Packing and preparing for your departure:
On the day of departure I need all those departing from RDU to be at the Terminal C, American check-in area at least 2 hours ahead of departure time and have checked in your checked-baggage at the American counter by that time. I know this is 2 hours before our scheduled departure time but I want to make sure that we are all there in plenty of time to deal with any last minute issues. I will be waiting for you in the seating area, on the far right side of the check-in area.
- Pack light.
- Before you pack check out
the Qantas general carry
on baggage allowances. Then check the Qantas site for their enhanced
security screening measures.
Aim to bring no more than 3 bags, 2 carry-on and 1 checked. Carry all your valuables/irreplaceables in carry-on luggage. Include a change of clothing in your carry-on and at least a toothbrush and less than 3oz toothpaste.
- For more tips on packing go to http://www.onebag.com/
- You do not need to pack linen, pillows or towels. They are all provided wherever we stay.
- .When you arrive at RDU do not pass security until everyone has arrived.
- There is no emigration in LA
- The exchange rates at the banks in Gatton are better than Brisbane airport. which is better than Los Angeles.
- There is no need to pack linen, towels, pillows, bed sheets.
- Sabrina Gravanti email@example.com 800-351-3279
- Keep you money, passport and ticket with you and in a safe place. Don't put them in the seat pocket of the airline seat where you may forget and leave them there as 2 students did recently.
- Never leave your luggage unattended.
- When you get up to leave anywhere, always gather your possessions carefully and check behind you for anything you may have left.
- Keep all your valuables in carry-on luggage. Don't put valuables in checked baggage; it is more likely to be stolen. Remember, now you are not allowed to lock your checked baggage.
- Before you disembark in Brisbane you may want to freshen up (e.g., brush your teeth, comb your hair, shave, etc.) so be sure to have those items with you in carry-on luggage.
- You will probably have an electronic ticket and will not receive a paper one.
- See Australia Customs site for arrival information and prohibited items.
- If you spend more than $au300 at one store on items you take back to the US you may be able to claim back some money. Check out the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS).
- With a debit card you can draw cash out at Westpac bank or use it free of charge at most places.
- ATMs are a great way to get money; they are everywhere.
- Remember to bring all your prescription medications and ensure you have enough for the whole time you are there plus a few day's more to accommodate any delays.
- Coping with jet lag: keep hydrated, avoid coffee and alcohol. I always get a prescription for Ambien. You may want to ask your doctor to prescribe something to help you sleep at the right time for when you arrive in Australia and when you return to the US.
- It can get cold in Gatton and in the mountains so bring warm clothes. Check out the weather Brisbane weather Gatton weather
- Remember that Australia has 240 volt electricity not 112 volt as in the US and so your electrical equipment won't work unless you have a transformer (e.g. hairdryers).
- Give Dr. Morrow a copy of your passport. If you lose yours I can help you if you give me a copy to hold.
- Leave a copy of your passport and travelers checks (if you are using them) with a friend and/or relation in the US. I recommend you make of copy of everything in your wallet and leave it with a friend in the US. If you wallet is stolen it is so much easier if you know exactly what you lost.
- It would be a good idea to bring a key carabena or the like to hold the key to your room and an id wallet for the meal card you'll be issued in Gatton.
- Pack light. Chances are that if you really need something you can buy it in Australia.