Every time I take a trip, I tell myself I will be even more organized. I'm not sure if I'll ever reach that state of packing nirvana, but here are a few tools that help take the stress off the week before traveling for business:
- Universal Packing List is a nifty program that lets you specify where you're going, how long you'll be gone and what activities you'll be doing, and it spits back a recommended packing list. I have my own checklist I keep on Protopage that I use for each of my trips, but this helps me think of items I might not.
- Pick the best seat on the plane with SeatGuru, recently acquired by TripAdvisor. It shows you seat maps, specs for seats with limited recline, reduced legroom, and more.
- Take a quick look at the TSA's latest security measures to ensure your gelled shoe inserts aren't confiscated at the security checkpoint.
- Pack antibacterial wet wipes. I limit my use of antibacterials so they don't wash down into our water supply, but I love these moist towelettes for limiting germ-spread on my seatbelt buckle and seat-back tray. Totally Howard Hughes, but worth it.