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Then I do things like use my 'purse' as a second carry on bag, wear layers (even if I take them off as soon as I get on the plane) so I have something like two sweatshirts ON, and then a third in the bag.

 

Yeah, remember that you get 2 carry-ons free generally. A purse or "briefcase" (my husband has gotten through with a backpack also) plus your suitcase. I carry a large tote-style bag with my much smaller purse inside that. Then when I get to my destination it serves as a carry-all (I toss my paint case into it at Reapercon)

 

I tend to pack a bunch of t-shirts and one long sleeve shirt or sweater in case it gets chilly. It's easy to change t-shirts as needed and they are thin and pack well.

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With the amount of stuff I'll need to bring (very little of which is painting related), driving is the only option for me.

 

 

yah yah we or at least some of us know about your "real" reason you like coming to Texas each year & I DON'T BLAME YAH!!! :lol:

 

I may have a netbook by next RCON, so I'll have to figure that into my carry on. This year I was able to bring just 1 Reaper case (had my minis in it),so at least I know I can make the weekend of gaming/painting with the one case.

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I like the layering clothes idea.... I hadn't thought of that. What do you mean by shampoo and conditioner bars? They sell conditioner in a solid form? :blink:

I don't know if this stuff is what CBP uses, but Lush is a specialty manufacturer/retailer of soaps and such. They have solid shampoos and solid conditioners. A little pricey, but good stuff.

 

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Yeah, I got kinda excited when I read about the stuff (thanks, Erin! :lol: ) and started researching right away. I'm hopeful, but cautious. It's probably something that I will want to give a try before I get it for traveling. My hair is long and super curly, (seriously---tight, pencil diameter spirals. We're talking afro city here.) so I really need something that has detangling properties. Conditioner in the shower is the only way I can comb it out.

 

Sending a box ahead of time is another interesting option. I don't have any friends who live down there though. Do you think I could send it to myself c/o Reaper?

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Sending a box ahead of time is another interesting option. I don't have any friends who live down there though. Do you think I could send it to myself c/o Reaper?

That kind of thing happens - an e-mail heads up to us is appreciated, else we might end up opening it to see what flavor hot wings you sent me! :poke:

 

We will hold onto packages sent by ReaperCon guests for themselves for reasonable amounts of time, and after the show, we can ship stuff back as well, you pay shipping though.

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Most hotels these days - well, at least the chain ones - have soap and shampoo available in your room. When I'm travelling on business, I usually just rely on those, bringing only razor, toothbrush and toothpaste. Quite a few hotels will provide toothpaste if you ask, too, though I'm picky about my toothpaste flavors and don't use that option.

 

If you have a confirmed reservation, most hotels will accept packages on your behalf as well before you arrive, and then hand them over upon check in. I generally call the hotel direct and ask how it should be addressed, as there are several different preferred methods of addressing them. I then ship it to arrive 1-3 days early. More than 3 days gives it a better chance to be misplaced at the hotel, trying to time it to arrive the day you get there can sometimes mean delays will keep the package from arriving until after you've left if it's a short stay.

 

I've mailed/shipped packages to myself at large resorts like Disney World, casino's in Vegas, and small rinky dink chain hotels in places like Garden City, KS. I've even purchased stuff online (from reputable shippers I have prior experience with - like Amazon and B&N) and had it shipped to a hotel I'm staying at. I have never had a package lost or stolen, though I have had to insist that someone look again several times to get them to find it. When shipping to a hotel, I always use a method with online delivery confirmation, and I always have that proof of delivery with me when I ask for it. Amazing how having a proof of delivery motivates them to find it for you - I even had one desk clerk call and wake the person who signed for my package to find out where they put it.

 

 

As a business traveler, I do ask you to one thing for me if you're going to be travelling with just carryons. Actually, this applies to everyone, not just people with carryons. Please, please, please, have yourself organized to go through the security screening before you get to it. Before you even get to the line, empty your pockets of coins/cel phones/etc and put them in your briefcase/purse, take off as much of your jewelry as you can and stow it safely. Don't wear belts with large metal buckles, or take them off before you get to the line. Have your toiletries ready according to the TSA guidelines before you step foot in that line. By the time you get to the head of that line, you should have your ID and ticket ready, your coat off and draped over your shoulder/arm/bag, your laptop out of it's bag, and your shoes loosened to slip off.

 

After you go through security, grab all your stuff and move out of the area before doing things like putting your shoes on, and your laptop back in it's case. It really speeds up the line for you and everyone else if you're organized and ready to go. From my experiences, most security screening lines would move at least 50% faster if more people would pay attention to being organized to go through the screening process in the first place.

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With the amount of stuff I'll need to bring (very little of which is painting related), driving is the only option for me.

 

 

yah yah we or at least some of us know about your "real" reason you like coming to Texas each year & I DON'T BLAME YAH!!! :lol:

 

 

:devil:

 

and one of my favorites is moving to the Dallas area this month.

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I travel quite extensively for work, both nationally and internationally, and have a couple of tips for people traveling for some space reducing ideas:

 

1 Use the space saver bags for your clothes, this really helps reduce alot of space, especially on the way home when you have picked up lots of goodies!

2 Use your regular 14x9x22 carryon for the overhead, and a high capacity backpack for your second. Most larger packs have a sleeve for your laptop as well as great organization. Your toiletries can fit nicely in an easy access pocket for your liquids/gels and you have a ton of room for more gear and clothes.

3 Bring some "disposable clothes" sounds silly, but if you travel with an older pair of jeans that have some cuff wear you can pitch or donate them before you head home, leaving some extra room.

4 Always be prepared to share luggage space with anyone you travel with.

5 Look for packs and carryons with compression straps. Especially internal compression on luggage, so long as you meet the size and can tote the carryon you can get by jamming alot into it!

 

Hope any of this really helps even one person! I know they seem simple, but I managed a 9 day trip to Asia last Jan. with just a carryon and a backpack, and I had my computer with me the whole time!

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Anyone know why it jumps up so high? Is it the day of the week (ie more people, more resources used on certain days, etc etc)

I've noticed that some airlines have "graduated" fares in all their planes. For example, the first 20 tickets will cost $300, the second 20 tickets will cost $350, the third 20 tickets $400, etc. So, the quicker the flights sell out, the quicker the prices go up rather than just increasing on a specific date. I would imagine Mon and Fri probably sell out the quickest on a lot of routes.

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