Check the weather at your destination- you never want to be stuck in the rain without your gear or forget your winter gloves when the cold is approaching. I am excited to use my glove/mittens and think they will be so fun for my trip
Charge your ipod and get extra batteries for your camera- Living in Europe causes for many different wattages. It's always a good idea to charge your ipod the night before so you don't have to mess with burning your electronic devices up. Nothing can ruin a holiday like loosing all of your music
Print your boarding pass and use carry on- I am fan on carry on luggage. A few years ago when I traveled to South America during Christmas the airlines lost my bags. Mind you I was going from winter to summer, and was stuck without a bathing suit, clothes, or sunscreen. I didn't get my bags for over a week, and this really ruined the first half of my trip. Plus, airlines these days, especially here in Europe, charge for 1 checked luggage. I always try my best to carry on, and thanks to my colleague Kristin I have now been able to weigh the luggage ahead of time to avoid any troubles at security. This handy dandy luggage scale only costs about $15 online. Airports these days can be such a hassle, and I try to avoid any extra time needed during the screening process. Knowing exactly what my bags weigh the night before helps for sooth travels.
Consolidate your wallet- Nothing shouts tourist like a padded wallet. I always try to consolidate down to a tiny zipper bag that only hold my id, emergency credit card, and cash. This way I can always keep it close and don't attract pick pocketers, or as I like to call them, wild gypsies! They will steal your tears...
Bring something fabulous to make you feel great on your trip- whenever I travel someplace I always like to make it feel special. This time, I am going to be taking my new boots that are MADE FOR WALKIN'! Feeling confident while traveling is important to help you look like a local and avoiding the wild gypsies :-) And these boots are definitely made for walkin'!
Prepare for the morning-waking up at 5am can be a hard, especially since I wake up at 8:30am for work every day. To be safe I set 2 alarms so I'm not rushing to catch your flight. And yes so dorky but I even lay out my clothes for the morning. I need every extra minute of sleep so if laying out my clothes saves me time I am all for it!
Research your destination, but don't over do it- I like knowing a little about the place I am going, but I sometimes think just going on the no plan plan works out better at times. It's good to know things like money conversion and how much to bring. In Prague I will be using the