Travel Packing Tips for Meeting and Event Planners
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Travel Packing Tips for Meeting and Event Planners

Travel is exhausting; it didn’t used to be.


My first flight was in the late ’40s, which means I’ve been a frequent flyer for more than 70 years albeit not earning frequent flyer points until the start of the programs in the ’80s, with my Dad on a prop plane from Ohio to New Jersey. I only remember it from photos commemorating my first flight.


That first flight took place during the days when we walked on the tarmac and up steps to board planes and when we arrived, those greeting us came to the tarmac as well.


For that first trip, I didn’t have to pack and I’m sure what was in Dad’s suitcases for both of us was far different than what I later needed as an adult for my travels! MORE

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What’s Your Take?

For business trips, I:

  • Always overpack, just in case.
  • Pack just enoug for the trip.
  • Have no clue what to pack!

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Additional Reading

What Tyra Banks Can’t Travel Without (via The New York Times)
Television personality, producer, entrepreneur and former model Tyra Banks has a lengthy resume, but is probably best known these days for instructing aspiring models to “smize” (smile with their eyes) MORE

Who Owns the Space Between Airline Seats? (via The Economist)
TO WHOM does the legroom on an aeroplane belong? More specifically, who owns the four inches of knee-space into which a passenger can recline his seat? MORE

How to Create Some Personal Time During a Busy Work Trip (via Ladders)
A business trip does not have to be all about business to be successful. Finding a little “vacation time” within an assigned work trip is achievable if you learn how to balance the needs of your employer with your goal of personal downtime. MORE

TSA Packing Information for Liquids on Flights (via
You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. MORE

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Marriott Planner Clash: What’s Commission Got to Do With It?
In Houston and Puerto Rico people are still homeless and without power. Though I have no statistics, I imagine some of those people are in the hospitality industry. MORE

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