Hello! We’re wedged in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I hope you are finding lots of good travel deals for the year ahead. I’ve been finishing the first draft of a novel for National Novel Writing Month, so that’s kept me churning out 2,000 words a day and not shopping online (#lies). It’s keeping me so busy, however, I haven’t been noticing the 7:30am sunrises or 4:45pm sunsets. How about you? Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
News you can use
- Starting Monday, November 27 in Canada, there will be new limits on inorganic powder and granular items that can be taken in your carry-on. This includes things like bath salts and sand, with a new limit of 350mL, approximately the size of a soda can.
- The much-shared story of a bunch of Newfoundlanders delayed at the airport in the big city and turning it into a good ol’ kitchen party is intensely Eastern Canadian. And over-the-top stereotypical.
- British Airways is going to start boarding people by ticket price. So, some of you will be running after the plane on the taxiway, throwing yourself onto it at the last possible minute.
- Air Canada is getting into artificial intelligence to deal with passengers in any way other than basic, human, dignified interactions. It will be easier for their machines to tell you they can’t help you, instead of forcing their humans to do it.
- Saudi Arabia is planning to become a tourist destination and hoping to introduce tourist visas as early as 2018. Sure.
Packing lists and tips
- Cash, including currency for your recipient’s destination(s)
- Packing cubes
- Merino wool anything: socks, shirts, hats, gloves.
- 1oz-3oz Nalgene bottles. They’re the best.
- Gift cards for places your traveler will shop
- Pre-paid, reloadable credit cards that can be used in other countries
- Travel activity kit (for the kiddies or adults): fun ways to pass the time on long flights. Puzzle or colouring books, pens and pencils, sleep mask, ear plugs, flat refillable water bottle, travel-sized baby wipes for easy cleanup.
- Armchair travel: books and planning ideas. Inspire the wannabe traveler in your life with suggestions they’ve never considered and help them figure out a plan to get there.
Armchair travel & inspiration
- I love this list of 21 tips for better travel experiences, from packing to returning home. It includes almost everything I do myself, from avoiding a jam-packed agenda to taking downtime to organizing your photos and taking notes.
- A British couple traveled from the UK to Hong Kong using only trains, buses, taxis, ferries, and anything other than an airplane.
- This story prompted me to figure out how to get from Halifax to New Orleans on the train. It would only take three days! I may have to do that.
- Here are 12 unlikely, but budget friendly, trip suggestions for next year.
- According the UK’s Sun newspaper, travelers should always pick a security line on the left-hand side. The theory is most people tend towards their dominant side, the right, since there are more righties out there. If you try it, report your findings.
- Travel podcasts are having a moment. The NY Times shares a bunch I haven’t heard yet and may be interesting to you as you think about next year’s travel.
- I’m sure there are many reasons to go to Nashville, but I only want to go for Prince’s Hot Chicken. The Sporkful food podcast also visited there this year, and tells a more complicated story about race and hot chicken in the city.
Zipping the suitcase
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