Travel Preparation List

We think lists are good to help you remember everything… a travel preparation list, grocery lists, honey-do lists. Notice the order we put those in? Might make you think that travel is more important to us than eating… and you might be right!…But then you would expect that, wouldn’t you, since you know how much we love travel.

Our travel preparation list is a little different from our pre-departure checklist. Actually, this one is kind of a combination. There are just some times you want to make a couple of lists and check things twice…. You don’t want to be half way around the world and have an anxiety attack because you can’t remember if you turned the water off off somewhere.

We actually have our travel preparation list (or should I say our lists) in the computer so we can print it out before each trip and check things off as we’ve done them or packed them. Even as much as we travel, and as routine as packing is, we want to make sure we don’t leave something at home.

I actually don’t like packing. It’s probably the part of travel I like least…. but my list gives me a starting point. I print it out, and it helps get me motivated. I try to get going a couple of days before we leave. I know some people who say, “I always just throw some things in the night before.” If that works for them, fine. I’ve done that too, but I prefer having a day or two in case I need to do a last load of laundry or pick something up at the store that we’ll need for the trip.

You know we love telling stories on ourselves to illustrate our points, so here’s another… We were going to Brazil a couple of years ago… to see Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls, but the focus of the trip was the Pantanal. We were going to see birds, and if we were lucky, jaguars. So we packed our “safari clothes”, our bug repellant, and our Pepto-Bismol, and off we went to the airport. As we were boarding the plane, we looked at each other and said, “Did you pack the binoculars?”

Neither of us had! Can you believe it? We were on a birdwatching trip without binoculars.

Good thing there was a duty free shop upon entry into Brazil. That saved us some embarrassment…. but the whole incident shows you that anyone can forget something they’ll need on a trip. It also proves the point we often make… that if you forget something, you can always get it there.

Now that DOES NOT mean you should pack everything you might need “just in case”. We advocate packing light… and that means packing smart. A travel preparation list, a packing list, a documents list, a pre-departure checklist…. any or all of those will help you keep your packing light, and give you peace of mind once you’re on the road that you haven’t forgotten something.

3 Smart Travel Preparation Tips for the Family

If you’re heading off on your annual holiday and have already purchased your travel insurance for family groups, half the battle is won when it comes to preparation. However, there’s more to be considered and any trip that involves your loved ones should be conducted with mindfulness and extra dedication to safety. That will start with how you organise yourself beforehand.

Be ready for any emergency

When you travel with the whole family, the ting you want to to consider the worst-case scenario. But this cannot be avoided; in fact, it is absolutely vital to be prepared for the worst. As the saying goes – prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Start by purchasing good travel insurance for family groups, then move on to researching all the important aspects of your chosen destination. Usually, embassies or consulates can provide such information, so check out their websites or call their hotline. You should also keep up the lines of communication with close friends or neighbours at home, and ask for their cooperation should an emergency occur. Leave your contact numbers or the contact information of your relatives or next-of-kin, as well as the address and contacts at your destination. You should also instruct them to contact the appropriate government authorities (the State Department or the concerned consular agency) in case something out of the ordinary happens.

Make sure to bring all your travel documents

The most basic travel document that is required of anyone these days is your passport: it is recognised internationally and provides the proper authorities a solid basis to verify your identity and citizenship. In most countries, you cannot enter or leave without a valid passport. You’ll need to check the passport requirements of your country of destination; there are some that require travellers’ passports to be valid at least six months beyond the trip’s dates. If you’re on the verge of that, renew your passport before you leave.

If you have purchased travel insurance for family holidays, you’ll need to have your insurance papers on hand. Moreover, if you’re traveling with children, you may also need to bring documentary proof of the relationship; this is needed to prevent child abductions and human trafficking. Finally, do not keep all your eggs in one basket; keep your important documents in a safe place but, if possible, keep a copy of them in another place. (And always leave a copy of everything at home.)

Pack Smart

By €packing smart’, we mean you should always be a few steps ahead of any potential thief or potential problems. Try to pack as lightly as possible – you do not want to be bogged down with heavy luggage, especially if you’re travelling with children. Many companies that offer travel insurance for family groups offer helpful guidance on these aspects of your trip, so check their website or get in touch with a representative. Do not bring valuables with you – seriously, do you really need to deck yourself out with your expensive bling on holiday? Lastly, often the smallest things can be the most helpful, such as using covered luggage tags so that no one can casually observe your identity and nationality and use that to take advantage of you.

Travel preparation tips for regular or last-minute travellers

There are many reasons for regular or last-minute travel, it can be snapping up a late bargain for a weekend break, regular trips to visit family or friends, or maybe business travel.

While regular travelling can be fun, it can often seem like an inconvenience when you take the organising and packing in to account. Planning is essential and it’s helpful to have a regular, fool-proof routine in place to save time organising your travel arrangements.

Whatever your reason for regular or last-minute travel, the following tips will help save you time and hassle.

Travel bag / suitcase
Have a sturdy travel bag at the ready. Keep one specifically for flying and store it an easily accessible place.

Travel with hand luggage only
Travelling with hand luggage only saves so much time on both the outbound and inbound flights – you avoid the queues to deposit your luggage and you won’t have to wait for an eternity by the luggage carousel to retrieve your suitcase.

Toiletries bag
Keep a separate toiletries bag, effectively a duplicate set of toiletries, with all the items you need for travelling. Keep them specifically for travelling and resist using any of these as this bag will contain everything you need and can be thrown into your suitcase at a moment’s notice. Keep an eye on the levels to avoid running out and top up as necessary. Watch out for expiry dates too.

Packing list
Next time you pack, write a list of everything that goes in your bag and keep the list of items for future use, this will become your regular check list when packing.

Contact numbers
Keep a list of contact numbers in your travel bag – useful information and services, such as hotels, taxi companies, car hire, and airport parking companies. You’ll never waste time again searching for a telephone number. Keep a list of your favourite websites to book your regular travel services is also useful.

Annual travel insurance
For regular travellers, a year-long travel insurance policy works out cheaper. It will also save you panicking at the last minute trying to find a cheap deal.

The renewal date of my passport is etched in my brain, make sure you know when your passport is due for renewal and make sure you apply for your new passport with sufficient time before your next trip.

Register for flight alerts
By registering for flight alerts you can stay up-to-date on the status of your flight – you’ll be alerted to any delay or cancellation which could save you precious time.

Travel documents
Keep a document wallet containing all your important travel documents in: your passport, booking confirmation, tickets, a copy of your travel insurance, etc. with your travel bag. This way there’ll be no searching for anything, it will all be in one place.

Use the above travel tips to help you set up your own personalised travel routine so that your last-minute or regular travelling will become a little easier. You may find you need to add to or adapt your routine to suit your travel, but as with anything it helps to be prepared – Happy travelling!

10 Super Easy Travel Preparation Tips For Your Upcoming Vacation!

Ever forgotten something when you arrived at the airport prior to your upcoming vacation? The anxiety and helplessness can cause stress on to an already stressful environment. Following 10 super easy travel tips can help you have a stress-free trip as you prepare for your upcoming vacation.

Tip #1: Print all necessary documents prior to your trip. This includes your confirmation numbers for your rental car, hotel, car parking, and/or transportation services. Print your airline tickets 24 hours before your flight. Print all documentation regarding your upcoming Orlando vacation rental home.

Tip #2: TSA Rule 3-1-1 for carry-ons. Make sure your travel carry on adheres to the TSA 3-1-1 rule. This means all liquids must be contained in container of 3.4 oz or smaller. Each passengers must have 1 quart-size clear zip lock bag with the items they plan to carry on. If you have larger liquids items that you must bring, put them in your checked luggage. If you do not follow the 3-1-1 rule for your carry-on items, the items most likely will be confiscated!

Tip#3: Empty House Preparation. While you on vacation, you want your house to look as normal as possible to deter attraction from possible intruders. Hold your mail using the free service offered by the USPS. Use timers to turn on lights at night on a set schedule. Have neighbors or friends walk or keep your pets.

Tip #4: Label your luggage. Make sure you luggage has your contact information securely included in it. Most suitcases have an area the size of business card for this purpose. To make your luggage stand out more, you might want to tie some vibrant colored ribbon around it so it stands out when you looking for it or if it gets lost!

Tip #5: Have all of your frequent user cards handy. You will be asked for them when you get to the airline or when you get your rental car. Save your time of searching your purse or wallet for this information. Put these items at the front of your purse or wallet.

Tip #6: VISA and drivers license. Have this information easily accessible for your upcoming trip. Verify all dates are still valid and not expired. Keep them near your printed airline tickets because you will need these items when you arrive at the airport.

Tip #7: Print Maps. Most phones has GPS capabilities today but you want to have printed maps of your location and trip destinations just in case something happens and you don’t have access to this technology.

Tip #8: Bring your own snacks. When you arrive at the airport, you might notice the inflated prices of common snack items. Bring your own so you can avoid the extreme price hike in airport land.

Tip #9: Ship your items to your destination. Many airlines are increasing the price of checked luggage and luggage that exceeds a certain weight. To save yourself some money, consider shipping the items to your destination a few days prior to your trip. If you know the address of your upcoming Orlando vacation rental, ship the items directly to the address so the items will be waiting for you when you arrive! Keep tracking numbers so you will know exactly when and how the items arrive.

Tip #10: Have cash on hand for tolls. When you get to your vacation home in Orlando, you may have to take one of our many toll roads. Have cash on hand to make this payment because credit cards aren’t taken. Some tolls stations are completely cash only with no one present to make change. Save yourself some time and money and have cash (exact change) ready!

16 Important Hawaii Travel Preparation Tips

Arrive at the airport at least three hours before your flight is scheduled to depart.

Before leaving for the airport, open your wallet and make sure you have your driver’s license, credit cards and cash. Double check to make sure you have your flight information and tickets as well.

Mark every piece of luggage clearly with your identification information, both on the inside and outside.

Lightweight luggage with wheels is best. Be sure to pack light and leave room for extra items that you will invariably purchase on the islands.

Call your hotel and check to see if they provide in room items like hair dryers and irons. If so, you can leave these bulky items at home. Packing easy care clothing that is wrinkle resistant or purchasing wrinkle release spray can keep your ironing on vacation as well.

Pack accordingly. Hawaii’s weather is warm and sunny and the temperature ranges from 70-85° F all year. Pack light, brightly colored clothing made of breathable fibers.

Occasional showers may spring up, so be sure to include rain gear with that super size bottle of sunscreen! Hawaii is closer to the equator and the sun’s rays are strong! Even if you normally do not burn or think you have an adequate tan before leaving, you will still need a high SPF sun block.

Comfortable walking shoes and a pair of easy to slip on shoes are a must in Hawaii. Dress for warm weather and pack two or more bathing suits since you’ll most likely be spending most of your time on the water.

If your hotel has laundry facilities, consider packing half the clothes you will need and washing a load of laundry mid-week.

This really cuts down on your travel gear.

Don’t forget to pack your sunglasses and your camera!

If you plan on hiking in the mountains or visiting Volcanoes National Park, temperatures drop drastically and you will need pants and long sleeved shirts that can be layered as the temperature changes during your trek. Packing a flashlight is also a great idea if you plan on hiking trails since some portions of the trail may be dark.

If hiking, pack a small backpack to hold necessities while on the trail.

Be sure to bring your prescription medication since it may be quite difficult to obtain after you arrive on the island.

Make sure your cell phone is programmed with important contact information and phone numbers in case of an emergency. Don’t forget to pack your charger as well!

You may need a nice dress or sport coat for fine dining in Hawaii.

Pack light, pack smart, and plan for the unexpected when traveling to Hawaii. Brightly colored clothing is the rule, not the exception in Hawaii so break out your funkiest Aloha shirt and prepare for fun and sun in paradise!