When you are about to head on a trip you want to make sure you have a thorough Travel Checklist. Having a checklist will help you to have peace of mind so you can focus on the fun and all the good stuff about your trip. Being prepared will also help you to not forget those smaller details.
5 Things to Include On Your Travel Checklist
If your family is about to head out on a major journey, perhaps for a vacation, or maybe even for a long-term visit to a friend or relative, then there are lots of pre-travel considerations that you should make as priorities as early in the process as possible. You want a travel checklist that will cover all the things you may not normally think of. Being organized (as much as possible) will help you to focus on the fun of traveling and not have all the other worries.
Five checks in particular for your home and family are going to be to check in with your collective health status, test your home alarm system, set up emergency management in case anything happens at home, read news about your destination, and always leave some wiggle room for the unexpected to occur.
Check In With Your Doctor
Are you traveling to a different country? If so, make sure to look into vaccinations or other preventative illness or injury processes. Talk to your doctor about any medical conditions that you or your kids have, and specifically ask about if there are typically any kind of illnesses that you might not be immune to, or any foods that you should avoid in the new location, at least at the beginning.
Test Your Alarm Systems
Even if you’re leaving your home even for a weekend, be sure that your alarm system works. If you have motion sensors, or lights that go on at certain times, or silent alarms that can be triggered – be sure that they’re all operational before you take off, and do simple things like replacing batteries on smoke detectors and actions like that as well. If you want your mind to be at ease, physically checking all those things off of your travel checklist will help you breathe easier when you’ve reached your destination.
Set Up Emergency Management at Home
Yes, you’ve probably told your sister, dad, or neighbor to watch over your house while you’re gone. But what if something actually happens? Do they know how to contact you in case of an emergency? Do they know where fire extinguishers are, or what to do if your dog or cat gets sick and needs to go to the vet? On your pre-travel checklist, be sure that you have those plans laid out with the person watching your home base.
Read News About Your Destination
You’ve been told all your life that Jamaica is the place to be! So you finally booked a trip for you and your family. Only thing is – you’ve never really researched Jamaica! If you don’t want that to be a story of ultimate family vacation failure, be sure to do some reading up about the history and present of where you’re headed. Especially in terms of hostile weather and/or culture, you don’t want to get caught unaware.
Plan For the Unexpected
No matter how well you plan for your trips, no matter how extensive your travel checklist is – there are always potentially things that can go haywire, so make sure that you leave yourself some flexibility both in terms of time and money when it comes to budgeting or travel concerns.
Do you or someone you know have a trip planned? What things would you add to this travel checklist?