While peripherally related to Flying with a poster tube as a hand luggage, I am trying to avoid this. I would like to print my poster at the conference. I am considering this for two reasons. First, it means I don't have to fly with the poster. Second, it gives me a few extra days to work on the poster.
I can see three potential drawbacks.
- Being unable to print the poster when you get to the conference. I have lots of experience printing posters at my university, but no experience in the conference city
- Not being prepared/able to return with the poster to hang in the lab
- Getting reimbursed for printing charges
As for point 1, the conference is in a major US city with at least 4 Kinkos (large scale professional print shops) within reasonable walking distance of the venue. My poster is not until day 4 of the conference and I am arriving 1 day early. On point 2, I do not plan on hanging this poster in my lab. I am a little worried about getting reimbursed, but our on-line reimbursement system has a category for printing charges. If I cannot get reimbursed, I am willing to pay out of pocket.
Am I missing anything that can go horrendously wrong with this plan?