What you need to do before departing on your trip

Before you jet off on an amazing vacation experience, there are a few important things you need to do. Please go through the following list and check off each of these items as you prepare for your big adventure.

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  • First, if you are traveling overseas, make sure that you have your passport, and that, as we discussed previously, it will be valid for at least six months after you return from your trip.
  • If you are not traveling overseas you will still need your Driver’s License or other ID.
  • When you receive your travel documents, please let me know so that I can review them with you.  I want to make sure you have received everything you need.
  • Bring a copy of your travel insurance policy and insurance contact numbers with you, and leave a copy at home with a friend of family member.
  • Honeymooners, bring your wedding/marriage certificate as proof of marriage. You will need to present this to your hotel or resort in order to receive any honeymoon amenities they offer.

Credit Cards/Money

  • Before you leave, call your credit card company or bank for your debit card and tell them you are calling to give notification of upcoming travel plans.  They will ask where you are traveling to and when. This is important, because if you don’t do this they make lock your card if you use it in a foreign country or a state you don’t live in.
  • If you are traveling to another country, check the exchange rate and familiarize yourself with your destination country’s currency.
  • You can change money at the airport before you leave or after you arrive, or you can use your ATM card at your destination to withdraw money in the country’s currency.


  • Pack your travel documents, identification, and travel insurance information in your purse, wallet or carry-on.  Do not pack them in your checked luggage!
  • If there are two of you traveling, and you are each bringing a suitcase, put some of each of your clothes in the other’s suitcase in case one of your bags gets lost.
  • You can fit more in your suitcase if you roll your clothes.
  • Pack a change of clothes in your carry-on and wear comfortable clothes and shoes on the airplane in case your bag gets lost or delayed.
  • Check directly with your airline for baggage weight and size requirements and any checked or carry-on bag fees.


  • Notify the Post Office of your travel plans and advise your newspaper companies NOT to deliver while you are away.  You don’t want mail and newspapers accumulating outside your door, letting others know you aren’t home.  For many locations, you can notify your Post Office online here.
  • Leave your travel itinerary and emergency phone numbers with a friend or family member so they may contact you in case of an emergency.
  • If you take medications, bring enough with you to last through your trip. Pack them in their original containers in your carry-on, not your checked luggage.  For liquids, please see the TSA website for updated rules and information.