Things you left behind/or should have

Jun 29th, 2008, 12:40 PM
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To clairfy I'll be flying to Chicago from Louisville, and to my understanding is only a 1hr. 15min. flight. As tprsrs6 said, I chose Chicago for the fact that it would be a quick flight. I do not yet know how I'll feel about flying so I thought "baby steps" would be the best route. While I appreciate the destination specific suggestions, I created the post to just get a feel for what "must haves" to include on my list. Suze, should I still take an umbrella if the hotel provides one? Especially being in Chicago can I expect the one they provide to be top notch? I'd buy a cheap travel size, but I just don't know if it will withstand Chicago's infamous winds.
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Jun 29th, 2008, 01:32 PM
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I always regret not taking any business type cards with my e-mail address on as I seem to meet lots of great people on my travels and I never seem to have paper and pen, so its easy just to give new friends a card.
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Jun 29th, 2008, 02:56 PM
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"Chicago's infamous winds."

I'm so sorry to do this to you, jewels. But that's one of my pet peeves! Chicago is statistically the 17th windiest city in the country. The nickname "The Windy City" comes from its politics, not its weather. But, believe me, I understand your not knowing that. You wouldn't believe how many native Chicagoans don't!
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Jun 29th, 2008, 03:32 PM
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After coming down with a stomach bug ON a plane - I would have given anything for one single Ammonium D tablet.

I now travel with practically a medicine cabinet b/c at one time we have needed Ammonium, Benadryl, Motrin, etc. And I have to have some sleeping pills and earplugs - I don't always use them but knowing I have them gives me a lot of peace of mind.

I would go absolutly bonkers without reading material on a plane.

In London and Seattle I would have been miserable if we didnt' pack raincoats for the whole family.

I always seem to pack at least one set of clothes I don't end up wearing.

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Jun 30th, 2008, 05:11 AM
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CAPH52, are you saying Chicago isn't very windy? I live in Louisville, KY; in the downtown area, and I've lost 3 cheap umbrella's due to the winds whipping down between the bldgs. I just expected because of Chicago being right off the lake that it would be just as windy or more so. I knew the origins of "The Windy City" (I actually just purchased the Fodors travel guide a month or two ago).
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Jun 30th, 2008, 07:09 AM
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Well honestly I never pack an umbrella myself ;-)

It's just my trip to Mexico earlier this month, I got caught in a rain storm that lasted for days so it was on my mind.

Jewels, For what you describe, no I would not bother.

For a plane trip of barely over one hour, I don't think most of these preparations are even needed. That's hardly enough time to get the plane up, before it will head back down.

Have fun! Flying is great!! One of my favorite things actually.
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Jun 30th, 2008, 07:52 AM
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No, Jewels, it can definitely be windy. I'm just saying that there are 16 other cities that are windier!

I guess it kind of worries me that the whole Windy City thing makes people think that our weather is worse than it is. Yes, we have cold winters and hot summers. But so do many other American cities. Weather shouldn't deter people from coming here any more than, say, NYC or Boston.
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Jun 30th, 2008, 10:03 AM
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As others mentioned, definitely bring a lightweight jacket or sweater. Not only do I get cold on the plane (some are freezing) but sometimes the airports can be chilly as well. Each time I leave my sweater at home I regret it.

I always bring a magazine or two and a book, but usually end of napping. And I never travel without my portable umbrella. I hate wasting vacation time looking for an umbrella. Last year we were in Montreal in July. A gorgeous day turned into heavy rainstorms by that afternoon. Of course my handy dandy travel umbrella was in our hotel room and we were across the city. We had to literally run from store to store to find one and by the time we did we were soaked. My shoes were soaked as well so I ended up with major blisters. Now the umbrella stays in my purse when I travel.

Have a super time! I love Chicago, and also agree that it's not as windy as its reputation might imply....I never really found it much windier than my hometown of St. Louis.

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Jun 30th, 2008, 11:23 AM
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For a short flight and the first time flying, I'm going to make a suggestion having nothing to do with packing.

Make sure you have a seat assignment. Whether you prefer the window or aisle if up to you, but reserve in advance so you don't get stuck in a middle seat wedged in between two strangers. I also prefer to be as far forward on the plane as is available, so you are among the last to get on the plane, and first to get off.
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Jul 1st, 2008, 04:55 AM
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Suze, thanks for the great advice. I had heard from a friend that sitting near the wing can be a scary experience, and sitting near the bathroom can be a pain. I have signed us up for the 5th row, but I know I have to check in 24-1hr. before our flight to lock in those seats. We booked through Expedia and they had us sitting next to the wing for the flight up and back. I logged onto AA's website and changed our seat assingments closer to the front. I don't think we'll have any trouble flying out of Louisville, but I'm a little more concerned with the flight back out of O'Hare. Do you think the front desk at our Hotel would be willing to check us into our flight and print our confirmation for our return trip?
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Jul 1st, 2008, 08:51 AM
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jewels, most mid-level hotels (Courtyard, Hampton Inn, Doubletree - that type) have computers in the lobby where you can print your boarding passes. The more upscale hotels will usually do it for you at the front desk. We were in Chicago last year and happened to wander into the Burnham to ask a question, and they printed our boarding passes and a mapquest map for us even though we weren't staying there!
 
Jul 1st, 2008, 10:19 AM
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dmlove, How nice! I hope our entire Chicago experience can be like that! Like I've said on previous posts I'm most concerned with navigation. I hope I can figure everything out when we get there. The person I'm traveling with isn't good with directions.
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Jul 1st, 2008, 10:33 AM
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Just relax -- you're going to have a great time. Chicago is one of my very favorite cities; I could go back time and time again. (P.S. I am "directionally challenged" and do find Chicago a little difficult because of the fact that the river turns, but if you take a printout of a mapquest map with you, you'll be fine).
 
Jul 1st, 2008, 10:44 AM
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Ammonium D? What?

I think you mean Immodium D, karens.

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