What not to bring

“What not to bring”

via “Economist

MOST travel writers have oodles of tips to offer travellers about what to take on the road. (Gulliver is a cheerleader for wireless modems and phones with tethering service.) But the folks over at Map Happy had a better idea: what about a post for the overpackers out there, those who always take too much? What can business travellers safely leave behind? Here is Melissa Roskowski’s list (with some added commentary from yours truly):

  • Luggage with spinning wheels, which don’t work well on rough surfaces and cost you precious overhead bin space.
  • Neck pillows. (I’ll admit I have one, and I’ve only bothered with it once.)
  • Sink-washing supplies
  • Money belts and travel wallets. (These are accessories for tourists who are travelling abroad for the first time, not business pros. Never show up for a business meeting wearing a money belt.)
  • Special “travel” clothes. (See previous item.)
  • RFID-blocking passport holders, etc. (Getting your identity stolen is more bad luck than anything else. Paying extra to protect against it is a waste of money for most people.)
  • “Seat enhancers” (Click through to Map Happy’s list for an explanation.)

This stuff is all fairly easily ditched. Here are some other things I would add:

MOST travel writers have oodles of tips to offer travellers about what to take on the road. (Gulliver is a cheerleader for wireless modems and phones with tethering service.) But the folks over at Map Happy had a better idea: what about a post for the overpackers out there, those who always take too much? What can business travellers safely leave behind? Here is Melissa Roskowski’s list (with some added commentary from yours truly):

  • Luggage with spinning wheels, which don’t work well on rough surfaces and cost you precious overhead bin space.
  • Neck pillows. (I’ll admit I have one, and I’ve only bothered with it once.)
  • Sink-washing supplies
  • Money belts and travel wallets. (These are accessories for tourists who are travelling abroad for the first time, not business pros. Never show up for a business meeting wearing a money belt.)
  • Special “travel” clothes. (See previous item.)
  • RFID-blocking passport holders, etc. (Getting your identity stolen is more bad luck than anything else. Paying extra to protect against it is a waste of money for most people.)
  • “Seat enhancers” (Click through to Map Happy’s list for an explanation.)

This stuff is all fairly easily ditched. Here are some other things I would add: . .

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