Step 4: Preparation

So you’ve booked your flights, set your itinerary, and booked your excursions, now what? Here are somethings to keep in mind to help you prepare for your trip.

1.) Bring hard copies of your hotel, flight, car rental and tour itineraries. Even though you have all your confirmations on your phone, make sure to print out or hand write addresses, phone numbers, and confirmation numbers of everything that you’ve booked and place it in your carry on. The last thing you want is to have your phone get lost, stolen, or broken and not remember which company you used to book your bike tour with or forget what time you book your return flight.

2.) Know where you’re going. If you’re going to be in an area where you know you won’t have phone signal. Be prepared by either bring a GPS or download an app beforehand that will work on your phone with or without cell signal. Print out your mapped itinerary as well, in case your GPS or Phone isn’t working or is not charged. Know your itinerary inside and out and have a general idea of what you’re doing and going next.

3.) Check airline restrictions. If you like to travel economically, check the limitations for your airline’s carry-on, personal bag, and checked-in bags. Most airlines do not offer free check-in bags anymore. Figure out the dimensions allowed on board and bring a bag that fits their dimensions. In additional to size, some airlines have a weight limitation as well. Check your airlines to make sure you stay within these guidelines, otherwise you may get charged additional fees.

4.) The packing list. Depending on where you’re going, what you’ll be doing, how you’ll be traveling, everyone will have a slightly different packing list. Here are some categories to help you with your packing lists: The Travel List. I’ve broken down the travel list by many different categories. The extensive list shows you what not to forget if you’re going to the beach or if you’re attending a formal event.

5.) Learn how to pack. Learning how to pack is definitely a skill and takes practice, but don’t get discouraged. Here is the number tip that will help you save a ton of room in your carry on luggage: Take the time to fold and roll your clothes, but not all of them. If the piece of clothing is larger rolled, lay it out flat instead. Use travel bags to help condense those rolls of clothing, this will help you get them as compacted as possible. Using travel bags will help you keep organized. If you don’t have a travel bag – use a Ziploc bag instead. Works just as well, plus the added protection of being waterproof. You can see why I love Ziploc bags. Ziplock Bags will help you maximize time and space.

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