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ANARIE Posts: 13,192
7/23/13 2:12 P

I think the number 1 tip is: Less is more. Take as little as you possibly can. If you've got a purse AND a rollaway AND a backpack, it's going to take you 3 times as long to get through security, you have 3 times more likelihood of losing something, and if you have a wait in the airport you'll have to sit at the gate with your stuff instead of wandering around checking out the gift shops and news stands and whatever else might be interesting. If you just have one bag, you can put it under the seat in the plane instead of having to fight for overhead space, and then you'll get off the plane much faster. You'll even be able to do some sightseeing on the way from the airport if you want, instead of having to go straight to the hotel to dump your luggage.

If you take something you don't need, you have to shlep it around for your whole vacation. If you don't take something that you end up needing, then you get to go shopping! Traveling light is a win-win.

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7/22/13 10:10 P

I'm not a super experienced traveler, but I've learned a few things.

1) Keep your money, driver's license, and papers in a safe, easy-to-access place that others can't get to. I had a mild panic attack trying to find my driver's license last night, and it's very much a "no id, no fly" moment. I didn't want to get stuck in Portland!

2) Easy shoes. I wear flip flops through security so I can slip them off and back on. Getting stuck tying and having to sit down slows the line and wastes time.

3) Take a bath, and easy on the perfumes. YOu're very tight in those planes, and it's hard on your fellow traveler.

4) Gum. My ears pop relentlessly, and chewing gum helps them pop as you change altitudes.

5) Check in online before you go to the airport. Saves SO much time. You can even pre-print your boarding pass!

6) Don't overpack. I ALWAYs overpack. I took like 6 shirts this weekend, and it was only for three days. LOL. however, do take layers. Airports often have lots of quick temperature changes, and dressing for the desert is a great way to freeze your ass off in a lounge waiting for a plane! Stuff that's easily shed or donned is a lifesaver for those moments.

7) Watch what everyone else is doing! I learned so much just following other people. LOL. I didn't know you had to take off your shoes until my first time flying. At least I'd figured it out before I got to the line.

8) Be AWARE of what's going on around you. Staring at your phone is a great way to get yourself mugged or hurt. Or really just piss off your fellow travelers. If you need to text or check navigation, get the heck out of the way.

9) Check for travel apps. If you're a Delta flyer, the Fly Delta app is awesome. I've had transit apps in both cities I've travelled to, because I don't know much about public transit. Having these apps saved my life.

My next goal is to have an inexpensive prepaid smart phone for my next trip. Getting lost is a lot less scary with GPS and google maps. Not all transit websites are dumbphone friendly.

LISALOOPNER Posts: 1,159
7/22/13 7:35 P

Thank you all so much for your help. Your guys the greatest!


7/22/13 1:42 P

I travel a lot. If you have to check your baggage, don't put anything in it that you can't lose and replace easily. Like Bluenose, below, says, carry all valuables with you on the plane. I even go one step further -- I never take any "real" jewelry with me when traveling except my wedding ring, which never comes off. I only take costume jewelry, and only the stuff that wouldn't break my heart if I lost it. If I'm going to a highly populated area, I turn my wedding ring upside down so the diamonds face my palm instead of being an eye-catcher for thieves or muggers.

If I do have to have check-in baggage (which I, personally, avoid at all costs), I usually take extra underwear and socks with me in my carry-on or in my large purse.

Another tip -- be as normal as possible at the airport. Don't talk or laugh really loud. Don't cuss, and for your own sake, don't talk about anything associated with crimes, be sarcastic or make jokes about any illegal activity or crimes, and this means even specific key words too (and I'm sure you know them). You are given ZERO tolerance at airports with regards to odd behavior or conversations you may have, so again, please just stay calm and normal.

Now that we've all told you what NOT to do, have fun! LOL!


Edited by: PATTIJOHNSON at: 7/22/2013 (13:44)
DCC_85 Posts: 1,149
7/22/13 7:31 A

@LISALOOPNER Precription medicine is not a problem. Keep it in one area incase they want to see it. If it is liquid you will have to put it into a qt ziplock bag along with your toiletries. You'll be fine-When you get off the plane, there will be someone to help you, direct you to your connection. You can also check the monitors for your depaarting gate, too. This is what I do: Get to your gate, then sit back and relax. There is always stuff to eat around the gates & restrooms if you need them. I take my own snacks & I also took a britta water bottle & filled it up after I got through security.

Yes, dress comfortably.

Have a great trip.

Edited by: DCC_85 at: 7/22/2013 (07:32)
BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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7/22/13 7:25 A

Take something to read and carry any jewellery and/or medication with you on the plane!

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7/21/13 11:31 P

There is A LOT of terrific advice here! Love it! I never thought about bringing extra socks, but man, that would be SO helpful.

I like to bring a travel pillow/blanket set with me for long trips. I get cold easily and I don't want to rely on the airline's passenger blankets - if they even have some - because usually they're kind of thin. And probably germy. I mean, how often do you think those things get washed? I'm pretty sure it's never.

I also like to dress in layers, so if the airport gets too hot/cold I have options to add/remove items.

A scarf is very handy - it's decorative, but you can also use it as a shawl to add warmth if you need it.

Have a fun time!!!

NSMANN Posts: 979
7/18/13 2:51 P

get to the airport at least 90 minutes ahead of time. You never know when the security line is going to be backed up.

Try to pack all your belongings into a carryon sized suitcase and a single personal item (backpack or purse). You can carry these two things on, but no more than those two things. Check with the airline for the size of permitted suitcases. Packing this way allows you to avoid any additional fees that may be assessed if you try to check your bag.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,530
7/18/13 2:39 P

If the airplane is making what you deem to be a strange noise. Look at your flight attendants. I was in a plane and I thought the engine was terribly loud, but the flight attendants didn't seem to care.

Wear comfy shoes especially if you have a connecting flight. Sometimes you have to run through the airport to make your flight.

I was really happy that I took enough clothes. There were no laundry mats or washing machines around. The hotel charged $6 to wash a shirt and $10 for a pair of pants. It included ironing but still and then they expected a tip on top of that.

Your carry on needs to be a certain size so that it will fit in the overhead compartment. Think back pack or lap top bag. And flying with no checked luggage is foreign to me so I don't know how to help you there.

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7/18/13 1:10 P

And don't bring a Super Soaker. You know those huge water pistols the kids use ?

So, a couple of years ago, I'm traveling to DC. I was waiting for the security line to move. Ahead of me, they'd stopped the line. The TSA doing the screening called over some co-workers to look at a bag under the X ray. They're not sure what they are seeing. So, they pull the bag and the owner off to the side for a more thorough inspection. Line starts moving again. I get through the line and see the bag being inspected. Why was the bag pulled ?

a college aged guy had a SUPER SOAKER in his carry on !!! Okay, I know that's not a weapon of mass destruction, but seriously you put a super soaker in your carry on ??? Don't they have these things in Florida ? And he wondered why he was pulled out of the line for more inspection.

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7/18/13 1:07 P

Most of its been said, keep in mind that the plane may make noises especially in preparing to take off & land all very normal, you may even smell something like fuel (think its from the AC) again all normal. Before I retired I flew 100,000 miles a year with my job. If there is some turbulence think of it like riding on a bumpy road. Relax and enjoy the trip.

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
7/18/13 12:47 P

I like to take an extra pair of socks to the airport so that I can change my socks after I walk through security (you have to take your shoes off). I don't like the idea of walking where thousands of people walk each day (either in their socks or bare feet) with only MY socks on and then putting those socks into my shoes... Don't want my shoes infected with someone's fungus or anything like that.

ANARIE Posts: 13,192
7/18/13 12:25 P

Also, remember that you're not going to Timbuktu. They have stores in Vegas, so you really don't need to take much more than you carry with you on a normal day.

Empty out your purse. (You have to do that, because you might have something in it that you've forgotten and they won't let you have on the plane. It sucks to have to throw out a $40 bottle of makeup because it's 3.6 ounces.) Then re-pack it with your wallet, sunglasses, hairbrush, breath mints, a tiny flashlight, aspirin or whatever you use for headaches, an emery board (no metal nail files) and your keys. Check to make sure your keychain doesn't have any little sharp things on it.

Then get a one-quart ziplock baggie and put in your toothbrush, a travel-size toothpaste tube, travel-size deodorant, and any cosmetics you absolutely *must* have. Remember, you're only going to be there for a few days and your skin is going to react differently to the dry air, so unless you're hoping to meet somebody, this might be a good time to let your skin have a rest and go naked-faced. Whatever you do take, check the bottle size to make sure it's under 100ml (a little over 3 ounces.) It's the size of the bottle that matters, not the amount of liquid or cream in it, so you can't take a 4-ounce bottle even if it's almost empty.

Then minimize the clothes you're taking. You need, at most: one top, one bra, and one pair of pants for every two days you'll be out; a light jacket or sweater; one pair of dressy sandals and one of comfortable walking shoes; one dressy outfit if you plan to go to shows; one nightgown or pajama; and a pair of panties for every day plus an extra in case you get stuck in the airport. Put out a few large ziplocks to put your dirty clothes in to come home.

Then find an empty water bottle that you can fill up after you pass security, and take a sack lunch with no food that has to be in a container (in other words, if you want hummus or peanut butter, make a sandwich with it rather than carrying a little container of it, and don't take yogurt or pudding or anything like that.)

And that's it. Pick out the heaviest of your clothes and wear those in the airplane. (But do check to make sure there's no metal on the clothes-- don't wear jeans with rivets, for example, or a t-shirt with decorative "jewels.") If you have a passport, carry it with you in your pocket so you have a second ID in case you somehow lose your driver's license. Then pack everything else, with the baggie on top. If you're only going for a few days, you can probably get everything into a large purse or a small backpack so you only have one thing to carry. Having one hand completely free is a very good thing in the airport.

Once you get to the airport, take EVERYTHING out of your pockets. Some of the 3-d scanners will get freaked out by a kleenex or gum wrapper in your pocket. You might also have to take off your jacket and any top layers-- for a while, if you wore a t-shirt of a camisole, for example, you had to strip down to the bottom layer, so take that into account. Go up to the security check area slowly so you have time to read all the signs and watch a few people go ahead of you. Figure out what they want you to do with shoes, jackets, your baggie, and so on ahead of time. (Some want all of your belongings in one bin, for example, and others want only one item per bin. Some want your shoes in the bin, some want them flat on the conveyor, and some don't make you take them off at all. Don't wait until you're right up there to figure that out, because some TSAs are jerks who will yell at you and single you out if you put your shoes in the wrong place.)

Airport security is a big pain, but the worst that can happen is that they'll take a bottle of something away from you. But it's best not to travel with anything you can't afford to lose, anyway.

RONNIEHUEY Posts: 12,033
7/18/13 12:07 P

Have fun in Vegas! If something has a plate/rod etc...I have two artificial hips joints.tell them before going through the X-ray machine.Several years ago,in Charlottesville,NC My girls had to be patted down.I guess they thought my 48DDDs weren't all mine.If long trip take food/snack.Have fun in Vegas!

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7/18/13 11:50 A

on your travel days, wear shoes that are easy to remove. If you aren't wearing socks, stick a pair in your bag so you can put them on when you remove your shoes to go thru security

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7/18/13 11:39 A

You can take any size liquid as long as it is frozen SOLID. Still, take it out and put it in a bin so the x ray operator can see that it is frozen. In the suitcase, it shows as a liquid and will be pulled for inspection. YES - it's true. You can take frozen water, frozen shampoo, frozen orange juice, etc. Explosives do not freeze and that is the basis of the liquid laws.

Take your laptop out and put it in a bin all by itself. Once you take you "311" liquid bag out, do not put it back on top of your purse. To the x-ray it looks like it is still in your purse.

"311" = 3 oz. (it can actually be 3.4 - 1 GUART size plastic bag - 1 per person) Liquid medications are separate but anything larger than 3.4 oz. will be tested.

Read the TSA rules - why people don't do this is beyond ridiculous and they do change.

If any of the frozen water or juice has melted, drink or pour off the excess or you will lose it all

Use many bins to clear quicker. One bag, one bin. If you have a bag, in a bag, in bag, expect a delay. Separate things so the x ray operator can clear it faster. Do not get in a line behind people with children or the elderly. Look for the business travelers and follow them.

DO NOT take rolls of coins to Vegas. A roll of quarters looks like a gun part on an x ray and your bag will/should be pulled.

Wear simple clothes - those glitter jeans and tops will get you a pat down through the scanner.

NOTHING in your pockets, no paper, no tissues, no pills. Best to put everything in a zip lock bag in your purse and reassemble after security.

I fly out at 5:30 am every day and am back home by 11:00 - I know this stuff.


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7/18/13 11:13 A


Put any presciption medication in a clear plastic baggie that can be inspected by the TSA. There are restrictions when it comes to liquids and bottles. For toothpaste, buy the little travel sizes. Don't bother with shampoo. The hotel will have plenty of shampoo and soap there. If you like a particular hand cream, as the PP noted, has to be in a tube 3 oz or less. If you have a big tube of toothpaste, the TSA will toss it out.

Water bottles can not be full. What I do is bring an empty bottle and let the TSA inspect it. then I fill it at the water fountain on the other side of security. Don't buy airport water, it's expensive. You can bring your own snacks like granola bars. That's fine. I've even brought my own bagels and sandwiches.

Basically, whenever I go to the airport, I bring my own provisions !! LOL !!

Make sure you have a picture ID out and your boarding pass when you get to the airport. You'll have to wait in lines. the lines move faster when you have your stuff ready for inspection. Wear clean socks ! They make you take off your shoes for inspection at security. Don't wear a belt either. You'll have to take it off if it has a metal buckle. keys, change, anything metal goes into the bin for inspection. keys in your pocket will set off the X ray. that happened to me. I forgot to take out my keys and had to get patted down.

Depending on how long your flight is, wear comfy clothes. Those seats are NOT comfortable regardless of your size. You can bring an ipod, ipad or laptop. BUT BUT BUT... these items will have to be turned off at take off and landing. The crew will let you know when it's okay to turn these on.

I am shocked at how many people still try to use their cell phones when the crew has asked to turn them off. but that's a rant for another thread.

Mostly, enjoy the flight. DO get to the air port at least 90 minutes a head of time for a domestic flight. Be prepared to wait in lines. Be prepared to wait if the plane is late. Be prepared to wait on the tarmac for the all clear to taxi to the runway. In short, bring a good book. LOL !!!

There was a time flights would give you meals. If you're lucky, you might get peanuts or rice crackers. Although, I was on one flight to Houston (from Boston) and I got a pretty decent sandwich. that was a suprize. Most times, you get a drink. that's it. Thus the reason I bring my own provisons.

Enjoy Vegas !!! Just wait til you get to the McCarren airport. there are slot machines at the airport. LOL !!

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7/18/13 8:58 A

I think only stuff that is a liquid/cream/lotion type thing has to be in 3oz (or less) bottles and be stored in a 1 quart ziploc. If its pills, don't worry about it. If it's liquid and prescription, the TSA has exceptions for that. Check out this site for more info:

LISALOOPNER Posts: 1,159
7/18/13 8:46 A

I'm about to take my first "real" trip and I'm flying to Vegas! This will be the first time I have ever flown and I have no Idea what to expect I've never even been to the airport.

I plan on carrying on only what do I do with prescription medication?

Any advise would be appreciated, thanks.

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