Travel Tips Countdown: One DAY before you head out your door

This week we are presenting a series on Travel Tips for new and experienced travelers alike. Are you one of the many travelers heading this summer? Take a look at our tips for the day before you leave!

Today: Reconfirming Flights and Finalizing Packing

  • Reconfirm flight status at your airline’s website using your reservation number. You can check if your flight is on time, delayed, or cancelled. Even if your flight is delayed, the airlines require that you still check in 2-3 hours prior to your original international flight, and at least 90 minutes prior to your domestic flight.
  • For a domestic flight, check in online 24 hours prior and print your boarding pass. This can reduce the chances of being denied boarding in case of an oversell. It can also speed up the boarding process. When you’re at the airport, you can skip the check in line and go straight to a luggage-only check-in. If you lose or forget your boarding pass, you can always reprint it at the airport.
  • Look for better seats. If unsatisfied with the seats you are assigned, many airlines open up their reserve seats at 24 hours prior. You can reposition yourself from your home computer early rather than begging an airport agent later.
  • Set up notification alerts to mobile devices. For the e-savvy traveler, time is money. Set up alerts to your cell phone or ipad to let you know your flight status, gates and times when you’re on the go.
  • Keep your travel docs and medication on your person. Put all tickets, visas, passports and foreign currency in a special travel bag and keep these documents with you at all times. If you take medication, put it in here as well. Don’t put them in your check in, luggage can get lost or delayed. Take a spare pair of prescription glasses. Keep information such as contact numbers and medication type and dosage level in a separate place on your person just in case you lose these items.
  • Consider your Check-in luggage. The amount of luggage permitted free of charge on an airline depends on the operating carrier. Each airline is unique, and often they have different rules between domestic and international flights. Weigh your bags before arriving at the airport to make sure they aren’t overweight. Leave a bit of space for gifts and souvenirs. Remove all old tags and labels from previous flights. Take a photo of your bags with your smart phone, so you can show it to the baggage agent if it is misplaced.
  • Additional or overweight/oversized luggage will incur additional fees. Although the definition of what is overweight and oversized will differ, in general the standard is heavier than 50 lbs and larger than 62 inches in overall dimensions (length+width+height).
  • Carry-Ons. Most airlines allow one carry-on and one personal item free of charge.
  • Select your travel clothes based on comfort and destination. Aircraft temperature can be really hot or cold; plan for that by dressing in loose layers and adding a jacket, shawl or sarong to your carry-on bag. Keep in mind that jackets, hats, belts and shoes must be removed at security check points. If you’re landing at a destination with a different climate, have a change of clothes ready. Put sandals and shorts in your carry-on so you can change on arrival.

Stay tuned until next post on Friday: One to Three Hours Prior to Lift-Off: Checking In and Surviving Security.

Want specific tips but don’t see them here? Leave a comment and we’ll post about it!

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