Keep a List
Have a list of 'Don't Forget' travel items stored on your phone or computer so it is easily accessible if you need to pack in a hurry. The list might include things like your passport, medication, ear buds, snacks, specific toiletries, and a phone charge cord.
Backup Important Information
If your luggage, purse, backpack, phone or laptop is stolen, you need to have backup copies of important documents . It's a good idea to have a paper copy of your documents as well as backing up your files on an external hard drive or online. In case of an emergency, you never know when you may need a copy of your passport, visa, driver's license, health insurance card or important phone numbers.
Keep Some Necessities Packed
A grab and go hanging toiletry bag or shaving kit that is already packed ensures you'll never forget the necessities. Have a spare toothbrush, toothpaste, body scrubber and your favorite toiletries permanently stored in your travel bag. Once you return from a trip, refill things like shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, etc. and you'll be ready to go the next time.
If you're checking bags, use luggage that is easily identifiable or add a distinguishing piece to your bag so you're not trying to figure out which black suitcase is yours at baggage claim.
Have a card with your contact information inside your checked baggage. Luggage tags can come off if your luggage is handled in a rough manner.
Carry Some Cash
Cash is king. In case of an emergency, make sure you have some cash stashed somewhere. If you lose your wallet, your bank card stops working, or the ATMs run out of money, you'll be glad you did.
Try Not to Rush
Give yourself ample time to get to the airport. If you've ever missed a flight or experienced the stress of arriving just in time, you understand the important of getting there a little bit early. If you're checking baggage, you'll need to arrive in time to meet the airline's guidelines or risk having your luggage left behind.
Keep items of concern to airline security easily accessible by placing them in a separate compartment or on top of everything else in your suitcase.
Traveling With Kids
If you're traveling with small children, bring lots to keep them occupied since delays at the airport or while on plane are not uncommon. For long trips, small toys wrapped like presents can be doled out one per hour to keep little ones amused and stave off boredom.
Ensure the vehicle you have reserved is large enough to accommodate your luggage as well as your family or traveling companions.