Shoes off, shoes on. Lap top in, lap top out. These days, airline security requirements change on a regular basis, and keeping up with it all can be difficult. Oftentimes, security lines can become very long. Options do exist to help expedite the security screening process. TSA Pre✓ is expedited security screening for flights departing from U.S. airports. Apply online here. If you are a frequent international traveler, you may want to consider Global Entry which provides you expedited U.S. Customs clearance when you travel internationally. It also gives you the benefits of TSA Pre✓. For more information, visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.

Whether you’re traveling domestically or internationally, there are a few things to do before leaving home (besides figuring out what to wear and how to fit it all in your suitcase). If you use a credit or debit card while traveling, contact your bank, and let them know where and when you’ll be going, so you won’t be declined. Most cards have fraud protection, and making a purchase out of your normal habits and location alerts your bank, and your card may be suspended. Additionally, contact your cell phone provider, and inquire about buying international service, so you can stay connected. Most carriers have packages that Cana be purchased providing more economical options. Different apps such as WhatsApp can be downloaded on your phone that offer free WiFi calling and texting.