There are several important steps to take before you travel. Pre-planning helps to ensure that you, your family, and your home are protected while you’re away. Below is a checklist reminding you of what not to forget!
One – Contact bank and credit card providers
Let the companies know that you’re planning to leave town. This will help avoid the inconvenience of finding your card usage has been ‘frozen’ due to suspected credit-card fraud. It’s important to inform these agencies about trip details, travel dates and destinations.
Two – Arrange for travel insurance with a reputable company
There are many different types of travel insurance coverage designed to meet a variety of needs. Protect yourself from trip cancellations, interruption, and delays, and secure emergency benefits.
Three – Arrange for child, pet, and animal care
If you have children, you will need to organize their routines while away. Provide caregivers, schools, and childcare facilities with important information. Likewise, arrange for plant and pet care either within your home or in a different setting.
Four – Record emergency and contact numbers
Carry this information with you and to give to responsible friends, family members, and neighbors at home. Include the cellphone number that you will be using during travel, hotel numbers, addresses, and physicians’ phone number. Also remember to include pet and babysitters’ numbers, bank, and credit card contacts.
Five – Prepare your home
In addition to stopping deliveries, set up light and home security systems. Clean up and remove trash and perishable foods. Adjust the temperature of your home. Turn the thermostat down or off, or set the dial to maintain a comfortable temperature for plants and animals.
Six – Back-up computer data
If you plan to take your computer with you, it’s important to back up all information. Use a system designed specifically for this purpose. Clear camera memory and save records and data. Charge batteries before you leave, and remember to pack the charger(s) and power converter.
Seven – Learn about your travel destinations
If you are traveling to a foreign country it helps to brush up on the language or learn key phrases. Study guides and maps and add apps with critical information to your smartphone. Additionally, you may want to pencil in a schedule for the first week… allowing for jet-leg.
Eight – Study the weather conditions
Knowing what to expect weather-wise will help determine what you’ll need to pack. One of the best ways to avoid over packing is to include clothing that can be layered. Layering allows for a variety ofoutfits suitable for different occasions. And, comfortable walking shoes are a must!
Nine – Pack the travel essentials
Don’t forget to pack medications, relevant medical information, reservation-confirmation numbers, extra glasses or contact lenses and shades such as Oakley sunglasses, passports visas, bank cards, airline tickets, IDs, and cash. Essential items should be kept with you at all times in a carryon bag. Refer to your pre-travel checklist before you leave to ensure that this will be the very best travel experience ever!