Hello! How’s your summer going? We’ve had a particularly good run of weather here in Eastern Canada, so I’ve been training for Camino and spending quality time on my back deck enjoying the garden. I’m planning like a fiend for the Camino de Santiago in Portugal and will be spending time in Porto in Portugal ahead of my trip. Gladly receiving your suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org! Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- Egypt and Morocco have been removed from the US laptop ban list.
- UNESCO has added 21 World Heritage Sites for 2017 (gallery). There is a great distribution of new sites, including culturally and historically relevant sites in Africa, South America, the Middle East, and Asia.
- Early this week, an Air Canada flight on approach at the San Francisco airport had the near-miss of the century when it was 30 metres (100 feet) away from landing on the taxiway and hitting two other planes. This is the stuff of nightmares.
- Apply your favourite Snakes on a Plane joke to this story about US Customs agents finding five live King cobras in a mail container on an arriving plane at JFK.
- Air France launched a chewing gum to pop your ears during takeoff and landing. It’s €3.50 and is available in two flavours.
- Spain is famous for the siesta, now you can grab a quick nap in Madrid by the minute or hour (no, not like that).
- If you’re still shopping in the Air France online store, please buy me this passport cover made from retired lifejackets. It’s €23 and shipping is another €32, so I think we’re going to need a reader-supported GoFundMe for this one.
- An Australian dude checks a single can of beer on his flight. Hilarity ensues.
Planning your next trip
- This week’s newsletter took forever to write because I spent way too much time on Wander, a site that will plan a trip for you based on your budget, home base, and available time.
- Here’s a bunch of simple tips for managing and securing your moneywhile traveling.
- Thinking about Africa? Here are 11 countries to think about even more while planning an African travel adventure. I’m bookmarking this one.
- If you’re a walker, or a Camino fan, you may be interested in this 125-kilometre “Irish Camino,” a guided walk later this summer as part of Heritage Week in Ireland. I tried to translate “Buen Camino!” into Irish, and it yielded something I can neither pronounce nor confirm its accuracy: Mbóthar ceart!
- Irish-speaking readers can send their corrections to email@example.com.
Packing lists and tips
- When I talk to people about packing, I start with the connection between good planning and good packing. Here’s a great approach for the good packing (especially if you’re a spreadsheet person): a packing grid.
- As a bonus, the comments on the above link have some great additional tips. For the first time in modern history, I suggest reading the comments.
- If your travel plans including hiking where the weather is highly variable (mountains in Northern Europe), this packing like for hiking in Iceland’s Laugavegur trail should serve you well.
- A light packing list for women traveling to Morocco. During my time there, I was served well by light coloured, long sleeve shirts that block the sun and the heat.
Zipping the suitcase
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