For more fun and less worry: 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:
Then we conclude with some helpful travel links.
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 cutAsk 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
Insect Repellant- DEET works if your skin tolerates it.
European power converter
Entertainment for kids, yourself during travel time.
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
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.
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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