Using LR6 on two Computers

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Lightroom version: 6.0 [1014445]
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macOS 10.13 High Sierra
On a desktop mac at home I started editing images in LR6 that I have stored on an internal drive. I am traveling and want to continue working with images in that folder so I exported that folder "export as catalog" to a external drive. I have LR6 installed on my MacBook and want to continue working on the images there. Ultimately I want to merge all the newly edited images back to the original folder on my desktop mac.
I am looking for the simplest solution. Some questions I have:

1 Should I create a new catalog on the MacBook or does it matter?
2. Does it matter that many of the images in the exported folder have already been edited?
3. Once I have edited all the images on the MacBook and I reconnect the external drive to my desktop mac do I click "Import photos and Video" or "Import from another Catalog" and does this depend on what I did in question one?
4. When I transfer all the images back to the desktop is it a merge as long as I choose the original folder as the destination i.e. will the old folder be overwritten with the newly imported edits?
5. Any pitfalls to be aware of?
 

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Use the exported catalog on the MBP (double click it to let Lightroom know you want to use this one, not create a new one). When you get home, use ‘Import from Another Catalog’ to import the edits in this catalog again into the main catalog.
 
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