Hey, everybody, and welcome to the first “real” entry in our New Jersey Living blog.
Today’s topic is travel, because we’re about to take our first-ever trip to Hawaii! Best of all, our company is footing the bill, as we and several of our coworkers have been selected to represent them at a conference there.
Needless to say, we’re really excited about this, but haven’t flown in quite a few years, so we’re doing some research on how to make it as hassle-free as possible.
One thing we’ve done is opted for some hard-shell luggage. This might not suit most people, but the durability of newer models, four wheels, and features like built-in TSA-approved locks, made us decide to go this route. The featured article at http://hardluggagesets.com has proven especially helpful in guiding us.
Also, we’re not particularly concerned about making any fashion statements with our suitcases, so we’re leaning toward picking something with bright colors so it’s easier to find in baggage claim. We haven’t settled on a set yet, but should be making a decision soon.
Another thing we’re talking about doing is transferring files and folders between our two laptops so we only have to bring one with us. This might not be possible for others, but one less computer means two fewer items (laptop + bag) to mess with when going through airport security.
Neither of us has to actually make a presentation … just help prepare it and be available to answer questions … so having to share one computer shouldn’t be a problem. We do most of your personal “computing” on our smart phones, so we will still be able to do our own things when we want to.
There are tons of articles on the web about prepping for a flight, so we’re not going to go through all of those details here. For US travel, though, the obvious place to start is at the Transportation Security Administration site. Since they’re the actual folks who will be screening us at the airport, it made sense to go straight to the source.
In particular, we found their travel checklist a very helpful summary of what will be required, so we can plan ahead. For instance, we hadn’t thought about the fact that Don would have to empty everything out of his pockets … not just metal like keys and change. With that in mind, he’ll be putting all of that stuff in a plastic bag and sticking it in his carry-on before we go through security.
This is about as far as we’ve gotten to date, but we’ve got a couple of months left to get everything organized. Hope you found this useful, and thanks for reading!