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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.

Nifty finds


 Planning your next trip


Packing lists and tips


Zipping the suitcase

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