A printed itinerary
RAGMA IMAGES/Shutterstock “My itinerary lays out everything from flight times to transportation plans, hotel information and dinner reservations—I keep those types of things all on one sheet of paper (or two) as a reference document to guide me,” John Hahns, CEO of Imagine! Print Solutions and frequent business traveler, says. Hahns says his printed itinerary is a crucial part of his travel checklist each and every time he gets on a plane—which currently amounts to about 175 times per year. He also keeps a digital copy of his itinerary on his iPhone for quick and easy access. And never leave for vacation without doing these important things.
VTT Studio/Shutterstock Regardless of whether you’re traveling stateside or overseas, you can’t go wrong with a second form of ID. If, however, you are traveling internationally, “make sure your passport is valid through six months following your return,” Dana Olsen, travel manager at Travel Beyond, says. “Most people are unaware that many countries won’t consider your passport valid if it fails to meet this requirement.” Find out the best time to renew your passport.