Travel Advice

To Do List Before Embarking

You’re getting ready to leave on your next adventure, you’re scurrying around to try and get everything done, but what are some things that are important to remember right before you embark? Here are 10 things to put on your checklist before you leave your house for your getaway.

1) Print out all your confirmations from hotels, transportation, tours, etc. so you have a physical hardcopy. Just in case you can’t access them online, or your tech advice gets stolen or lost. Always best to have a backup! Another tip is to bring a photocopy of your passport, or have a scanned copy in your email if anything happens with your passport while you’re away.

2) Pack your bags! This is the most important obviously, and probably the most stressful for many. Try and pack your bags well in advance so you have time to put in anything you may have forgotten or eliminate things you may have thrown in and don’t actually need. A tip for packing light is to lay out everything you want to bring, and then cut it in half – what will you wear the most? What’s the most practical for what you’ll be doing?

3) Notify your bank that you’re leaving the country and for how long. This way if you use your debit or visa overseas they don’t mark it as fraud and cancel your cards on you. Even if you don’t plan on using your cards, still call them! You never know when you may need to use them in an emergency or to take out extra money.

4) Make sure you have travel insurance. Not all benefit plans through work cover travel so double check to see what your plan covers, or purchases a travel plan through places like CAA or similar. Believe me, it’s worth it, even if you don’t think you’ll get sick.

5) If you plan on using your phone overseas, make sure to call your company and set up an international phone plan. If you don’t plan on using it and you’ll be gone for extended periods of time, you can also call and put your device on hold. This will cheapen your cell phone bill while you’re away.

6) Charge all your devices to 100%! Nothing worse than going to use it and it’s about to die. Not to mention, you have no clue when you’ll be close to an outlet again and have time to charge it.

7) Make sure your home is ready to leave. Ask someone to watch over it if no one will be home while you’re away, take out your garbage, throw out anything in your fridge that may spoil, and turn off your heat or air conditioning.

8) Stock up on medications for your trip, and for when you return. If you only fill your prescriptions to last you for the extent of your travels, you won’t want to get home and have to rush to a pharmacy. Make sure you have enough to last you!

9) Confirm your airport transportation. How are you getting to the airport, and how are you getting home from the airport!?

10) Pack a great carry-on. If you’re on a long flight make sure to pack medications, toothbrush, deodorant, and things to freshen up or that you may need on a long-haul. Don’t forget there’s limitations to liquids!

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