Just a quick follow-up to my post Avoid overpacking with a simple trip plan. A quick (4D/3N) trip to Vegas for a trade show, this trip involved two flights on a Beech 1900D (for those of you unfamiliar with this aircraft, the “D” stands for Devoid of Comfort).

If you ever need to experience what a sardine feels like when it’s put into the can, find one of these planes. What it lacks in space, it makes up for with deafening noise.

In any event, the trip was (otherwise) great. As readers of the earlier post will recall, I packed 3 oxford shirts, a couple of golf shirts, a blazer, two pair of slacks, and wore jeans while traveling. Bottom line: I used everything in my bag except for one pair of slacks. The pair I actually used are khakis which are light in color (stone); the other pair was there in case something was spilled on the first. I didn’t need them.

A few random notes:

  • These short trips have become so routine I often don’t bother using a trip checklist when packing for them. For those of you who also don’t employ a checklist, Adriano offered up an excellent (and funny) tip in the comments:

It has also happened to me to forget some critical stuff (socks, once, but not only). What I do is, starting from the feet, checking if I have something to replace what I wear while I am packing. And it works flawlessly… unless you are naked…

  • A few of my colleagues who don’t travel often were along on this trip, and watching them made me think a post about tips for beginning or novice travelers might be of use. One pissed off a cabbie; three showed up at the wrong terminal at McCarran for the trip home; another overpacked.
  • Why is it that inexpensive hotels offer free WiFi and more expensive hotels charge $9.95+ per day for the same thing?
  • I used the Bihn Synapse as my “seatside” bag/daypack, and it worked well; it’ll soon be the subject of a full review on this site
  • I did something on this trip that I haven’t done in a long time: lost something (and no, I’m not talking about an ill fated trip to the blackjack table)!  I used a pair of Silent Ear earplugs on one of the Beech 1900 flights; as we neared Denver, I put them in the coin pocket of my jeans. Haven’t seen them since. Perhaps I’ll use this as an opportunity to get a pair a Howard Leight MAX’s or Hearos
  • My casual jacket on this trip was a Mountain Hardwear Offwidth. I love the thing: it blocks the wind, is super comfortable, and good looking. When I enter the airport I slip my BlackBerry into one of its zippered pockets, my watch into another, and I’m set for the security checkpoint. I like this jacket so much, I bought another (in black) yesterday. To my knowledge the Offwidth has been discontinued; if you’re interested, check it out now. (I have no connection to Mountain Hardwear – I simply appreciate good gear!)

Have a great week!

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6 Comments on Vegas trip report

  1. Gary Williams says:

    >Why is it that inexpensive hotels offer free WiFi and more expensive >hotels charge $9.95+ per day for the same thing?

    You have touched a nerve.

    I suppose the answer would be, “Because only those who use the service should have to pay its cost.” I’ll buy that a la carte argument when they start charging for the pool which I don’t use. The real answer, I think, is that internet users suffer greater withdrawal symptoms if they can’t get their fix than do pool users.

    For me the solution is simple; I never stay anywhere more expensive than a Super 8 when traveling, and thus never have to pay for internet. (Well, once I paid at Motel 6, because even with the $3 charge they were cheaper than Super 8.)


  2. Michael W. says:

    “What it lacks in space, it makes up for with deafening noise.”



    Kevin Reply:

    Ha. Thanks for noticing…


  3. Scott says:

    OK, so two things… First, on a business trip to London (well, it was my wife’s trip, I played tourist) we stayed at the Renaissance Chancery Court Hotel for a per night rate that exceeded $300… and wifi wasn’t included. I stood in the doorway of the McDonald’s across the street to Skype my kids. I write this from a Hilton Garden Inn in Oklahoma City (pity me, please) where wifi (and breakfast) is free and the rate is $89. Yeah, so OKC isn’t LHR, but really?

    I’m very, very insterested in your Synapse review. It might be the answer I’m looking for. I’m 6’3″ but want a quite small backback for leisure travel. I have a Tom Bihn Ego for my laptop and a Western Flyer and a Aeronaut for carry on. I am looking for something that will work for leisure travel and will double — with an insert if necessary –for a camera bag that will hold a DLSR, flash, an extra lens, chargers, and a guidelbook or two (and if apple will up the inventory soon, an iPad2). The synapse looks like the small backpack that might work, and Tom Bihn creations are really awesome, in my book.


  4. Adriano says:

    Why is it that inexpensive hotels offer free WiFi and more expensive hotels charge $9.95+ per day for the same thing?

    My explanation for this: because, if you can afford an expensive hotel, you are supposed to be able (and willing) to pay for the internet as well.

    This reminds me of a story I heard in Moscow.

    Two rich Russians meet.
    “Oh, what a nice watch” says one.
    “Yes! I’ve just bought it in the shop next to Gum (now a posh mall next to the Red Square). It cost me 2,000 dollars” replies the other.
    “You silly-billy, they conned you” says the first one. “If you had bought it in the other shop, you’d have paid at least 2,500 dollars!“.

    The more expensive, the better. This (at least for me) strange and unconceivable behaviour is called Veblen effect.


  5. K-eM says:

    I also just got back from a conference in LV.

    Because my bag was small enough to fit under the seat in front of me I got to take advantage of the airline’s offer of earlier seating. They offered earlier seating (right after Priority and those with small children) to anyone whose carry-ons would fit under the seat.

    That was awesome. I got to sit quietly and out of the way while all the over-packers were vying for space in the overhead bins or trying to get back to the front of the plane with a bag that wouldn’t fit.

    Regarding internet access. We paid $38 a night (yes it was clean and comfortable) and had to use tethered internet. So I would guess it’s…low cost: tethered internet…mid cost: free wi-fi…high cost: paid wi-fi?

    I missed out on the sardine can plane this round. : )


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