Packing for your trip
- If you are short on space, you can roll-up your socks and stuff them
in your shoes.
- Use zip-lock bags for your toiletries in case they spill during
- Wear your bulkiest clothing so that you don't have to pack it.
- Pack anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel in your carry-on bag so that you
can avoid picking up the viruses that are common in airports.
- Bring your own headphones for listening to movies and music on the
plane. They will be more sanitary and you can often avoid paying the
- Pack a pair of earplugs in your carry-on bag in case you are seated
near a crying baby.
- Tie a distinctive, bright-colored luggage strap or ribbon to your bag
so that it will be easier to spot when you arrive at baggage claim.
- In addition to your luggage tag, place identification inside your bag
in case the tag falls off.
- Leave your unneeded credit cards at home for added security.
- If you haven't already been assigned a seat, call the airline for an
advanced seat assignment and reduce the risk of getting 'bumped' on
- When you are running late, use curb-side check-in to save time and
- When you first arrive at the check-in counter, request that your bags
be deemed "fragile." This will keep them at the top of the pile and
they will be among the first to come out in the baggage claim.
- When asked if you want a window or aisle seat, ask for an exit seat.
You will get extra leg room without having to worry about the passenger in
front of you reclining.
- When checking-in, be sure to ask if there are any discounted
first-class seats available. Airlines will often drop the price of
first-class seats at the last minute if they haven't been filled.
- Buy snacks and reading material before leaving for the airport.
They will cost less and you will have more variety to choose from.
- Bring gum to chew during the flight altitude changes so that your ears
have less trouble adjusting.
- Place your frozen butter on top of the hot entree's aluminum foil to
melt it before peeling off the foil. That way, you can spread it on your
- If you are going to consume alcoholic beverages, consume them in
moderation. The lack of oxygen while flying greatly intensifies the effect
of alcohol in your blood stream.
- If you are on an overnight flight, and the plane is not too full, you
can usually move around to a seat that has vacant seats on both sides and
stretch out for a nice sleep. But note that you are required to keep a
seatbelt on and visible.
- Check with your auto insurance agent before your trip to determine if
your insurance policy provides coverage for your rental car.
- Some upper-level credit cards such as MasterCard Gold may be a source
for excess or secondary insurance for a car rental, but only if you use
the same credit card to rent the vehicle. Call your credit card company
before leaving to find out their policies for car rentals.
- Remember to fill up the gas tank of your rental car before returning
it, or sign up for the prepurchase-of-gas option at the rental counter.
- To get the best rate when applicable, reserve your car at a weekly
rate instead of at a daily rate if possible, and reserve in advance.
- If the rental car company is out of the class car you reserved you
might be able to upgrade at no additional charge depending on what is
available. Remember, you reserved a rate in which the car company is
- Many car companies will provide you with an extra key if you ask for
one. This can come in handy if you have more than one driver.
- Make sure that your hotel is situated in a location that is easily
accessible from the places you will be visiting/working. The
benefits of finding a cheaper hotel will be lost if a long taxi ride is
required to get to your destination.
- If you are traveling with your pet, check
www.dogfriendly.com in advance to
find a hotel that allows pets.
- Call the hotel in advance to make sure there won't be any large
conventions scheduled at the same time you will be arriving.
- If you are traveling to celebrate a special event (like a birthday or
anniversary), be sure to mention it to the reservationist. A lot of
times they will go the extra mile for customers with special
- Arrive early because the sooner you check-in, the better your chances
will be of getting a room or suite that matches your preferences.
- Apon check-in, ask the front desk if they have any room specials.
Hotels will often offer bargain upgrades at the last minute if they have
- Always walk to your room under a fully lighted walkway and use the
peephole in your door to identify visitors.
- Carry the hotel's business card or pack of matches just in case you
need help telling a taxi driver the name and location of the hotel.
- The sooner you check in at DIA (2 plus hours) the better your seats
If you have one of those delightful early morning flights, LaQuinta and
Days Inn at DIA have park and fly rooms. For $69 a night you can get a
room, hotel shuttle to DIA and park in the hotel’s parking lot for up to a
week at no additional charge.
- If you are not using a passport, make sure your driver’s license
matches your state issued birth certificates. If it does not, provide a
marriage license to cross-reference.
- Request an exit row if possible for more legroom. Seating is tight on
- Upon arriving at the Cancun airport and getting your baggage, you will
proceed to customs and immigration. There is a “traffic light” system for
randomly choosing passengers who will be searched. If you get a green
light you are good to go – if red you will be asked to open all of your
carefully packed luggage.
- Resist stopping at any of the booths on the way out – they are selling
- Proceed to the front door of the terminal and once outside look for
people with tour signs (Apple Vacations, MLT WorryFree Vacations, Suntrips).
You will give them your documents and they will take out the correct
- The tour company will then take your luggage and load it onto the
motor coach for your transfers to the hotel.
- En route, the tour representative will give you an overview of the
different activities that will be available. There is usually a Welcome
Briefing and Orientation the same day or the next day letting you know
your excursion options. This is a very valuable meeting to attend. At
least one person from your party should go so that they can report back.
- As soon as you get to your room, call the concierge to make
reservations at the specialty restaurants. When dining a la carte, men are
required to wear long pants (no jeans), collar shirts and shoes. There are
usually 3 or 4 specialty restaurants that require reservations.
- If you are not completely satisfied with the location of your room,
you may request a different one and the hotel will do their best to
- If there are more that 2 of you, it might be more economical to take a
taxi or rent a car for a day to see the sites. As you will see, off
property excursions can run between $35 and $200 per person. There are
always local guides at the entrance to the parks and ruins that will show
you around for a minimal fee.
- You will have reciprocal (stay at one, play at all) privileges to
visit properties associated with your hotel chain. If there are properties
available on the island of Cozumel (Iberostar, Reef Club, and Occidental
hotel chains) you can purchase ferry tickets for approx $10 per person and
take the beautiful 30 minute ferry boat trip from Play del Carmen. You
will take a taxi to the hotel and will be able to use their facilities for
the day with your wristband. Cozumel is a great place to snorkel and/ or
- Swimming with the dolphins will require you to make reservations
before going on your trip. I can help you make the arrangements. You can
view a list of all excursions in your brochure,
www.worryfreevacations.com, www.applevacations.com or
and click on Optional Tours.
- If you plan on snorkeling, take your own mask, snorkel and fins. It
will save you the hassle of checking the equipment out and returning on a
daily basis. The water is warm so you will not need a wetsuit.
Above all else -
purchase travel insurance to avoid the unforeseen problems!