Sometimes in the excitement of taking a big trip, it’s easy to forget some simple preparation. Seriously. I’ve actually gotten to the airport and realized I forgot my printed e-ticket! That’s a pretty extreme case, but the easiest way to make sure you don’t forget anything is to have a good plan and always prepare a travel checklist.
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Don’t worry. I provided a simple list for you here. You just need to fill in the specific details.
1) Your Stuff – What you bring with you
Make sure you have a comfortable bag that is big enough to hold everything you want to bring. Remember, when packing for a trip it is usually better to err on the side of bringing too little since most of the things you might forget are going to be available wherever you are going. Of course, what you bring with you depends on the climate, time of year, your plans, where you are going and for how long. Still, make sure you have these essentials which are easy to forget.
-credit cards or enough cash
-cellphone and charger
-camera and charger
-itineraries and tickets
Also it’s a good idea to make photo copies of your important documents and put them in your luggage since if the worst happens, having copies will assist you in many way.
2) Your Stuff – What you don’t bring with you
If you are traveling for longer periods, make sure that your home utility bills and rent are either being paid in advance or being paid by someone who is staying.
If you can arrange a way to pay while you are on the road, that’s all the better. If you are living alone, make sure your locks are secure, close and bar all windows, and remove all unnecessary plugs from outlets. If you have pets or plants, make sure that you arrange for someone to take care of them while you are gone.
Leave copies of your important documents and phone numbers (like the numbers to cancel your credit cards in the event they are stolen) with someone you can contact in case of an emergency.
3) Travel Insurance
It’s a good idea to get travel insurance just in case your flights are delayed, a natural disaster occurs, or if you are unfortunate enough to have a theft or accident while you are away.
Finally, have a nice trip. As long as you have tickets, reservations, money and identification – the rest can usually be fixed on the fly.