Pre-trip Preparations Check List

Begin packing 2 or 3 days prior to your trip
  • The greatest stress to your vacation is the packing and lack of sleep the day before you leave.
  • Pack and prepare everything ahead of time so you can relax and get a good night's sleep before your vacation.
Use a packing list Contact bank and credit card companies
  • Find out if your ATM cards will work where you are going.
  • Let your credit card & debit card companies know which countries you could be using your cards in. Leave valuables at home
    • Leave expensive rings, watches and jewelry at home.
    • Leave credit cards that you do not plan to use at home.
    Safeguard your home
    • Contact your neighbors and let them know you will be out of town. Ask them to keep an eye out for anything unusual.
    • Check your doors and windows, secure the locks, set the alarms and set the timers to turn on lights while you are away.
    • Make arrangements to have your lawn mowed and watered or driveways and walks shoveled.
    • Setup vacation holds on your newspapers and mail (Mail holds can be done online).
    • Look over your billing schedules to make sure all bills will be paid while you're away.
    • Be sure you have enough of your medications to last through the whole trip and a few days beyond.
    Leave a copies of your itinerary, hotel list & cell phone numbers with . . .
    • Your neighbors watching your home.
    • Close family members.
    • Work if necessary.
    Prepare your personal travel pouch in advance with your . . .
    • Passport
    • E-ticket itinerary or paper tickets (if applicable).
    • Cash, credit and debit cards for the trip.
    • Travel insurance information (if purchased).
    • Copies of the picture page of your passport & credit/debit cards, in case they are lost.
    Weather for Your Trip
    • Click here to access Weather Channels website and enter the cities you plan to visit. If your trip is at a later date, you can also get the yearly averages here as well.
    Prepare entertainment for down times
    • Books to read.
    • Games to play.
    • Personal entertainment devices.
    Enjoy your wonderful cruise or tour vacation!
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