12 Things To Do Before Any Trip
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. And don’t forget that charger. Not all airlines have power at the seat or a USD power source, so you should head over to Amazon and buy a charger.
3. Backup Routings
It is essential that you get backup routings before you embark on your trip. Look at things like nearby airports. I have an application here that can help you with that. You can also use the Flight Schedules to help you with routings.
4. Get Backup Tickets
Make your listing and/or buy your tickets before you head out. With a good idea of the alternate routings, buy those tickets. Check with your airline to see which service is available to you. This should be housed with your airline other airlines policies.
5. Get Applicable Airline Phone Numbers
It’s good to have the phone numbers of the airlines you plan on flying so you can contact them if necessary. Just check the website for the airline for these numbers.
6. Bookmark Applicable Airline Websites in Mobile Phone And Download App
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. As a matter of fact, it is a must to download the Apps. You can find additional information here.
7. Check Flight Loads
All too often we forget this one and get stranded someplace. This helps you to look for alternate airports as well as stated above. Here is some information on checking flight loads.
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. You can check-in online using the App for the airline in question or on their website.
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. Some locals buses will take your credit cards, just by tapping, but having change is always good as you never know.
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. This is pretty standard for most places. If you have any doubt, check at https://travel.state.gov and choose the country you are visiting.
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 travel authority), Brazil (prior to departure) and People’s Republic of China (prior to departure; none required for a 72 hour trip with a confirmed ticket) to name a few. You can check visa requirements here. Also check out this video I did about visa for Europe.
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.