in 2017. Nope, too late.
- Canada is a very, very large country and accessing a passport office can be difficult. This week, the number of Service Canada offices that can also do on-site document verification for passport applications doubled.
- City Hostel Berlin, one of the cheaper places to stay in town, is closing because it funnels money into North Korea. Wait, what?
- Drop everything and find a reason to fly out of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, where you can soothe your pre-flight jitters with a therapy mini horse.
- Travelers arriving at Toronto’s (ugh) Pearson Airport finally had a nice thing to report: a welcome from a ceiling raccoon.
- When visiting Iceland, pay attention to the signs to make sure you’re not wandering onto prison grounds. It’s easier than you may think. Because Iceland.
Planning your next trip
- Real people test out hipstery travel hacks and agree with me: why make travel more work than necessary?
- If you can’t think of any better way to spend your money, you could take this $6,000 Brexit-themed tour of London.
- Not every pilgrimage needs to be an 800-kilometre trek. One woman walked a 17-hour, 55km Austrian pilgrimage (in one go), and lived to tell the tale.
Packing lists and tips
- Suitcase vs small backpack vs large backpack: the definitive list of pros and cons.
- If you’ve decided to go with a suitcase, maybe you’d like to try Marie Kondo’s KonMari packing style, which seems to involve folding everything into book-like blocks and stacking them in a suitcase so you see everything at once. These videos will show you the way.
- I LOLed at several points in this writer’s attempt to live out of a KonMari suitcase.
Zipping the suitcase
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