Traveling to RWA National in DC? If you are a newbie, or if you just haven’t traveled recently, here are a few last minute reminders to help ease your journey.
Are you flying in? Many of you reading this are savvy travelers but, for those who haven’t flown for a while…
- Suitcases – Weight limit is 50 pounds for checked bags. When I flew to Atlanta in 2006, I brought my 26-inch suitcase. The weight was ok flying there, barely, but was over by about 25 pounds on my return trip. I managed to squeeze some of those overweight free books into my tote. Some I just gave to the guy at the counter for his girlfriend. I’ve now switched to traveling with a 21-inch suitcase. Weigh it at home before you leave. Mine, even when packed full, rarely exceeds 35 pounds.
- Extra fee – Whether overweight or not, airlines now charge extra for a checked bag – $15 or $25 on most airlines. That’s a one-way charge.
- Carry-ons – You are only allowed 2 carry-ons, one personal (a purse or computer) and another small bag. Downsize to a smaller purse, then pack it inside your tote-bag for added flexibility.
- Wear slip-on shoes. You will have to remove them at security so they can be scanned. Shoes with ties or buckles hold up the lines.
- Filled water bottles are not permitted through security. Empty ones generally are. For the frugal-minded, bring an empty bottle in your tote. Once you are beyond security, you can fill it at a water fountain, or you can buy bottled water at a kiosk. Water bought near the gates is allowed on-board.
- Keep your photo ID and Boarding Pass handy until you are through security. After that, you will only need your Boarding Pass to get onto the plane.
- For added tips, read the TSA Guidelines for How to Get Through the Security Line Faster (click).
Or are you driving?
- Click this link for the current Washington DC gas prices.
- A reminder that parking at the Marriott is an extra $32 (or so) a day.
A few other reminders:
- Wear comfortable shoes for the conference and sight-seeing. Not the time to break in a new pair.
- Washington DC summers are sweltering but bring a sweater or wrap for the air-conditioned workshop rooms. A pashmina is light-weight, packable, and easy to carry in your conference tote.
- Don’t forget your business cards. Make them or have them made. Keep them simple, elegant, professional.
- There’s a CVS Pharmacy within walking distance of the Marriott.
- Visit RWA National website Conference FAQ’s for added info.
→ Please share your travel tips for RWA National. Hope to see you there!