With stay-at-home restrictions softening in some areas, there’s hope that our ability to explore the world together, once again, may not be all that far away. Some folks are dreaming about this and some are planning their next getaway. No matter where your mind is, there really is no better time than now to take a peek at some of those important documents to make sure that when you are prepared and ready to travel, your paperwork is too!

As a reminder, a good rule of thumb is that your passports should be valid for at least 6 months beyond your travel dates. Given that some of these offices have closed around the country, the turn-around time for getting these updated is sure to be impacted as well. A perfect first step is to check the official government site for the office’s status in response to Covid: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/passport-covid-19.html

Also, of importance is the deadline extension for REAL ID. The new deadline is October 1, 2021. Details of this can be found on the Homeland Security website: https://www.dhs.gov/real-id

Another very practical idea, is to just make sure you luggage is in tact. Also, maybe keep a secret stash of hand sanitizer and wipes for your carry-on bags! Without doubt, this will become a staple in most households and likely will be a high-demand product now and forever!

While most of these ideas may seem obvious, taking care of them now, when you have the time, will alleviate the scramble and stress that may come with doing it last minute. As we all know, when the world opens up again, we’ll all be ready to GO and having all these little “to-do’s” completed, will simply make for a fabulous planning process.

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