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I’ll cut to the chase: my trip to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, was one of the most fun trips I’ve ever been on, and it’s pretty easy to explain why. Aside from sleeping a tiny bit every night, I mainly did three things in Park City, all of which are among my favorite things in the universe to do. Watch movies, eat good food, and party in a great environment. Everyone, both locals and festival-goers, were friendly and in a great mood. And, aside from the festival, Park City is charming and gorgeous, and home to some of, if not the very, best skiing in the U.S.

I highly recommend the experience to anyone who has the faintest interest in movies. Contrary to popular conception, it can be a relatively affordable weekend trip. More on that in a bit.

First time at the Sundance Film Festival

I will admit, though, that there’s one con working against the Sundance experience. Long lines, which one queues in while waiting for movie tickets not purchased in advance, can eat up several hours at a time and can occasionally end in bitter disappointment. The good news is, though, that if you buy your tickets in advance online or at the box office, purchase a festival pass, or only get in the wait list line for less-heralded films, then there’s almost no cause to stand in long lines.

There’s no need for you to read about what a great trip I took. But I think it may be helpful if I offered some advice for a first time Sundance-goer (as I was this year). I’ll do so in FAQ format. (Do let me know if you have any more questions! I’ll be happy to add to the list.)

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When booking a flight online, you really want to know which is the best flight. Unfortunately, that’s not a search option. Sorting by price is good, but what if the cheapest flight has two layovers and arrives at 4am while a direct flight that arrives during the day is only $20 more? Most of us would happily pay more for the added convenience, but how do you find that option buried among hundreds of dizzyingly similar results?

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Magnifying Glass IconThis post is part of our Travel Product Review series. At Tortuga Backpacks, we love to find the perfect tool for the job. We couldn’t find the perfect travel backpack, so we created it. When we find other great products, we like to let you know about them with a review. The following review was unpaid and unsolicited. It reflects the opinion of its author only and is based on his/her own experiences.

Traveling, especially through airport security, is a horrendous hassle. Thanks, TSA! In addition to your bags, you must carry your ID, ticket, and something to entertain yourself with on the flight. While passing through the security line, you can’t keep these valuable items in your pockets. You can either throw them loose into a bin and risk losing them or jam them into your bag and pray you can find them later. Once you reach your seat, you must juggle which items go in the overhead compartment, which go under the seat, and which you want at your fingertips, all while other passengers push past you to get to their seats. Fret no longer, loyal readers, there is a solution: Scottevest travel clothing.

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