If you want to achieve a smooth, headache-free trip, it’s important to take care of important tasks like researching activities at your destination, managing your finances, and getting your home in order. Do not leave home without performing the following tasks. If you have any questions, contact our office at 413.475.7283 or fill out our quote form online today!
- Contact the Kennel and/or Housekeeper
Once you have a travel date, your first step should be to contact your kennel or sitter to ensure availability.
- Take care of “Stop” orders and advance payments
Once I have booked your trip, you should consider placing “stop orders”; on regularly occurring deliveries or services including mail.
- Manage your cash flow
If you are traveling domestically, be sure to visit your own bank before you leave for your trip; that way you won’t run out of cash and immediately search for an ATM. If you are traveling abroad, the most economical option is to visit an ATM as soon as you arrive at your destination and make a withdrawal in the local currency. Call your bank or credit card company and let them know your travel plans so that your card is not locked during your trip.
- Pack your hands-free device
Pack your hands-free device in your hand luggage. Local laws governing mobile phone use while driving vary considerably, sometimes from one municipality to another.
- Check the weather
The weather is the single factor most likely to affect your trip and one of the many things that many people take for granted. A weather forecast can guide your packing strategy and failure to check the weather can result in unprepared and unhappy travelers.
- Get travel insurance
You never think you need it, until you do. If you’re really worried about the safety of yourself and your gear while traveling, you can relax more if you have good insurance. Everyone should have some form of health and property insurance when they travel. And we’re here to help you with that!
Every day during the journey offers endless opportunities, but that opportunity is both good and bad. You can end up enjoying a day sightseeing in Paris – or get mugged in Berlin. You can spend a great day on the beaches of Thailand – or get food poisoning in Costa Rica. But if you’re prepared, you’ll be able to face whatever comes your way during your journey:
- Take Multipurpose Gear
Packing multi-purpose gear ensures you can easily adapt to changing conditions and helps reduce the amount of clothing you need to take.
- Carry a small first aid kit
Always carry a small first aid kit with a few essentials to be safe: Tylenol, stomach medicine, eye drops, Band-Aids, scissors, hydrocortisone cream, antibacterial ointment, and a small supply of doctor-approved antibiotics. In case of an emergency, it is good to have these items on hand.
- Pack a small flashlight
You’d be surprised how many travelers don’t carry one, but a flashlight will prove invaluable when you suddenly decide to cave, when your hike takes longer than expected and darkness sets in, or when the electricity goes out unexpectedly, which is not uncommon in many places.
- Carry a reusable water bottle (with filter)
Carrying a reusable water bottle and filter will not only save you money as a traveler, but it will also prevent tons of single-use plastic from ending up in landfills or the ocean. And yes, should an emergency arise, you are prepared.
- Make copies of your passport and important documents
Keeping copies of your documents can be handy in an emergency, especially if you lose your originals. If you are robbed or lose your passport, it can be much easier to file police reports and get new documents to have copies ready for officials.
- Carry a list of emergency contacts
If something happens to you, a list of emergency numbers will help doctors know who to contact.
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Source: https://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/14-ways-to-be-prepared-for-anything-while-traveling/ and https://www.smartertravel.com/10-things-travel /