How to Pack a Suitcase – Travel Guides – The New York Times

1. The bigger your suitcase, the more you will put into it: The simplest way to avoid bringing too many things is to buy a hard-sided suitcase, no more than 22 inches tall (so it can work as a carry-on) with a structured shell so you can’t squeeze in any extras.

2. Do the clothing countdown: If you need a mantra to help streamline your wardrobe, use the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 rule for a weeklong trip: Limit yourself to no more than five sets of socks and underwear, four tops, three bottoms, two pairs of shoes and one hat. The list should be adjusted to suit your needs. Throw in a swimsuit and exercise gear or a suit jacket and dress if you’ll need them.

3. Lay out what you think you’ll need, then edit ruthlessly: “Think twice about everything you want to put in your bag,” said Ben Nickel-D’Andrea, who writes about flying first-class with his husband, Jon Nickel-D’Andrea, at No Mas Coach!, part of the BoardingArea blogger network. The jet-setting couple once flew to Morocco for nine days with only carry-on bags and backpacks. “Fully get rid of the ‘just in case I need it’ category,” he said. “If and when you need it, you can buy it.”

Five Carry-On Essentials for Travelers Who Love to Pack Light – The New York Times


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Jan. 5, 2019, 44 comments
“With baggage fees and flight delays on the rise, carry-on travel has become more survival tactic than lifestyle choice. Beyond saving money, flying with only a carry-on prevents bags from getting lost in handling, and gives you more flexibility in case of cancellation, as planes are frequently grounded by weather that poses no threat to a train, bus, or car.

Packing a whole trip’s worth into a small bag is often a challenge, but it gets easier with the right accessories. Here are a few suggestions to help.

Tortuga Outbreaker

via Five Carry-On Essentials for Travelers Who Love to Pack Light – The New York Times

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Airbnb Horror Story Points to Need for Precautions – The New York Times

Her 19-year-old son told her that his Airbnb host in Madrid had locked him in the fourth-floor apartment where he was supposed to be staying and removed the key. The host was still there, he said, rattling knives around in the kitchen drawer and pressing him to submit to a sexual act. He begged his mother for help.

When she called Airbnb, its employees would not give her the address and would not call the police. Instead, they gave her a number for the Madrid police and told her to ask the police to call the company for the address. But the number led to a recording in Spanish that kept disconnecting her, she said, and when she repeatedly called back her Airbnb contact, the calls went straight to voice mail.

via Airbnb Horror Story Points to Need for Precautions – The New York Times.

NYT: How Not to Pay the Price for Free Wi-Fi

Luckily, I sort of knew most of this. AT&T does not cover the world. No balkan countries at all. Rates jump to $2.50/minutes for phone, and $20 per megabyte of data. I worried, when in a good wifi hotspot in Bosnia, whether my phone would always automatically use the wifi over the usurious cell phone connection. A few wonderful Wifi places, like Le Flash Cafe, Rue Barbes 18th, Paris, insisted on a 24 digit password with mixed numbers and upper and lower case njumbers. It took three people four tries to type it all correctly. I wondered if such intense and awkward security was necessary for a wifi connection in Paris or any other city?

Jumping on a network at a coffee shop or park could put your privacy at risk. Here are some ways to stay (reasonably) safe.|By Stephanie Rosenbloom