The recent thread on travel got me to thinking...I'm sure there are a lot of travelers here, and everyone probably has their own little tips or tricks, things that you do to make travel easier. Whether its how you pack, how you eat, tips to make crossing time zones easier, websites you use when traveling, etc. Just little things that you do or tools you use that you've learned along the way.
I'll start; I have a couple ideas to get this rolling:
[b]Going through security[/b]
I have a specific way that I go through TSA security checkpoints:
1. Grab 2 bins
2. Lift carry-on suitcase and laptop bag onto counter, with carry-on suitcase closer to the X-ray machine
3. Place one of the bins in front of my suitcase (so it's the first item "in line"), and the other bin behind my laptop bag (so it's the last item "in line")
4. Place shoes, wallet, keys, coins, and phone in first bin and send it through
5. Send roller suitcase through
6. Take laptop out of bag and place in bin. Send laptop bag and bin through
Now here's the beauty of this. All of my items are going to emerge from the X-Ray machine in the order that's easiest for me to quickly re-assemble myself.
The first bin, with my shoes, wallet, etc and other personal items are at the least risk for stopping the conveyor for further inspection. So those items will come though and I can quickly put on my shoes, watch, and put my coins and wallet away
Then my suitcase will come through and I can take it off the conveyor and place it on the floor.
Then my laptop bag will come through and I can place it on my suitcase (which is already on the floor with the handle extended).
Then finally my laptop will come through and I can slide it into my laptop bag, which is already on my suitcase waiting for it. Then I simply grab the handle of the roller suitcase and walk away.
If you think about ordering your items in a way that makes it easiest for you to reassemble on the other side, it's a breeze. On the other hand, if you send your laptop bag through first and it stops the conveyor for further inspection, well then your dead in the water because everything else is behind your laptop bag.
This site is more of a novelty than anything else, but still fun. You can enter all of your flights and it maps them out and shows some interesting statistics
This is an itinerary building site. You can simply email all of your travel confirmations to the site and it builds your itinerary with amazing accuracy by simply extracting data from your email itinerary. It also has a lot of other convenient features, like being able to send it commands via email. For example, you can email TripIt the command "get flight tomorrow" and it will respond with your flight details. Its emails come in plain text and are easy to view on a smartphone. There are many other commands too.
This is the website that I use to determine which flight I want to take. It has a very handy graphical UI. You can't book from the site, but it does display flight costs. Once I've used this to determine which flights to book, I then go directly to the airline website to book.
That's all that I can think of for now, I hope that you found this valuable!