Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, nothing has the power to ruin an otherwise perfect escape like any of these preventable mistakes:
Overpacking – The bigger the luggage, the greater the chance you’ll pack things you don’t really need. Take what you need, and leave behind what you don’t. Exceeding fifty pounds means paying a fee you could otherwise save and invest elsewhere.
Delaying security check – The last thing you want to do is infuriate fellow travelers. Make sure to put your keys and everything else where it belongs. Save time there, have more time to skim through magazines, or whatever else you like to do while waiting to depart.
Forgetting your blanket – Better to be warm and remove layers than to be cold and have no blanket to accompany you on a potentially long (and cold!) flight. If you’re not a fan of blankets, dress accordingly. Pack a light sweater in your carryon.
Not checking in 24 hours before your trip – With the use of technology, it’s easy to take for granted what’s readily available and leave check-in for minutes before departing, but checking in 24 hours in advance increases your chances of acquiring better seats. It’s the difference between window seats versus aisle seats.
Procrastinating – Leaving things for the last minute is a sure way of making mistakes. Avoid the stress and frustration of getting things in order right before departing. Pack a day or two in advance, get all paperwork organized and enjoy a stress-free trip.