The change officially takes place at 2 a.m. local time on Sunday, March 9, but you may want to plan ahead Saturday night and change your clock before going to bed. Or if you’re traveling during the weekend, check to see if your hotel has changed the clock for you. Many will turn the clock ahead the day before, and leave you a note that it’s been done. And if you have an early flight on Sunday morning, you may want to consider traveling with a manual alarm clock. Sometimes a mobile phone won’t change on time.
If you frequently work by phone with colleagues or clients in Europe, you should be aware (blissfully, perhaps) that you will be one hour closer together in time for the next three weeks. Most of Europe changes to summer time on March 30.
While mobile devices should automatically update the time for you, it’s worth double-checking to ensure yours is correct. And while we’re double-checking things, also keep in mind that for countries in the southern hemisphere that observe summer time will be changing their clocks back for the fall soon. So when you’re doing your time conversions, you may want to check timeanddate.com’s list of DST start and end days here. Their list will also show you which countries, states, and provinces do not observe daylight saving time.
Safe (and on time) travels!