wikiHow to Prepare for a Flight

Is it the day of your trip? Do you need to know what to do, and how to do it? Here is what you need to do on the day of your flight!


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    Look up the airline's regulations. Different airlines have different rules about what you can bring aboard. You need to make sure you have all liquid items in your carry on. If an item is not allowed, you'll have to put it in your luggage.
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    Make sure you have all of the things you need. Look through your suitcase, and make sure you have everything. From extra underwear, to pairs of shoes. Sit down and think of anything you might have missed for at least 10 minutes.
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    Pair clothes into outfits for all the days you'll be on vacation. For example, you might be on vacation for 11 days. You need to make sure you can make 11 outfits for each day you'll be on your trip. With at least 2 extra outfits for formal occasions, and one extra outfit for aquatic activities.
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    Do a quick look through your luggage, and check to make sure you don't have anything illegal. Anything that you might question about, you need to look up. You don't want to commit an international crime by mistake.
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    Plan your route. If you haven't done this, you need to do it now. You need to get to the airport at least two hours before your flight. This will give you wiggle room and will allow for emergencies to happen without complete devastation.
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    Weigh your bag at home. Get a scale, and put your bag on it evenly. Then round it to the nearest 10th. Look at the airline's regulations on bag size. Be prepared to pay whatever overage fee they might have.
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    Make sure you have all your things in order. This includes tickets, photo id, debit cards, passports, etc. You need to put these in a big zip case you keep with you at all times. Put the case in your carry on. This way you'll know where it's at.
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    Examine your clothes. Look at metal things, and remember where they are. You will go through a scanner, and you will need to take them off.
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    Have someone drive you to the airport. Chances are you have a big suitcase to carry with you. I recommend having a family member or friend take you. If you do not have any willing to do so, call a cab.
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    Bring some entertainment with you. iPads, Kindles, Nooks, eReaders, and laptops are all great forms of entertainment. Before your flight, try to fill your devices up with books, movies, and songs. This way you'll have nearly an endless collage of entertainment to keep you from being bored during your flight. If you don't have any of these devices, try bringing a book that you might enjoy to read during your flight.
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    Purchase any extra outfits you may need for your trip. You don't want to run out of clothes!


  • Lock your house before you go. I recommend you lock every window, and every door. Even that top extra dead bolt lock.
  • Look at the weather of the place you are going to for the next week. That way you can get a general feel of what to expect while there and how to dress to it.
  • Pack at least two extra pairs of clothes. You might end up stuck at the airport or your clothes may get wet.
  • Make sure all your toiletries are travel sized. Many airlines permit anything larger because it is easier to clean them if they spill.
  • Bring at least two extra sets of shoes with you. One pair of knock around shoes, and one formal pair.
  • Bring an extra outfit just in case it gets chilly/warm at wherever you're going.
  • If you are traveling during a time of year where tons of people travel, make sure you get to the airport at least 4 hours before your flight. You really don't want to miss your flight because chances are the next flight is going to be packed and you won't be able to reschedule. In a packed airport going through customs can take 3 hours or maybe even more!
  • Consider buying a small music player if your flight is over 8 hours.
  • Umbrellas are nice to have in case of any inclement weather.
  • If you take a cab, you need to call it four hours before your flight starts. This will allow time for it to come. If you don't feel like waiting, you can call the cab company, and reserve a car two hours in advance. Look up Google maps directions, it's the fastest way possible. This way you'll know the exact time you'll get to the airport.
  • Put liquids in your carry on because you really don't want them to spill all over your clothes in your baggage.
  • Don't drive to the airport. This is a huge fail. You'll have to pay a fortune to get your car out. If you live in a dangerous neighborhood, try leaving it with a friend. This way it'll be out the way, and you don't have to worry about theft.
  • Have your neighbors check on your house everyday. This might cause thieves to loose interest in your home if they know there are people looking out for loud noises and alarms going off. Even if alarms are disconnected, they'll still go off. The neighbor's are bound to call the police if they hear a wailing noise from your house.
  • Do not say you've lost your baggage once arrived. You need to look around for at least a half an hour for it. Once you report your baggage as missing, you'll have to do tons of paperwork. People will ask you questions like, "Are you a terrorist?", and "What brings you to (Blank)?".


  • Don't lie to customs. Tell them everything. If you lie, and they find out, you might be banned from that country for 3 years or more.
  • Don't bring sharp objects. Even in your luggage. No illegal drugs either, this will get you arrested.
  • If you bring prescriptions, look at the airline's rules on them. You might have to bring a note from your doctor saying the drug is prescribed to you.
  • Don't drink in the airport. If you get drunk, you'll be blocked from your flight. One drink is enough! Don't drink much on the plane either. 1-2 drinks on a plane is enough. You'll have plenty of time to get drunk later. Right now, we just want to get out this place.

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