5 MUST DO Tips BEFORE an Activity/Tour

by Mariam Beard • Last Updated: October 2022

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In this article, I will share with you five must-do tips to follow before going on an activity or tour. These tips will help ensure that you are well-prepared and have a smooth experience during your trip. So, let’s get started!Quick Details

1. Save Your Ticket

The first tip is to save your ticket.

Your ticket typically contains all the important information you need for your activity:

  • Company Name
  • Phone Number
  • Directions
  • Address

It is crucial to save your ticket and have it easily accessible. If you are traveling with a group or family, make sure to share the ticket information with everyone. You can either print out the ticket or take a screenshot of the email and share it with others.

This way, even if someone loses their phone or their battery dies, multiple people will have a copy of the ticket and all the necessary details.

2. Save the Activity Provider Phone Number

Another important tip is to save the phone number of the activity provider in your phone. This will save you the hassle of searching for the phone number on your ticket when you need it.

I recommend adding the contact to your phone the day before the activity. Use a name that indicates the type of tour or activity, such as “Tour – Sunset Cruise” or “Tour – Snorkel Moana Catamaran.”

By saving the phone number in your contacts, you can easily access it if you have any last-minute questions or need assistance during your activity.

3. Check the Name of the Company

Before your activity, make sure to check the actual name of the company you will be on.

Sometimes, the name of the boat or tour is mentioned at the top or bottom of your ticket. It is important to know the specific company you are going with, as this information may be required when you arrive at the location.

For example, if you are going on a sunset cruise, find out the name of the boat you will be on, such as the “Nahoku II” or “Mai Tai Catamaran.” Similarly, for land tours, check the name of the tour company that will be picking you up. This will help avoid any confusion or stressful delays.

4. Plan Your Transportation

Knowing how you will get to your activity is essential for a smooth experience.


If you are driving, make sure to have directions to the location saved on your phone.

For longer trips, like going to the North Shore for a zip line adventure, look up the route on Google Maps and take a screenshot of the directions. This will come in handy if you encounter any issues with cell service along the way. If you are an international guest without cell service, make sure to screenshot everything and share it with your group.

Activity/Tour Pick-up?

Additionally, if you are being picked up for the activity, do a dry run of your pickup. Walk from your hotel to the designated pickup location to familiarize yourself with the route and estimate the time it takes to get there. It is important to know if your activity does not pick up from every hotel and has specific pickup points.

Also, make sure to ask which side of the hotel you should be picked up on, as some hotels have multiple entrances. By planning your transportation in advance, you can avoid any last-minute confusion or delays on the day of your activity.

5. Review Your Ticket for Important Details

Lastly, take the time to re-read your ticket and familiarize yourself with all the important details. Check for any specific requirements or restrictions for the activity. Some tours may require closed-toed shoes, long pants, or a photo ID.

Make sure to comply with these requirements to avoid any disappointment or being unable to participate in the tour. By reviewing your ticket, you can ensure that you have everything you need and are prepared for a fantastic experience.


In conclusion, following these five must-do tips before your activity will help you have a stress-free and enjoyable experience during your trip. Saving your ticket, saving the activity provider’s phone number, checking the name of the company, planning your transportation, and reviewing your ticket for important details are all essential steps to take before your activity. By being well-prepared and informed, you can make the most of your time and create lasting memories in Hawaii.

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Aloha! I'm Mariam.

I'm an Oahu resident sharing my adventures here in Hawaii to help take the guesswork out of planning your trip to Hawaii.

I've worked full-time as a concierge for a decade and have planned thousands of itineraries for travelers like you!


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