Give yourself plenty of time before your trip to get your passport processed.
It can take anywhere from a couple weeks to a few months depending on the current state of processing.
YES! the cliche of terrible passport photos are a thing for a reason. Don’t stress too hard if the photo isn’t your absolute best angle. On the same note however, It dose stay with you for 10 years. I had my passport renewal photo retaken many time…. Chances are you won’t love it, but, if you can find one the you don’t utterly detest. You’re doing pretty good.
TIP NUMBER 2:
So, As I was saying my first big trip was on a cruise. I did not own any luggage besides a backpack. Anita and I went to a discount store and purchased the largest hot pink duffle bag, that to this day i’ve ever seen.
We over packed and under packed all at the same time.