London Travel Checklist: 8 Items to Confirm 2 Weeks Before Departure

October 22, 2018

You might have been planning your trip to London for years, and all the details were clear when you finally chose your travel dates. When you booked, it could have been so far away that some of the decisions might have been put on the back burner. Don’t wait until it is too late to check these items that may still need your attention.

The day before, or even the week before may not be enough time to address some of the details. That is why London Connection vacation apartments sends each of our upcoming guests an email 2 weeks ahead of their arrival in London to confirm their arrival details. Time to look at these RIGHT NOW.

1. Locate your passport

  • Must not expire within 2 months
  • Leave a copy with family/friends at home
  • Have another copy packed in your carry-on luggage, or with a travel companion

2. Check flights

  • What time does it depart, and when should you be at the airport?
  • Confirm the arrival time in London — most likely the next day
  • Determine the cost of checked baggage
  • Review what can be packed in your carry on

3. Verify accommodations

  • Final payment
  • Property address
  • Amenities: WiFi, plug adapters, hair dryers
  • Arrival details
  • Car service from the airport
  • Let-in appointment

4. Make sure you have:

  • Spare glasses and/or contacts
  • RX needed for entire stay in actual bottle (packed in your carry on, not checked luggage)
  • Vitamins and OTC medications
  • Batteries/chargers for camera, phone, etc.

5. What’s happening in London right now?

  • Weather: will you need to pack your raincoat, parka, or shorts?
  • GBP (Great British Pound) exchange rate will affect your costs while there

6. Be sure to:

  • Notify your bank and credit card company about when and where you will be traveling. You don’t want your card to be rejected because of “unusual activity.”
  • Verify your cell phone/data service so you will know exactly what the fees will be to talk or text from London.

7. Loosely plan your itinerary

  • Purchase tickets needed for most popular sites/shows
  • Don’t schedule every moment — leave some flexibility to wander and discover

8. Enroll in the STEP program (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program)

  • Free service that will allow the US embassy to contact you in an emergency
  • Receive the latest safety and security information
  • More details here: STEP Program

Read more details of how to prepare for your travel on the London Connection Anglophile blog. This is a great resource that we even refer to — and we wrote it! You will find itineraries for families, advanced travelers, and first-time London visitors. Look for the 13 FAQs, the London climate, 6 best museums, top 15 attractions not to be missed, theater info, 20 best desserts, holiday events, packing ideas, and much more.

Once you have completed this 2-week countdown checklist, you will probably sleep better at night. Everything is ready — except of course, packing your bags. NOW GO AND HAVE A GREAT TIME!