Barbara: Pack a change of clothes in your carry-on
A few years ago, Barbara escorted a group of 25 people on a cruise from New York to Bermuda. The group stayed at a hotel in New York a night before the cruise departure and was told to leave their large bags in the hotel room to be taken to the pier. When they were leaving the hotel in the morning, they discovered that the luggage had been accidentally placed on a bus to Atlantic City. The group had to depart or miss the cruise, so they embarked on the cruise without their baggage! There were no stops on the cruise, so they had the same clothes until they reached Bermuda. While it was a pain, the group made the best of it and it became sort of a running joke throughout the trip. Ultimately, Barbara learned her lesson and now always packs an extra change of clothing in her carryon bag—even for cruises.
Deborah: Pre-arrange taxis through your hotel or via an airport pickup.
Crystal was just getting over a cold when she embarked on a flight one day. She cannot remember where she was going, or how long it took to get there…but she does remember the unbelievable pain that she felt in her ears and sinuses from the cabin pressure due to her congested state. The pain was so unbearable she practically cried during the entire journey. Now she doesn’t go on any flight without some simple medications… just in case…and especially when battling a cold!