Travel Tips

Travel Tips




Forgot the passport. No extra pacifier in the carry-on. Didn’t put a hold on the mail. Poor trip preparation can cause undue anxiety. Instead of re-inventing the wheel and creating your own pre-trip “to-do” lists to ensure things like this don’t happen to you, save yourself some time and energy by referencing the travel tips we’ve assembled here based on our years of travel industry experience.

Packing Lists:

 Paperwork & Documentation
  • Personal identification
  • Valid driver’s license (check the expiration date)
  • Travel itinerary
  • Reservations and confirmation documents
  • Insurance cards (health insurance, travel insurance, auto insurance if renting a vehicle)
  • Phone numbers for (Tour Operator- Air travel- Rental car- Accommodation)
  • Airline tickets, cruise documents, and/or other admission tickets
  • Relevant membership cards
  • Address book
  • Guide books and maps
  • Copies of your prescriptions
 Money
  • Cash (some in your local and in your destination’s currency)
  • Traveler’s checks
  • Credit cards (a list of credit cards, account numbers, and customer service phone numbers should be carried separately from actual credit cards)
  • ATM cards
  • PIN numbers for credit cards, phone, and ATM cards (safely packed in your memory)
 Toiletries
  • Soap and facial cleansers
  • Moisturizing lotion
  • Make-up
  • Shampoo, conditioner, and styling products
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Dental floss
  • Feminine-hygiene products
  • Razor
  • Shaving cream
  • Comb/brush
  • Nail file and clippers
  • Sunscreen
 Clothing

Save packing space by coordinating clothing around a central color so you can mix and match items. Also, consider taking items you can use to layer outfits instead of taking heavy, limited-use items.

  • Undergarments
  • Socks
  • Hose
  • Pants/jeans
  • Shirts/blouses
  • Sweaters/sweatshirts
  • Suit/dress
  • Ties
  • Skirts
  • Belts
  • Formal wear (if your itinerary calls for formal social functions)
  • Robe
  • Pajamas and slippers
  • Walking and sports shoes
  • Beach shoes
  • Dress shoes
  • Swimsuit and cover-up
 Miscellaneous
  • Medications in original containers
  • Raincoat and umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses
  • Contact lenses with case and cleaning kit
  • Transit entertainment
  • Jewelry and wristwatch
  • Binoculars
  • Lint brush
  • Travel iron
  • Travel sewing kit
  • Hair dryer
  • Curling iron
  • Power converters
  • Camera
  • Batteries
  • Recharging equipment for cell phone and other rechargeable items
  • Film for camera and video recorder
  • Alarm clock
  • Travel-size stain remover and laundry detergent
 Packing for Children & Teenagers

Be sure to bring these additional items:

  • Pediatrician’s name, regular and emergency phone numbers
  • Extra eyeglasses or contacts if you have them
  • Medications and prescriptions
  • Sunglasses
  • Books, magazines, and toys
  • An address book of your children’s friends’ names and addresses so they can mail postcards
  • A nightlight to help light up an unfamiliar room
  • Baby wipes and small bottles of water
  • The child’s blanket, if he is still of the age at which a blanket is a close personal friend
  • Updated photos of your children; (if they wander off, you’ll need recent photos so others can help you look for them)
  • A complete outfit packed in a separate, clear bag
  • Extra shoes and an extra swimsuit

Put some of your items in their luggage and some of their items in your luggage in case either of the bags is lost en-route. Use freezer bags with a seal for all of their small items.

 Packing for Infants & Toddlers

Be sure to bring these additional items:

  • Diapers and pull-ups
  • Baby wipes
  • Car seat
  • Bottles/sippy cups
  • Baby formula
  • Sunglasses
  • Snacks
  • Books and toys
  • Playpen
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Collapsible stroller
  • Pediatrician’s name and regular and emergency phone numbers
  • Medications and prescriptions
  • A nightlight to help light up an unfamiliar room
  • Items to childproof a room, such as outlet plugs and pipe cleaners to hold up curtain cords or close cabinets
  • Bottle brush and dish soap
  • Updated photos of your children; (if they wander off, you’ll need recent photos so others can help you look for them)
  • Child’s blanket

What to Do Before You Go:

 Months Ahead
  • Plan your trip
  • Research the area(s) you will be visiting
  • Check the valid dates on your passport and driver’s license
  • Take care of medical and dental checkups (and vaccinations) if necessary
  • Make reservations
 Three Weeks Ahead
  • Check with your credit card company for available spending amount; ask bank for increase if needed
  • Check the valid dates on your credit card so they don’t expire while you are traveling
  • Notify the credit card company that you’ll be traveling so they will expect charges from your destination
  • Check your ATM and debit card for both daily and total limits
  • Check cameras and purchase new batteries and film if necessary
  • Make arrangements with a neighbor, friend, or relative to check your home periodically
  • Make arrangements for your mail to be held at the Post Office
  • Arrange for lawn care or snow removal
  • Arrange for boarding of your pets
  • Start breaking in new shoes that you’ll be taking with you on your trip
  • If traveling with e-docs, print documents and verify accuracy
  • Complete pre-boarding information online
  • Purchase shore excursions
 Two Weeks Ahead
  • Reconfirm all of your reservations
  • Get traveler’s checks from the bank
  • Make arrangements to purchase some foreign currency if you are traveling abroad
  • Check your insurance for expiration dates and coverage for your automobile, home, and the valuables that you’ll take with you, as well as those you’ll leave at home
 One Week Ahead
  • Watch the weather so you’ll know what to expect and can pack accordingly
  • Reduce the amount of fresh items you buy at the grocery that you’ll need to throw out before you leave
  • Get out your suitcase and start packing
  • Be sure luggage has identification on the inside and the outside
  • Make a list of credit card numbers and traveler’s check serial numbers
  • Make a copy of your passport to take with you and a copy to leave at home
  • Notify your security alarm company that you will be gone and to consider any alarms as real, and leave them the name of someone to contact in case of an alarm while you are gone
  • Check prescriptions for necessary refills
 One Day Ahead
  • Pay bills that will come due while you’re away
  • Weigh packed luggage to ensure it doesn’t exceed weight limits for carriage
  • Empty the refrigerator of items that might spoil while you are away
  • Cancel or hold your newspaper delivery
  • Set refrigerator to its lowest setting
  • Set automatic light and radio timers
 The Day You Leave
  • Turn water heater down to lowest setting
  • Turn air conditioner up in summer; turn furnace down in winter
  • Lock all doors and windows, including basement and garage
  • Unplug electronic items such as your computer to protect them if there is a storm while you’re gone




 

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