This checklist will help you or your child prepare for successful international air travel.
One Week Before Departure
- Review the security rules for the departure airport on the airport website.
- Find out if your airline charges any fees for baggage and/or an additional fee if you check your bags in person at the airport. Make sure you/your child are ready to cover any of those fees if they apply.
- Verify what the airline’s weight limits are for baggage. To avoid extra fees, weigh bags at home to ensure they’re not overweight. You do not want to be weighed down while traveling! Packing light is the preferred way to travel.
- Now is a good time to have your child practice carrying that bag up and down the stairs a few times! This may be the convincing they need to pack as lightly as possible.
- Make sure you or your child have all your travel documentation in one place (neck- or waist-pouch, purse, carry-on, etc.) that’s easy to access. Include a copy of emergency information and numbers with these documents.
- Make extra copies of important travel documents, ID/passports, important phone numbers, etc. Place a copy in each piece of luggage.
One Day Before Departure
- Confirm the meeting place at the airport for members of your group.
- Check the flight status online to confirm that your flight is on time for tomorrow.
- If you or your child are traveling with a carry-on bag, make sure there are no full-size toiletries inside. All liquids and gels must adhere by the 3-1-1 rule and be stored in a clear, plastic quart-sized bag; this must be removed this from carry-on baggage when going through security, so it should be easily accessible.
- Ensure that you or your child are not traveling with any prohibited items.
- Verify that all important travel documents (passport, itinerary with important phone numbers, money/credit cards) are ready to go.
At the Airport
- Once checked in, you or your child should add the baggage claim receipt to your collection of travel documents. If you have connecting flights, especially those on separate carriers, it’s especially important to keep your baggage claim tag with you to avoid any delays or glitches.
- Remind your child to get their ID and boarding pass out for the security line.
- You or your child will need to throw away or empty any bottles of water or other liquids outside of checked baggage before going through security.