Packing for a trip tends to be a rather hectic process. Even if you think you’re organized, there are always those last minute items you need to throw in your luggage or do before you leave. To make the packing process as smooth as possible, we’ve put together a list of things you’ll want to do before you leave for your getaway. These will help to ensure that you have taken care of everything allowing you to have a stress-free and enjoyable getaway.
Did You Purchase Travel Insurance?
When you plan a trip, the last thing that comes to your mind is having to cancel that trip at the last minute, or having an emergency occur on the trip itself. Unfortunately the unthinkable can happen, so to protect yourself it’s wise to look into trip cancellation insurance and travel insurance.
For those unfamiliar with trip cancellation insurance, this type of insurance will cover you if you need to cancel the trip for one of the reasons that qualify. These types of qualifications can include you becoming injured, a death of an immediate family member, a legal obligation such as jury duty, and an accidental injury sustained by you. At least if one of these emergencies occurs, you know you’ll get your money back.
Travel insurance is meant to protect you while you are actually on your trip. This type of insurance is equally important and can help you if you need medical assistance while traveling, your luggage is lost, etc.
Take a Photocopy of Travel Documents and Passports
It’s a good idea to take a photocopy of your passport and your travel documents before you leave that you can then carry with you on day trips and tours. By doing this, you can leave all the original documents locked in the safe in your room.
Leave Your Travel Details with a Family Member or Close Friend
You will also want to take a photocopy or send a digital copy of your travel details to a family member or close friend before you leave. You will want to include your itinerary, your hotel information, your flight information, and any other details that can help them to reach you in case of emergency.
Alert Your Credit Card Company
If you plan on using your credit card while you are away it’s a good idea to give the company a call in advance and let them know your travel plans. This will ensure that they don’t freeze your card in fear that it’s been stolen. This will not only be an inconvenience but could leave you without a way to pay for things.
Proper Preparation Allows for a Fabulous Vacation
There’s no question about it, taking the time to properly organize and plan for a trip will help ensure that it is enjoyable, relaxing, and exactly what you had planned on. Each of these steps should be followed no matter how short or long your trip is, and no matter where you go.