For more fun and less worry: The Vacation Checklist


The Vacation Checklist

Vacation's coming up. You have a thousand things to remember. Hereís a checklist to help you get ready. Print out this list, use it as a starting point, and then mark it up as you see fit. The list is divided into four sections:

  1. Things to Do in Advance 
  2. Things to Do When You Are Almost Ready to Leave
  3. Donít Forget to Bring
  4. As You're Leaving

Then we conclude with some helpful travel links.

Things to Do in Advance

  Get information about where you are going:
          Learn about places to see and things to do 
       US Government State Department Advisories 
       Talk to others who have been there for good places and good tips
                __ Check usenet groups on the internet 

  Get tickets and reservations

  Renew passport or obtain passport if needed

  Arrange for your shots if your destination warrants it

  Arrange for pet care or boarding
          If boarding, be sure pets have any necessary shots

  Arrange to have the lawn cut

  Ask a neighbor or friend to keep an eye on things and to pick up any drop off, leaflets, etc. left at your door.

  Be sure that you will have enough prescription medicine. Order if required

  Planning to rent a car? Check your auto insurance to see if you're fully covered where you're going. You may not need that supplemental insurance offered by the rental company.

  Buy extras you might need
          Sun Screen
          Insect Repellant- DEET works if your skin tolerates it.
          Anti-nausea pills
          Money/passport bag
          European power converter
          Entertainment for kids, yourself during travel time.
          Camera batteries
          Camera film

Things to Do When You Are Almost Ready to Leave

  Stop the mail

  Stop the newspaper

  Update voicemail at work with absence notification

  Update e-mail at work with auto reply absence notification

  Get money and/or traveler's checks ( Note that many places, even some banks, are not accepting traveler's checks) 

  Pay upcoming bills that canít wait

  Put name and destination phone number or destination address in luggage. Donít put the address of your vacant home.

  Remove non-essentials from wallet or purse. (Sadly while you take a holiday, crime does not.)

  Record phone numbers for reporting lost or stolen credit cards or debit cards and put them in a location other than your purse or wallet

  Record emergency phone numbers to leave with neighbors, relative, or pet boarding facilities

Donít Forget to Bring:



  Reservation Confirmation

  Prescription medicine

  Contact lenses, lens case, and extra solutions

  Extra eyeglasses or lens prescription

  Umbrella or raingear


Note: If leaving the country, proof of purchase of  expensive camera equipment can avoid customs problems.

Hint: Bring a bag for dirty clothes

Hint: If you plan to bring back souvenirs, leave some room for them in your luggage.

As You're Leaving:

  Close and lock all windows

  Unplug small kitchen appliances (toaster, can opener, coffee maker)

  Turn off water to external faucets

  Turn off water to washing machine (especially if your hoses are old!)

  Did you want your A/C or heat On or Off?

Hint: If a credit card is stolen, you can report it and stop additional charges. If your debit card is stolen, stopping additional charges can freeze your access to cash. Consider using your credit card when away from home.


Where to Go
Save $$$ Getting There (Be sure to understand all conditions)
Frommer's Budget Travel On-Line Expedia
Fodor's Travel Publications Travelscape
Travelocity  (Note: This link will take you to our joint page with Travelocity and provide access to the Travelocity features and bargains.)



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