We’re a little over a month away from the 69th annual NACAC Conference in Toronto! As many of my colleagues know, I have a fond appreciation of itineraries, one page summaries, and anything organizational. I wanted to provide you with some travel tips and reminders…
Here’s a checklist of items to take care of prior to your departure:
[ ] I’ve registered for the conference and printed my confirmation.
[ ] I’ve registered for any pre-conference workshops and seminars I am planning to attend.
[ ] I’ve registered for the 5K run/walk fundraiser.
[ ] I’ve reviewed the Schedule At-A-Glance and put together a personal schedule (see photo).
[ ] I’ve connected to the conference’s social media sites to receive information and updates.
[ ] I’ve signed up to volunteer at the conference.
[ ] I’ve booked my flight and printed my confirmation.
[ ] I’ve booked my hotel accommodations and printed my confirmation.
[ ] I’ve reserved a rental car, if I will need one.
[ ] I’ve verified that my passport is current and won’t soon expire.
[ ] I’ve contacted my bank to let them know that I’ll be in Canada.
[ ] I’ve checked with my cell phone provider about international calls and texts.
[ ] I’ve checked the weather and packed appropriately.
IMPORTANT: Please be aware that, when returning to the United States, U.S. Customs processing will take place at the airport in Canada. As such, you should plan to arrive at the airport three hours before your flight out of Toronto.
Did I miss anything? Feel free to leave additional suggestions below.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
By Anne Aubert-Santelli
Very helpful, Anne! I found a helpful video while checking items off the list you provided; it gave me a good sense for what to expect at the airport before boarding my return flight: http://www.torontopearson.com/Departing_to_usa.aspx#
Nicola Place found information about a shuttle service from the Pearson International Airport (YYZ). The company is called Toronto Air Express. It runs shuttles every 30 minutes from 6am to midnight. Travel time is approximately 30 to 60 minutes, depending upon traffic. The cost is $26 each way.
Reservations must be made in advance and can be booked online at http://www.torontoairportexpress.com. You’ll need to know at which terminal you are arriving. You can find this information at http://www.ifly.com/toronto-pearson-international-airport/terminal-map.