Traveling is fun, but the last few days before a flight can be hectic. Whether you are going for a vacation or a business trip, you can’t avoid to be stressed out with all the preparations and packing.
In order to help alleviate stress, here's a pre-checklist that smart travelers often do before a flight.
A Month before a Trip
Check your passports and visa (if you're traveling abroad).
If you're planning to travel abroad, you should process your passport and visa in advance, because it can take weeks to process the applications. If you already have them, double check the terms and expiration dates of your passport and visas. And make sure that your passport's expiration is about a month or two before your trip.
Apply traveler's insurance.
It may sound as luxury, but it's a great idea in case of emergencies and unavoidable circumstances.
Book your Accommodation.
Book your stay ahead. Airbnb is great idea or you can also look for hotels that have rave reviews. Whatever your choice, just make sure that you book ahead.
A Week before a Trip
Remind your superior at work.
Even though your superior/boss/client already knew about your upcoming travel, it's still important to remind them that you'll be leaving in a week. Make sure that you have wrapped up everything ahead of time. Let them know where the can contact you in case of emergency or if you want to be out of reach the entire trip.
Reach out to family or friends in the area of your trip.
If you'll be traveling in a place where you have loved ones, contact them ahead so that they can arrange their schedules for you if you want to spend time with them during your trip.
Buy essential travels needs.
If you'll be traveling in a tropical area or with a different season from your city or country, make sure that you have the right clothing. It's time to buy necessary clothing or other travel essentials. Just give yourself plenty of time to shop for your travel needs to make sure that you have everything that you need.
Research about the place you're heading.
Doing some research about the city or country ahead is very helpful. You can check out nearest restaurants or markets to your hotel or some tourist attractions where you can visit.
Finalize arrangement for your house or pet.
If you have a pet at home that need to be taken cared of while you're gone, it's best that you let a friend or a family member to take her of its need. Also, you can let someone check your house from time to time especially if you’re planning to have a long trip.
A Few Days before a Trip
Confirm Hotel/Home stay Reservations.
Reach out to your hotel or home stay host to make sure that your reservation is all set. Also, ask if they offer a free shuttle or taxi to pick you up at the airport when you arrive.
Check public transportation ahead.
Research for public transportation ahead online so that you don’t have to wait for taxi at the airport. You can also check for transportation fares and routes.
It's time to start packing clothes, accessories, shoes, cosmetics, medicines and gadgets that you'll need for your trip. Check out these packing tips in case you're confused of what to bring.
Notify your banks that you'll be on vacation.
Inform you banks that you'll be traveling. If traveling abroad, let them know ahead so that they won't hold your account.
Don't stock perishable food in your fridge.
In a few days you'll be leaving and it's important that you leave your fridge empty of perishable food to rot. Just make sure that your fridge is empty before you leave. Just leave some canned food and biscuits in your pantry so that when you get home, you’ll have something to heat up and eat when you get home from vacation.
A Day before a Trip
Check your suitcase.
At this point, you're finished packing. Just gather all the gadgets you need and pack them in your carry-on bag.
Prepare a food for the plane.
You can save a lot of money if you bring your own food for the plane. You can just pack an easy meal or a few snack. This is a great idea for people who have dietary restrictions.
Place necessary paper works and important documents in your carry-on.
Place all your necessary documents like passport, plane ticket, IDs, driver's license, copies and their important papers and items needed for your travel.
Hours before A Flight
Check the water, lights, ovens, security alarms and cameras at home. Check everything at home before you leave.
Take a shower.
Make it a habit to take a shower when you'll be traveling so that you'll feel fresh and clean. Just make sure that you'll do it earlier so that you won't miss your flight.
Eat a hearty meal.
Eat before your flight to save money and to keep your head clear during the flight.
Hydrate before your flight.
Traveling is fun, but it's also a dehydrating experience, so don't forget to drink a lot of water before you go to the airport.
In order to have a stress-free flight, make sure that you prepare everything ahead of time or as early as a month before your flight. These things smart travelers often do before the flight can surely help you do everything from booking to packing. With this tips in hand, surely you'll have a stress-free and enjoyable flight.