Hello! Hallowe’en is here and I can’t think of anything scarier than the new enhanced screening questionnaire for travelers to the United States. Spooooky! Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
News you can use
- People traveling to the United States from anywhere else are being warned to arrive at the airport even earlier for a new security questionnaire, delivered by airline staff. Rollout of these new procedures is, of course, confusing.
- As of this writing, the situation in Catalonia is politically chaotic. What does that mean for travelers to Spain’s top destination, Barcelona?
- A recent surge in deaths in Madagascar from the plague (yes, that plague) have me looking up travel-related articles like “how to protect yourself from plague.” The Canadian government assured me it’s treatable if caught early.
- Getting engaged during an in-flight emergency, with dropping oxygen masks and a rapid drop in altitude, sets a weird tone for the marriage to follow. But here we are.
- The New York Times is hiring a journalist to travel to all 52 places to visit in their 2018 list.
- After being told to abort its landing, an Air Canada flight landed anyway at the San Francisco inviting all kinds of new trouble for this relationship. Seriously, what is it with Air Canada and SFO?
- Aspiring hikers inspired by films like Wild or pictures on Instagram are taxing park rangers and volunteer search-and-rescue teams by being wildly unprepared for their outdoor adventures, then getting lost or injured. Check out these hiking checklists from REI (USA) and MEC (Canada) and be prepared!
- The updated Global Passport Power Index is out and Singapore now has the world’s most powerful passport for visa-free travel.
- This lucky traveler paid £46 for a flight from Scotland to Crete and got the whole plane to herself. This is the only thing I dream about. (Tips below!)
- The state of air travel in the United States:
Packing lists and tips
- The packing posts I feature usually focus on stuff you take from your home out into the world. This older article about unique souvenirs to buy while traveling was way to frame packing for me. For example, I need more arms, not more backpack space, for all of the bracelets I buy.
- A blister or squished toe can ruin a travel adventure, whether it’s a city break in London or a hike in Spain. Take care of your feet with these tips from an outdoor adventurer that you can easily apply to your travels.
Armchair travel & inspiration
- Cider is a great, underrated way to travel the world through a glass (well, anywhere that grows apples). Save this list of European cider styles and essential food pairings.
- After the above story about the woman who flew from Scotland to Crete on an empty plane, experts were rounded up to share tips for getting the whole plane to yourself.
- If you’re traveling to another country to get plastic surgery, you may have to figure out another way home if you no longer look like your passport photo. Like these women from China, who were denied boarding on their flight home from South Korea.
Zipping the suitcase
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