Trip International Preflight / Travel Checklist

Experienced travelers will always tell you about the importance of being prepared for your flight, especially for any international destinations. No one wants to get to the airport and wait around in long security lines to have to sprint to their gate and just barely make their flight. Being ready for the trip you have planned ahead of time will also help ensure you don’t forget anything important!

Pre-Flight Checklist: Before flying, you must make sure your items are allowed on board with you or can be safely checked into stowage. Here are a few tips to help make sure you get through security without any unexpected road bumps.

  • Follow the TSA Approved 3-1-1 Rule. This rule states that all liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes cannot exceed 3.4 ounces and must be safely packed into 1 quart sized clear zip lock baggy. Each passenger can place 1 of these packaged baggies in a screening bin. Baby formula and or breast milk can be brought through in larger quantities, at a rate that will suffice the child to their final destination.
  • Have a passport book and or card ready with your boarding pass.
  • Pack any electronics such as a laptop in a separate and easily accessible bag or on top of your clothes in your carry on. This will help make it easier to get to when placing into a bin.
  • Wear shoes without laces so you can take them on and off easily.
  • Consider wearing an outfit that does not require a belt so you do not have to take it offer during your security check.
  • Do not try to bring any knives or weapons through security.

Pre-Travel Necessities Checklist: Once you’ve chosen a location and picked your hotel to stay at, make sure you pack accordingly so you don’t have to waste money on small items you forgot to bring with you.

  • Check to see if the hotel will supply you will shampoo, conditioner, and body soap. If they do, it is one less item to pack, if they do not supply these items you know to follow the 3-1-1 rule when packing.
  • Pack a tooth brush and toothpaste.
  • Check to see if the hotel provides a blow dryer, if so you won’t need to pack one.
  • Bring appropriate footwear. Will you be on the beach and needing sandals or will you be walking a lot needing sneakers or hiking boots?
  • Bring a fabric stain remover fabric pen to avoid having to do laundry. Also pack dryer sheets to keep your clothes smelling fresh during travel and during your stay.
  • Make sure you have your passport!

International travel can be easy if you are prepared for pre-flight security and make sure you pack appropriately for your trip. To learn more about how to obtain vital records needed for international travel, contact VitalChek.

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