Travel takes you out of your element and can be stressful. And even the most organized person can make the occasional mistake or two. Here's a list of things to do so you can avoid making errors and possibly ending up stranded in the middle of nowhere.
Read your flight dates and times carefully. Sometimes a 24-hour clock can throw people off, so you might think 13:00 is actually 3 p.m. and you'll have missed your flight! Accidentally inputting your passport or birthdate wrong will cause delays and hassles, so this is definitely something you need to check the details on. Also, while you can get an electronic boarding pass, you may want to consider printing your itinerary with its confirmation number. You may be in a situation where you cannot access the Internet, and with a printout, you can rest assured you have the information you need.
As with your flight info, you'll want to give a good read of where you're staying and when. It can be easy to book two nights by mistake when you actually need three nights (perhaps you got confused with the number of days or the day of departure you needed), and you don't want to end up with no place to rest your head.
Be sure to place your contact information on your luggage, but consider just putting your name and phone number. If you include your address, you may be advertising to thieves that your home is unattended to at the moment.
If you have a scale at home, weigh your luggage before you leave (and if you plan on shopping at your destination, keep that extra weight in mind for your trip home). Airlines have weight limits for luggage, and if you exceed them, you will pay some hefty fees (or you might be scrambling to remove weight at the airport). Weighing in advance saves you from this stressful situation.
Getting your car rental can be a long and tedious process, and you likely just want to hit the road already, but if you skip inspection of the car before you drive off the lot, you may be held liable for any dents or scratches that you were not responsible for. Giving the vehicle a once-over is worth the few minutes it takes.
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