10 Things to Do Before You Travel
I’ve been traveling 10+ years now and it has given me plenty of trial and error experience on how I can minimize my ‘Before You Travel must do’s’… including the things I do to stay organized before a trip.
With my October NYC Trip and December Disney Vacation coming up the list making is under way at my work station, and I thought to myself…what better time than now to put together a top 10 List of all the…
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Things to Do Before You Travel:
#10.) Make Lists
I’m a list maker…what can I say?
I absolutely love to make lists!!!(If you’ve read my other travel posts you already know this is true)
These 3 separate lists help me stay organized before travel and are now a traveling ritual in all my trip planning.
– Packing List: I always use the Knock-Knock Pack List. It works great and covers everything you would need for any type of trip.
– Needs Before Trip List: Snacks, toothpaste, anything you might not have in stock that would need to be picked up before leaving.
– Pre-Travel CheckList: Psst…this is the Pre-Travel Checklist! (printable copy at the bottom of page)
#9.) Ask a family member or friend to look out for your residence while you’re away…including mail pick up.
Peace of mind is a lovely thing.
Also set up a sitter for any pets you may have if need be.
#8.) Notify your Bank/Credit Card Company with your travel dates and set up bill pay for any bills that need to be paid.
#7.) Plan a Daily Itinerary for your trip.
I’m all for spontaneity but I also like to have a daily game plan…
a neighborhood I’d like to explore, a concert that’s in town, or a restaurant I’d like to try.
Where my day goes from there….well there’s no telling!
Haircut, eyebrows, nails anything you want to do to prepare yourself and your mindset before your trip.
Remember you’ll be in a lot of pics while you travel.
#5.) Print Daily Itineraries.
Accommodation and Transportation Confirmations, Restaurant Reservations, tickets, copies of I.D. & passport (if need be) and anything else you may need printed for the duration of your trip.
#4.) Plan Outfits and Do Laundry.
The week before you travel look up the weather and start gathering outfits to wash and pack.
#3.) Start Packing 3+ days ahead.
I typically start gathering items like toiletries, and medications a few weeks prior to my departure date. I like to pack a little early to insure I am not rushing right before I head out on a trip/vacation.
#2.) House Maintenance:
- unplug appliances
- cut off lights
- adjust thermostat
- cut grass
- clean out fridge
- take out trash
- do any household maintenance you don’t want to worry about once you return.
#1.) Double check your Pack List before leaving.
This is the very last thing I do before leaving for a trip….other than locking up….don’t forget to lock up!!
Enjoy Your Journey!!!