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1. Use sleeping pills. Consult your doctor but Ambien seems to be the drug of choice.

2. Bring a blanket and pillow. Many airlines have cut back which means you might not even get one and if you do, it probably won't be very comfortable or clean (unless you are in business or first class). Many companies sell travel pillows/blankets from DreamSack (you can buy it here) to Satori.

3. Wear comfortable clothing. Smart travelers look sharp when boarding and deplaning but in between, they change out of their restrictive clothing and into pajamas, sweat pants and/or cozy socks.

4. Bring your iPod, Bose noise-canceling headset and earplugs. Need I say more?

5. Travel armed with magazines, newspapers and books. Everyone needs something good to read to pass the time.

6. Bring an eye mask. I don't like the cheap scratchy ones that the airlines pass out – instead, spend $9 and buy a fluffy one that will make you look silly but feel fresh. I have one from Lewis & Clarke.

7. Use the First Class Sleeper (buy it here) or the Travel Rest Pillow. Click here for more gadgets.

8. Filter your air. I haven't used this yet but I like the concept of filtering the re-circulating air (

9. Bring snacks.

10. Get your game on. If you are traveling with someone, bring a deck of cards or games. My favorite is Travel Scrabble.

11. Reserve a good seat! Consult or for the choice ones.

12. Put on a smile and bring a box of chocolates. Be nice to the gate agents and flight attendants. They can make or break your flight.

Sorry! No video this week, but we do have all the Johnny Jet videos ever made on YouTube.

NEXT WEEK: Join me as we head to the new gambling capital of the world!

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  • I have a question as how one should carry or not carry their passport when in a foreign country. Is it safer to leave one's passport locked up in the hotel safe or is it better to carry one's passport in a pouch next to the body? I usually leave the passport in the hotel safe. Frederick M – Passaic, NJ. REPLY: It’s a personal decision but I usually leave mine locked up in the hotel safe. But I also have a photocopy of it in a separate bag and keep a digital scan in a web-based email account I rarely use so I can access it from anywhere in the world.

  • I was in Denver for two days this week, and I saw your newsletter. It urged me to write you a long, boring email about my recent travel woes. I'm just curious whether I've had a 9 month streak of really bad luck or if everyone's just as frustrated with airline travel in the US lately. I have been to Alaska, Amsterdam, Ohio, Seattle, Vegas and Alaska (again) since last November. I would say 50% of my flights have been delayed, and on about 75% of my flights something interesting of note has happened. My bags have been lost or damaged on three legs. I am completely fed up with the incompetence of baggage handlers and the apathy of airline carriers about baggage treatment. United damaged my lighting kit wheel base that weighs 87lbs and told me it's not my problem because they don't cover wheel damages. The kit isn't even mine, it's a friend's. I'm guessing the case costs a few hundred bucks. Which brings up an interesting question: How much money would airlines save per year if they could reduce their damaged and lost baggage by half? What happens to lost baggage? Is there some sort of lost baggage graveyard somewhere? My flight from LAX to Denver on Monday morning was the most interesting. The plane was an Airbus A320 on United, I sat middle seat 16B. We encountered heavy turbulence on our descent to Denver, and the girl on the window seat had some bad gas the whole flight and appeared pretty uncomfortable. On our final approach the pilot came in too high, and had to abort the landing. As the plane lurched and tilted upwards back into the turbulence, I didn't think much of it - until the girl next to me started hyperventilating. I knew she was getting air sick, so I tried to calm her down by talking to her. She continued hyperventilating, lurched, and covered her hand with her mouth. She puked in her mouth. Then instead of spitting it out into a barf bag she swallowed it!!! Needless to say I felt pretty nauseated when we finally landed. Joe S – Los Angeles, CA REPLY: Oh my! That is awful and disgusting. To answer your main question there is a “Baggage Graveyard”. It’s in Alabama and is called the Unclaimed Baggage Center.

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