Last-Minute Travel Tips
If that perfect destination getaway somehow manages to land in your lap unexpectedly, or if your boss suddenly sends you on a last-minute trip, make sure it's as successful as if you had planned it for months with these tips and hints. The key is not to over-think-- just cover the basics.
Step 1: Know your itinerary.
Whether you're traveling by plane, train or automobile, be sure that you know how you are getting from point A to point B.
Step 2: confirm at the speed of light.
Confirm all your travel plans before you leave and use all available tools to save you time on the day of your departure -- for instance, online check-in and flight status apps.
Step 3: keep the basics packed.
The best way to pack in a flash is to actually have some basics packed at all times. Keep a carry-all filled with travel sizes of your most necessary items -- for instance, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, floss, saline solution, razors, deodorant, etc.
Step 4: pack the suitcase last.
Filter through your clothing for items you like but don't necessarily need or have room for, and then pack what's left.
Step 5: don't over-pack.
Try not to over-pack, especially if you are traveling by air (with luggage fees rising as fast as a jet on takeoff). Doublecheck your airline's checked baggage policy to see if it might be better to squeeze everything into a carry-on or separate your stuff into different bags.
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