Well folks, my trip is almost upon me, one week from today and I'm on my way to my great adventure in London!
Thanks to the internet and the wealth of information I have recieved on the various forums,(especially here on TA) I feel like I have done my homework well and I'm ready to go, a little butterflies in the tummy, but I like butterflies so it's okay...This is the first trip I have taken in 9 years and the first ever solo out of the country. Some people think I am nuts, but I think it's the only way to go! I'm so psyched!
These things are on my mind...
I am a smoker (yeah, I know) so I want to take my ciggies. I'd like to take a carton in my suitcase (the allowed 200) but what if I did take a pack or 3 extra in my carry on? Is it really a big deal, should I declare them or would you folks just pack them in there and not worry? I don't want any hassles, but what harm can a couple extra packs of smokes do? And what will it cost me to declare them?
How about picking up little souvenors while I am there? I can see myself buying things like books, T shirts, maybe a coffee mug or some jams..not much because I am on a strict budget, certainly nothing expensive or large or extravagant...Do I have to declare these items? Do most people?
I have a 6 day 6 zone Travelcard that came with my London Pass. I didn't order it but it came anyway. It's a paper card with a magnetic strip, it does say at the top that it isn't valid without a photo id and the number is blank, I assume because I need to get it validated and then they give me the ID #..My question is, what do I do with it? Should I just present it for validation as if I had ordered the thing ( I assume they sent it by mistake, but I think it's real) amd how do I tell if it's authentic? I guess it's possible that I or they made a mistake when I ordered the Pass, but I think it was their mistake and not mine, my credit card was charged the right amount. Advice, please.
and lastly (for now) I borrowed luggage from my sister. It's a huge suitcase with wheels and I know I can fill it, but what is the weight limit on American Airlines for your luggage? Where do I look for this info? I'm coming over for a week, should I look for a smaller bag? This one appears to be about 21in. x 30 in at least. Big. Lots of pockets.
Well that's all for now, but in the words of some one else..."I'll Be Back"
Thanks everyone, you're all terrific!