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Flying To Shows/Conventions

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May 11, 2011, 07:42 PM
otim
Flying To Shows/Conventions
I'll be flying to the Philly Show this weekend, usually I drive.

I'm wondering what everyone's strategies are for getting big/bulky/fragile items home like say binders or something like Wacky Packages Cereal Boxes or Wax Eye Cereal Boxes, etc?

Is there a packing strategy?

Do you mail them to yourself before getting on the plane?

Should I just avoid purchasing these types of items on this trip?

otim

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May 11, 2011, 08:07 PM
webjon
I've never had to ship anything, but I've considered it. . . I carry on anything that I care about -- they call baggage handlers tossers for a reason.
May 11, 2011, 08:13 PM
PAULM
Depending on how expensive large items are to ship to Canada, but when we go vacationing to someplace like Disney where we buy some bulky items, I have the hotel ship them back home so I do not have to deal with the airlines. You will find it safer, I believe, and you can insure your items against damage.
Today's shipping costs are not as cheap as they once were. You will need to get the particulars and check out UPS or Federal Express and determine which is the best way for you.
If you go this way, you may wish to ask someone in PA near the show, where the closest UPS or Fed Exp office is. This will help in your decision. Good luck see you at the show.
Paul
May 11, 2011, 08:47 PM
Batman
I'm always overloaded at Comic Con, usually with stuff that's not even mine (not this year!). Mailing things home is an option, but that can get costly. I generally pack light and then get as much as I can into my suitcases, and as Jon said, I bring valuable/fragile items back in my carry-ons, too much risk leaving them in a checked bag.

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May 11, 2011, 09:00 PM
otim
My hope is to not have to check any luggage, as it will speed things up not having to wait for them to unload it - and it is only a weekend trip after all.

What do they usually let you bring on the plane - I'm flying United/US Airways (if it matters)? As I understand/recall it's two bags - or are they not strict about what you carry on?

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