Preparing for Last Minute Air Travel

Traveling by plane to your vacation destination at the last minute can make you panicky enough to forget traveling essentials. Use the tips to ensure that when you go away for vacation, you’re not leaving trouble behind.

Flight Documents

Double and triple check your passport. Make sure you have it with you at all times. Pack your passport together with your flight tickets, too. Last but not the least, if you are traveling abroad, be sure you also have your visa documents with you.

Reservation and Other Vacation-Related Documents

When you make a reservation by phone, you’re usually given a confirmation number and that can stand as proof of your reservation. But when you make a reservation online or you book for accommodations through a travel agency, you’ll usually get documented proof for your reservations. These reservations are important: they expedite the registration process and you’ll get to your room more quickly. Make sure you’ve got similar documented proof for car rental, admissions paid in advance, and other important vacation-related details.

Giving Information about Your Travel Plans

If you’ve prepared a travel itinerary, it’s best to share your plans with loved ones you’ll leave behind. In the event that something untoward happens to you, your loved ones could notify the necessary authorities to verify your well-being.

Choose someone who’s dependable and close to you to be your primary contact at home. Make sure you call him at regular intervals so that everyone back home knows how you’re faring abroad or out of town. Be sure to hand out your contact details whenever you change accommodations.

Last but not the least, you can also register your travel plans with the US government. It’s not really necessary, but better safe than sorry, don’t you think?

Delegating Responsibilities

If you have your bills and other important documents mailed to your home, make sure you inform the post office to put all mail on hold while you’re away. If not that then you can also have all mail forwarded to a neighbor or any other person you trust.

If you’re going to be on vacation for a considerable period of time, make sure you also ask someone to check your house from time to time. Have someone to water the plants, clean the yard, and maybe temporarily adopt your pets while you’re away.

Packing Dos and Don’ts

Pack light. Remember: every passenger is ascribed a certain weight quota for his baggage. If you go beyond this, you’ll have to pay extra. Make sure you label every piece of your luggage properly. It’s always a hassle when your luggage ends up lost and misplaced. Bring clothing that you can mix and match and use repeatedly. Make sure the clothing you bring is also appropriate for the weather in your destination.

Off to the Airport!

Be at the airport at least two hours prior your flight departure time. This way, you won’t be in any great hurry having your stuff stored properly and getting to your seat in comfort. Double-check your flight documents. Going through the same safety precautions repeatedly is tedious, yes, but again, it’s something you should do if you don’t want to risk getting deported when you get to your destination.

Follow all these tips and when you return home, you can look forward to going home without having to suffer last-day-trouble.


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