Checklist

There is a lot to do prior to leaving on a trip, and a comprehensive “To Do” list will help you stay organized and on schedule.

Please take this opportunity to review the list of tasks that we suggest you complete prior to leaving home. You will probably need to add some “to do” activities specific to your needs.

The goal of this exercise is to ensure that you have thought of everything - proper organization prior to leaving translates to relaxation and enjoyment while you are away. You should check off your completed tasks to keep track of your progress.

 
 

When you create a new Checklist be sure to name it intuitively, as you might need to create more than one Checklist for more than one trip (ex: ChecklistMorocco or ChecklistVancouver).

Once you have created and saved a “Checklist” it will be stored in your Suitcase (under the “Checklist” header). If you want to delete, print or edit your saved Checklist, you will need to do so in your Suitcase.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the Create New Checklist button to get started on your personalized "To Do" list.

 

Prior to Leaving Checklist

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Check your frequent flyer miles or credit card travel rewards – free is always better!  
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Confirm all travel reservations (plane, rental car, lodging, etc.).  
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Hold mail/newspapers starting two days prior to your departure (to ensure they stop delivery).  
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Complete all online purchases two weeks prior to leaving or make arrangements for deliveries while away.  
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Check that passports and ID’s (driver’s licenses) are not expired or going to expire while you are away.  
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Do you want to purchase traveler’s insurance?  
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Do you need a visa? If so, plan on how long it might take to receive one.  
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Do you need any vaccinations? Give yourself enough time to receive these prior to leaving.  
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Call your alarm company & inform them of your departure. Confirm that your alarm contact numbers are current.  
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Tell a neighbor when you will be gone -- they can keep on eye out for any suspicious activity.  
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Request a house watch from your local police department.  
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Prepay any bills that might become overdue while you are away.  
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Check that your luggage meets your airline’s size/weight requirements.  
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Inspect your luggage -- zippers, wheels, handles, locks & luggage tags.  
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Check the local weather (monthly averages) at your destination and pack accordingly.  
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Check with your cell phone provider to determine service and/or roaming restrictions/fees.  
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Pack a copy of your automobile proof-of-insurance if renting a car.  
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Consider buying $200 in foreign currency from your local bank. (You might get a better rate).  
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Call your credit card companies informing them where and when you are travelling. If you don’t, they might cancel your card when they see activity outside your billing address.  
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Check that your credit cards and/or debit cards are not expired or will not expire while you are away.  
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Check the credit limits on your credit cards and make any minimum payments prior to leaving.  
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Do you have your PIN number(s) for overseas travel ATM machines & credit card transactions? Call your bank(s) to confirm these numbers.  
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Call your local bank and find out which overseas banks will honor your ATM cards (partner banks) and what the service fees might be.  
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Consider purchasing traveler’s checks ($200). Although considered passé, these are easy to pack, hard to steal and good to have in an emergency. (Fees to cash these can be steep.)  
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Pre-purchase all medications, vitamins, contact lenses, cosmetics, etc. You might want to travel with a prescription for certain medications.  
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Make pet care boarding reservations/plans.  
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Is your pet current on his/her vaccinations for boarding?  
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Purchase and pack adapters and/or converters for electronics if travelling overseas. Pack at least two of these.  
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Update maps on your GPS or purchase new maps if driving.  
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Download any books to your readers prior to leaving (WiFi is expensive abroad).  
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Do you need to order a special meal for international flights?  
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Check-in online to your airline 24 hours prior to departure.  
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Confirm seating assignments in advance.  
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Wear comfortable shoes on the airplane that are not tight fitting – feet can swell when flying.  
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Do you have transportation to/from the airport? Make cab reservations, long-term parking reservations or confirm plans with a friend.  
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Drip your faucets, protect your sprinkler system or shut off any water supplies if it might freeze while you are away.  
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Unplug any unnecessary electronics in your house.  
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Shut off ceiling fans in your house.  
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Check that all your windows are locked and secure.  
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Turn off AC/heat or set it to a reasonable temperature.  
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Consider using light timers on a few lights in your house.  
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Remove any items in your refrigerator that might spoil.  
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Empty all trash cans in the house if you will be away for an extended period of time.  
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Run and empty your dishwasher prior to leaving.  
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Do you need to make any appointments before leaving? (Ex: doctor, hair, mani/pedi, facial, etc.)  
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Provide a trusted friend/relative with a key to your house in case of emergency.  
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Do you need to purchase anything for your trip?  
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Many countries (the Baltic states, for instance) require that you have an International Driving Permit in order to rent a car and drive. These can be purchased from AAA and the National Automobile Club.  
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