• Henry M.

A Vacation Planning Checklist for Tasks That Come Before the Trip

Updated: Aug 31, 2019

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A Vacation Planning Checklist for Tasks That Come Before the Trip

Planning a vacation takes time and energy, and if you don’t have much of those to give, you may find yourself feeling stressed when it’s finally time to hit the road. There are a million little details to prepare for and take care of before you leave, and failing to handle those tasks will likely leave you anxious and unable to enjoy your vacation. The trick is to get organized right from the start, which will help to ensure that nothing gets overlooked.

Having a checklist will allow you to keep track of all the little things you need to take care of beforehand. Break up your tasks into sections so they’re easier to handle; for instance, write out a packing list for yourself and each member of your family, and cross off the items as you go. The more you can do to prepare for your trip, the more peace of mind you’ll have, which will allow you to relax and enjoy your time away from home.

Here are a few tips on how to plan for your vacation before you head out.

Check Your Auto Insurance

If you’re taking a road trip, it’s important to make sure you check your auto insurance before heading out. Being familiar with your coverage is essential, but you also need to see if you have an active roadside service membership and what the rules are. If you need to renew your insurance, think about what you need in your day-to-day life as well as for road trips. For example, maybe you've realized you need more than liability coverage and want to add uninsured/underinsured motorist protection and comprehensive collision. Whatever you decide, shop around for the best rates so you get the coverage you want that aligns with your budget. Regardless, having this figured out before you hit the road provides an added layer of protection.

Pack smart

Packing for a trip takes time, so give yourself plenty of it. In other words, don’t wait until the day before you leave to start gathering the things you need since you might have to purchase a few items. Make packing lists and think about the little things as well as the essentials, such as pain relievers, a first-aid kit, snacks for the car, and plenty of entertainment for the kids. Also, keep in mind that if you’re going to a crowded tourist location, such as a theme park, it might be a good idea to dress each child in the same bright color so they will be easy to spot. Don’t put their names on shirts or backpacks, however, as this is a safety issue.

Give Yourself Peace of Mind

Going away, even for a short period of time, can leave you feeling anxious about the safety of your home and/or pets. The best way around this is to have a good plan in place ahead of time, as well as a backup plan. There are several things you can do to deter burglars, such as installing motion-sensor lights around the perimeter of your home, leaving one car parked in the driveway, and putting a stop on newspapers. Whether you’re asking a loved one to take care of your pet or sending him to the kennel, making sure he has plenty of food, treats, and his favorite comfort items or toys will ensure that he’s happy and give you peace of mind while you’re away.

Get Your Tech Ready to Go

As much as you might want to enjoy your vacation without worrying about phone chargers and USB cords, it’s an inevitable truth that you’ll likely need or want some form of tech while you’re away. It’s a good idea to get it ready beforehand; check to make sure you have the right power cords and that batteries and cases are in good condition. You should also make sure your devices and data are backed up and encrypted since travelers are at risk for theft. This will cut down on stress and enable you to grab what you need and go when you arrive at your destination.

Planning for a vacation takes some patience, so give yourself plenty of time to get things done before you have to leave. Try to remember that this is a time to have fun and relax, and have backup plans in place so you can keep stress and anxiety at bay.


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