Planning a trip always brings that unique balance of excitement and stress. You’re looking forward to the trip but you’re also exhausted with all the things you need to prepare ahead of time. Also, there is always that impending feeling that you forgot something, that something will go wrong, that your trip will be ruined. Below are 5 things that you can do to ensure a hassle-free trip.
Have Your Documents Ready
This is the first thing that needs to be dealt with. Without the required documents, you wouldn’t even be able to take your trip. Your identification documents should be tucked in safely in your wallet and your plane ticket should already be in your carry-on bag. Ask your airline if you need a passport or if there are any other documents needed from you so you can get them ready as soon as possible.
Label Your Things
Too many people end up losing their luggage and getting their trips ruined because of this. Don’t be one of them. Make sure you label all your things, inside and out. If your bags have any claim tags from before, remove them to avoid your luggage being sent somewhere else.
Also, check your bags before packing to make sure that there are no tears or damages, because damaged luggage is just as bad as lost luggage. If you see tears starting or some areas that are already weak, it would be better to purchase new bags.
Confirm and Reconfirm
There is nothing more frustrating than to have everything prepared, only to find out when you get to the airport that your flight is delayed or cancelled, or arriving at your hotel only to be told that they are fully booked. Since these things are out of your control, the best way to handle it is to confirm and reconfirm with the airline and the hotel.
Call them a few days before your trip to ask if there are any changes in their schedule and to confirm that you will arrive. Then reconfirm a few hours before your flight.
Give Yourself Time
The best weapon you have against travel hassles is time. If you have time, then you can do something about anything that comes your way. So arrive early at the airport so that if there’s anything else that needs to be taken care of, you have the time to deal with it.
Have A Back Up Plan
You already know that no matter what you do to prevent problems, something will always happen to mess things up. That’s why it’s important to have a backup plan at all times. Have a small carry-on with some necessities as a backup for your luggage. Have the number of a travel agency or another airline or another hotel to deal with delays and overbooking problems. Be prepared for anything that the travel gods throw at you.
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