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|Hello! Very exciting week in Bite-sized Travel-land, as I’m getting ready to pack up and head out on an overseas adventure. My packing list has been through several rounds, but a final pare-down is still forthcoming (or I will be very, very busy on Wednesday night). Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Programming note: Since I’ll be away, there will be no editions on June 25 or July 2, but I’ll be back at full strength on July 9. If you’re Canadian, happy Canada Day!
Travel news you can use
- On this thing, Canadians and Americans agree: flying is definitely worse.
- The TSA launched a pilot project for passengers to use fingerprints for identification. The results of the pilot will determine how the air transport system can use fingerprints as ID and to replace boarding passes. I wonder what else the government will do with fingerprint data?
- Travel to Cuba has just gotten more complicated for Americans. Commercial flights and cruises are still permitted, as are new allowances for cigars and rum, but travel by individuals is more restricted. Here’s an FAQ to make sense of it all.
- Changes are coming for Canadian mobile phone users that will make is easier to travel abroad with their phones. As of December, cellphone companies will no longer be able to charge a fee for unlocking phones, a key impediment to just popping in a new SIM card when outside of the country.
- What happens when you fly Air Canada and United Airlines? Nothing good. An elderly woman traveling through Calgary was left in a wheelchair in a hallway after both airlines failed the handover.
- In the weirdest reveal of the week: RYAN SEACREST GETS IT. What kind of ding-dong sorts prices from high to low?
- Some unexpected advice for easing travel anxiety in these troubled times: travel more.
- Very Canadian travel advice: you can fly with ketchup chips.
Planning your next trip
- Do me a favour and remind me of this list of the Financial Times’ favourite stalls in London’s Borough Market when I’m in London next week. Thanks!
- Rome is cracking down on bad tourist behaviour, including eating, drinking, and swimming in the city’s famous fountains. Get the lowdown before you go.
- Traveling with kids? A very comprehensive list of things to keep in mind when flying with little ones.
Packing lists and tips
- Another carry-on packing list. This one will be for a trip that culminates in a cross-country road trip and includes 3 of each item, so probably a half-dozen outfits.
- Throw (a wee bit of) money at the problem and have a “luggage concierge” clean your clothes, pack your bag, and FedEx it to your final destination.
- I’m going back to review this ultralight packing list I previously shared, because I already have way too many things in my bag.
Zipping the suitcase
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