10 Things to Do Before You Travel

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I’ve loved traveling since I was a kid but for the past few years traveling consistently, I have gained lots of experience in the Things to Do Before You Travel area.

I’ve forgotten things, ran around my house 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!!

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Here’s a list of things to make getting ready for your next trip stress-free!

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 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, deodorant, etc… 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!

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#9.) Schedule Mail Pick Up/House Sitter

Ask a family member or friend to look out for your residence while you’re away…

including mail pick up or pet sitting.

Peace of mind is a lovely thing.


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#8.) Notify Your Bank/Credit Card Company

Most bank apps allow you to enter your travel dates without having to contact your bank directly.

I notify my bank of all out-of-town travels to avoid the bank locking my debit/credit card.

This is also a good time to set up bill pay for any bills that need to be paid while your away on your travels. 



#7.) Plan a Daily Itinerary 

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 is no telling!

#6.) Grooming

Haircut, eyebrows, nails, shaving, and 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.

You can also snap a picture of these items on your phone as a backup. 


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#4.) Plan Outfits

Check the weather before you travel and start gathering outfits you’d like to wear.

I go ahead and wash all these items a few days ahead of time so I don’t have to worry about this right before I leave. 


#3.) Start Packing

I like to get started 3+ days ahead of my departure date. 

I typically start gathering items like toiletries, and medications a few weeks prior to leaving. 

I like to start packing a few days early to ensure I am not rushing right before I head out.

#2.) House Maintenance:

  • clean
  • 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 

This is the very last thing I do before leaving for a trip…

I like to make sure I’ve checked off everything and that I’m not leaving anything behind or forgotten. 

Enjoy Your Journey!!!

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2 Comments

  1. Dmitry @ TravelTechGadgets

    That is a good list. We like lists as well. These gets you going and ensure that you did and have all that you need for the trip.

    02 . Sep . 2016
    • vivaciousviewsblog@yahoo.com

      Absolutely!! Thank you!!

      02 . Sep . 2016

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