To the city I must go

I just found out that I will need to make a trip in the next few weeks to work from the main office of the company I work for. I’ll need to be there for the week and I am dreading it like an overdue dentist appointment.

I lived in the city for several years for this job and was happy to be able to move back to living where I do now and work from home. I make this trip less and less, maybe once every few months, but each time I go it gets more difficult.

I don’t mind the flying so much, or even the hotels. Getting to eat out at some restaurants is actually a treat. It is the traffic and people that hits me like a well swung baseball bat. And it starts as soon as the plane lands and the rush of everyone around you.

Where I live you have to watch out for the occasional atv buzzing down the private road, watch wit ha good eye for deer making a break for it in front of your bumper. The drive from the airport to the hotel is one that leaves my blood pressure sky high and looking for an adult beverage or five.

I always have a bag in my vehicles with some essentials should we get stranded somewhere. I am never without my bag. For this trip I am going to be putting some thought into what can I take with me that would be helpful to have but not get myself full body frisked by the TSA.  

I’m going to grab my main vehicle bag and empty it’s contents to see what could make it through checked luggage, a carry-on and what would I bother buying once I am there and either give away or ship back. Some research on is certainly in order but I also wonder not about what one individual thing is allowed, but if a collection of odd things will also raise an eyebrow.

Something to start working through after the some tractor work tomorrow…

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  • I have similar issues and wwill post them here shortly.

  • Erik,
    First of all, I have never dreaded dentist appointments; but, like you, I really don’t like big cities. Our largest city, Columbus has a population of just over 2 million in the Metro area and we occasionally travel to the northern edge to see medical specialists. I lived there during my college years (40+ years ago) and quite frankly don’t see too much benefit offered there.
    Like you, we see some truck traffic and quite a lot of slow moving farm equipment, depending on the season; but, nothing as frustrating as the freeways into and out of the airports.
    We occasionally fly for vacation and I have had to fly all over the country when I was working, although I was able to telecommute for about 10 years of my engineering career. When I fly I usually try to be courteous when disembarking from the plane, and have no need to be first in line to fetch my baggage, so planning a little extra time and having patience can be a real stress reliever.
    We have a bag in each vehicle, packed appropriately for the season; but, not all of this can get past TSA. There is however, a way to take protection with you on your travels, if you plan ahead.
    And BTW, the TSA now rarely frisks you anymore, since they have the full body X-ray scanner to do that for them. It’s quick and painless.
    You can however take a firearm with you on the flight, by carefully following these steps. I have only done this once; but, I have friends who have done it multiple times.
    1. You need to have a concealed handgun license or equivalent that is valid in both your departing and destination cities / states.
    2. You need to check with your air carrier to make sure they support this (most do) and get the details for the procedure from the carrier.
    3. Normally you pack the firearm in a separate case with one or more unloaded magazines.
    4. The ammunition you carry must be in boxes (not loose) and must weigh something like 10 pounds or less.
    5. These items are packed inside your
    checked, locked baggage.
    6. You fill out the proper forms and let the ticket agent know that you have the items in your checked, locked baggage.
    7. You then go through your normal TSA check and on to your departing gate.
    8. At your destination, you retrieve your luggage; but, do not unpack it until you are safely in your vehicle or hotel room.
    There are two caveats of which to be aware.
    1. If your company forbids you to carry in their facilities or in their cars ( and the rental may technically be theirs) you might risk problems with them.
    2. If you have an unexpected / unplanned layover, where you are required to retrieve your luggage and recheck it, in a jurisdiction that is not firearm friendly, such as O’Hare or Midway in Chicago. In that case I would go directly to the ticket agents and explain the situation, since having firearms to recheck could be a problem. It’s one of the reasons I avoid Chicago like the plague.

    • Thanks OP

      The firearms piece is pretty clear and will likely do that. Thanks for the details.

      I am looking to build a mini kit to mimic the bags I have in my vehicles. The “essentials” as I see it. Compass, maps, water purification, weather gear, etc. etc. etc..

      One I get to putting one together before I travel I’ll update the thread to see what suggestions I get from your own experiences.

  • Erik,

    I am looking to build a mini kit to mimic the bags I have in my vehicles. The “essentials” as I see it. Compass, maps, water purification, weather gear, etc. etc. etc..

    Compass & Maps are easy; but, having a GPS application on your cell phone is also a viable option. I’m not talking about a GPS Navigator with maps, although those can be useful for turn by turn directions; but, a simple GPS app like “Polaris GPS” can give you the compass rose and GPS position information.
    For weather gear, I always travel with my Frog Toggs rain suit. They are a 2-piece suit with pants and hooded jacket made from Gore-Tex. They come with a stuff sack and really protect from the rain while breathing and not allowing perspiration to build up. Fir cold weather they offer excellent protection and when layered with wool underneath (I like wool) they allow transition from really warm and wet to really cold with minimal extra gear.
    For water purification, we carry some of the 28 oz Seychelle Extreme Water Filter Bottle (They Remove Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Virus, & Radiological)
    Here’s an example on Amazon; but, if you look around, you may find better deals.
    I also carry numerous pieces of amateur radio gear, programmed for repeaters in the area where I will be traveling.
    Additional seasonal gear would be needed; but, these items should get you a running start.

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