1. All check-in counters close 1 hour prior to departure time.
2. Take out travel insurance and make sure it covers you for the places you plan to visit and the things you plan to do.
3. Make sure your passport has at least six months validity from your planned date of return if you are travelling. (Not required if you are only travelling to the US.)
4. Check with health professionals for information on recommended vaccinations.
5. Always pack zip-lock bags. They are ideal for packing things tighter, separating wet from dry and managing small items like batteries
6. Containers of liquids, food and personal items in your carry-on must be 100 ml/100 grams or less & must fit in a clear, resealable plastic bag no more than 1-litre in capacity. The bag must be transparent so screening officers can easily see the contents.
7. Yes, you can bring snacks (examples include sandwiches, fruit, muffins, granola bars) in both your carry-on and checked baggage for both domestic & international flights. Make sure you consume your snacks before you get off the aircraft as US customs will not allow meat, fruit, veggies etc.
8. Bring one piece of photo ID (OR two pieces on non-photo ID) if you are travelling within Canada. Passports are required for travel outside of Canada.
9. Make a list and check it at least twice.
10. Put all your travel documents together and keep a copy on your mobile device and leave a copy with a friend.
11. Dress comfortably in layers.
12. Don't over pack - plan ahead and lay out what you will be taking a week in advance - review before actually packing.
13. Research where you will be going. Contact your hotel to make dinner arrangements for the night you arrive and ask for suggestions during your stay.
14. Make sure your electronic devices are charged before you go - and bring the applicable chargers and adapters for foreign countries.
15. Relax and enjoy - don't stress if things don't go exactly as planned.