- Remove the filter holder (or whatever it's called) in the coffee maker in the hotel room in order to make hot water that does not taste like coffee. Also, carry your own tea bags in case they don't provide any in the room. I love a cup of tea, but hate the taste of coffee.
- Sign up for all the hotel reward cards. Even if you have no control over where you stay, and don't earn enough points for the "big" rewards (free nights), there are still nice perks. Like free bottles of water at some locations, and free Internet access at others. A reward card today saved me $12.95 daily Internet fees! (I use a neat app for my iPhone called CardStar. It stores ALL my rewards cards on my phone so I don't have to carry any of them. It's wonderful!)
- Always Always Always pack a snack (or two. or three. or maybe even four.) You never know when you'll be hungry and the snacks you can pick up for $1-2 at the grocery store will cost you $3-5 on the road.
If I didn't need my laptop for work trips, I wouldn't carry on anything but my purse. Since I do, I love the rolling computer bag that Bo gave me. It's much easier on my shoulders than carrying it! And, in a pinch, it does just barely fit under the seats when the overhead bins are full.