Before you rush out the door to catch your flight, think about if you are missing anything. Is there something important that you forgot to do?
It’s too late once you get on your plane, so here is a pre-travel checklist for you that includes a few things you might not have thought about.
1. Is Your Passport Up to Date?
If you are travelling internationally or your trip might take you across some borders, then you definitely want your passport handy. US travelers don’t need a passport for Canada, but even then, there are sometimes some very suspicious border agents on the US/Canada line that might be easier to get by with a valid passport.
Your passport is good for a number of years, but if you haven’t looked at the expiry date in a while, it may be time to do so before your trip. It can take weeks or even months to get your passport renewed.
2. Who Is Taking Care of Your House and Pets?
If you are going to be gone for more than a day, then you need some time to take care of any pets you have at home. If you are going to be gone for more than few days, then you may want someone to house sit for you or to do some cleaning. Just having people going in and out of your house every so often while you are gone is a great deterrent for thieves.
You may want to hire someone to come clean the house like a professional Cleaning Company or ask a neighbor to come to spend a bit of time at the house every day.
3. Pack for Your New Location
What you use everyday may be fine for where you live, but have you considered the weather differences for where you are going. You might need to pack a sun hat or some sunscreen, or you may need bug repellant or sandals. You might want to pack an umbrella or a raincoat in for some areas of the world.
Think about what you might need to stay comfortable wherever you are going and try to buy those things before you leave because you can be sure they will be more expensive and perhaps harder to find once you arrive at your destination.
4. Swim Clothes
You might be heading to an arctic getaway, and you would still want to pack a set of swim clothes, because you never know when an opportunity might present itself.
Perhaps the hotel will have a pool or you will be delayed and have to stay somewhere that has a pool. You’ll be glad you brought your swim, clothes most of the time.
5. Extra Clothes
Who knows how the weather will treat you, what accidents will occur or what will happen to your luggage. We suggest taking an extra set of clothes in your carry-on, just in case.
That way, you have those clothes in the event that something happens to your main luggage or if all of your other clothes are damaged or drenched.