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“The slower we move, the faster we die. Make no mistake, moving is living.”
– Ryan Bingham in Up in the Air

Does your luggage weigh you down? “You know how much time you lose by checking in,” Ryan Bingham asks new recruit Natalie Keener in the film Up in the Air. “35 minutes a flight. I travel 270 days a year. That’s 157 hours. That makes seven days. You willing to throw away an entire week on that?”

Take a page from Ryan on how to save time and lighten you load when traveling for business with his top tips on what to wear and how to avoid packing things you think you will need, but never use.

1. Pack your belt, don’t wear it. You’re holding up the line for an accessory. Watching you fumble with a buckle makes my eyes bleed.

2. Your watch won’t set off the metal detector. So stop putting it in your shoe.

3. Tourists are amateurs. They carry way too much electronic equipment and their brains are on vacation. You see a sun visor—go to the next line.

4. Please, for the love of God, stop waving goodbye to your family as you’re going through the metal detector. Kiss your loved one at the curb and be done with it.

5. Pick up your trays on the other side of the conveyor belt. Don’t cause a traffic jam.

6. More people to avoid:
–the guy with the oversized musical instrument.
— the high school softball team that’s too excited to be traveling.
–the angry senior citizen who will get into an argument with the TSA officer.
–the stoner… obvious pat down.

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  • Love it!

    Well, here’s my additions. Not really life-changing but worth a look.

    1. Pack what you think you need, then take out 1/2 of everything. That is probably what your really need!

    2. Have a routine. Put your laptop, and anything else you need to remove from your bag for screening in the same spot (in your bag and in the trays) time after time. This way you are not fumbling for items to place in the trays, or fumbling to put them back. Repetition makes you Efficient! This goes for the undressing routine. Shoes off, jacket off, shoes in bin, jacket in bin on top, laptop in, bin and liquids place beside, as an example.

    3. You CAN pass an EMPTY water bottle or an EMPTY coffee travel mug through security. Just make sure they are EMPTY and place the empty container in the plastic bins. TSA may want to quickly check it to be sure it’s empty (especially if it is a metal travel mug).

    4. Streamline your electronics! Need an iPod, a Cell Phone, a Leptop, a DVD player, a set of earphones for each, and maybe an electronic reading device (like a Kindle)? Really. Well, as an example, a Blackberry is already a great music player. With an extra memory chip, it can hold thousands of songs or digital media content. You Blackberry headset works great as a stereophonic headset. Give up the bluetooth device. They sound horrible and you just have to charge them and keep track of them! Your laptop is probably already a DVD player. Most are. A Kindle also is a good mp3 payer! OK, you need a laptop. But I travel with a Laptop, a Blackberry, and a Kindle. Easy. And I have never had to remove my Kindle or Blackberry from my bag for screening. Just the Laptop.

    5. Don’t lose your paperwork. Keep your boarding pass somewhere handy. You do not need to show it to the TSA agent as you pass through the metal detector. Put it away as soon as you pass the first ID/Boarding Pass screening point. I put mine in my back pocket. Next to my wallet.



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