7 Essential Accessories for the iPhone 3GS

Enjoying the comforts of home when you hit the road is a whole lot easier when you’re packing an iPod 3GS. Equipped with the best music player in the world, easy e-mail, constant connectivity, and spiffy good looks make it a great travel companion. To do justice to this power-hungry, easily scratched, way-too-delicate, yet versatile iPhone 3GS, you’ll need only the best road-tested accessories.

I’ve been toting an iPhone since its inception, constantly challenging it on the road, and refining its accessory kit as the choices have grown way beyond the manageable level. Two years later, I’ve narrowed it down to seven essentials that I’ve personally put through the crucible of various aircraft and their associated airports, multi-thousand-mile road trips, cross-country train travel, and even a boat or two. Here’s the hard-won, battle-hardened list.

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How to Fly Without ID!

So disaster has struck and you are at the airport with no ID and the flight departs in 20. You miss this flight and its game over, your girlfriend will drop you for that Law grad student she keeps bringing up, you will prove to the fam that you are incapable of being on time or handling even the smallest of responsibilities and basically be an all around schmuck.

Well don’t worry! Your relationship is saved and your family will be none the wiser because you; my dear disillusioned friend can fly without an ID.

Step 1. Don’t be frightened. When you present your dilemma to the ticketing agent the responses will vary. If you are not so lucky you will get the “freak out” and they will demand you produce some form of government issued picture ID. They may even get snippy and insist that it is a federal law! Well, fear not because this is far from the truth. Actually to the contrary the law mandates that it is illegal to barre you from flight based on the absence of ID alone. So take solace in this fact, take a deep breath and prepare for step 2.

Step 2. Have you found your center? Smile politely and request to be a “selectee.” This term comes straight from federal mandate security directive 26-05 that states:

1. IDENTIFY THE PASSENGER –

A. ALL PASSENGERS WHO APPEAR TO BE 18 YEARS OF AGE WILL PRESENT A GOVERNMENT ISSUED PICTURE ID, OR TWO OTHER FORMS OF ID, AT LEAST ONE OF WHICH MUST BE ISSUED BY A GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY.

B. THE AGENT MUST RECONCILE THE NAME ON THE ID AND THE NAME ON THE TICKET – EXCEPT AS NOTED BELOW.

C. IF THE PASSENGER CANNOT PRODUCE IDENTIFICATION, OR IT CANNOT BE RECONCILED TO MATCH THE TICKET, THE PASSENGER BECOMES A “SELECTEE.” CLEAR ALL OF THEIR LUGGAGE AS NOTED IN SECTION 6, BELOW.

6. CLEAR SELECTEE’S CHECKED AND CARRY-ON LUGGAGE, AND SUSPICIOUS ARTICLES DISCOVERED BY THE QUESTIONS ASKED;

A. IF THE SELECTEE IS ON A FLIGHT WITHIN THE 48 CONTINENTAL US STATES, OR TO MEXICO, OR TO CANADA, ITEMS CAN BE CLEARED BY EITHER OF THE FOLLOWING METHODS:

1. EMPTY THE LUGGAGE OR ITEM AND PHYSICALLY SEARCH ITS CONTENTS BY A QUALIFIED SCREENER, OR;

2. BAG-MATCH – ENSURE THE BAG IS NOT TRANSPORTED ON THE AIRCRAFT IF THE PASSENGER DOES NOT BOARD.

B. IF THE SELECTEE IS ON AN INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT – CHECKED LUGGAGE, CARRY-ON LUGGAGE, AND SUSPECT ITEMS CAN BE CLEARED ONLY BY THE FOLLOWING METHOD; EMPTY THE LUGGAGE OR ITEM AND PHYSICALLY SEARCH ITS CONTENTS BY QUALIFIED SCREENERS.

This continues on but I think you get the point.

Step 3. You should then be given some type of marking along the lines of an orange sticker both on your luggage and your ticket. This serves to inform personnel that you are a Selectee and will require additional security screening. Not scary stuff, but if you’re going to forget your ID then you’ll have to deal with the additional & thorough security measures. You may also be provided with a form to fill out and carry with you.

Step 4. Fly happy…

Presidential Inauguration: Hotels and Travel Tips

The historic inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden is quickly approaching with events beginning on January 15th through the day Obama officially takes office on the 20th.

The day a President takes office is generally a pretty big deal and can make travel relatively hectic. If you plan on making the trip to be a part of history in the making and join the thousands of others at the inauguration ceremony, we’ve outlined some can’t miss travel tips and hotel recommendations to ensure your trip is as historical as the ceremony.

Inaugural Events:
The Inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Ave. is free and open to everyone but all other inaugural event will require tickets.
– A New Birth of Freedom’
– Swearing in Ceremony
– Parade
– Inaugural Balls

The Tickets:
Tickets to the swearing in ceremony are free but you must request them from your U.S. representative or senator. You can guarantee that these tickets are going to go fast so if you haven’t called already get on the phone!

Warning:
Be wary of people or websites selling tickets to the swearing in ceremony. Even though it is not illegal to resell your tickets it is highly discouraged. And anyone stating that they will be mailed to you or that they are on hand is flat out lying. The 240,000 tickets are all in a secure location and must be picked up in person the day before the event.

Travel Tips

Hotels:
D.C. hotels are certainly going to be swamped and as such you can expect stay minimums or jacked up rates. To help alleviate you from some of the travel pandemonium and stay within a reasonable budget check out suburban hotels in outlying areas.

– Hotels near Arlington/Pentagon

– Hotels near Downtown DC

– Hotels near Alexandria

– Hotels near DuPont Circle

– Hotels near Bethesda MD

– Hotels near Fairfax

– Hotels near Capitol Hill

– Hotels near Ronald Reagan National Airport

– Hotels near College Park

Things to Do:
The inaugural events are great but if it’s your first time to D.C. you may want to hit some of the popular attractions and indulge in the patriotic spirit of the nations capital:
1. D.C. by Foot
2. City Segway Tours of Washington, DC
3. Washington National Cathedral
4. Lincoln Memorial
5. Washington Monument
6. U.S. National Arboretum
7. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
8. Vietnam Veterans Memorial
9. Newseum
10. Mobiletours

Where to Eat:
Here are some top rated delicatessens for you to indulge during your inaugural trip.
1. Dolcezza
2. Michel Richard Citronelle
3. Zaytinya
4. Makoto Restaurant
5. Sushi Taro
6. Komi
7. CityZen
8. Rasika
9. Minibar – Cafe Atlantico
10. Fogo de Chao

Good luck on your Inaugural adventure, travel safe and have fun!

The Ultimate Travel Checklist

Watch your Cash!

Don’t bring more than two credit cards with you on a vacation. Furthermore, make sure those companies know you are traveling. If you don’t inform them, they may freeze your card for suspicious overseas activity. If you have a hotel safe, use it. If not, be sure to only bring what you need with you when you go out. If you want to get really hardcore, purchase a money belt or neck wallet in order to keep your passport and extra cash in a safe place close to your body. Now if that is too extreme for you, just be aware of suspicious people and keep your wallet in the front of your pants. You already look out of place, so having a wallet in the front of your pants won’t make that much of a style difference.

Important documentation:

Visas

Passports (don’t wait until the last minute to see if they are expired!)

Insurance Cards (also check with your insurance agency for short term travel coverage)

Make sure your luggage has tags with your name and contact information on them.

Personal Items:

Rain protection; bring a mini Umbrella or a light Raincoat.

Toiletries: cosmetics, deodorant, shampoo, shaving needs etc.

Phone Charger (this may include having to buy a Voltage Converter overseas)

Floss, Toothbrush, Nail Clippers

Swimsuit, Sun block

Some extra batteries for things such as Cameras and Alarm Clocks

Be aware of any medical conditions you have, bring Aspirin in the U.S. before you leave so you’re sure and comfortable with any medications you are ingesting. Bug repellent for exotic vacations, and if you have problem flying, look into purchasing some Airborne.