Your bags are packed, the taxi’s waiting, but are you ready to go?
I’m a believer in checking and re-checking, so here are a few last minute preparation tips.
Day Before Travel
1)If you are flying, print out or download your boarding pass
2) If someone is taking you to the airport, cruiseport or train station verify what time they will arrive to pick you up.
3) Have you let the post office you know you’ll be away? If not, do it now or make sure someone is picking up your mail and newspapers. An overflowing mailbox and a stack of papers advertise that no one is around.
4) If you are boarding pets, today is a good day to drop them off instead of stressing about it tomorrow when you are ready to leave.
5) Re-check your luggage, make sure everything is in there. Tip: Luggage tags should be on each piece but don’t put your home address or phone, use a business address instead. One less way to invite the ‘wrong’ kind of guest.
6) Let a neighbor you trust know that you will be away for a while.
Here is a link to some advice from the TSA.
Day of Travel
1) Make sure your passport/identification and boarding pass are readily available at the airport, cruiseport, etc.
2) Bring the minimum number of credit cards. Tip: Let your credit card companies know that you are traveling to avoid the ‘frozen account due to security measures’.
3) Check your carry-on for the essentials, medications, electronics, toiletries and one change of clothes. Tip: Carry an empty water bottle that you can fill up after you get through security at the airport.
4) If you are driving to the airport, check the traffic reports. Arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight. Tip: If your boarding pass shows ‘pre-check’ you can save time at the shorter lines where you don’t need to take off shoes and such. TSAPre-check link
5) If you are sailing, have your cruise line luggage tags on the luggage. For most cruise lines your cabin should be available around 1pm. If you arrive early treat yourself to lunch onboard the ship at the buffet.
6) Make sure the appliances in your home are off. Leave a light on somewhere in the house.
7) If you are traveling outside the USA and haven’t gotten any foreign currency, get about $50 worth at the airport.
Now, go and have a great time.
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