The Ultimate Pre- Vacation Checklist 2018
The primary purpose of travel is to relax and take a break from the hectic daily life. But generally, the process of planning the vacation is also stressful. Right from looking for the pre planned vacation packages from to pack the essentials; the whole process needs a meticulous attention. If you travel a lot then you will surely know that before taking the worry-free vacation there is a lot more than to just pack your bags. If you wish to become a frequent traveller this year than why not opt for a trip at a bargain-basement price? Don’t forget to check out booking.com secret deals in order to unlock the gateway to your ultimate holiday.
Here is the ultimate vacation packing checklist to follow to ensure hassle-free vacation without having to worry about anything:
- Passport: Before you sit down to plan the vacation ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months before expiration. This is important as many destinations have it as the basic entry requirement. In case it is nearing expiration, initiate the paper work soon. Keep extra copies of your important documents including passport, insurance cards, driving licence, debit card and credit card. Get the visa if needed to ensure safe and worry-free travel.
- Prep your home: This is one of the most crucial thing and one little mistake can spoil the spirit of the whole vacation. Some of the things to take care of include:
- Hold the newspaper: If you are going away for more than a week, it is best to put the newspapers and mail on hold. In case you don’t have time to get in touch with the concerned person, request your neighbours to take the mail and newspaper in your absence.
- Put the lights on timer: To ensure safety of your home, it is a good idea to put at least one or two lights on timer so that it looks like someone is at the home. Remember to randomize the on the off time daily so that no one knows that it is timed.
- Move the car in the garage: To keep the car safe it is very important to shift the car in the garage before you leave. This way it is safe from storm, theft, and vandalism.
- Clean the house: There is nothing more stressful and tiring than returning to an untidy house after the vacation. So, before you leave the house clean it well. Empty the trash to avoid ants, flies and foul smell and also discard the perishables in the refrigerator so that it doesn’t smell.
- Adjust the shades: You will not want your empty house to be on the display. Window shades can be left partially closed as it helps to block he view and give an impression that your home is ‘in-use.’
- Electronic devices and small appliances: Whenever you are away on a holiday it is best to unplug all your electronic devices and small appliances to save power. This will also help you avoid any chance of accidents. But note, don’t turn off the heating system or air conditioner. If you are going away in winters set the heating system at an optimum temperature to avoid frozen pipes while in the summers set your air conditioner on to avoid putting pressure on your big appliances like refrigerator.
- Medications: Pack a resalable and clear pack with your preferred brand of medicines that you might need in case of emergency. Pack the pain relievers, anti-allergic, cold and flu medications, first aid kit, pain reliever spray, etc. This is important as the pharmacy at the holiday destination might have completely different medications than what you take or the language barriers may cause an issue. To avoid legal complications, it is best to have a prescription for all the medicines that you carry to avoid legal harassments.
- Mobile phone and data plans: One thing most of us forget to pack when on travel is phone chargers and wires. It is best to take a small storage bag to keep all the wires, chargers, and earplugs safe. Once the phone charger is in place, next thing to take care of is the data plan. To avoid international roaming charges, it is best to get in touch with the service provider before you leave to know the roaming plans and data plans. When on holiday it is best to rely on calling apps to stay connected with your family and friends.
- Credit card: Before you embark on your vacation, it is best to inform your credit card company that you will be out of the country. This will save on the purchase hassles and the panicked phone calls from the credit card company to check whether your recent purchases are legitimate.
- Currency Exchange: No matter how much you are in the favour of debit and credit card, when vacationing, it is best to carry local currency. On the arrival you must have local currency in both larger and smaller denominations to hire the cab and pay for the small bills for water, drink, or tipping at the hotels and bars.
Once all these things are taken care of in your vacation checklist, you can be sure of a comfortable, worry-free and memorable holiday.
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