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When you arrive at your destination drop zone, ask for a complete jumper orientation. Find out where the main and alternate landing areas are as well as good "out" landing areas. Make sure to take note of obstacles surrounding the drop zone and airport in case you can’t make it back.
Landing patterns differ at drop zones, so make sure to ask for details about their landing pattern. On no-wind days, some DZs opt to all land in the same predetermined direction, while others land in the same direction as the first person down. Group member drop zones separate high-performance landings (either by time or space) from standard approaches. Some restrict high-performance turns altogether. The bottom line is that DZs differ, so make sure to find out the details for each one you’re visiting.
If you do a first (first CASA jump, first 30-way, first freefly, etc.) buy a case of beer. It’s traditional, it’s super-sociable and it’s cheap. If you hear someone shout "Beer!" view this as "congratulations," and celebrate with new friends and frosty beverages after jumping hours.
Expect immigration and airport security to take a long time, especially if you have a flight change. If you’re renting a car, try to do so in advance on the internet. It will likely save you money. The smallest (usually “compact”) car will be considered large by European standards. It’s possible (and likely) you’ll get a free upgrade when you arrive at the rental car location.
Make sure you’re familiar with U.S. laws—both federal and state. For example, in most states, it is an offense for anyone in the car to have an open alcoholic beverage.
Tips are a way of life and are needed to make up wages. Tip everywhere you sit down to eat or drink; a standard tip is 15-20 percent of the total bill.