Flying long haul with a baby? Come prepared. Photo by Lars Plougmann.

Your weekly roundup of the hottest travel links across the net:

1. Long haul flights are a challenge at the best of times, but can you imagine making a transcontinental trip with a baby? Plenty of people do and live to tell the tale, but it helps if you’re prepared for the experience. This post outlines 34 great packing tips for taking a long haul flight with kids and includes a lot of excellent suggestions you may not have even considered.

2. If you thought you were safe to fill up a water bottle or purchase a drink after you’d passed through security at the airport, think again. It turns out the TSA conducts random screenings of passengers’ drinks at the gate using a test strip and a dropper containing a non-toxic solution. According to the TSA, the gate screening has been public knowledge for years – but it’s certainly news to a lot of fliers.

3. Just got back from your summer vacation and long to be back on the road? Why not armchair travel with the help of a good book? This post suggests five great travel memoirs that will allow you to experience some pretty crazy adventures from the comfort of home.