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Travel industry is “cautiously optimistic” about growth as economy improves

THE DENVER POST | JAN 27, 2012

Travel industry is “cautiously optimistic” about growth as economy improves

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A Travel Packing List for Dummies: What NOT to Forget

As a frequent traveler for both business and pleasure, I always seem to forget something in my suitcase.
On a recent trip to Denver I forgot more than usual, which really drove me crazy. Yes, I have a standard packing list, but when I’m in a hurry or when I think I certainly won’t forget anything because “I’ve packed a million times before,” it never fails—I still forget something.
When I returned home from Denver I immediately Googled ‘packing lists’ and was quite disappointed in the search results. So I decided to make my own and share it here in the hopes of helping anyone who, like me, tends to forget.
Of course, there are obvious items we would (hopefully) never leave at home, like say–clothing, so I won’t go through an entire packing list here. This list is simply designed to help you remember the frequently forgotten, or perhaps never-before-thought-of, items that will help make your trip a little nicer and a little easier.
Plus–many of the items on my list will keep you from spending extra money in those over priced airport stores!

Packing List Necessities

Item
Food/Water Almonds or other protein-packed snack. Did you know some flights don’t offer snacks?
Water Bottle, to refill & reuse. Just remember that you can’t go through security with a full water bottle.
Drink Mixes. The water in the drinking fountains at the airport isn’t always the best tasting. I like these “on-the-go” packets.
Fitness ALL of your work-out clothes. Treadmills and dress shoes don’t work well together, so don’t forget your top, shorts/pants, socks, underclothing, shoes, hair-ties, braces, etc.
Glasses Sunglasses. Cloudy weather at home doesn’t mean cloudy weather at your destination.
Reading glasses if you need them.
Eye drops and solution in case you wear contacts
In-flight items Ear plugs, if only to send the message that you’re not in the mood for small talk.
Reading material. Even if you don’t think you’ll need it, you never know when your flight will be delayed.
Small bottle of hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes.
Money Corporate credit card, if you don’t normally carry it with you.
One dollar bills, to make tipping easier.
Hotel items Toothbrush and toothpaste. Complimentary from the hotel does not mean quality.
Slippers, if you’re afraid of hotel room floors.
Small First-Aid Kit. Keep yourself comfortable with some band-aids for small cuts or blisters, a couple Advil for headaches, and Tums for possible heartburn.

Not what you’re looking for? Try other tips from our packing list series:

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What are your travel dreams? Tell us to win!

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Deadline to enter is March 31, 2012. Must be a valid U.S. resident to be eligible to win. Non-U.S. residents are invited to take the survey here.
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New Rules Require Airlines to Show Fees with Fares

Have you ever seen an advertisement for what you thought was a “cheap flight,” only to click the link and find that it’s actually much more expensive than you initially thought due to all the fees and taxes?

In a new set of regulations, the Department of Transportation (DOT) will now require airlines to advertise full ticket prices, including any government taxes and additional fees, when those prices are advertised or first shown on websites. The DOT will also require airlines to post baggage fees more clearly on their websites.
These rules are the latest in consumer-oriented regulations imposed on airlines by the Government. At present, passengers often don’t see the full ticket cost until the booking is made and paid online. The intent of these rules is to make ticket prices more understandable for consumers by providing greater transparency and better opportunity for price comparison. Additionally, the new regulations will also require that airlines give the consumer 24 hours to change their reservation without having to pay a rebooking fee.
However the airlines say it’s unfair–that consumers are used to having taxes added at “the register,” and that it prevents them from showing the consumer just how much of the ticket price belongs to the government.
What do you think?

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TSA Pre?™ Program Comes to Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, LA, & JFK

Having participated in past lobbying efforts for a TSA trusted traveler program, I am thrilled to see one such program coming to my local airport.

The TSA Pre?™ pilot is aimed at enhancing the security experience by pre-screening individuals who volunteer information about themselves prior to flying in order to potentially expedite the travel experience.
In early 2012, participants in Delta Air Line’s frequent flyer program will be eligible for this expedited screening at the Salt Lake International airport. Once TSA determines a passenger’s eligibility, information will then be embedded in the bar-code of the boarding pass and security personnel will direct the traveler to the correct security line. Other airlines, including United, Continental, and US Airways, are expected to join within months.
So far, the pilot program has been successful in Dallas, Miami, Detroit, Atlanta, and Las Vegas. With the program now coming to Salt Lake City, I can already imagine a flash back to the 90s when could I keep my shoes and belt on and didn’t have to wrestle my luggage to remove my lap-top and zip-lock bag of liquids.
Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Secretary, said the TSA’s Pre?™ program will expand by the end of 2012 to encompass 35 airports. “It’s part of a fundamental shift in how we approach aviation security,” Napolitano said. “Not all travelers are alike and they don’t all present the same risk.”
In addition to Salt Lake City, travelers in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago, and New York City will also be included in this phase of the Pre?™ program.
Visit TSA.gov for full details.

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TSA Pre?™ Program Comes to Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, LA, & JFK

Having participated in past lobbying efforts for a TSA trusted traveler program, I am thrilled to see one such program coming to my local airport.

The TSA Pre?™ pilot is aimed at enhancing the security experience by pre-screening individuals who volunteer information about themselves prior to flying in order to potentially expedite the travel experience.
In early 2012, participants in Delta Air Line’s frequent flyer program will be eligible for this expedited screening at the Salt Lake International airport. Once TSA determines a passenger’s eligibility, information will then be embedded in the bar-code of the boarding pass and security personnel will direct the traveler to the correct security line. Other airlines, including United, Continental, and US Airways, are expected to join within months.
So far, the pilot program has been successful in Dallas, Miami, Detroit, Atlanta, and Las Vegas. With the program now coming to Salt Lake City, I can already imagine a flash back to the 90s when could I keep my shoes and belt on and didn’t have to wrestle my luggage to remove my lap-top and zip-lock bag of liquids.
Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Secretary, said the TSA’s Pre?™ program will expand by the end of 2012 to encompass 35 airports. “It’s part of a fundamental shift in how we approach aviation security,” Napolitano said. “Not all travelers are alike and they don’t all present the same risk.”
In addition to Salt Lake City, travelers in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago, and New York City will also be included in this phase of the Pre?™ program.
Visit TSA.gov for full details.

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Pack Two Weeks in Carry-on Luggage (With No Wrinkles!)

I’ve heard the stories, but I thought they were just that … stories.
Not until I recently tried it did I believe that you could pack for a week (or even two!) using a carry-on sized suitcase (22″ x 14″ x 9″, or 56 x 36 x 23 cm).
The International Luggage Center located in North Salt Lake, Utah has one of the largest showrooms in the world, having over 500 cases to choose from.
You can visit their website here—and be sure to watch their “Power Packing” videos.
I hope you are as pleasantly surprised as I was at what can be done with a 22″ x 14″ x 9″ piece of luggage. Think of it as saving time and money.