Preparation checklist: Things to bring with you!

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Re: Preparation checklist: Things to bring with you!

Post by Aurabolt » Sat Feb 27, 2016 11:13 pm

Elli21486 wrote:
Fetch wrote:
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Aurabolt wrote: For those who will be commuting to/from a hotel that's not in the same area as the Con, get a Charlie Card and put $15 on it. That should cover your traveling expenses for the whole weekend and if you're not from the Boston Area, they can be used again next year since they don't expire.
That's actually a false statement. The Charlie Cards do expire but it is usually in years, ie. every 5 years. You can check when your card expires at any kiosk at any station.
http://www.mbta.com/fares_and_passes/ch ... p?id=22672

I can't find it anywhere on the MBTA site, but I was told that the money you put on the card is good for 18 months. As I've never gone more than a few months before putting more onto mine, I cannot confirm or deny it.
Reads first line of the website link...
"Does A CharlieCard Expire? Yes..."

In reality though, there isn't really any other way to check for the expiration than at a subway station.

On a side note though, if a CharlieCard ever fails, you can go to the CharlieCard Store at Downtown Crossing to transfer to a new card.
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Here's something I've been told face to face by the General Manager of the MBTA: If you have a balance on a Charlie Card, as long as it's registered via mbta.com the balance is transferrable. This includes when the card expires or goes inactive. You will need to bring it to the Charlie Card Store where they will transfer the remaining balance to a new card. It can only be done at the Charlie Card Store, which is at Downtown Crossing but is free of charge.
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Re: Preparation checklist: Things to bring with you!

Post by Old_School_Anime_Lover02 » Sun Mar 06, 2016 11:16 pm

Kanechan wrote:Sometimes the CharlieCard will have an expiration date in the lower right-hand corner on the front. There's one on my card which says "Exp. 12/22", so I know I have at least that much time to get a replacement.

CharlieCards generally don't expire for 5 to 10 years after you get one, after which time they must be returned for replacement. Can't vouch for how long the fares stay on before you need to use them up, but they can be transferred from an older card to a newer one when the time comes.
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Re: Preparation checklist: Things to bring with you!

Post by Nenie » Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:25 am

BUMP!
haven’t bumped a thread since my gaiaonline days.....
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Re: Preparation checklist: Things to bring with you!

Post by Elli21486 » Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:08 pm

Nenie wrote:
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:25 am
BUMP!
haven’t bumped a thread since my gaiaonline days.....
Apparently, my Gaia Online account is still active lol.
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Re: Preparation checklist: Things to bring with you!

Post by Aurabolt » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:43 am

Let's keep this going!

The rising popularity of the Coat/Bag Check means folks like myself who don't stay in hotels (I commute from home) can store stuff until it's time to go home for the day ^_^
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Re: Preparation checklist: Things to bring with you!

Post by Elli21486 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:11 pm

Aurabolt wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:43 am
Let's keep this going!

The rising popularity of the Coat/Bag Check means folks like myself who don't stay in hotels (I commute from home) can store stuff until it's time to go home for the day ^_^
Coat Check is great, especially with colder events where you may not want to be wearing a big jacket.

On another note, I will like to add... Double/Triple check what you are bringing in. For example, I accidentally forgot to take some tools out of my backpack since I use said backpack throughout the year. Of course, I got it back when I left but checking avoids any delays.
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Re: Preparation checklist: Things to bring with you!

Post by DocWatson » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:30 pm

I often forget to bring my current driver's license, but since I carry other ID it's been fine.

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Re: Preparation checklist: Things to bring with you!

Post by NanoZero » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:36 pm

This weekend's supposed to be a washout, so don't forget those umbrellas!
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Re: Preparation checklist: Things to bring with you!

Post by JosephW » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:30 pm

NanoZero wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:36 pm
This weekend's supposed to be a washout, so don't forget those umbrellas!
Does the coat/bag check hold onto umbrellas? Don't want to be carrying it around all day with me inside the convention center.
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Re: Preparation checklist: Things to bring with you!

Post by Sayoria » Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:36 am

Five years later and this is still used. I'm glad. I still refer to it every year. I am glad it still helps everyone, and I am happier everyone here contributed as well to make it full and complete. Ever since, I make sure I always bring a power strip with me. Even to school! (A small one) Thank you.

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Re: Preparation checklist: Things to bring with you!

Post by NanoZero » Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:43 am

JosephW wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:30 pm
NanoZero wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:36 pm
This weekend's supposed to be a washout, so don't forget those umbrellas!
Does the coat/bag check hold onto umbrellas? Don't want to be carrying it around all day with me inside the convention center.
Sorry about the late-ish reply!

I can't see why coat check wouldn't take umbrellas. If you can. bring a plastic bag with you to cover your umbrella when it gets soaked.
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Re: Preparation checklist: Things to bring with you!

Post by JosephW » Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:06 pm

NanoZero wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:43 am
JosephW wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:30 pm
NanoZero wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:36 pm
This weekend's supposed to be a washout, so don't forget those umbrellas!
Does the coat/bag check hold onto umbrellas? Don't want to be carrying it around all day with me inside the convention center.
Sorry about the late-ish reply!

I can't see why coat check wouldn't take umbrellas. If you can. bring a plastic bag with you to cover your umbrella when it gets soaked.
Good to know.

Regardless of how much it's raining, I always make sure to shake off my umbrella before entering the building anyway :P
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Re: Preparation checklist: Things to bring with you!

Post by THX1139 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:42 pm

Don’t forget to check what not to bring in your backpack, hand bag or pockets. I always leave my pocket knife behind. I try to minimize any metal.

I use a belt with a plastic buckle. My backpack has no metal.

Don’t forget charges and cables for your phone and laptop.

A poncho is good to bring. It can easily cover your cosplay outfit.
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Re: Preparation checklist: Things to bring with you!

Post by Aurabolt » Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:10 pm

I would definitely advise bringing a Power Bank if possible. You can safely charge your phone, iPad and so on while sitting in a panel ^_^

NanoZero wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:36 pm
This weekend's supposed to be a washout, so don't forget those umbrellas!
...AB's prolly gonna utilize the Dalton St. entrance Friday and Saturday again to mitigate the time congoers are waiting outside to get in.

The Boylston St. entrance does provide shelter from the rain and in fact, I never once used a raincoat for Con weekend. This coming from a guy who commutes from home the whole weekend (I live in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston). An umbrella and jacket are sufficient.
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