Print yourself a copy of emergency contacts at home and put it in that same folder.
Going out of the country? Call your credit card companies and let them know.
Get some local currency through a bank, auto club or currency exchange house.
Two days ahead
Put lights on a timer.
If you're driving, make sure you have games, audio books and music to amuse yourself and kids, and emergency items (flashlight, spare tire) in case of problems.
Check the long-range forecast (www.weather.com) and make sure you have appropriate clothing.
Pack (see Page 6). Take out half of what you packed and leave it at home.
Get rid of perishables in refrigerator.
Make sure you have a carry-on bag with essentials, in case your checked luggage doesn't arrive. This includes medication.
Put a copy of your itinerary in your suitcase, along with your name, address and phone number.
Get cash or traveler's checks.
Check the camera batteries; put the camera manual in your bag and pack extra batteries or a battery charger.
One day ahead
Take pets to kennel.
Turn down furnace or turn up air conditioner.
Put water heater on "vacation" setting.
Print your boarding pass.
Put snacks and bottled water in your carry-on.
Stay calm and get a good night's sleep.