Hello! We’re on the home stretch of summer, friends. Kids are already back at school in some places. Cars are getting loaded up for one last hurrah, and plans for one last long weekend are getting firmed up. What did you do on your summer vacation? Whatever it was, I hope you had a great time. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- As of this writing, Hurricane Harvey is working its way across southern Texas, with its path to be determined. Travel in and out of the region will be affected for days.
- The terrorist attack in Barcelona had a bigger target: Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Família.
- Starting August 31, Canadians getting passports will have a third gender option: X or “unspecified.”
- It’s puffling season in Eastern Newfoundland (and Iceland!), so puffin patrols are out in force, looking for baby birds who’ve lost their way, sending them back to sea by flinging them into the air.
- S-Trip, a travel company that takes teens on drinking holidays to sun destinations (masquerading as high school graduation trips), calls staff “volunteers” and pays them an honorarium of $150-300 per trip to keep your 17yo inexperienced drinker from dying in Cuba.
- This week’s total solar eclipse, cutting across a decent amount of the United States, was good for business in towns along the “path of totality.” Planning for visitors paid off, and a visitor record was set at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
- Photographer Ken Geiger was at Grand Teton National Park for the eclipse and shared this *stunning* photo composition of the eclipse passing over the mountain range.
- Meet Spencer, the new detection dog and all-around good boy at my local international airport. His job involves sniffing out meat, plants, animals, and food products. GOOD DOGGO.
- A travel-themed long read for you: the history of the 146-year old Transatlantic cruise from Liverpool to New York.
Planning your next trip
- Still have eclipse fever? Check this schedule to find the next one and plan your trip now (and the one after that and the one after that…).
- Travel can be stressful, even after you’ve arrived and having the time of your life. One blogger emails herself a list of tasks to do while abroad (pick up this thing for this person, and so on) and “things” needed for the trip – like phone numbers, addresses, ticket confirmations, everything.
- I’ve been following Nomadic Matt since I started travel blogging, and this recent interview with him has some of my favourite travel advice ever: to travel cheaply, travel like you live.
- The Canadian government has put together a helpful list of things to know and do before you travel. While directed at first-time travelers, it’s a good reminder for us old hands, too.
- My only addition to the above advice: register your trip abroad. If anything happens in-country, or you need to found because of an emergency at home, your country’s embassy can save time and resources if they already know how to find you.
Packing lists and tips
- Overpackers always tell me there’s no way they get into a carry-on. They are wrong. One reporter changed her ways and go carry-on for a 16-day adventure to Italy and Greece.
- If you’re travels bring you to the Canadian Rockies for the waning months of Canada 150, check out this packing list for everything you need for major outdoor fun.
- Everything about the Burning Man music festival sounds terrible. However, I’m fascinated by the sheer volume and utility of things you need to survive the weekend.
- Make your checked bag indestructible with these tips from an airline baggage employee.
Zipping the suitcase
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