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Saturday, October 15, 2011

What To Do Three Days Before You Travel

 (Take me with you! I can fit in a suite case!)

When you are three days from a Disney vacation reality really starts to hit home.  Are you ready to go? 

The best thing you can do when you are three days out is to do a quick inventory of what you are going to need.  This is a good time to pack a toiletries bag.  This might sound like you are jumping the gun but it's really not.  Nothing says you have to leave that bag packed.  The reason you are packing it now is so you are sure you have everything you need.   Better to find out  you are missing something now then when it's time to go.

Sure you could get replacements for anything you are missing when you reach your destination but keep in mind those items are going to cost at least double if you buy them from your hotel.  For someone who is traveling on a dime that extra amount could mean you have to cut back somewhere else.

The next smart thing to do at this point is to call your hotel and verify your reservation.  In line with this you may also want to verify your flight numbers and rental car reservation.  Doing this now can save a lot of money.  If one of your reservations was lost or is wrong you can replace it now at a much lower cost.  If you show up at your destination and find out you have no reservation you are most likely going to find yourself in a panic and booking whatever you can. That could cost you a lot of money.

This is also a great time to make sure all of your IDs and travel documents are in line and in your carry on.  This will give you peace of mind.  If you take the time to stash these away now you are less likely to forget one.  Nothing is worse than showing up at the airport to find out you forgot something.

If you tend to be a nervous person feel free to start packing the items you are not going to use until then.  I know from being married to someone who gets very anxious before she travels.  Doing a little packing now can go a long way to setting people who worry at ease.

One big tip if you have pets.  DO NOT let them see your suitcase if you start packing now.  My dogs wig out when they see the bags.  The last thing you want is crazy pets for the next few days.

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