r/LifeProTips Jul 31 '22 Wholesome 1

LPT: If you’re flying to another country, take a pen so you can complete the customs declaration on the plane Traveling

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u/theGreenBasturdd Jul 31 '22

LPT: never travel without a pen

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u/naut Aug 01 '22

My wife asked me for a pen one day which I said I didn't have one, she said "no seriously, let me see your pen" and I handed it to her, she knows me well lol

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u/8_ge_8 Aug 01 '22

Haha this is beautiful

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u/sergioaffs Aug 01 '22

You sound like a proud member of r/fountainpens or r/mechanicalheadpens :)

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u/HappyHappyFunnyFunny Aug 01 '22

Are you saying she wanted to know where your pen is?

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u/Awpss Aug 01 '22

Riveting stuff

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u/theveryrealreal Jul 31 '22

Keep it rolled up in your towel

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u/DanteandRandallFlagg Aug 01 '22

This is one hoopy frood who always knows where his towel is.

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u/President-EIect Aug 01 '22

Don't panic

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u/Stornahal Jul 31 '22

One corner has been dipped in ink: I just lick it & smear.

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u/Texcellence Aug 01 '22

The real LPT is always in the comments.

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u/lies_about_flossing Jul 31 '22

Better yet, keep it securely in your meat wallet

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u/theycallmeponcho Aug 01 '22

Just be careful sitting on blank contracts!

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u/666pool Aug 01 '22

Make sure it’s a flared pen.

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u/IrregularConfusion Jul 31 '22

With the sausage??

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u/[deleted] Jul 31 '22

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u/Sleepy-Flower Jul 31 '22

And never traveling will save money too!

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u/Antrikshy Aug 01 '22

The real LPT is always in the comments.

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u/WorshipNickOfferman Jul 31 '22

Never go anywhere without a pen! I wear a sports coat most days and keep a nice pen clipped to the inside pocket. Comes in handy all the time.

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u/Lyress Jul 31 '22

Like when?

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u/WorshipNickOfferman Jul 31 '22

Any time I need to sign things or write something down. I’m a lawyer so I’m constantly signing shit and making notes on things. Nice to know that if I’m away from my desk, I have a pen within close reach.

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u/pretzel_day_queen Aug 01 '22

Maybe someone will mistake me for a lawyer if I carry around a pen. Hmmm.

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u/lew_rong Aug 01 '22

Can confirm, am one of the chef-coated motherfuckers in the restaurant industry, and a pen is invaluable.

So is a pocket protector, for all you kids thinking about joining me. Ink splotches will happen otherwise, and they are a bitch to get out.

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u/WorshipNickOfferman Aug 01 '22

I’m not in the restaurant business anymore, but I am on a competition bbq team. Always carry a sharpie when I’m bbqing so we can make notes on product and fuck with the dude that drank too much and passed out.

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u/lew_rong Aug 01 '22

Don't forget the thermometer so you can temp the passed out guy!

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u/Lyress Jul 31 '22

I've never been in a situation where I had to sign something without being provided a pen. I think your advice only applies to your line of work.

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u/alexannmarie Jul 31 '22

I work in retail and carry a pen with me in my purse at all times. Not only do you randomly need a pen at times, someone around you might.

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u/JediJan Aug 01 '22

I always carry a pen and sometimes a spare. I’d rather not use someone else’s pen; Covid has made my germ phobia even more so. I also carry a spare mask, and some people actually appreciate one if theirs break.

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u/techtornado Aug 01 '22

Only because swords are heavy and not as mighty

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u/BuddyJim30 Jul 31 '22

This is the real LPT.

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u/tkinz92 Aug 01 '22

This seems to me like duh, I’d say it’s up there with underwear and my phone.

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u/peachfiber Jul 31 '22

Carry a Fisher Stowaway in your wallet and you can fill out customs forms even underwater or in the vacuum of space.

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u/theveryrealreal Jul 31 '22

You never know when you're going to get a plane with a faulty altimeter

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u/elmwoodblues Jul 31 '22

Or a small-country 737 MAX

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u/Dashing_McHandsome Aug 01 '22

So you would be writing your last will and testament in this case?

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u/theycallmeponcho Aug 01 '22

Is this the Seinfeld pen?

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u/katatafish Aug 01 '22

Same brand, but the Fisher bullet was the Seinfeld pen.

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u/Shadesmctuba Aug 01 '22

Carrie Fisher stowaway? I have some terrible news.

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u/RiverHowler Aug 01 '22

Helpful for when the plane crashes and is underwater!

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u/Misswestcarolina Aug 01 '22

Finally a LPT I can use.

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u/joelmercer Jul 31 '22

Last time I had to do this, which I guess was 15 years ago, they gave me a golf pencil to use. They don’t do that anymore?!?

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u/WineCountryMonk Aug 01 '22

From US to Mexico - everyone time, no pens or pencils. Just one kind soul loaning their pen to everyone on the plane.

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u/9Lives_ Aug 01 '22

A 10-pack of generic ball point pens is $1 and they often have sales. So for less than 2 bucks you can make it rain writing implements on the first world needy.

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u/molo91 Aug 01 '22

I have needed to fill out a paper form on an airplane within the last year and was not automatically given a pen/pencil.

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u/unf0rgottn Aug 01 '22

Currently in the Philippines from the US. It seems like they pass out the paper then the pens afterwards 🤷 they definitely have pens.

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u/Belazriel Aug 01 '22

They have the pens, they just want you to wait and think about the fact that you didn't bring one before providing one for you.

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u/[deleted] Aug 01 '22

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u/unf0rgottn Aug 01 '22

Nope, I imagine most flights would have a writing utensil, especially something international.

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u/Semanticss Aug 01 '22

They do. This "tip" is shit

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u/Upbeat_Conclusion_43 Aug 01 '22

Literally just landed in another country, specifically told by flight attendants they do not have pens.

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u/cheamo Aug 01 '22

Wrong, flown internationally plenty there are almost never pens on planes, you have to beg and borrow one.

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u/i4LOVE4Pie4 Aug 01 '22

Yeah my international flight on Friday is looking at you disappointed for lying to all of us

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u/moons_of_neptarine Jul 31 '22 Helpful

And to Hawaii from the mainland

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u/PMmePS2CheatCodes Jul 31 '22

You need to fill something out going to Hawaii? Can you explain?

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u/SnooCakes9 Jul 31 '22

They have this form that asks you if you are bringing any creatures or plants that may harm the ecosystem of Hawaii

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u/BBNUK91 Aug 01 '22

Always thinking about Hawaii’s ecosystem but never about the mainland’s. The Mainland’s ecosystem has feeling too you know.

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u/Spe333 Aug 01 '22

To be fair, mainland is fucked overall anyway.

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u/Account_Banned Aug 01 '22

To be fair, you’re supposed to to stop at state lines in the mainland if you’re bringing any plants across state lines

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u/ccaccus Aug 01 '22

Where, though? I've crossed state lines plenty of times and it's rare that there's any sort of Welcome Center/place that I would be able to stop and register plants.

Just imagining stopping at the first farmhouse I see...

"Hi, yes, I'm crossing state lines and I have these plants...?"

"MA! It's one o' them crop smugglers again."

Elderly woman comes to the door, clipboard in hand, clicks her pen twice. "Alright, let's get this over with, sonny. You're makin' me miss the Wheel."

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u/Account_Banned Aug 01 '22

Yeah just like that but it’s a state police pull off zone.

Are they going to hunt you down for bring a orange tree over from the next state in your civic? Probably not, but you bet your ass they’re checking every truck hauling anything agricultural through state lines

I used to be a receiving manager in retail and we had to hold fruit trees until the department of agriculture could come and inspect them before putting them up for sell.

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u/[deleted] Aug 01 '22

South I5 across the Oregon/California has one. I used to go grocery shop across the boarder and lie about my fresh produce because they made my MIL throw away something before.

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u/Hunteritis Aug 01 '22

You are really funny 😂. Thanks for writing this ❤️

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u/iuddwi Aug 01 '22

You need to fill out a form, going from the main land to hawai’i.

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u/moons_of_neptarine Aug 01 '22

Yep, department of agriculture form declaring things (or not). You also need the address of where you're staying, the dates, the islands, etc. so I keep the info somewhere easily accessible (like with the pen)

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u/certifiedintelligent Jul 31 '22

And if you're traveling to the US, there's an app for that!

Though if you're retuning to the US from abroad several times a year, Global Entry is very very much worth it.

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u/NinjaaMike Aug 01 '22

Yes, and most travel credit cards come with Global Entry reimbursement which also includes TSA Precheck.

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u/msdrahcir Aug 01 '22

Global entry includes pre check and is like $20 more. If you fly a lot and are considering leaving the country even once, worth it

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u/mohammedgoldstein Aug 01 '22

Keep your GD mouth shut! Don’t give away the secret of lines shorter than Global Entry with just an app.

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u/stryker7314 Jul 31 '22

LPT: Make it a pen flare incase you crash land on a remote island.

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u/elmwoodblues Jul 31 '22

TSA gonna love you

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u/Naus1987 Jul 31 '22

I was gonna say, a flare is not gonna go over well, lol

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u/elmwoodblues Jul 31 '22

When they're below some Kabuki-theatre metric, they'll throw you to the floor because hangnail. Once the quota resets, large knives get a pass

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u/Mr-Tease Jul 31 '22

Or a vape pen incase you land in russia

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u/shoephone7 Jul 31 '22

Good idea and may as well stuff it with some waterproof matches and fishing line

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u/stryker7314 Jul 31 '22

Bring a hatchet too.

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u/ancientsoop Jul 31 '22

And a fridge

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u/Deadpool2715 Jul 31 '22

Don’t forget the spare plane fuel

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u/El-Viking Jul 31 '22

For the spare plane that you packed.

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u/Vulpes_Irae Aug 01 '22

Just click the pen three times…

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u/jsveiga Jul 31 '22

You should also write your seat number on your arms, torso, and legs. It makes the life of recovery workers much easier in case of a crash.

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u/LangTheBoss Aug 01 '22 Bravo Grande!

That's more of a death pro tip.

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u/[deleted] Jul 31 '22

I like to put my seat number as one large number spanning across my entire body so they can have fun playing jigsaw games with it

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u/ThermionicEmissions Aug 01 '22

That's so considerate!

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u/Deep90 Jul 31 '22

I write a seat row and number that don't exist.

  1. Confuse the fuck out of the rescue team.
  2. Prank the conspiracy theorists.

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u/vlackatack Aug 01 '22

Write your seat number on 3 limbs, leave the 4th blank. They'll be looking for a non-existent limb for days.

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u/TheMexicanJuan Jul 31 '22

Bit of a reach lol

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u/captain_redballs Jul 31 '22

Write your blood type on your forehead, just in case you are alive when they find you.

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u/1cec0ld Jul 31 '22

My blood donor card is in my wallet, so it is pretty easy to find if I'm alive :-)

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u/Ricky_RZ Aug 01 '22

Unless you crash in England, your wallet would be gone by the time you are found

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u/theveryrealreal Jul 31 '22

The real lpt

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u/shoephone7 Jul 31 '22

Do that with your seat buddy’s pen. It would make a great ice breaker

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u/totally_unanonymous Aug 01 '22

This got a genuine chortle out of me

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u/MrObviousChild Jul 31 '22

Recently flew to England from the US and neither way made you fill these out anymore.

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u/hairyhairyveryscary Jul 31 '22

Yeah I don’t think most countries do paper anymore. Everything is electronically

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u/dandroid126 Aug 01 '22

I flew to Mexico from the US this year and had to fill out the paper form on the way there. I had an option of doing it online before I left, but it needed way more information than the paper form.

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u/LifeDeeplyLived Aug 01 '22

We had to fill paper forms heading into HI from the mainland.

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u/The_Weirdest_Cunt Jul 31 '22

I regularly flew twice a year for about 12 years to visit home while I was living outside the UK and I never even had to go through the items to declare lane let alone fill out a form about declared items, even when I flew to Qatar in December last year with all the covid restrictions over there I never had to fill out a form during transit

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u/Ok_Description_5846 Jul 31 '22

I havent had to fill out a paper one for years

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u/funwithdesign Jul 31 '22

I only fly to countries that have moved to electronic customs forms so I don’t have to carry a pen.

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u/lifesurferdude Jul 31 '22

Baller!!!!!!

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u/aguyfromhere Jul 31 '22

Baller Point Pen?

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u/AlycatTickletush Jul 31 '22

Yeah, I was going to say this. I flew internationally in May of this year and the flight attendants handed out the form and specifically said do not fill this out until you are instructed to. We then went through customs where they scanned the form, asked a few questions, stamped it, and then we were sent on our way. No filling out or pen needed.

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u/theveryrealreal Jul 31 '22

Yeah, I'd be worried about any country still using paper.

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u/rockit454 Jul 31 '22

Mexico still uses paper and somehow millions and millions of tourists each year still go

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u/BigMochaThunder Jul 31 '22

Carry two, because someone will inevitably ask to borrow your first pen.

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u/yhnc Aug 01 '22

Real LPT is in the second pen

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u/davidildo Jul 31 '22

I am old enough to remember when they would give out the 10 cent pens with their logo on it for the customs forms. It is ponderous to me that an airline that charges $800- a ticket can't pony up that additional dime.

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u/EngineersAnon Jul 31 '22

Airlines don't work the way you think. They should add more costs to a losing proposition?

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u/firelikeaboss Jul 31 '22

Great video. Thanks for sharing.

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u/shotakun Jul 31 '22

its so they can save up cost and rebrand themselves as environmentally friendly

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u/nouille07 Jul 31 '22

laughs in shengen

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u/TommyVe Jul 31 '22

What, seriously? The only customs I've ever been to always had pens at the ready and I'm talking places like China.

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u/Londonforce Jul 31 '22

My country doesn't do this anymore and it you don't have a smartphone you are fucked.

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u/[deleted] Jul 31 '22 edited Jul 31 '22

Or just don’t declare anything

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u/theveryrealreal Jul 31 '22

Fucking nihilists.

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u/oddlyDirty Jul 31 '22

Must be exhausting.

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u/candidate26 Jul 31 '22

I know right. Like why would you ever actually declare it

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u/ExpatriadaUE Jul 31 '22

LPT: travel only within Schengen and you won’t need to fill in anything.

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u/rvtsazap Aug 01 '22

Don’t forget even if you are flying to Hawaii. They have some declaration forms they handout before landing,

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u/macaronfive Aug 01 '22

Yes! The agricultural declaration form.

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u/yokotron Aug 01 '22

This person hasn’t taken a plane in ten years ***

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u/colorado_jane Jul 31 '22

Visited Peru in June. No customs form on the way home and they didn’t ask for it in Miami. Very surprising.

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u/bthks Jul 31 '22

Yeah the US seems to have eliminated it. I can say that as of a month ago, Australia and New Zealand have not.

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u/compelledorphan Aug 01 '22

Biosecurity and visa/immigration are two different problems.

NZ and Aus go to extreme lengths to protect the ecosystems there, and those forms are just one of the tools to do so

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u/VaguelyFamiliarVoice Jul 31 '22

I find the form before I get on the plane and have it filled out.

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u/danyeezy23 Jul 31 '22

You're the best

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u/PhotonResearch Jul 31 '22

LPT: don’t fly routes with printed manual customs declarations forms

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u/lonacatee Jul 31 '22

Make sure it is not liquid ink.

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u/OutrageousRhubarb853 Jul 31 '22

Carry underwear in your carry on

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u/nails_for_breakfast Jul 31 '22

Also bring a pen when you're not traveling internationally. As in, just always have one with you. It comes in handy like, all the time.

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u/Lyress Jul 31 '22

Like for what?

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u/definitely_not_obama Aug 01 '22

Stabbing defenseless people without pens, and defending yourself from pen wielding maniacs. Only thing that can stop a bad guy with a pen...

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u/enakj Jul 31 '22

and don’t bring drugs, even marijuana

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u/AliAli1233333345 Aug 01 '22

Is this some sort of American joke that I'm too European to understand?

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u/hanginginthere-23 Aug 01 '22

I travel quite a bit and this is my number 1 tip. Nothing worse then getting off a plane and trying to fill out customs sheets with broken pens

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u/gonfreeces1993 Aug 01 '22

Yes, omg yes. It took so so long for us to get this done in Mexico. They had no papers or pens on the plane and we all had to share a few pens when we got off the plane. It was a nightmare.

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u/Reggie_Barclay Jul 31 '22

LPT: Always carry a scanner and a mini laser printer with you.

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u/Firree Aug 01 '22

Wish I had followed this advice earlier. I tried bringing an inkjet printer and it broke. Said I wasn't using genuine HP cartridges then it just soaked the whole page in a black and brown poop smear.

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u/DroolingSlothCarpet Jul 31 '22

Imagine that, having to need a reason to carry something to write with before you leave your home.

Why is it that so many people have to rely on others, in this case for a friggin pen.

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u/ledow Jul 31 '22

Because if you want me to fill out a form, you better provide me a pen.

Same way that if you want cash, you better provide a way to convert the only money I carry (cards) into cash.

Otherwise you're just creating hassle for yourself, not me. I still need to fill out that form. Now I have to bother you and everyone up to and including the guy I have to give the form to for a pen.

"Fill out this form, there are no pens, oh, so you DIDN'T fill out the form?" that's just stupid.

P.S. it's 2022. TWENTY. TWENTY-TWO. I haven't routinely carried a pen in 23 years, and that's because I was then at school and people were DUMB in school and wouldn't accept my homework in electronic formats. I accepted it back in the day, but by university (~2000), it was THE NORM to not need to hand-write anything, therefore not needing a pen. In fact, it was frowned on, even in maths courses, to submit by hand for many assignments. We were using Maple, LaTeX and MathCAD back then. Those programmes were TWENTY YEARS OLD by that point.

I literally have one pen that I could locate, it's in the glovebox of my car. It's been used precisely... never.

In work, a career of 20+ years, I have used a pen for signatures only and people finally woke up that an electronic signature is to actually a BETTER standard of proof than an ordinary signature for everything I do.

I've bought houses online - no signatures, no pen.

I've been divorced online - no signatures, no pen.

I don't wear a watch either. Is that compulsory too? I don't carry cash. I sometimes don't even carry cards. The last time I went abroad, there wasn't a piece of paper involved except my passport - I just display codes on my phone for everything - COVID test, vaccinations, visas, and my plane ticket.

It's 2022. Provide a fucking pen if you demand paper forms, or get with the 21st century that we're ALREADY an entire generation into.

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u/Dvscape Jul 31 '22

I use pens a lot to write down my life total in Magic: the Gathering. Although I could use an app to do that, I find that it helps keep in tune with the game much more if I am writing down the changes in life totals instead of just having 2 final numbers on a screen.

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u/Mute_Monkey Jul 31 '22

I’ve been divorced

I am shocked. Shocked, I tell you.

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u/WeirdAssJamJar Aug 01 '22

The pen is mightier than the sword. Pretty sure anything electronic runs out of batteries. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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u/mindkilla123 Aug 01 '22

This guy needs help. Getting so incensed over one of the most minor inconveniences.

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u/GoodGoodGoody Jul 31 '22

“If you want me to fill out a form…”. Basically no country gives a crap if you visit. You’re traveling because you want to, not the country.

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u/lisa-in-wonderland Jul 31 '22

Also, you are of no monetary value to the airline once you are off the plane. They don't care about your experience getting into the country. Customs isn't concerned with your experience there because they get paid regardless of your feels. Anyone else requiring a paper form, there's no guarantee that your experience will have any impact on those people. FWIW, I have been involved recently in settling 2 estates in 2 different states. Anyone who thinks 'paper is dead' hasn't done this recently. Large swathes of officialdom still require paper.

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u/DroolingSlothCarpet Jul 31 '22

All the government functions to make sure you're lawfully entering their country are likely more costly than any economic benefit your presence brings.

They're already upside down on your visit.

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u/shoephone7 Jul 31 '22

Do you hate pencils too?

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u/Orcapa Jul 31 '22

Lighten up, Francis.

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u/Xsythe Jul 31 '22

Omigosh this is an amazing new copypasta, thank you

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u/highstrungknits Jul 31 '22

Wait. There are people who travel without a pen or two in their bag? I can't imagine.

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u/Lokcet Jul 31 '22

Not once in my life have I needed one while flying, this thread is weird to me.

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u/highstrungknits Jul 31 '22

LOL. I rarely need the ones I carry. I just have some sort of vague need to have one.

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u/AndroChromie Jul 31 '22

LPT: Airlines should adopt an electronic registration before take off for passengers to fill out in advance.

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u/DroolingSlothCarpet Jul 31 '22

LPT: Custom declarations are a function of governments, not airlines.

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u/AndroChromie Jul 31 '22

And the airlines can facilitate the process. No law state that it should be filled out during flight.

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u/DroolingSlothCarpet Jul 31 '22

I'm not aware of any law that does. Others have opined they fill it out beforehand.

Seems they come prepared.

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u/ViroCostsRica Jul 31 '22 edited Aug 01 '22

"Remember to breathe in another country"

This is how moronic your "LPT" sounds like

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u/FrannieP23 Jul 31 '22

Are there people who go anywhere without a pen?

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u/Lokcet Jul 31 '22

We have phones now. Can't remember when I last used a pen.

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u/FrannieP23 Jul 31 '22

I can't imagine being so dependent on my phone. Each to his own, I guess.

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u/Lyress Jul 31 '22

What do you use your pen for that you can't do with a phone?

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u/ShaneChalker Jul 31 '22

But what about the ink leaking due to change in pressure? Is that a myth? I swear I read that in an airplane due to change in the pressure there is a high likelihood that a pen might leak and a fountain pen was a big no. I even bought that Fisher Space pen that one time I had an international travel to specifically avoid such an issue.

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u/HellsMalice Jul 31 '22

This is an actual good tip for once.
I finally started making sure I had a pen in my backpack to fill out the form
...and then they started using little electronic booths to re-enter Canada. No pen required.

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u/GILDID Jul 31 '22

I always ask for extra forms so I can have it already filled out.

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u/RunRevolutionary9019 Jul 31 '22

And make lots of copies of all your documents just in case they disappear.

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u/el-em-en-o Jul 31 '22

Such a simple truth! Yes!

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u/oldcolon Jul 31 '22

Also visa on arrival forms, bonus if you often travel to that country on visa runs, take a couple copies of the forms every arrival so you have it all filled out in advance

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u/rodeler Jul 31 '22

Bring extras for passengers nearby, too.

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u/GhostNoteSymphonies Jul 31 '22

How many extras do you bring?

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u/MavinKarath Jul 31 '22

I suggest googling what forms you need and if they are paper or electronic before you leave the house. I have had flight crews hand out papers to fill out but the country already switched to using digital kiosks. Then on other trips the flight crew forgetting to hand out anything at all or waiting until the last minute.

No matter what, never travel with out a pen or three.

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u/Beau_Buffett Jul 31 '22

This is good advice.

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u/suenoselectronicos Jul 31 '22

Visited my sister in Haiti once. My dumbass didn’t remember a pen. Felt awful when a fancy Haitian politician scoffed at me to let me borrow a pen. The curb your enthusiasm song was in my head the whole time. I felt like a true dumbass. Grateful he let me use it though. Also grateful I knew very basic Haitian Creole to get by that day.

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u/Billy_Bones59 Jul 31 '22

You should have a pen in your car, and your purse, I'm always puzzled how some women have a purse with many things but never a pen!

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u/yed-ze-ded Jul 31 '22

That piece of paper doesn't matter at all

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u/tmth17 Jul 31 '22

Flew to France the US a month ago and didn't have a customs form.

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u/Callec254 Jul 31 '22

LPT: Just always have a pen with you, period.

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u/l397flake Jul 31 '22

Take a lot of patience when your luggage doesn’t arrive or your flight gets delayed or canceled

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u/lohjansaari_ Jul 31 '22

Once travelled drunk and woke up in an empty plane with my customs declaration wrapped around my toothbrush. It was not filled. They didn't let me in HK. Next time will leave the toothbrush and bring a pen

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u/Minflick Jul 31 '22

And fill it out properly, and if you don't know, ask a flight attendant.

I've been watching Danger TV on YouTube about customs agents, and what they find in luggage for Canada, the UK and Australia. When they fill out the customs form and say they have no/very little tobacco, or no food, or have NO idea how much money they've brought with them, or other stupidity. Or they have legal issues that will forever keep them out of the country, or need to be cleared up prior to entering the country. Or they're going to be working but didn't know they needed a work permit. Jesus, the gall of somebody entering a country for the 3rd or 4th time and telling the agents that they didn't know they couldn't bring meat, or didn't know that was meat. Somebody had 2 entire chickens in their luggage one time! Raw chickens.. On a 10 hour flight in from Korea to Canada.

It's a wild show and I'm just boggled by people.

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u/mad_pony Jul 31 '22

First I've read "if you are flying to another planet"...

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u/blankgazez Jul 31 '22

I use a backpack with Molle straps on it. When I travel international o always bring a few cheap pens. My row mates love me

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u/dofMark Jul 31 '22

Never go out without a pen

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u/LessGoooo Jul 31 '22

This only applies between countries where one is considered the “more desirable” country. I’ve travelled to dozens of countries and have only had to fill out forms traveling back to the US from South American countries.

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u/Sunstar9000 Jul 31 '22

Huh? I traveled to several countries a few months ago and never had to write a customs declaration

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u/wandringstar Jul 31 '22

I have my purse pen, my car pen, my suitcase pen, my laptop case pen 😅 ALWAYS HAVE A PEN

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u/ckone1230 Jul 31 '22

LPT: never go anywhere without a pen! You never know when you will need it

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u/Bai_Cha Jul 31 '22

Are we living in 2009?

It used to be common to own a travel wallet with a small pen for exactly this reason, but not as much anymore because very few countries use landing cards anymore.