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The Problem: How to meet social and work obligations and still play outside?
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Three tips from Susan Foster, author of Smart Packing for Today's Traveler: (1) Get a 22-inch rolling carry-on with a suit compartment. (2) Bring only two pairs of shoes. (Try a formal pair and a hiker that passes muster at the bar.) (3) Use all available space by rolling up underwear and socks and tucking them into your shoes.
Lie. Tell your friends your flight arrives an hour later than it actually does and use the time for a stealth hike. You'll feel more energized for happy hour.
Skip the hypersocial breakfast and recruit others for a high-intensity two-hour outing. Research trails before the trip (try americantrails.org) and keep your group to four or fewer.
Join everyone for the pre-dinner hot-tubbing, but try not to soak for more than 15 minutes (dehydrates you). Clean up and suit up for the night's event.
Ease the hangover (which you probably won't have if you stuck to sake; click here) with a protein-rich brunch, then hit the trails for a mellow preflight hike.
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