Use this checklist for the day before an international flight.
Check flight status to insure your flight is still scheduled and on time. If your airline has a mobile app – download it to have easy access to flight changes. If your airline doesn’t have a great mobile app then try FlightAware Flight Tracker.
If you chose your seat during purchase – check the seat map online to make sure you have the best seat possible because once you check-in you won’t be able to change it. Remember if the flight is not full, when traveling with a companion, you can choose an aisle and window seat in the back of the plane and leave the middle seat empty. These are the last ones filled. Worst case scenario, if the flight is full, the person stuck in the middle will gladly swap seats so you can sit together.
Most airlines allow Check-in 24 hours prior to take off. Check-in and print boarding passes or download your electronic boarding pass if available. NOTE: Some European airlines allow check-in 30 days prior. If you are flying with an airline that allows this – check in early and print your boarding passes while you can.
Check your bank accounts. When withdrawing money from an ATM you will not be given the option of Checking or Savings. It always draws from checking. We only keep so much in checking and transfer from Savings as needed.
Take out the trash, empty the dishwasher, and hand wash any dirty dishes
Do last minute laundry
Finish packing – only leave out what you need to use. Attach a note to your luggage with those items so you don’t forget them at the last minute. Double check your packing check list one last time.
Check passport and documents
Make sure all eBooks and mobile apps have been downloaded
Check traffic so you know the time needed to reach the airport– you should be there a minimum of 3 hours prior to flight departure for international travel. Take into account rush hour traffic, security checkpoint lines, and parking. Use the mobile app MiFlight to check security check line wait times.
Pick out your flight outfit and set it by your luggage. Wear something comfortable that you will be able to feel good in once you arrive. If you are taking boots – wear them on the flight to save room in your luggage. Take a pair of socks for when you remove your shoes or boots. Don’t forget a scarf. (Do not take valuable jewelry) You don’t want it lost or stolen. When traveling overseas it is best to draw as little attention as possible. Don’t wear jewelry to the airport, pack it in your travel tote for easy access once through security.
Set your “Out of Office” for email if applicable
Change your voicemail if applicable
Inform your closest friends you will be overseas and not to call or text which could incur charges
Change your purse to the purse you plan to carry. I prefer a cross body with a chain strap for added security.
Charge all electronics, charging bricks, phones, kindle, laptop, camera batteries, etc
RELAX and get a good night’s sleep
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