Saturday, January 03, 2015

Packing For the Trip



Now for the packing for our fabulous trip to Hollywood California.

I have my underwear (T-shirts, shorts) and socks packed already.  Now to decide which shirts to take with me.  Decisions, decisions, decisions.  This is the hard part folks.

I'm only taking one pair of pants.  If I spill something on my pants (thanks for the tip Walt), I just buy another pair in California.  I'm sure they have the same stores there in the Golden State that they have here (hear that Walmart)?

One of my main concerns is all my battery chargers, for my iPhone and my MacBook Pro.  I'm taking pictures and videos with both of my iPhones.  Yes Virginia, I have TWO iPhones.  I didn't trade the last one in, I figure it was worth more to me as a backup camera and computer than the measly $200 credit that Verizon oh so generously was going to give me (maybe).  

Another one of my concerns is what toiletries  to take with me.  Shaving cream is out.  Same with hair shampoo (I have a special tar based shampoo for my scalp condition).  Toothpaste out too, could be a bomb don't you know.  And absolutely razor blades are out.  So what do I take and not buy in California?  Hopefully my medications, in a clear plastic pouch of course.  I'm not even sure I can take my favorite Yardley (Oatmeal) soap.  Could be another bomb don't you know?  Of course the terrorists have won.  Traveling these days is an ordeal.

But come this Wednesday, I will be packed and ready to go at 4 am in the morning for my 7:35 AM lift off from Philadelphia International Airport.  You know, that plane that is coming in from Tel Aviv Israel and stopping over in Philly.




I'm taking on a "personal" carry on back (containing my Macbook Pro laptop) and a "carry on size" suitcase containing my underwear and backup shirts. Let's see if they let me on the plane with that suitcase.

Pat will be arriving at LAX a few minutes after I arrive.  Then we take it from there.  I'll rent a car for our destination, the Hollywood Bed and Breakfast.  


The Hollywood Bed and Breakfast- where Pat and I will be staying

And the adventure begins!

22 comments:

  1. Ron - it's snowing in Toronto today - and tho this winter is nothing compared to last year's - the temps are dipping to below zero as I fly down to meet you in LA. Always like that kind of timing. Sort of like a bonus.

    Pat

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    1. Pat,
      It's raining here. A gray and dreary day. I'm glad you're having a milder winter than you had last year in Toronto. That was one for the record books last year. The Winter That Never Ended.
      Ron

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  2. Ron, You can take liquids, creams, and gels onboard as long as they are 3.4 oz or less. You could pour some of your shampoo into that size bottle. Toothpaste also comes in small enough sizes to travel and you can bring more than one. You can bring on disposable razors now. Just be sure they are in your clear "baggy". I always find packing part of the fun of going on vacation even if I am not taking much. For the things you don't bring you should have no problem finding a store to pick them up. I am so excited for you to be on your way!

    Cindy from Sonoma

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    1. Cindy,
      Very helpful information! Thanks! I was just going to look up the permissible size of liquids to bring because I really do have a problem finding that special tar based shampoo I need for my seborrheic dermatitis, a condition I've had since I was twelve years old. Also, good to know that I can bring a disposable razor, which I will bring. Thanks again. I'm just about ready for the big trip!
      Ron

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  3. Ron,
    The only way the airlines make it easy to decide what to, or what not to pack is the fees that they charge if you check your bag. The TSA will make further decisions for you. I have flown quite a bit in the last couple of years and one thing I found is that the TSA might have country wide rules, they seem to be interpreted differently at various airports. So, you don't really know for sure just what you can take and not take. I usually do a wild guess, cross my fingers and hope for the best.
    As you are aware, Southern California has fickle weather this time of the year. Just reference the temperatures over the past week and realize you should at least pack a light jacket or sweater along with your usual eastern or in Pat's case northern outer clothes. You never know for sure.
    Either way, hoping you have event free travel to and from and a wonderful time in SOCAL.
    Jack

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    1. Jack,
      I was going to take my bathing suit but Pat said that might not be necessary. You think? I will take my all purpose jacket and will wear a sweater. Long sleeve shirt and one pullover. The two toughest parts about this trip is the flight itself (airport security and cramped seats - which I have to sit in for six hours at a stretch - I will get up to stretch my legs that's for sure). This trip will not be dull, that's for sure!
      Ron

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  4. Anonymous3:35 PM

    Don't forget your Speedo, Ron, so you can enjoy that lovely pool! ~~~ NB

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    1. NB,
      I think I will take a swim suit because that pool does look great. I wonder if it is heated.
      Ron

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    2. Anonymous3:10 PM

      Call and ask, but I would guess yes. Nothing like a warm pool on a cool Cali night! ~~~ NB

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    3. Anonymous3:14 PM

      Oops! Just checked their website, and the pool is not heated. Sorry about that. ~~~ NB

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    4. NB,
      Rats! I was so looking forward to lounging around a lit pool in the evening. Thanks for checking.
      Ron

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  5. I have been to CA; I can report they have stores there with most items available such as toiletries. So you can pack light and buy there. The wines are especially good.

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    1. Dr. Spo,
      Good to know that southern California has stores just like here in southern Delaware. And thank you for the tip on the wine. I will try!
      Ron

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  6. Ron, Sorry I haven't commented here for so long, don't know were the time goes! Greetings from cold and snowy Nebraska, right now the temp. is hovering at about 5F (-15C). It sounds like you're psyched for your trip out west. I just wish I could join you both, if you and Pat didn't mind a third wheel. It's been about 30 years since I've been to LA. It's definitely a car city, I'm sure you have maps or nav. functions on your phone. Say could you use one more guy on your excursion to Toronto this summer? I might be up for that! I also made a few blog post these past few days. My 2015 resolutions are to blog post more and to be a more active commenter on friends blogs. Randy in NEB.

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    1. Randy,
      Good to hear from you! How about us getting together next year in Chicago for a few days? Pat and I are planning to visit there. That would be more convenient for you, only one state in between Nebraska (Iowa) and Illinois.
      Looking forward to more of your blog posts in the new year.
      Ron

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    2. Wow! sounds like a plan Ron . Just tell me when and where and I'll try to be there. I've been to Chicago too but it's been a while, like 2009. It's only about 600 miles or 1000km.

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  7. And so the adventure begins! Relax, take a good book and read on the long flight, reading can really make the long flight go fast. There will likely be seat back video on that long of a flight.

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    1. David,
      I'm already planning on taking a good book on the flight. I'll be at both airpots several hours plus the six hours in flight. Plenty of time to read and I love reading a good book.
      Ron

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  8. This is all so informative and new to me. The last time I traveled I was on the Butterfield Stagecoach in Indian Territory.
    You are very wise to travel light. California does indeed have stores.
    Keep your snowshoes at home.

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    1. Jon,
      Stagecoach, that's a mode of travel I always wanted to try at least once. I remember watching all those old westerns when I was a kid and wanted to travel in a stage coach. Also one of those covered wagons. Maybe I already did in a previous life.
      Ron

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  9. So cool! It's going to be GREAT! And yes, flying is an ordeal, but still the fastest and safest way to travel long distances. At least you are small enough to fit in the seats!

    Have a GREAT TIME!!!!
    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,
      The worst part about this trip will be the flight. Six hours in a cramped seat. The last (and only) time I flew across country (San Francisco in 1979) it was a smoking flight and the person in the seat in front of me reclined their seat. I don't get the reclining seats. Why even have them on airliners?. They are so rude. What? People have to sleep on their flight? And I can't imagine how uncomfortable those coach seats are for big guys. My brother John is 6'6" ad weighs 280. I was envious of his trip to Scotland a few years back and he said "Ronnie, don't be. This ride is going to be pure hell for me." And he's a pastor! But I guess the airline have to squeeze in as many people as they can. Thanks again for the good wishes Jay.
      Ron

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