Travel is supposed to be fun and relaxing, but getting ready to take a trip can be stressful! Being organized with travel lists can take the stress out of your preparation.
These three types of travel lists should be comprehensive enough to encompass all things travel: Pre-Travel Tasks, Packing List, and Vacation Activities. We always recommend using an electronic device to create and store lists lists (instead of paper). And we give double points to those who sync the action items from the list to their digital calendars!
Pre-Travel tasks that can be accomplished well in advance of your trip include making pet arrangements, booking transport to and from the airport, stopping mail (most zip codes can do this online), pausing any home services, arranging childcare if necessary, paying bills that will be due while away, filling necessary prescriptions, and gathering passports and travel documents. If you print boarding passes and the like, you can do this well in advance as well.
For packing, we find that separate lists for clothing and for toiletries is most helpful. Pack away the items that you can early, leaving only the outfit and toiletries that you need up to departure day. For toiletries, remember there are limitations to liquids and other personal care items. Think travel size! Consider also the potential for shipping clothing and necessities to your destination. This can be a safe alternative to checking bags and can reduce hassles at the airport.
Now, while you are on vacation, is there a once in a lifetime experience awaiting you? Make sure it is not sold out by doing some research and planning before leaving home. Booking excursions and making reservations ahead of time ensures your good time, helps you manage your vacation calendar, and keeps you from “working” to have a good time while you are away.
A word to the wise, travel experts recommend that you not post your travel information or destination locations on social media until you are home. This could help prevent any potential crimes here or there.
Now, relax and enjoy your much needed and deserved vacation!