10 Things to Do Before You Travel
I’ve loved traveling since I was a kid but for the past two years traveling constantly I have given much experience in the Things to Do Before You Travel area.
I’ve forgotten things and run around like a chicken with its head cut off and finally, I sat down and made this checklist for myself….and now I’m sharing it with you guys!!
I like to hope for the best but always be prepared for the worst. This should be everyone’s travel motto.
What’s a motto?? Nothing, what’s a motto with you??
(sorry just a little Lion King humor)
Here’s a list of things to make getting ready for your next trip stress-free!
Things to Do Before You Travel:
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#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.
~ Pre-Travel CheckList: Psst…this is the Pre-Travel Checklist! And guess what?!? There’s is a FREE Printable Copy at the Bottom of this article!! For Freeeeeeeeeeeee!!
#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.
#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 to be printed for the duration of your trip.
#4.) Plan Outfits and Do Laundry.
Check the weather before you travel and start gathering outfits to wash and pack.
#3.) Start Packing 3+ days ahead.
I like to start packing a few days early to ensure 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!!!
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