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Traveling and flying for the first time and I could use some help/tips

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Rambo, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member

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    Don't be jerks. Travelling can be fun and exciting when it's the first time you've done it.

    Anyway, here are some tips, some of which have already been brought up.
    1) Check in early - it's yout first time. Give yourself 2 hours. Make sure that you have all of your documents on your body. Wear a jacket with and internal pocket.
    2) Try to contain yourself to carryon only. I always bring workout clothes. If you pack efficiently, you can get everything you will need for about 5 days in the maximum carryon, which is 20". If you want to be cool, carry a duffle. If you want to be comfortable, carry a small trolley bag. I suggest the latter.
    3) Always carry your toiletries in your laptop bag. That way, you only have to open one bag to get everything out at security. Make sure they are in a ziplock to compy with TSA regulations. Nothing more that 3 ounces. No sharps, except for things like sewing needles. No adhesives.
    4) Shoes that are easy to put on and take off. Same with belts. Stow your watch in your carryon. Also, your keys. You are not going to need them until you get home.
    5) Best way to refresh is to brush your teeth and wash your face. Recycled air sucks, and even if it's just an hour's flight, you'll feel gross. But, freshen up, and you can hit a meeting 1/2 hour after landing, if your life ever sucks like that.
    6) On the same note. Do not wear contacts on a flight. I used to out of vanity, but it sucks. You can change into them after you land.
    7) Except in LA, where cabs will run you $80-$100 to get from LAX anywhere, I try to take a cab, or better yet, car service, which is flat rate, and often just as cheap. It's a $10-$20 difference from Supershuttle, but it will save you about 1 hour of wait time.
    8) I can get all of this into a carryon bag, so can you:
    a) 5 pairs of underwear
    b) 5 tshirts/undershirts, 5 pairs of socks.
    c) 2 sweaters - at least one dark colored
    d) 2 other pullovers
    e) 2 extra pairs of pants (for me, inevitably 2 pairs of jeans, unless I am doing a presentation for the queen, but ymmv)
    f) extra pair of street shoes (stuff your socks into them.)
    g) Extra jacket
    h) gym clothes and shoes (underarmour compression shirt, overshirt, gym shorts, running socks and shoes, a jockstrap and training gloves if I need them) You can stuff most of your gym crap into your shoes
    i) Oh, right, extra belts, just because I love belts.
    j)nylon bag for dirly laundry, Protip - fold your dirly laundry. Yes, it will save space.

    Done and done.
     
  2. impolyt_one

    impolyt_one Well-Known Member

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    Flying in Asia is so much easier without the TSA and all of their idiotic protocol.
    On Friday I left for the airport in Seoul in rush hour, just absolutely crushing traffic at 6:17pm, got to the airport at 7:25pm, got my boarding pass and went through security and immigration, and ended up waiting 20 minutes to board an 8:10. I was at my house in Tokyo with the key in the door by 10:45, with two cartons of duty free Davidoffs I picked up on the way.
     
  3. LA Guy

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    This is making you soft. You are going to miss your flights when you get back here, for holidays or whatever.
     
  4. impolyt_one

    impolyt_one Well-Known Member

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    it really is man, I finished work at 6pm, told my friends we'd have a beer before I departed at our favorite pub and I was standing there with a beer and a smoke in my hand, as if I didn't have anywhere to go. 6:15 strikes, a little moving, and then I'm in a different country. Way too easy.

    I think I've been on 25 flights this year, it's getting to me. Have not been late for any of them, but United lost my luggage out of O'Hare, and I could tell they were going to, just not enough time between flights for me to get there, let alone my luggage. This was confirmed when I went to claim lost baggage and there were about 30 people in line at this tiny regional airport. Other than that, it's been pretty good. I often waited til check-in on the day of, and then bumped to biz or first class for the fee when I could. First class on American domestic flights is really dismal too, but it's priceless to not be having to sit in the 3-row of an MD80 between the guy trying to pound out a report on his laptop in an hr, and the asshole who brings a whole pepperoni pizza from the food court on board.

    If there's any one thing that would make my travels better, it'd be getting a MacBook Air 11 incher. My MBP 15" is just way too big, way too heavy, and I try to carry it in a duffle.
    I don't even carry real clothes with me anymore, let alone toiletries - I just need my cell phone, passport, and my computer, but I need the bag to carry the chargers, a pen and a moleskine - it adds up, unfortunately. I use hotel toiletries, get hotel laundry service, and buy what I need as I go - sometimes that means Uniqlo or Hanes tees all day, or if I go somewhere fun I can get better clothes. Doesn't really bother me at this point, I am not a business traveler.
     
  5. deadly7

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    You pay to bump yourself up on domestic flights in the US? I want your baller status.

    @Rambo: Look around on the TSA's page blog.tsa.gov , they have general tips there on packing etc if you're still iffy. Expect to have to tell some moron with a single-digit IQ why you need your labeled prescription bottle for twenty minutes and how it's not secretly anthrax or some stupid shit. Not that that's happened to me before.....
     
  6. globetrotter

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    good luck, enjoy yourself. you'll be fine
     
  7. impolyt_one

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    It's like $90 to go from coach to first on AA if you do it at the self check in machine. :eek: 3 free check ins, free meal, free booze, priority TSA line, priority boarding, lounge sometimes - pays for itself if you do checked luggage.
     
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  9. whiteslashasian

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    Kinda large and heavy for travelling...perhaps ear plugs as more travel friendly alternative?
     
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  10. Piobaire

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    I don't have that model (that was just the first Google search link) but mine is under a # and about the size of a paperback book. I love it for travel.
     
  11. impolyt_one

    impolyt_one Well-Known Member

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    That is......... quite possibly the most first world thing I've ever seen.
     
  12. JayJay

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    impolyt, I like the way you travel. I'm more often than not a business traveler, but am moving in this direction, too: I pack as few items of clothing as possible, buy upgrades for first class if I don't have enough miles for them, and use hotel laundry services and toiletries when possible. I've become a minimalist traveler. My colleagues often joke about how I show up with one small carry-on for week-long trips.
     
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  13. deadly7

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    Never flown AA, so $90 is a bit of a shock to me. I think it's easily 150+ for the flights on Delta/United/Continental that I've been on.

    Of course, now I like to fly smaller providers (for example: Southwest) when possible. Better service/price (no checkin fees!), less douchebaggery, and in general a better experience.
     
  14. whiteslashasian

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    I love me some jetblue when they have the route I'm going.
     
  15. Ambulance Chaser

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    How long is the flight from Miami to New York? Can't be more than a couple of hours. Not sure upgrading from coach to first class is worth it. Unless someone else pays, of course.
     
  16. Rambo

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    Ambulance - the flight's 3 hours and lands at LaGuardia. Its prepaid so there's no bumping. Economy class for me!

    So I just got the details. There's a car service in from the airport and I'm staying at the Dream Downtown Hotel

    Here's the itinerary they just sent over. Looks pretty fucking sweet:


    Wednesday, November 9
    Dinner at Macelleria

    Nov 10

    brunch at Northern Spy Food Company
    Blind Barber (http://blindbarber.com)
    Dinner at Les Halles Downtown (www.leshalles.net)
    10:00pm- Louis C.K performance at the Beacon Theater, NYC Comedy Festival (http://www.nycomedyfestival.com/schedule)
     
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  17. JayJay

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    ^^^Rambo, I hope you enjoy yourself, and that you take time to see as much of the city as you can. Have fun!
     
  18. Rambo

    Rambo Well-Known Member

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    They've got most of Tue and Wed blocked off so I think Thursday is my best bet. What do you guys recommend seeing. Obviously, I'd like to get to:

    Empire State Bldg
    Statue of Liberty
    Ground Zero
    Maybe the UN

    Are taxi's the best way to get from place to place? Or should I get some sort of 1 day bus/subway pass?
     
  19. gomestar

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    avoid the statue of liberty. It's time consuming and and lame and you could be doing way more cool stuff.

    Taxi $$ adds up quick, use the subway. I only use taxis later at night when going out.
     
  20. whiteslashasian

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    Dream Downtown is a pretty nice joint. Really close to where I used to live and not terribly far from my current digs.

    Skip Statue of Liberty and Empire State and UN (middle of nowhere, ugh).

    Do the Top of the Rock which gets you REALLY high and has a better view than the Empire imo.

    Also do the Staten Island Ferry which is free, and gets you sorta close to the Statue of Liberty to snap some pics.

    Ground Zero isn't so much "ground zeroish" anymore since the buildings have been going up at a good pace now. Still might be worth a visit while you're down there for the ferry. Les Halles downtown is fairly close to both.

    You might want to walk around Times Square just for some pictures. A ton of people but it's still a place most first timers want to experience.

    SoHo or 5th Ave for (window) shopping. Or you can check out Epaulet and some of the more boutiquey shops a little more out of the way.

    If you can afford it, have a lunch (dinner might be too much dough for generally not a much better experience) at one of the top tier restaurants. Le Bernadin, EMP, Daniel, etc.

    Brooklyn bridge is cool to walk over, just please for the love of god stay in the pedestrian lane otherwise you might get run over by a cyclist.

    Pay attention to traffic, look out for cyclists in the bicycle lanes or just in general, they are all over and often going in the wrong direction (I'm a responsible cyclist). Don't gawk about or carry your camera around your neck the whole time. Have a subway map,hopefully you have a smart phone with Google Maps too. Download the Hopstop app and you can get almost anywhere using that. Don't get into a gypsy cab if you can help it, if you do, tell him you're giving him $X.00 to take you where you need to go, otherwise walk and find a yellow cab. Don't eat at any of those Famous Ray's pizza joints.

    I'll try to think of more stuff.
     
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