For many people, the days leading up to Christmas involve some kind of travel. Whether it’s flying, taking the train, or driving, there are a lot of people headed home for the holidays! Holiday travel can be stressful, and being stressed out makes it easy to forget things you might normally have no trouble remembering.
So in order to help your holiday travels go as smoothly as possible, I thought I’d offer some help! I put together a list of 10 things that are definitely worth double-checking before you leave for the airport, or before you load up the car. These are all things that I’ve forgotten before trips, and I figure I can’t be the only one! ;-)
So before you head over the river and through the woods, check to make sure you’re not forgetting these 10 things!
10 Things To Double-Check The Night Before Traveling
1. Charge Everything
The night before you leave, make sure all of your electronics are fully charged. This includes your cellphone, tablets, and external battery packs. (If you don’t have an external battery pack, consider buying one! They aren’t terribly expensive, and it’s so nice to have a way to charge your phone on the go.)
2. Get Some Cash
I don’t often carry cash with me, since I typically use debit and credit cards for most of my purchases. But cash can be very helpful on a trip, especially when it comes to tipping, paying for parking, and other cash-only situations you might encounter.
3. Pack Toiletries & Meds
Double-check your toiletries to make sure you have everything you need. This is also a good opportunity to make sure that nothing has passed its expiration date. And make sure you have all of your necessary medications with you!
4. Get A Good Night’s Sleep
Traveling can be exhausting, so you want to start out feeling as well-rested as possible! Make sure you get your packing done early enough that you can still get a full night’s sleep before your trip.
5. Print Your Itinerary
Even though you probably have most of the important details you need on your phone, it’s always a good idea to have a physical copy too. On your printed copy, make sure to include confirmation numbers, reservation codes, addresses, and phone numbers.
Then if you end up in an area with bad reception or if your phone battery dies, you can reference your printed itinerary for all of those important details!
6. Bring A Water Bottle
In addition to being exhausting, travel can also be dehydrating. Make sure to bring a reusable water bottle with you (but make sure it’s empty if you’re heading to the airport!) Keep your water bottle full, and don’t forget to use it!
7. Check The Weather
It’s always a good idea to know what to expect when it comes to the weather. The night before you leave, check what the next day’s weather holds for your destination. It might be a good reminder to bring an umbrella or warmer footwear.
8. Download Entertainment
The night before you leave, make sure to download anything you want to watch or listen to for entertainment. This could include music, podcasts, TV shows, movies, audiobooks… whatever! It’s better to download them rather than simply hoping you’ll have a good connection while on the road or in the air.
9. Don’t Forget Your Passport!
Even if you’re not leaving the country, it can be a good idea to keep your passport on you. If you will be using your passport at the airport, make sure it isn’t expiring within the next few months!
10. Take Screenshots
Apps are really useful for getting directions or keeping track of your travel documents… until you lose service and can’t access them! Avoid mishaps like these by taking screenshots of important travel documents and maps of your destination. Screenshots are available in your photo app without a connection, so they can be a real lifesaver!
What do you make sure to double-check before leaving for a trip?