Spectacular Adventures - Travel Resources

We have compiled a great deal of packing tips after years of travelling and together with some members suggestions, we thought we should share them with other travellers setting out.


Travel Tips

Air Travel
  • Plan to arrive the departure airport for a domestic flight between one and two hours prior to your departure time.
  • Plan to arrive the departure airport for an international flight between two and three hours prior to your departure time.
  • All airlines other then Southwest charge for luggage, be sure to check airline's website for accurate baggage information.
  • For carry-on packing information, please visit the Transportation Security Administration
  • To carry on medications, whether it's over the counter or a prescription, make sure to have the pills in the original container or prescription bottle. Example, Tylenol needs to be in the Tylenol bottle. The pills can't be in a pill holder if the passenger plans on packing them in the carry-on piece of luggage. The pill holder can go in the checked bag with no problems. For further information, please visit the airline's website or the link above.
  • If a passenger has a medical condition, such as pacemaker or metal plates, it is required that the passenger obtain a doctor's certificate or letter from the doctor stating the medical condition. This will avoid any problems for the passenger during the security screening process.

Identification
  • A driver's license for passengers 18 years of age and older is required for all flights within the United States.
  • A valid passport is required for all passengers flying outside the United States, except for St. Thomas and San Juan. A valid driver's license and certified birth certificate are required for any US Territory destination.
  • When traveling outside the United States, make three copies of your passport. Leave two copies with a relative or friend in the Untied States, and put the last copy in your checked bag or carry-on bag. If your passport is lost or stolen, locate your copy of the passport and find a US Embassy to file a report. If you can't find the copy of your passport, contact the relative or friend you left the other copies with. We recommend two copies be left behind due to one or the other not being available when you need them the most.
  • A safe place for your passport if you want to carry it with you is in a passport holder placed under your shirt or blouse.
  • For any other passport or visa information, please view U.S. Department of State

Money & Merchandise
  • If you are traveling outside the United States, instead of exchanging money to the local currency, use a debit or credit card at a local ATM machine. You will have bank service charges for this transaction, but it is cheaper than paying the bank fees locally. It also allows you to only take out what you need, instead of exchanging to much money and not using all of it. Local currency is great for small purchases and tips.
  • Contact your local bank and credit card companies a week or two prior to your trip to let them know you will be traveling out of the country. Provide the credit card company the destination you will be traveling to, and the dates of the trip. If this is not done, there is a possibility that the debit card or credit card will decline. Visa and Master Card are widely used in international countries. Discover and American Express vary, so check with your credit card company to make sure the country you are traveling to accepts the credit card you are wanting to use.
  • When you purchase merchandise, food, or any other products overseas, we recommend you use your credit card as much as possible. This will help with the rate of exchange, and if there are any issues with the merchandise you purchase, you can contact your credit card company for advice.
  • If you plan to travel internationally, contact your cell phone company if you want to use your cell phone. They will either provide you a service on your existing plan, or offer you a plan to lease an international cell phone.

Rental Cars
  • If you plan to rent a car, please check with your insurance company to find out exactly is covered when you rent a car. Our travel agency offers travel insurance that will cover the rental car for collision, or you can purchase the insurance directly with the rental car company if your insurance company will not provide the proper coverage for you.
  • If you are traveling overseas, please check with your health insurance company to see if their coverage exists outside the United States. Most insurance companies do not have coverage, or offer the same coverage. Our travel agency offers travel insurance, which includes medical and emergency coverage. Please contact our office for further information.

Packing Suggestions

  • Sunscreen * Aloe for sunburn * Bug Spray (if you are traveling to a deep wooded area, purchase a repellent with 99% Deet) * antibiotic cream * poison ivy cream/calamine lotion * Benadryl for allergies or itching* Dramamine or Bonine for motion sickness * Imodium AD * lip balm
  • Travel Umbrella * binoculars * camcorder and charger * water proof throw away cameras for snorkeling or any other water excursion * digital camera, memory card for digital camera, and charger * cell phone charger * laptop computer, case, and charger * Currency Adapter Plug Set for international travel * hair dryer * travel iron * travel alarm * sewing kit
  • Cd player * MP3 player * iPod * hand held video games * ear plugs * extra batteries * portable battery charger
  • Spare pair of contacts * reading glasses * sunglasses * contact solution * eyeglass repair kit
  • Comfortable walking shoes * water shoes * flip flops or sandals for beach destinations * sightseeing bag (fanny pack) * beach bag
  • Names and addresses of people you want to send postcards to.
  • Phone numbers for relatives or friends to check-in on pets, kids, or home.
  • In case of an emergency, leave your hotel and airline information with a family member or friend.