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15 Things You Need To Remember To Do Before You Leave The Country

As told by a series of stock photo moms.

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1. "Have you called your credit and debit card companies to let them know about your travel plans?"

"I hear you can even do it on the internet!"
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"I hear you can even do it on the internet!"

2. "And call your cellphone company to get a cheap international plan!"

"You have no excuse for not calling me every night. Girls get kidnapped!"
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"You have no excuse for not calling me every night. Girls get kidnapped!"

3. "You'll be sorry if you don't check your airline's carryon restrictions before you leave!"

"Most airlines in America let you take a 22 inch suitcase, but in Europe the restrictions mean you might want to get a 20 inch suitcase. Don't come crying to me if they slap on a $60 surcharge."
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"Most airlines in America let you take a 22 inch suitcase, but in Europe the restrictions mean you might want to get a 20 inch suitcase. Don't come crying to me if they slap on a $60 surcharge."

4. "Download some of those podcast things before you leave, while you're still at home!"

"Aunt Lynn has a friend whose daughter listened to podcasts about history or tours? I'll ask her.""I asked Aunt Lynn - write this down: "Stuff You Missed In History Class" has some very good lectures, and "Rick Steves' Europe" has FREE audio tours. Did you write those down?"
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"Aunt Lynn has a friend whose daughter listened to podcasts about history or tours? I'll ask her."

"I asked Aunt Lynn - write this down: "Stuff You Missed In History Class" has some very good lectures, and "Rick Steves' Europe" has FREE audio tours. Did you write those down?"

5. "Make copies of everything important. Bring hardcopies AND upload them into clouds."

"Your passport, your driver's license, your credit cards - and put them somewhere SAFE."
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"Your passport, your driver's license, your credit cards - and put them somewhere SAFE."

6. "Go to the travel aisle at Target and pick up travel-sized shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, and makeup remover."

"And put them in a quart-sized baggie. Do you have baggies?"
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"And put them in a quart-sized baggie. Do you have baggies?"

7. "I want a copy of your itinerary. If you're not going to make one by hand, do one on the google."

"Deborah told me there was a google called TripIt? Just send them all of your confirmations and it will make an itinerary for you. Do it so I can sleep."
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"Deborah told me there was a google called TripIt? Just send them all of your confirmations and it will make an itinerary for you. Do it so I can sleep."

8. "Check in with your airline 36 hours before your flight."

"You don't want a middle seat."
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"You don't want a middle seat."

9. "Check and see which attractions are open on which days. Lots of museums are closed on Mondays."

"You can put together an itinerary, remember?"
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"You can put together an itinerary, remember?"

10. "Maybe buy a few travel books - you can even rip out the important pages to bring!"

"Your sister liked Rick Steves. Rick Steve? Rick Steve's?"
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"Your sister liked Rick Steves. Rick Steve? Rick Steve's?"

11. "Did you get a wax?"

"I know women over there might be....european, but you're not."
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"I know women over there might be....european, but you're not."

12. "Don't forget to buy adaptors to go along with all of your devices."

"If you're going to need to charge your phone and a laptop or tablet, buy two."
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"If you're going to need to charge your phone and a laptop or tablet, buy two."

13. "You didn't forget to doublecheck all of your reservations, did you?"

14. "I hope you're bringing enough of your prescription medicines."

"And get a haircut while you're at it. I don't like when your hair is in your eyes?"
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"And get a haircut while you're at it. I don't like when your hair is in your eyes?"

15. "You've accepted my Friend request, right?"

"I want to see all of the pictures you post!"
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"I want to see all of the pictures you post!"

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