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TRAVEL TIPS & TRENDS Smart Tips By Robert J. Casias, CMP lightweight. Minimize by bringing less and washing more often, and also try to stick to one general color palette to allow for mixing and matching. o Light wind breaker, scarf, gloves, mittens, hat for cooler climates o Dress shoes, and one pair of comfortable walking shoes or sneakers o Reusable containers for travel size toiletries. Green and cost effective! o Ipod or MP3 Player for working out and relaxation o Laptop or tablet – download travel information (maps and itineraries) on your electronic device. Plan your route ahead of time and e-mail them to yourself— know what the fare will be before you get into a taxi or use public transportation. o E-mail yourself and store on your computer copies of your itinerary, drivers license, passport, etc – this will make it easier to replace if lost or stolen o Cell phone (skip camera if your phone has a nice quality camera) o Toiletry bag – remember the quart size bag rule o Miscellaneous items like sewing kit, first-aid (to include any of your medications), ear plugs o Make sure your wallet has photo identification and credit/debit card (stop by ATM and get cash for tipping or snacks) o Pack one weightless nylon bag to use as carry-on during return trip for things you may have picked up on your trip. With later hotel check in times and delays, it’s always preferable to pack light and be mobile. And carrying one bag will make things a whole lot easier and less stressful. LIKE MOST PEOPLE, I love to travel both domestically and internationally. Though most of my domestic travel is for work and international for leisure, many of my travel routines and tips apply equally to both types of travel. My aim for this article is to help you pack lightly whenever you travel. With most airlines charging checked bag fees, passengers have resorted to carrying on their luggage more than ever. Recommendations today are that you travel with only one bag, be it a backpack or a 22” x 14” x 9” suitcase with wheels. With the new shrink bags that are sold at stores you can pack a whole lot of clothes in a very compact space. This list is not all inclusive, but it’s a start. One of my helpful hints I learned in researching for this article came from Rick Steves’ travel website: “Don’t pack for the worst scenario. Pack for the best scenario and simply buy yourself out of jams.” Take notes from previous trips. Last time you traveled, what item did you not use at all that you still packed anyway? Those are the things to leave home without next time you travel. It’s also a good idea to check the climate update report for your destination to help determine what you pack. At the end of the article I have listed some helpful resources that have more travel tips for both men and women. o Pair of slacks, wear a belt or pack one, pair of jeans, 3 shirts/ blouses, pair of shorts, and underwear for 3 days. For women, pack 2-3 dresses that can be worn during the day and dressed up for the evening. Always pack clothes that are versatile and MEMBERSHIP NEWS The Value of Your Membership AFTER ONE OF the most turbulent years in the meeting planning industry, being a member of SGMP is more important than ever. Despite the current industry climate, SGMP closed out Fiscal Year 2012 with only nine fewer members than we had at its start (for a FY loss of 0.3%). This is a testament to how beneficial – not only to you – but to your employer, maintaining a membership is. Education, resources, and networking are the pillars of SGMP and it is what allows us to advance our mission and drive our membership as we continue to grow as an organization. At just $55 annually for a government meeting planner membership, the benefits of joining SGMP certainly come at a bargain. The education our organization provides through our CGMP course is intended to not only give you the highest designation possible for a government meeting professional, but to help you maintain this by keeping you informed as the regulation of the industry changes. Being a part of SGMP is integral to your personal and professional development. 26 GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONS | FALL 2012 By Kimberly Kowal, CGMP Our annual National Education Conference Expo (NEC) is the perfect opportunity to benefit from the three pillars of SGMP. As it becomes increasingly more difficult to prove the value of your attendance at a conference, SGMP is taking the initiative this year to provide our members with a justification letter for attending the NEC. The purpose of this letter will be to show just how important and beneficial your attendance is (this letter can be found on our conference website in November when registration for the NEC opens). Attendance at conferences are important for our industry because it allows you to learn from the material presented and also from your peers during networking opportunities. According to a survey conducted by the Government Executive: “The chief reasons for attending conferences, respondents said, were professional training (cited as most important by 69%), sharing best practices (64%) and networking with peers/colleagues (63%). Additional reasons for attendance

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Fall 2012

President’s Letter
Editor’s Letter
Going Places
Dieting on a Per Diem
Plan Green
Education Edge
Demonstrate the Value of Your Meeting
Good to Know
Supplier Strategy
That’s Technology
Conference Connection
Freeze of Per Diem Rates is not a Hotel Freeze out for Government Business
Membership News
Travel Tips & Trends
Continuing Education Now Includes New ADA Rules
SGMP Nation
Advertisers’ Index
The Meeting Minute

Government Connections - Fall 2012