An Easy Pre-Travel Checklist

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If you’ve been looking forward to a trip the last few months, you know how exciting it can be. However the first few days right before our trip can be extremely hectic, stressful and just overwhelming with all the simple or large tasks that need to get accomplished! To help you manage that stress and last minute running around, there are a few things you can do to help yourself and your travel run smoother. Better yet, some of these tips will even help eliminate the stress when you come home after your experience as well!

Getting Updated Shots/Filled Prescriptions

If you are planning a trip internationally, you’ll want to make sure that you are up to date with your shots. Plan a visit to your doctor to make sure any prescriptions that you need filled or discuss any other medical measures before you fly is key. Depending on where you are going, of course, you’ll need to receive the proper vaccinations as well. Once you have everything you need, make sure to travel safely with your medicine, have it properly labeled and any paperwork that you need with you at all times.

Printed Copies of Hotels/Tickets

There was a time when we didn’t rely on technology to help us check in and out of our hotels or airline tickets. To be safe, have a printed copy of your accommodations as well as your plane, train or bus ticket as a back up if you’re phone is not working or not able to scan. It may seem like something that won’t happen to you until it does and also purchasing a train ticket while the one you already purchased will be more expensive to do to save yourself the hassle and have an extra on hand.

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Wipe Down Countertops in Bathroom/Kitchen

While you’re having a great time on your trip, if you don’t have anyone coming into the home to keep things fresh and waiting for you when you get back, it’s best to do these simple things beforehand! This means to empty the dishwasher and the fridge so smells or mold occur, sweep the floors and wipe off your bathroom and kitchen countertops. Recently I visited a local Premier Surfaces showroom that shared some amazing countertops I couldn’t wait to upgrade my own kitchen with someday. The Cambria Countertops caught my eye with their 145 different designs and colors to choose from over their nine collections! All are even offered in a high gloss finish or a matte finish. Another thing I loved about them is unlike other quartz products, these countertops are nonporous, stain-resistant or scratch-resistant which is perfect for my growing family!

Have A Survival Kit

Don’t worry this doesn’t have to be anything super fancy but just things that are catered to helping you feel your best while you’re away from home. This can include earplugs, band-aids, Neosporin, a sleep mask, headphones or any hand sanitizer you need to keep germs away from those long flights.
Packing Cubes- These have recently surfaced all across the internet as an easy way to keep all your items in certain spots in your suitcase! Being organized makes it easier to keep things in their spot as well as not having to sit on your suitcase to shut it. Plus, it makes repacking everything at the end of your trip so much easier too! You’ll love them and all the variety of colors and designs to choose from too.

Clean Sheets

This may not be something you’d think of but after two long flights that were delayed the only thing I was thinking about was my big comfortable bed to crawl into after a long day. The worst part was my week old sheets that I hadn’t washed! To eliminate that frustration, I now wash all the bedding before my trip to ensure that my sheets are clean and ready for me to jump in the second I get back home!

Have Cash

Similar to having a copy of your important paperwork, sometimes your card may not work either. Have a few small bills with you just to be on the safe side depending on where you are traveling too. You can always exchange your cash for the proper currency too!

Now that I’ve shared a few pre-travel checklist ideas with you all, which ones do you think will help you? I know there are probably a few things I missed too so I can’t wait for you to share what you do to help make it easier before and after your vacation! Are there any big mistakes you’ve made before or after going somewhere with friends, family or just yourself?

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