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How to make last-minute travel a breeze

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.

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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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