To some, this may seem like a given step in the trip preparation process. I am a very list-oriented person, so this is an essential step for me when preparing for a trip. You will be less likely to feel like you’ve forgotten something (and less likely to actually forget something) if you make a list of things to pack ahead of time. I use an iPhone app called, “Packing (+TO DO)”. This app is very comprehensive. It even allows you to make your pre-departure to-do list.
I personally leave for the airport with plenty of extra time. It’s better to be safe than sorry. When embarking on a trip, what’s more stressful than getting stuck in traffic on your way to the airport? Or making it to the airport with seemingly enough time, only to get stuck in a horrendously long security line? I would rather spend some extra time in the terminal waiting for my flight than pulling my hair out in security or in traffic wondering if I am going to make my flight.
Fly into the city you are departing from the day before the cruise to allow for breathing room in case of flight delays and cancellations. Not only will doing this relieve some stress, it will also allow you to start relaxing and begin enjoying your vacation earlier! What is not to love about that?!
If your checked bag gets delayed, it is comforting to know that you will be able to have a change of shirt and fresh underwear. I typically fold a shirt, a pair of socks, and underwear together in my carry-on. It gives me peace of mind and takes up hardly any space in my carry-on.
You are going on vacation to relax and spend quality time with family or friends. Leave your work at work, and RELAX!!!