Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. ~Jim Rohn
Just when you thought you got everything ready for the big trip, there was something you forgot or missed. So, here is a last minute checklist of things that you might want to go over before you depart.
__ Wear comfortable clothing for your trip. Dress in layers in case you get too hot or cold on the flight. Bring a cardigan if you’re not wearing one. Don’t wear jewelry and don’t carry metal in your pockets, to prevent having to take it off and out during airport screening.
__ Put all official documentation, personal information, and valuables with your carry-on items. In addition to what’s on your carry-on packing list (section #28), think about adding enough clothing and toiletries for two to three days, in case your checked luggage is lost or stolen.
__ Map your final destination (i.e. a hotel, a school, a family), and figure out how you’re going to get there, before you get on the plane. Have a backup plan if this fails.
__ Have the map, address, and phone number of school and family accessible in your carry-on bag.
__ Tag all your luggage inside and out, in case of loss.
__ Bring enough cash for a few days, in case of a problem.
__ Bring something to do on the plane and during layovers (book, magazine, music player, etc.).
__ Bring snacks, especially if you tend to get hungry between meals.
__ Double-check your departure dates and times, paying careful attention to AM and PM. One student I know missed her flight because she thought it was PM when it was AM.
__ Call at least 72 hours in advance to confirm your flights. Sometimes there are cancellations and changes.
__ Check in early to avoid long lines and last-minute crowds, and subsequently missed flights.
__ Never leave your bags unattended and don’t carry or transport items for others. Keep a careful watch on your bags.
__ Register valuables with the US Customs station at your international airport of departure. Keep the certificates.
__ Leave your itinerary with someone. Say goodbye to people you love and be sure to have their email and phone.
__ Get up, walk around, and stretch on the plane.
__ Last but not least, don’t forget your passport!