Prepare to Travel
Know before you go
Whether you're on your first trip or you are a seasoned travel veteran, "know before you go". Check on your destination for travel alerts. Verify your flight information on the airlines website. Stay in contact with your group before you head out the door. Know your meet up location and make sure your group has up to date trip information.
Early is better than late
For all travelers flying in a group Fly My Group recommends arriving to your departing airport at least 2 hours before scheduled departure. Depending on time of year, local holidays, and other events, groups may want to arrive more than 2 hours prior to departure.
Each carrier has their own set of baggage requirements for domestic and international travel. Click here for the links to each carriers baggage policies.
Sticking to the plan of arriving early to the airport means planing ahead. Think about traffic on your way to the airport. Is it rush hour? Are you traveling on a weekend? Does your trip land on a holiday? Or is it a popular spring break time for many schools and universities? Going through these questions is the best solution to avoid travel problems.
Make sure you check the weather of your destination in advance so you know what to pack. Keep in mind, weather can be unpredictable!
Stay in contact
When traveling domestically or overseas, it is essential that you stay connected with your friends and family back home.
Do your homework
When traveling internationally do your homework on the culture that you will be in. Respecting and understanding other cultures will help ensure a safe and memorable trip.
Transportation Security Administration
TSA - Official website of the Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Passport and International Travel
Passport Information - Passport applications and requirements
Travel Warning - US Department of State Travel Warnings
U.S. Embassy and Consulates Worldwide
U.S. Embassy - Official US Department of State Embassy Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC - Department of Health and Human Services
World Health Organization
WHO - World Health Organization
National Weather Service
NWS - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
MAPS - Provides directions, interactive maps, and satellite/aerial imagery of many countries
XE - Currency Converter - Live Rates
Translate - Google Translate
Country Calling Codes
Calling Codes - Complete guide to call anywhere in the world