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#41 Sam Robinson

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Posted 07 March 2015 - 05:42 PM

Regardless of what I carry I always get searched or have a problem.

I've taken a pipe smoking tool through with a semi blade to it and didn't casue any harm.....until I walked through and they did bomb residue test on my hands....mind you the pipe tool was just fine. I Get searched even outside of airports and in arenas always and I rarely if ever have done anything wrong or have contraband.

Reminds me of a story my mate tells... He is an explosives expert that works for the DoD here in australia. He was out testing that week and came home on the friday to fly intestate to see his GF. He was pulled up just after the metal detectors and asked to submit to an explosives test. In the event he was fully open with the guy saying that he was carrying his defense ID and that he is an explosives expert and had been out testing all week, but told the guy that he would return a negitive result to the explosives test because the stuff he had been testing all week was too advanced for the test.

 

I have bought TSA approved locks for when i travel to New Zeland later this year. 


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#42 Rob Hamilton

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Posted 23 May 2015 - 01:55 AM

Ear plugs! Sanity (and sleep) preservers in noisy hotel rooms and planes. 



#43 Renegade Pilgrim

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Posted 25 May 2015 - 01:00 AM

I have Global Entry which gets me TSA Pre-Check. $100 for five years.  Best investment ever!

 

Depending on length of trip, I usually travel carry-on only, so I usually leave my sharp things home.  On long trips, I check a bag and put my sharp things in there.

 

For the flight, I always have my toiletry kit, electronics (tablet, iPhone, iPod, laptop, camera), charging cables, journal, pen, a magazine to read, snacks, water bottle, earplugs, and anything else I might need depending on the length of flight.



#44 T Shrapnel-Carruthers

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Posted 17 June 2015 - 09:07 AM

I specialise in managing international projects so have a lot of air travel behind me (on one project I did 90+ flights per year for two years). Usually I travel with carry-on only, which means some potentially useful things get left behind but hanging around for check-in luggage twice a week gets old quickly.

 

My packing approach is modular so that I can quickly tailor my load to the nature of the trip. As well as making packing faster, by keeping relevant items in each bag, the chance of forgetting something is greatly reduced.

 

My basic work bag is an Incase sleeve, where I keep:

  • MacBook Air and charger.
  • Micro USB and Lightning cables (both about 4" long).
  • Anker Astro battery.
  • Moleskine notebook and calendar.
  • Passport, pens, small zip bag to put coins in.
  • Laser pointer.

This is the minimum that I need for a day in the office.

 

For short-haul flights the briefcase can slip into the outside pocket of my main bag to get comply with the one piece of luggage rule that many airlines operate in Europe. Once aboard I stow the main bag and keep the briefcase with me so that I don't have to keep jumping up and down.

The main bag is a Tumi wheeled carry-on, which is max size under IATA rules for carry-on (exact model no longer available, this is close). 

  • I pack clothes in a selection of Eagle Creek folders and cubes
  • I have a dedicated wash kit, so no risk of forgetting a toothbrush, etc.
  • in the side pockets I have things like spare teabags, basic medicines like paracetamol, etc.
  • Folding umbrella

On long-haul flights, where I can usually get away with a second bag, I supplement the above with a Tumi Alpha bag. The Incase bag fits into this and the extra space allows me to carry additional items including:

  • power adapters depending upon the destination.
  • warm jumper for the flight.
  • Bose noise cancelling headphones (secret to sleeping on a plane).
  • Water & snacks.
  • Change of clothes, if I have to check the big bag.

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#45 Joshua Denton

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Posted 20 August 2015 - 08:03 AM

I always assume that my checked bags will be opened by TSA. So I don't usually put anything in there that I care much about. I stopped using locks after 9/11. Using zip ties is a good option, if TSA needs to open at least they just snip the zip ties, and bring a few extra to "relock" on the return trip. I know there's TSA approved locks, but I don't use them.

And now I do my best to be less tan and more clean shaven :). Although the older I get, the less suspicious I seem to look....

 

How do you cut the zip tie if the TSA hasn't and your knives are checked inside....



#46 Nathaniel P

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Posted 20 August 2015 - 08:28 AM

How do you cut the zip tie if the TSA hasn't and your knives are checked inside....

Depending on the size of zip ties, you can actually shim them with a metal nail file or your finger and open them that way, without damaging the ties so they can be used again.

Here's a vid on shimming zip ties if you are interested. The vid is for escaping from illegal restraint, but the concept is the same.

 

And I believe the TSA allows small scissors, like those on small knifeless multi tools. 



#47 Dave

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 02:59 AM

Can get same type product in a wide variety of sizes and shapes from pelican products. I've used on for many years when camping hiking horse camping and in my work bag.

Yes! Almost always travel with cigars. I have a travel humidor similar to this: http://www.cheaphumi...DlWwaArDn8P8HAQ



#48 blackfeathers

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 04:04 PM

Flying overseas I feel less capable. You forget to put something needing to go in your luggage, they take it. You pack it in your luggage, there's no piece of mind that they won't open your luggage and take stuff as well. 

 

The TSA once stole my nice, large TSA-approved lock in the mid-2000s, which they no longer make. That was when they rummaged through my check-in luggage just because the luggage looked modern-sleek at the time. While I was re-imbursed with a check for the lock, I could never find it again. Perhaps they stopped making it - which is probably why it was taken in the first place?

 

So, I have to settle for collateral items that I normally don't carry.

 

And now, I would list all the items in the check-in luggage and include a copy of that list in the luggage also with a photo of the packed items. So, when they do open it up there's less of a chance of thinking that I wouldn't notice something is missing and not be pissed. At least there would be some form of added documentation and to let them know it's happened before and that I don't want it to happen again.

 

So when traveling, I can't have nice things. lol 



#49 T Shrapnel-Carruthers

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 02:25 AM

Airport security guards everywhere are petty bureaucrats in uniform, not a happy species. I don't have much experience with the TSA, but they sound particularly awful.



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Posted 24 September 2015 - 04:02 PM

It is not the smallest recharger out there, but it is tough and powerful, I really like the Venture 30 by Goal Zero http://www.goalzero....re-30-recharger .

If I am traveling anywhere where water will be involved, the ECase eSeries 9 by Cascade Designs http://www.cascadede...eries-9/product .

Griptilian by Benchmade, Leatherman Wave (these two obviously not in carry-on), Surfire Nitrolon, Fisher Space Pen

5.11 All Hazards Nitro http://www.511tactic...ards-nitro.html



#51 WrxOwner

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Posted 04 November 2015 - 11:55 AM

in my pocket during a flight.

1) maratac aaa

2) nail clippers

3) small screw driver

4) tweezers

 

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#52 whosaidjazz

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 07:15 AM

My packing approach is modular so that I can quickly tailor my load to the nature of the trip. As well as making packing faster, by keeping relevant items in each bag, the chance of forgetting something is greatly reduced.

 

My basic work bag is an Incase sleeve, where I keep:

  • MacBook Air and charger.
  • Micro USB and Lightning cables (both about 4" long).
  • Anker Astro battery.
  • Moleskine notebook and calendar.
  • Passport, pens, small zip bag to put coins in.
  • Laser pointer.

This is the minimum that I need for a day in the office.

 

Can you point me at the Incase product you have? My overall travel needs are very similar to yours and I've got a very similar set up currently but what shoots it in the foot is my bulky laptop/brief that has to be my second carry on regardless of where I'm going. Something slimmer with the real essentials would be really useful. It makes sense that all of that fits in but the charger would be very bulky compared to the rest of those things wouldn't it?



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Posted 13 November 2015 - 03:19 PM

My bag gets searched all the time because I check a handgun! At least they're checking... right?

 

Here's my domestic travel EDC:

- Kershaw Leek Serrated (checked)

- S&W Bodyguard .380 (checked and also depends on where I'm traveling to)

- Mophie Powerstation battery

- Zebra F-701 pen (1 in my pocket, 1 in my bag)

- Other travel basics (phone, wallet, inhaler, etc.)

 

 

International travel EDC:

- I have yet to try to check a knife, but I did manager to get a Gerber Shard through all security checkpoints in China (those guys are super thurough)

- Passport

- Mophie Powerstation battery

- Ear plugs

- Monkeyfist keychain

- LED flashlight with strobe

- Zebra F-701 pen (3 total)

- Other travel basics (phone, wallet, inhaler, etc.)



#54 Heretofore

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Posted 18 December 2015 - 09:45 AM

I always travel will these things:

 

- Water Bottle, refill after I am thru security

- A good pen, for crosswords and customs forms

- Pill fob, for spare cash


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#55 Adam Morris

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 04:20 PM

And I believe the TSA allows small scissors, like those on small knifeless multi tools.


Amazingly the TSA will let you carry on scissors with "blades smaller than 4 inches" (measured from the tip to the fulcrum. Which means my beard scissors should be allowed (and I can carry a disposable razor but not my schick injector with a single razor blade in it)...

Their usual proviso "Agent at checkpoint gets to make the final decision" applies.

#56 Gonzo the Chef

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 06:10 PM

I always travel will these things:

 

- Water Bottle, refill after I am thru security

- A good pen, for crosswords and customs forms

- Pill fob, for spare cash

 

Water bottle to refill after security is also a must for me! Can't stand paying for water and the waste of buying all the re-usable bottles. 

Something that I haven't seen posted in here that I frequently travel with is a pack towl. They are super absorbent, super minimalist towels that take up little space, dry quickly and are great for travel. 

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#57 Franklion

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 09:25 AM

^^^^Great idea. To go with your PackTowel you can carry a Matador Mini blanket!

 

I would totally use one for naps.

 

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#58 Nixon Samuela

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 12:53 AM

Leatherman wave and victorinox climber came with me to Rarotonga :) little tip... one drop of salt water on your leatherman wave will cause minor rust haha. Lesson learned




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