5 Things to Do the Night Before Your Flight

 In Travel Guide, Trip Planning

You’re leaving on a jet plane in the morning – so what should you do tonight to make sure the trip goes as smoothly as possible?

1. Double Check Your Trip Details and Travel Documents

It’s always a good idea to read over your tickets to make sure that everything looks correct – especially the time, travel date and departing airport. Don’t forget to check your passport also, making sure that it is undamaged and still valid. You don’t want to wait until the last minute to find out that something is wrong.

Once you have checked all of your documents, place them in a safe pocket within your travel carry-on bag so that you will be sure not to forget them.


2. Set More Than One Alarm

If you are getting up for a ridiculously early flight, there’s always a chance that you will instinctively press “snooze” while half awake and accidently sleep too late. Make sure that you have a back-up alarm located somewhere else in the room, so that you actually have to get out of bed to turn it off. There are also some great alarm apps that can be very useful when getting up for early flights – as they make you solve puzzles or perform tasks to turn them off.

3. Figure Out Transport in Advance (and Have a Plan B)

How to get to the airport isn’t something that you want to be figuring out while you are still bleary eyed at 5:45 am.

Outline your route in advance, whether that means making arrangements with a friend, checking the public transport times or scheduling a cab. Also, have an alternative form of transport planned out too, in case your first plan fails.


4. Weigh Your Bags

Does your bag meet the baggage allowance policy of the airline? Make sure that you have weighed your bag the night before your flight, so that you can avoid a lot of unwanted hassle at the check-in desk in the morning.

Don’t have a luggage scale at home? No problem. Just weigh yourself on your home scale, then weigh yourself while holding your fully packed bag. Subtract the difference and you’ll have your answer.


5. Charge Everything

Make sure that all of your electronic devices are plugged in the night before you leave, so that you start your journey fully charged. This includes phones, e-readers, laptops, tablets and any other devices you might want to use on the flight. There’s nothing worse than running out of battery when you are only 2 hours into a 12 hour flight.

Make sure your devices are all plugged in within the same area of the house, so that you can just scoop them up and pack them in the morning when it’s time to go. If you are charging a device from a plug in a hidden corner of the house, you might forget it when it comes time to leave in the morning.

Now you’re ready – the only thing left to do is to get a good night’s sleep.


Bon voyage!

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