When you are planning your trip to Prague or any other international destination and you are not an experienced traveler, you may feel uneasy about remembering all the ”little” things that if forgotten, can either make or break your trip. Czech out the packing guide below as it is a great tool that will take the stress of packing away from you.
1.Verify that you have all the pertinent documents allowing your entry to Prague – Visa/Passport/Government ID. Review the specific requirements based on your nationality in our Passport And Visa Requirements For Your Trip To Prague post.
2.Make copies of all your travel documents. Leave one copy at home and bring the second copy on your trip with you. Always carry your travel documents (Passport, Government ID, etc.) with you. Leave the second copy in your hotel room safe.
3. If you are planning to rent a car when in Prague, you must obtain an International Driver’s Licence prior to your trip. Check with a local Department Motor Vehicles for your specific information. If you have a Driver’s Licence issued in USA, any local AAA office will provide you with an international driver licence that will be recognized in Prague.
4. Check your travel itinerary and print all the pertinent confirmation numbers. This applies to your hotel, car and tour/excursion reservations in Prague.
5. Check Prague’s extended weather forecast. Based on the season, you may experience extremely cold or hot temperatures or a combination of both. FYI-rain is pretty much always in the forecast. Don’t forget an umbrella or a rain coat. You will do a lot of walking in Prague. Packing comfortable shoes is a MUST!
IF TRAVELING BY AIR
1.Log in to your airline’s website and verify the following:
- Current Travel Information – for any weather related or other delays.
- Baggage Allowance and Other Fees – read up on the size, weight and number of bags allowed free of charge; become familiar with the fees charged for any additional bags or weight.
- Find out your airline’s required check-in time for international travel.
- Find out what services are provided to travellers with children, travellers with disabilities and travellers with animals.
2. Check-in online is this options is offered by your airline. It will cut your time at the check-in counter in half.
3. Mark your checked baggage with something that you will easily recognize from a distance AND fill out your bag’s name tag with your current address. In addition, make sure that you remove medicine and any valuables such as your laptop, cell phone, PDA, important documents (i.e. Passport, Government ID), jewellery from your checked baggage and place it in your carry-on luggage.
4. Carry-on luggage requirements and regulations
Only limited amount of liquids and gels can be packed in your carry-on luggage while observing the following strict regulations:
- Containers with liquids and similar products may contain up to 3.4 ounces/100 millilitres.
- All containers must be carried in a transparent resealable plastic bag.
- Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, resealable, clear plastic bag.
- The bag must be presented separately at the security check.
- Medication and special food (i.e. baby food) must be presented to a TSA/Security Checkpoint agent for inspection.
- Duty Free items are now allowed to be carried on board along with one carry-on luggage. They must be kept in the sealed, transparent and tamper-proof bag with a receipt.
An example of TSA approved resealable plastic bag.
You can also visit the Transportation Security Administration(TSA) wesbite for more detailed information about the carry-on regulations when traveling from Prague to USA. You can visit Lufthansa’s website for the European Union (EU) requirements.
TRAVEL PREPARATION AND YOUR HEALTH
In case you are nervous about jet lag, food allergies or any other possible illnesses while on board an aircraft, you can read up information on your airline’s website or right HERE. This information has been prepared by Lufthansa. I find it extremely informative and applicable whether you are flying to Prague or anywhere else in the world.