When it comes to taking medicine with you on a flight, many people are unsure of the proper protocol. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of traveling with a cold, what should you pack, tablets or cold syrup? And if you do bring cough syrup with you through airport security, is it subject to the Travel Security Administration’s 3 ounce or less 3-1-1 rule for liquids?
If given the option, your best bet is to skip the liquid medicine and pack tablets or gel caps in your carry on luggage instead. This way, you can simply avoid any issues at the TSA security check point.
That being said, the TSA does allows some wiggle room for what it refers to as medically necessary liquids, such as liquid medicine, baby formula and breast milk. However, they do not clarify if over the counter medicines are considered “medically necessary,” meaning it can be left up to the discretion of each airport’s security team.
If you strongly prefer liquid medicine over tablets or gel caps but don’t want to chance having a full bottle discarded at security, you may also be able to locate travel size bottles of certain brands of cold medicine at your local pharmacy. Alternatively, you may also simply transfer your liquid medicine into a travel size container and include it in your 3-1-1 liquids bag at the TSA checkpoint.
If you have no particular preference between tablets or liquid cold medicine, your best bet is to simply stick with cold tablets. Not only will they take up less space in your carry on luggage, but if you need to take a dose in flight, you won’t have to worry about any spillage.
In fact, if you find yourself traveling often, it may be a smart idea to simply set aside a separate bag of travel-friendly over the counter medicines to have available, should you need them.
- Airline Travel – The Steps For Boarding a Plane (itravel01.wordpress.com)
There’s no two ways about it, traveling during the holiday season is rough. Not only are airports and highways busier than ever, but so are you. If you’re planning on spending the holiday season out of town, you now have the added stress of not only packing and making travel arrangements, but also ensuring that all of your holiday gifts are purchased and make it to the appropriate destination.
With this in mind, we asked our in-house travel experts: when heading out of town for the holidays, what’s the best way to ensure that your holiday gifts arrive at the appropriate destination?
Shopping before you go
With so much going on during the holiday season, the last thing many people want to worry about is last minute holiday shopping. For this reason, many people tend to purchase their holiday gifts before they leave town.
While going this route may put your mind at ease, logistically, this may create a bit of a headache during travel. Depending on how many gifts you need to transport, you may pay extra baggage fees due to additional weight — you may even find yourself paying extra for a suitcase reserved solely for gifts! If you do plan on this option, remember, do not wrap your presents until you arrive at your destination, as TSA may need to unwrap them for security purposes. Also, make sure none of your gifts are on the TSA’s list of prohibited items.
Shopping upon arrival
If you have a day or two to squeeze in some shopping and you’re going to an area with plenty of stores (a large city or somewhere in close proximity to shopping), this may be a good option. However, if you’re planning on visiting a tropical island two days before you’re due to exchange gifts, you may find yourself gifting hotel gift shop trinkets to your loved ones. While we all know it’s the thought that counts, the little ones in your family may not be overjoyed to receive a conch shell with googly eyes.
Your best bet?
The TravelPro team agrees: if it’s possible, your best option is to shop for the bulk of your presents online, then have them delivered to your destination. This will allow you to get your shopping done ahead of time, without having to worry about the logistics of getting your gifts from point A to point B. You save yourself the hassle and cost of a heavy suitcase, or even a second suitcase. Everyone gets what they want, and you get to relax and shop on your own time.
Or you could just give gift cards.
- How to Buy Holiday Gifts That Won’t be Regifted (doorinface.com)
- Top Tips to get your Holiday Orders in time (shapeways.com)
- How to buy holiday gifts without losing your mind (katieleigh.wordpress.com)
- Buy This, Not That: Holiday Edition (money.usnews.com)
- 10 Tips for Holiday Shopping 2013 (suddenlyfrugal.com)
Any parent can attest to the fact that traveling with small children can be rough, especially when it comes to air travel, as forcing kids to sit in one place for hours on end doesn’t always go as ideally as it should.
In order to keep the peace (and avoid receiving the death glare from your fellow passengers) it’s important to keep your kids properly entertained during the duration of the flight. When it comes time to select in-flight entertainment for kids, which is the better option: an iPad, or good, old-fashioned toys?At face value, a tablet or iPad seems to be the most logical option for parents looking to keep their kids entertained on a flight, as it can be used to play games, watch movies, listen to music and even read books. The wide variety of apps and entertainment options on a tablet mean that kids of all ages, even toddlers, can find ways to be entertained on a tablet.
On the downside, a tablet requires battery life, an electrical outlet to charge up, and depending on what you’re attempting to do, a wifi connection. If your kids tend to get antsy during takeoff and landing, you’ll find yourself scrambling for ways to keep them entertained until you can power your device back on. Also, if you’re traveling with more than one kid, relying on a single tablet or iPad for entertainment will bring you to another issue: potentially manning a tug-of-war as your children fight over who gets to use the tablet.
The Final Verdict?
While it ultimately depends on the personal preference of your children, the TravelPro team suggests you bring along an iPad or tablet for in-flight entertainment, as it’s the most versatile option (and easiest to pack!) That being said, be sure to bring along some stories, travel games, or coloring books as a back-up option.
- Southwest, Dish offer free iPad entertainment to travelers (tuaw.com)
- Thin enough to carry around all day: iPad air review (standard.co.uk)
- Southwest & Dish to provide passengers in-flight entertainment via Apple’s iPad 2 (cyberparse.co.uk)
- State Of the Art: IPad Air Is Lighter, Thinner and Faster (nytimes.com)
If you’ve flown out of Denver International Airport recently, you may have noticed that airport security has gone to the dogs… bomb-sniffing dogs, that is. In an effort to speed up security lines, the Transportation Security Administration is testing out a new program featuring passenger-screening canines (or PSCs) at several major airports throughout the United States.
The new program, which rolled out this summer, allows passengers who have passed canine inspection to move into the TSA’s Pre-Check line, where they can pass through the standard x-ray screening process without having to remove their shoes, electronics and so on. The TSA’s canines are trained to sniff for explosives, not drugs.
According to Carrie Harmon, a TSA regional public affairs manager based in Denver, “The canine can also detect an explosive odor or scent trail, after a person has transited an area, and subsequently follow the scent trail to the explosive source, even if the source is mobile.”Aviation expert Mike Boyd agrees, stating, “The dog takes care of that very, very effectively. The only reason we take off our shoes and do all that over stuff is because the other machinery really doesn’t know how to look at it. So this makes a lot of sense for everybody.”
Although this particular program is new, the TSA’s canine program isn’t. In fact, airport security officials have used canines to detect contraband and suspicious behavior since before the TSA even existed. According to Jeff Price, a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver and the author of a textbook on aviation security, “The canine program has been around since the early ’70s. There is a lot of research over the course of the past five decades that the dogs are accurate. They’re the gold standard right now.”
So far, the response to the TSA’s new screening program appears to be quite positive. As one passenger tweeted, “Straight through security in two minutes with shoes on and laptops/liquids in bag. Testing new security procedures at Denver. Nice job.” According to Carrie Harmon, the TSA hopes to expand the program to more airports in the near future.
Trying to pack light during winter months brings a unique set of challenges – especially if you’re changing climates.
If you’re traveling for a few days to a big city in the winter months, you may find yourself struggling to select the most versatile and appropriate type of footwear to bring on your trip. For trips taken during the snowy months, which is the better option, shoes or boots? Ultimately, the best option depends on a few factors: namely, the purpose of your trip.
For Business TravelIf you’re heading to a big city on business, it’s safe to assume that you’ll be spending much of your time in an office, in meetings, and at business dinners. For this reason, your best bet is likely to go for form over function. For men, this means packing dress shoes. Women, however, might want to opt for a versatile pair of boots instead, as ladies’ boots tend to be fashionable enough to be worn in a business setting.
If you’re packing for a brief weekend trip to a big city in order to do some shopping or sightseeing during the winter months, we’d recommend packing a comfortable pair of boots, and forgoing the shoes completely. While most large cities are quick to clear the roads and salt the sidewalks after snow, you’ll still likely run into plenty of puddles, slush and ice – and anyone who’s gotten slush in their shoes can confirm that trying to walk around town with cold, wet feet is pretty miserable.
Pack this, not that
Ultimately, if you aren’t quite sure what your trip will entail, the TravelPro team recommends that you opt for the most versatile option in your wardrobe.
Is there something that you constantly struggle with when packing for trips? Let us know what you’d like us to talk about next on Bring This, Not That via the comments section.
If you walk down the street in any major city as the workday is ending, you’ll notice one major trend: backpacks and messenger bags have become a popular replacement for the briefcase. What started as a Gen Y trend has been adopted by professionals of all ages. If you’re still holding onto your hard briefcase (literally), here are four reasons why it’s time to let go and pick up a backpack or messenger bag instead.
1. Better for city commuters
Backpacks, messenger bags and business briefs are a better option for those who get to work by train, bus, or on foot. When you don’t have a car to tote things around in, and you need to fit a number of items into your bag, a hard briefcase can’t hold a laptop, lunch, gym clothes, etc. as easily as a backpack or messenger bag can.
2. Less cumbersome
Let’s face it, a boxy briefcase isn’t the easiest thing to carry. They’re clunky, cumbersome and make it that much more difficult to juggle your smartphone, coffee and morning paper. A backpack or messenger bag can free your hands to send out emails, juggle whatever your boss throws at you, or earn brownie points by holding the door open for colleagues.
3. More fashionable
Overall, workplace attire has become more casual in the last decade (good riddance to the power suit!). Unless you’re in a position that requires more formal attire (lawyer, CEO, etc.) you’ve probably noticed that the vast majority of your colleagues have stopped carrying briefcases in favor of backpacks and messenger bags. As more and more Gen Y employees enter the workforce, this trend will continue to grow.
4. More comfortable
Many people find backpacks to be a more comfortable alternative to briefcases and laptop bags due to the fact that weight is spread over the entire back as opposed to one side of the body. For those who frequently suffer from shoulder pain or experience hand discomfort when carrying a briefcase, a backpack may be a better option.
Many professionals are hesitant to switch over from a briefcase or laptop bag because they fear they’ll look too unprofessional or juvenile carrying one. The truth is, professionals of all levels can pull off a backpack or messenger bag – it’s all about selecting the right style and design.
While younger professionals or those who work in an extremely casual environment can pull off most styles, many professionals should opt for a more structured, well-made design, such as TravelPro’s Business Backpack or Messenger Brief.
For short trips, many people are now opting to pack all of their essentials in a carry-on bag instead of checking their luggage. Not only does this help save money (up to $50 or more per person, depending on the airline) it can also save time and the nightmare of having your luggage go missing.
If you’re headed on a quick weekend trip, you may find yourself struggling to decide on the most versatile clothing item in your wardrobe. If you have to select one pair of pants to bring along, which is better, slacks/trousers or jeans? Whether you’re a man or a woman, it all boils down to the type of trip you’re about to embark on.
When to pack slacks
If you’re packing for a special event (such as romantic weekend getaway or an out-of-town wedding) or for a business function (such as an industry conference or meeting), slacks/trousers are your best bet. When selecting which pair to bring, go with a neutral and more versatile color such as khaki or beige, which can be dressed up with a button-down shirt or blouse, and can just as easily transition to a more casual look when paired with a t-shirt or tank top.
When to pack jeans
On the flip side, if you’re heading out of town for a quick beach vacation, hiking trip, or weekend trip to the country, you’ll want to ditch the slacks and pack jeans instead. While you may be tempted to bring your most comfortable pair, choose carefully! Instead of packing your most casual pair of jeans, opt for a nicely-cut dark wash jean that can be dressed up should the need arise.
Pack this, not that
If you aren’t quite sure what your trip will entail, the TravelPro team recommends that you leave your jeans at home and play it safe by packing slacks, which are lightweight and much more versatile, no matter what situation you find yourself in.
- What am I Going to Wear to Work Tomorrow? Jeans that Work in the Workplace (bridgetteraes.com)
Let’s face it, there are inevitable things in life: death, taxes, and getting scolded by a flight attendant for not shutting off and stowing away an electronic device during flight takeoff and landing. If you’re a frequent flier, you’ve likely overheard a fellow passenger being admonished for breaking the rules (and if you’re a tech rebel, you may have even been scolded yourself!) Fortunately for tech addicts, the Federal Aviation Administration is now reconsidering its rules.According to recent reports, an FAA advisory group is asking that the ban on in-flight personal devices be relaxed. In a recent statement made to the Washington Post, FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said. . .
The FAA recognizes consumers are intensely interested in the use of personal electronics aboard aircraft. That is why we tasked a government-industry group to examine the safety issues and the feasibility of changing the current restrictions. At the group’s request, the FAA has granted a two-month extension to complete the additional work necessary for the safety assessment. We will wait for the group to finish its work before we determine next steps.
So why are passengers required to turn off their electronic devices in the first place? In short, some electronic devices are believed to emit certain amounts of RFI (Radio Frequency Interference), but many experts claim that this appears to be an outdated rule. According to a TechCrunch blog post, the rule was implemented in the sixties, when electronics more easily interfered with the electronic equipment in the plane’s cockpit, posing a clear threat to the safety of everyone on board.
If you’re worried about the implications of allowing electronic devices to be used during takeoff and landing, consider this: a recent survey conducted by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), roughly one-third of airline passengers admitted to keeping their electronic devices on.
If you’re excited at the prospect of using your cell phone undisturbed during your next trip, cool your jets. The new rules (which have been proposed to allow usage of devices such as e-readers) will likely still prohibit cell phone usage. The FAA advisory group is waiting until September to deliver their official recommendations.
- FAA may relax rules for gadget use on planes (venturebeat.com)
- Does it have an “Off” switch? (paxview.wordpress.com)
- Do You Really Need To Turn Your Cell Phone Off During Flights? (amresolution.com)
- Tests Show That Your Amazon Kindle Isn’t Going to Bring Down an Airplane (theatlanticwire.com)
Now more than ever before, airlines are looking for new ways to accommodate their passengers’ needs and stay ahead of the competition by coming up with new ways to provide faster, more efficient service. One of the most recent airline trends we’ve begun hearing a lot about is the DIY/self-tag options for luggage, and Edinburgh Airport has recently become the first in the UK to offer such a service.
In an effort to provide a more efficient and stress-free experience for fliers, Edinburgh Airport’s new SONIC Common Use Bag Drop technology enables passengers to print their own luggage tag, weigh their bags and send them off to the appropriate location. So far, the program seems to be living up to expectations – in fact, according to some of the articles we’ve seen, the SONIC system has cut the baggage check-in process down to under 30 seconds. The system is being run by Flybe and easyJet airlines.
David Wilson, chief operating officer at Edinburgh Airport recently said in an article on FutureTravelExperience.com, “We are very excited to have introduced this ground-breaking technology to help improve our passengers’ experience when they travel with us. We know that time is of the essence when checking in and we want to make this process as quick and stress-free as possible.”
Flybe and easyJet aren’t the only UK-based airlines to hop on the DIY baggage trend. British Airways recently announced that they will begin testing on electronic bag tags in order to speed up both flight check-in and luggage drop-off times. If the Self-Tag program and other self-serve programs like it continue to be well-received, we anticipate that many other airlines will begin to roll out similar programs.
- Edinburgh Airport terminal set for major expansion (scotsman.com)
- Edinburgh airport sees millioneth passenger in month (scotsman.com)
- Lug it or leave it: Baggage drop goes DIY (cnn.com)
If your son or daughter is heading off/back to college this fall, you’ve likely spent the last few months in full-on preparation mode stocking up on everything from dorm décor to economy-size packages of Ramen noodles.
Before you send your college-bound kid packing, make sure they have a sturdy bag to last throughout their college years… unless you’re OK with the whole “garbage bag as luggage” deal. They’ll need something they can haul around for a trip home, for travel overseas, Spring Break, or even a weekend away.
Assuming you’re not, here are four great travel gear options for your college student:
Great for: All years
Messenger bags are a hot item right now. Not only are they trendy, but they’re also quite versatile in both form and function. A good messenger bag can do the job of a backpack and laptop bag — and because they’re also popular for young professionals, this style of bag can be used well past your student’s college years.
Great for: All years
Backpacks will never go out of style, but a cheap backpack can (and will) go out of commission. Instead of buying a new backpack for your college student every year, invest in a well-made one that will hold up from the first day of college through graduation day. Many well-made backpacks have some pretty neat features, such as iPod earphone ports and padded compartments to keep laptops or tablets safe. Plus we’re seeing these enter the workforce as more college grads continue to carry them, so we think backpacks may be the new business luggage du jour one day.
Great for: Seniors
Your son or daughter’s senior year in college will quite possibly be one of the busiest years of their life. On top of endless schoolwork, many students spend the last few months of their college career traveling to job interviews in other cities. A nice rolling bag will come in handy for them as they transition from student to young professional. The Travelpro 20″ Rollaboard features a padded pocket for a laptop or tablet and an efficient business organizer. A roomy compartment for clothing and personal belongings make this a great option for both trips to job interviews as well as long-awaited weekend trips home.
30″ Rolling Duffel
Great for: Freshmen
As we all know, dorm rooms are small and storage space is limited, so your new student will need luggage that can play double-duty. Rolling duffel bags are a great option for this reason. These bags are versatile and transition easily from a casual duffel bag for weekend trips home or camping excursions, to sturdy rolling luggage for spring break vacations. A sturdy rolling duffel bag is an essential item that your college freshman will be able to use all the way through their senior year.
While these bags are great options for college-bound kids, they work well for travelers of all ages. After all, why should your kids have all the fun?! Now that your son or daughter is packing up and leaving, you may want to do some traveling of your own…