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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. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    OMG. You're getting training as a pharmacy rep.

    Pro tip on travel: bring more underwear than you think you'll need.
     
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  3. Rambo

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    Ok, so if you pack for a carry-on, I have to assume you can only fit 3 or 4 days of clothes in there. If I throw in a few sets of workout clothes that's even less room. Plus all the underwear that Pio recommends. What do you do about laundry? Do hotels have a service or do I need to go to the local pharmacy, get a small Tide, and wash my clothes in the sink?
     
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    I've sometimes do this when my trips are for a week or more. In fact, I washed a few things while in HK a few weeks ago.
     
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    Do not bring sets of workout clothes. If you must, bring only an old tshirt and shorts. Your hotel, if it is a decent one, will have laundry services just like any other room service available.
     
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    Most good hotels will have a laundry service. Nice . . . if someone else is paying. If you think you might run out of clean clothes, get some concentrated laundry detergent for camping (sold at outdoor stores like REI), and do your laundry in the hotel sink.
     
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    This is exciting.
     
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    JFC, kid.

    Less time on the interweb, more time living life.

    lefty
     
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    Yeah, Rambo you're not stinking up the hotel room with your sweaty gym socks. I'll pay for the laundry services, just have the hotel wash your dirty underwear like a normal human.
     
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    I find it hilarious that Big Bad Rambo has never flown on a plane before. With that said, dont say Bomb and dont carry on Listerine.
     
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    Ok, let me set something straight here. I, frankly, don't like posting about this shit. But I need some help because I have no fucking idea what I'm doing and you people do. And, if we can't post about things that we need advice on, no matter how ridiculous they may seem, then what's the point of this place. It can't all just be pics of dinner plates and wine advice. Jesus. Now, on to the jackoffs:


    Ok, its bad enough that we have to be subjected to your insufferable horseshit and inane intellectualism in every thread. Do me a favor and keep it out of this one. For the sake of what's left of my sanity.


    Lefty, not all our lives take the same path. I know you're fucking around, and some of this is blowback from my irritation with Pio, but if you don't have any advice for someone who hasn't had the chance to live life and do these things yet, then just stick with dogs and hating San Fransisco.
     
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    :( I gave you good advice. Pack extra underwear. Also, bring immodium.
     
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    Immodium not necessary, they sell booze on AA flights.
     
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    not immodium based, but $20 worth of vacuum pack bags from Target are very valuable for traveling.
     
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    Were you raised by badgers?

    You're asking questions that an 11 year old could suss out by themselves in about three minutes. My first thought was to suggest you ask your mom to pin a note to your coat reading, "Hello, my name is Bo. I'm going to New York! Please be gentle with me."

    Less time on SF asking your efriends to hold your hand; more time looking at your airline/hotel sites and figuring it out for yourself. Come back when you have specific questions.

    Call it another lesson on the road to manhood.

    lefty
     
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    Hence one of my protips: find a 2 oz bottle designed to hold food and fill that with your own. I use a used bottle from one of those energy shots. Tastes a little off the first time, but I probably didn't rinse as well as I should have. And then, you have your own choice of booze to add to whatever complimentary drink you want.

    Another: in the security line, put all your stuff in the bag, especally things like watches. Nice watches set in the trays have been known to be pilfered (TSA agents get what, $8 an hour?), and it speeds up the process. While you're waiting in line, take all electronics, belts, watches, and shove it in your laptop bag (as a sidenote, be ready to take the laptop out and put it in a separate tray). I typically wear loafers and have a shoehorn in an outside pocket on my bag. Pop off right before the x-ray, pop right back on as soon as I can get both them and my bag.

    Other things: get to your gate early. Sprinting for international flights that you have friends literally holding at the gate for you is not recommended. Know where it is and what the flight status is before heading to the airport bar. Remember, boarding is a half hour before you take off. Don't miss it. Don't be afraid to ask questions of the people at the counters- whether it's something about what your next step is, or just how long until boarding if your flight is delayed, they're there to help. And run passenger manifests.

    A laptop bag is a personal item, a carry on is a typical rolling suitcase. These days, those usually are checked at the gate. You get a tag that you put on the bag, and you leave it on the jetway or on a cart at the tarmac. Don't count on having access to it. If you think you're going to want something during the flight (books, booze, laptop), put it in the laptop bag/backpack.

    Be patient getting on and off the plane. It's irritating for everyone, and trying to make it go faster just pisses people off and doesn't get you there any faster.

    Have your ticket stuff printed out and handy. Confirmation e-mails and all. An extra copy of the boarding pass if you check in online isn't a bad idea, put it in your bag in case that gets lost. Or in case you need the documents later. Make sure you have phone numbers for whoever's responsible for your flight. Travelocity, the airline, ect. Fuckups do occur.

    Planes can be chilly. Even if the weather that day doesn't warrant it, wear or bring a sweater. I also find a shirt pocket really helps when I'm flying. Only time I ever put something in shirt pockets, but they're damn handy for boarding passes.

    Oh, and absolutely, absolutely remember your phone charger.

    All that and I'm probably forgetting something really obvious. But have a nice flight. Seriously. If you've done it before, the hassle of the airport can be tiresome, but you're still going 500 miles an hour 30,000 feet above the earth. For your first flight, you absolutely need a window seat. It's spectacular out there. Don't worry if you don't have one now, you can change when you check in.
     
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    I had a long response typed out, but you know what, its just not worth it. I'm a big baby girl. You win. I've had too much shit today to deal with this. I'm going back to bed.
     
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    Check in early and ask for an exit row (they have more legroom) near the middle of the plane.
    Call in advance if you have special meal requirements.
    Don't make bomb jokes or look too "ethnic" (shave body and facial hair, etc. specially if you are dark skinned).
     

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