Life Hacker gives us 10 tips for air travel. One where I heartily agree:
10. Ignore the Food for Better Sleep
My addition: pack Clif bars and oranges. Also, stay hydrated (you’ll have less jet lag), so skip wine and coffee. Bring, or ask for, extra water. (If you hate the idea of buying a $3 bottle in the terminal, bring an empty bottle and fill it at the water fountain after security.)
Finally, one of the more unexpected tips:
7. Pack a Starter Pistol (or Actual Gun) to Protect Valuables
Their rationale: Nobody will mess with your checked camera if it’s packed with a pistol and held extra secure.
Before you run out to the gun shop, two thoughts: do you really want to backpack Europe with a pistol? And possibly more important, when the airline bumps you off a flight and loses your luggage, do you really want to have a gun handy?