Passrider Checklist: 12 Things To Do Before Any Trip

by Passrider on May 16, 2012

Alaska Airlines Iditarod Boeing 737








When planning a trip, there are so many things we have to thing about before we depart. Here are 12 Things to bear in mind:

  1. Camera with charged batteries and empty card
    • Gotta do it, record your adventures, but be prepared, take extra cards and remember to charge those batteries beforehand
  2. Charged Mobile Smart Phone
    • Simple, but we forget to do all the time
  3. Backup Routings. Use the Flight Schedules.
  4. Backup Tickets
  5. Applicable Airline Phone Numbers
  6. Applicable Airline Websites Bookmarked in Mobile Phone
    • With some airlines you have to list online, so its so much easier to bookmark the web sites.  Also for flight status, it makes it easier.  You can also download their mobile applications.
  7. Check Loads
    • All too often we forget this one and get stranded someplace.  This helps you to look for alternate airports as well
  8. Check-in Online
    • Ensures you get on that standby list 24 hours in advance as  it improves your priority of others with your same pass class
  9. Change for Local Bus
    • This is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get around so ensure you do some research and are prepared
  10. Passport (if applicable
    • Ensure your passport is at least valid for 6 months after the date of your arrival and have a few blank pages for the passport/visa stamp.
  11. Visa (if applicable)
    • If you are a U.S. citizens there are still a few country where a visa is required such as Argentina (online), Australia (online), Brazil (prior to departure), People’s Republic of China (prior to departure; none required for a 72 hour trip with a confirmed ticket) and Russia (prior to departure) to name a few. You can check visa requirements here.
  12. Pen and Paper
    • You’ll need this to jot down flight information as well as other local information, plus filling out immigration forms if traveling internationally.

What other things would you add to this check list?  Please leave a comment below and share with fellow passriders.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Lorie October 13, 2015 at 10:43 am

Adapters and converters when travelling International.


avatar Larry Simpson October 13, 2015 at 11:48 am

Good checklist.  I would add local currency.  The airport is usually not the best exchange rate.  I arrived in downtown Madrid and spend a couple of hours, when I should have been resting, looking for Euros.  I keep a small account at Wells Fargo in the USA which allows me to buy Euros at the best rate I can find in the USA.  Anyone have a better place?


avatar Bobbi West April 22, 2016 at 12:06 am

Great List….Thank you!!!
I would also add to notify credit card bank accounts on travel plans and take US $ money that is not torn or tape in case US cash is accepted.


avatar Dale N February 14, 2017 at 5:19 pm

US Dollars usually accepted worldwide. I always take $100.00 in $1.00 bills for any tipping or special thanks to those that might help me along the way. 


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