Birder's Guide

AUG 2013

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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Seattle, Washington Alan Knue and depth measurements added together. Some regional airlines have less overhead space, and you must check larger carryons at the gate. Additionally, many airlines, especially those outside the U.S. and Canada, have weight restrictions and some may have different size requirements for carry-on luggage. Any piece larger than the maximum size will need to be checked or, if it is too heavy, some items will need to be removed. This could be especially problematic if you are on a connecting fight, because you will not have access to any checked luggage and no a place to put the excess items! So plan accordingly, and always verify all of your airline's baggage restrictions before arriving at the airport. Know the "3-1-1 rule" for carry-ons. This means liquids, aerosols, and gels in your carry-on must be in 3.4-ounce (100ml) or smaller (by volume) bottles, all packed in a single (per person) one-quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag. The bag should be placed in a screening bin at the airport security station. Medications, infant formula, breast milk, and baby food are allowed in reasonable amounts exceeding three ounces and don't have to be in the zip-top bag, but you must declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. A great product to use for your liquids is GoToob ; this product comes in several sizes (three-ounce or less), so that you can place shampoo, sunscreen, body lo- tion, and other personal care products in a drip/leak-proof container that meets the 3-1-1 requirements. They are safe for food, and 100% free of BPA and PC. It is best to carry all the bare necessities in your carry-on baggage; everything on the essentials list is currently allowed to be carried on. You can also carry on your camera, feld scope, and tripod; I have never had a problem carrying these items on a plane, whether for a domestic or international fight. Packing them in protective cases or sacks helps lessen scrutiny. You can also fll a small backpack with your essential items and place that bag in your wheeled luggage in order to have more fexibility on the other end of the fight. I have heard of birders being questioned about extra batteries in luggage. Both the TSA and CATSA state that you may pack spare lithium batteries in your carry-on baggage, but that lithium batteries are not permitted in your checked luggage. For personal use, there is generally no restriction on the number of spare batteries allowed in carry-on baggage, including those for cell phones, hearing aids, and laptops, as well as AA/AAA batteries. For more information, see and . Today's smartphones, some MP3 players (such as iPod touch), tablets, and many laptops are making it easier to pack less by reducing the number of devices required to maintain the same functionality that multiple "vintage" devices once offered. A mobile computer is potentially an MP3 player, digital camera, GPS device, compass, altimeter, e-book reader, feld guide, cell phone, and email and August 2013 | Birder's Guide to Travel 57

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