Reach inside the bird to remove the giblet package and the neck. Sometimes these items are put inside the bird at the processing plant, sometimes they aren’t. If they are, set aside. They can be used in making your dressing or gravy if you wish.
Rinse the bird with cool water, both inside and out. Place the bird on a clean plastic cutting board and pat dry with some kitchen towel. Check the bird over for any pin feathers or other bits that you might find on the skin and remove them.