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#41 Stargrunt6

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Posted 26 April 2019 - 1626 PM

No idea what itinerary will be, likely just the weekends. I'll make sure I'm not on call that weekend. yeah, AtL to NOLA bypasses Bham, but it doesn't change the time that much.

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#42 shep854

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Posted 26 April 2019 - 1933 PM

No doubt there will be schedule juggling all around as the time draws near.


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#43 Markus Becker

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Posted 02 May 2019 - 1207 PM

I need some traveling tips. My last flight with an airliner was many, many years ago, so I'm not up to date at all. And I have never been in the states. 

 

 

What kind of paperwork do I need to get into the USA? It seems Germans don't need a visa but only if one has a e-passport with a chip and I don't. 

 

Does a dual SIM mobile phone work in the USA with a US SIM card? 

 

Stuff tp pack(connector plug) and stuff not to pack. Not meaning bombs, guns and drugs for all of that can be much more easily obtained in the USA but what about medicine and food for the 10-11 hour flight?


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#44 sunday

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Posted 02 May 2019 - 1329 PM

Some tips, not exhaustive.

 

I need some traveling tips. My last flight with an airliner was many, many years ago, so I'm not up to date at all. And I have never been in the states. 

 

 

What kind of paperwork do I need to get into the USA? It seems Germans don't need a visa but only if one has a e-passport with a chip and I don't. 

 

Renew your passport, then apply for ESTA here. You will need to provide for a staying address (to be introduced in a form you will receive aboard the plane and that you need to fill before passing Immigration, pack a pen with your carry-on luggage); for tourism, a hotel address will do. You need also to be able to show the airline ticket for the return flight.

Special travel insurance for USA and Canada is a must - medical expenses that would be covered by the national health organization could quickly go into the tens of thousands of USD. I've seen expenses for medical care in case of heart attack on the order of $100 000. Some credit cards would cover that, if you buy air tickets with them, but look to the terms and conditions.

 

If you are thinking about driving, you will need an international drivers license. Usually provided by the same people that will issue your German driving license.

 

Does a dual SIM mobile phone work in the USA with a US SIM card? 

It depends on the device. Last ones do work. Have a look to the user's manual of yours. Usually it is better to use WiFi, and messaging applications. SMS should work fine, also. There is the possibility of renting small WiFi access points that work with the cell network, for using FB messaging and Whatsapp on the move, but could be used by several people simultaneously.

 

Stuff tp pack(connector plug) and stuff not to pack. Not meaning bombs, guns and drugs for all of that can be much more easily obtained in the USA but what about medicine and food for the 10-11 hour flight?

 

In travel to USA you will need to get to the airport two hours before boarding time - look at the website of your airline. Also for prohibited items, like blades, butane lighters, and the like. Bring comfortable shoes, better without shoestrings. You will need to put your electronics (computer, phone, etc.) in a separate tray when passing through security, and all metallic items too. To stay hydrated, bring an empty water bottle to drink during the fly, you could fill it after passing security. You could not import meat products, nor fresh fruits, nor vegetables to the USA. Dried fruit is ok. So if you are bringing food to eat aboard the plane, be sure to eat all the forbidden items before arriving. Of course, that will be less of a problem if travelling in Business or First Class, but for Economy class it should be considered. Travelling Premium Economy is an interesting option, too.

 

Look at the baggage allowances of your airline (size, weight, number of pieces), as they vary from company to company. Your checked luggage will be able to be fitted with a TSA-approved lock. Put all your valuables, prescription drugs, electronics, documentation, etc. in your carry-on luggage. Same for fragile items. Checked luggage could be treated quite roughly by the ramp personnel. A RFID-protected wallet could be useful. Remember the prohibited items you could not put in carry-ón luggage - you can find them on the website of your airline, also. Also, put enough clothes in your carry-ón luggage to be able to survive for a day or two in case your checked baggage gets delayed or lost. Bring a hat to protect from sun and rain, a light rain proof coat that packs small is very useful.

Bring two credit cards, at least - one should be left in a safe place at hotel. Some credit card issuers will block the cards if they are used in foreign countries - ask your provider about that. Be aware of the foreign transactions fee. While it is better to buy dollars in USA instead of at home, bring with you a moderate amount in case there are problems with your credit cards. You will need small denomination notes to pay for tips, or for the taxi from airport to hotel.

 

Look at your USB charger, and confirm that it works with 110V. Most of them do, as they are universal. Then you will only need a plug adapter. A power bank is an useful item to have, as you could charge only the power bank with only one USB charger, then refill your devices during the day. If you have a lot of electric devices, it is better to pack one adapter + one power strip

If you need to take drugs for chronical illness, like diabetes and the like, it is better to have the medical prescription with you. I had no issues with mine, but it could be convenient to have an official translation with you - ask your local translator's professional organization.

 

Here are some general tips. You may want to look to the relevant threads on the German-language forums of tripadvisor, for instance.

 

Probably I am forgetting something, too.


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Posted 02 May 2019 - 1723 PM

Official T shirt?
 

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Posted 02 May 2019 - 2054 PM

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#47 Markus Becker

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Posted 04 May 2019 - 0632 AM

The passport is brand new and another site says it just needs to be machine-readable to be ok for ESTA.

 

So: insurance, driver's license(just in case), 2nd credit card.


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#48 Allan Wotherspoon

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Posted 04 May 2019 - 1030 AM

If you can travel with only carry-on luggage i would to it.  Toiletries can all be purchased in the USA.  I would make sure you cell works and seriously consider a data plan.  It makes it much easier for all of us to keep in communication during the trip.


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#49 Markus Becker

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Posted 04 May 2019 - 1040 AM

Data plan = US SIM Card?
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#50 Leo Niehorster

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Posted 04 May 2019 - 1843 PM

Re: Carry-on luggage, only:

  Do they still have laundromats in the US?

     I can't remember seeing one here in Germany or Holland lately.  

     Otherwise, normally, only larger hotels offer laundry service. But do they have overnight service?

(I remember a certain hotel in England — which name shall not be mentioned — who offered short-term laundry service, but in actual fact was three (I think) days.)

 

 

How bad is that is the airport security check in Germany?

 

 

How long does the online ESTA take? Is there a waiting / approval period?

 

 

 

 


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#51 rmgill

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Posted 04 May 2019 - 1949 PM

Laundromats are still around. Not rare at all. Hotels also have a place to wash your clothes often times. Overnight is the purview of nicer hotels.
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#52 Leo Niehorster

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Posted 05 May 2019 - 0113 AM

Laundromats are still around. Not rare at all. Hotels also have a place to wash your clothes often times. Overnight is the purview of nicer hotels.

Thanks.


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Posted 05 May 2019 - 0609 AM

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How bad is that is the airport security check in Germany?

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(From a limited experience of flying to Germany once few years ago) I have found it no worse than any other country.

Word of advice - get a belt and shoes w/o any metal parts.


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#54 Leo Niehorster

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Posted 05 May 2019 - 0816 AM

Thanks Bojan, but I meant how bad is the experience when going from Germany to the USA.


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#55 Harold Jones

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Posted 05 May 2019 - 1108 AM

Nothing extreme Leo. You'll have to take your laptop/tablet out of your carry on bag at the x-ray machine. Liquids over 3 oz except medicines are prohibited. Empty water bottles are fine. Not sure about on the euro side but in the US if you are over 65 you can keep your shoes and jacket/sweater on.

Also if you are not flying direct to New Orleans you will clear customs at your port of entry and then have to go through security to reach your connecting point. That screening will be the same.

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#56 Stargrunt6

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Posted 05 May 2019 - 1746 PM

If in New Orleans and you need laundry, hit me up.
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#57 Leo Niehorster

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Posted 06 May 2019 - 0104 AM

Thanks, guys. I rather like the idea of carry-on-luggage-only. Hate rolling and/or lifting my heavy suitcase.


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Posted 06 May 2019 - 0721 AM

Plenty of bargain thrift stores to buy Stateside clothes, then donate back to minimize return luggage... :P


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#59 Leo Niehorster

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Posted 06 May 2019 - 0738 AM

Well, that's an idea. Depends on where we start, and if any charity / thrift stores are in the area.


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#60 Allan Wotherspoon

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Posted 06 May 2019 - 0906 AM

I invested in some clothing that is designed to be washed in the sink and guaranteed to dry overnight.  Hasn't failed me yet.


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