Before You Travel Checklist

Before You Travel Checklist

No matter whether you’re a first-time flyer or an experienced traveler, this travel checklist will help make sure your next travel journey is safe and comfortable. And once you’re ready, a TierOne Travel Consultant would love to help you plan your next dream getaway!

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Travel Itinerary

  • Confirm the date and time of your flight, as well as your seat assignment, and make any changes if necessary.

Travel Documents

  • Make sure you have all the right travel documents for your trip.
  • The government-issued identification you present at the boarding gate must be valid for the duration of your travels and must include your name, date of birth, and gender. (Remember that the name on your ID must match your name as it appears on your ticket).
  • For international travel and flights between Canada and the U.S., identification must also include a photo.

Frequent Flyer Number

  • Ensure that you accumulate any points you may be entitled to through Aeroplan, WestJet Rewards or another frequent flyer program.

Travel Insurance

  • Enjoy extra peace of mind when traveling away from home by buying travel insurance.

Follow Travel Updates

  • Check your airline to see if there are any travel updates, such as weather or security alerts that could cause delays.

Tell Us About Your Special Needs.

  • Are you traveling with a guide dog? Do you need wheelchair access? For any special needs, please let your travel consultant know as soon as possible.

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Customs and Immigration Information.

  • Familiarize yourself with any customs and immigration information that might help your journey go more smoothly.

Flight Meal

  • If you have any dietary restrictions or if you just have a food preference, make sure to request a special meal before your flight.

Get Vaccinated

  • Schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible so you can get the recommended or required vaccines for the destinations you plan on visiting.

Embassy Contact Info

  • Bring the address and phone number of your home country’s Embassy, High Commission, or Consulate for each country you plan to visit, just in case you run into any issues, such as losing your passport.

Contact Your Credit Card Company

  • Tell your credit card company that you’ll be traveling abroad. This way, they’ll know to expect out-of-country charges on your credit card, and telling them may help avoid issues with international transactions.

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Pack Your Bags

  • Look up your airline’s carry-on and checked baggage size and weight restrictions and other rules.
  • Pack valuable items such as money, travel documents car keys, and medication in your carry-on baggage so that, in the unlikely event that your checked baggage is misrouted, you will not be without them.
  • Medication must be properly labeled or accompanied by a prescription.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, don’t forget to pack some face masks.

Leave Gifts Unwrapped

  • If security and/or customs agents need to inspect your baggage, all the items in your possession should be unwrapped and easy to access so that the inspection process can be done as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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  • Check in to your flight online or with your mobile device anytime within 24 hours of departure. Print your boarding pass from the comfort of your home or receive an electronic version of it on your mobile device.

Be Punctual

  • Familiarize yourself with the times for check-in and boarding to avoid being late and potentially losing your seat on the flight. Make sure to give yourself plenty of extra time as procedural changes and lineups should be expected.

Check Your Flight Status.

  • Check your flight status online. Some airlines will alert you of any schedule changes regarding your flight and send them straight to your phone.


When you’re ready to book your next getaway, contact one of our TierOne Travel agents. They have extensive experience in life-changing travel experiences and will be able to craft something incredible that is suited to your unique needs.
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