Pre-packing checklist: 7 Simple Steps

How can you prepare for your next trip?  Here is a checklist of seven simple (yet easily forgotten) steps to take before departure.

ONE WEEK BEFORE TAKEOFF

1.  Freshen up your suitcases: Air out your bags before you pack. And next time you put luggage away, leave lavender sachets by L’Occitane en Provence in the pockets.

2.  Stock up on storage bags for small items.

THREE DAYS BEFORE TAKEOFF

3.  Get your gadgets in order: Empty memory cards and charge your phone and camera. Consolidate power cords, chargers, and extra batteries in your carry-on.   Ensure that you have the proper electrical adaptors.

4.  Refill necessary prescriptions: Bring medications with you on the plane; make sure they are properly labeled according to Security requirements.

5.  Copy important documents: Carry paper duplicates of your passport, visa, and itinerary, and e-mail yourself electronic copies.

6.  Pare down your travel wallet: Only bring essential documents: driver’s license, medical insurance cards, passport, and credit cards. (Tip: Alert your bank and credit card companies before you depart, so that they won’t be alarmed by out-of-town charges and ATM withdrawals.)

ONE DAY BEFORE TAKEOFF:

7.  Record the contents of your suitcase. Take pictures of your clothes, shoes, and jewelry, which will serve as documentation if your bag is lost or stolen. Download the shots onto your home computer, just in case.

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