- Bring a pen. Fill out your customs entrance on the plane. Saves you so much time and hassle.
- Make a list of what is in each suitcase. Email it to yourself and/or your emergency contact. This will make declarations easier as well as knowing exactly what was in a suitcase if it gets lost. Do this for both outbound and inbound.
- Snap a picture of your luggage. Not only will make a cute social media post but it will save you time if it gets lost.
- No matter your opinion on credit cards use, currency exchange, or how much cash to carry when you travel, have enough local cash on hand to get you through a day or two.
- Ask the flight attendants where they like to eat while in town or one thing you can’t miss. Some of my best tips come from flight attendants.
- If you get stuck on a long layover and want to venture out, ask gate and ticketing agents for tips. Our best Honolulu tip came from one. Oh and try to find a place to drop your luggage in the airport. Many have baggage holds or lockers.
- Try to adjust your sleep schedule a few days beforehand and on the plane to your new local time zone.
- Know the rules before you go. A pocket knife in the US can be illegal in the UK.