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Jun 15th 2012 3:44PM Families and school groups will keep on doing what they often do: ignore the seat numbers on their boarding passes, forcing flight attendants to negotiate with them. Do I get a refund when I get kicked out of my seat by fellow passengers?
Jan 11th 2012 2:05PM I hadn't thought about third party sweater abuse! Now I know to hide my sweaters when I travel. I go to a lot of cold places, and nothing beats packing two thin cashmere sweaters that are twice as warm as some puffy polyester thing. I bring an extra to wear while the other gets washed, because I've ended up sweaty in Iceland wearing them!
When there is no laundry service or it is way too expensive, Rei in Der Tube is a German handwashing liquid that comes in tubes and lasts for ages. I end up buying extras, because I give them away to friends.
Gaffer's tape is like duct tap, only better. I've repaired headphones, patched up luggage, plugged a leaking windshield, hemmed pants, removed lint, and taped up a ripped fingernail with it. The small rolls can be found at photo supply shops. Along with some paracord, I don't travel without it.
Jan 10th 2012 2:35PM My cashmere sweater has been around the world. Not everything has to go in the washing machine! As long as it can dry overnight in a hotel after being gently hand-washed, it travels. Maybe it's not suited for camping, but throwing everything in the machine counts as user error, in my opinion.
Aug 2nd 2011 12:15AM Where is this European country that lacks tampons? Instead cups (like Diva Cups only disposable) are the only thing I've found that I need to bring. I usually end up buying toiletries to bring home. If you are ever in Germany, they have little packets of wipes for everything - hands, eyeglasses, bathroom, stains on clothing, nail polish removal, etc.
I opt for a tiny USB key instead of hard copies. Encrypting it is easy: http://lifehacker.com/154465/on+the+fly-encryption-for-your-usb-flash-drive