As the countdown ticks away and draws closer and closer to your departure date for your much-anticipated vacation, it’s only normal to get vacation-brain. Vacation-brain occurs when pretty much all your time and energy is spent focusing and daydreaming about your holidays, which means other things can slip your mind.
To help ensure that your trip is smooth and everything you hoped it would be, here are five things you’ll want to do before heading on vacation. These tips will help keep you organized, ensure you are prepared for any sort of emergency that may arise while you’re away, and that you’ve got all the essentials packed.
Make a List and Refer to It Often
Even if you’re the type that has a great memory on a regular daily basis, when you’re getting close to vacation mode, it’s only natural for things to slip your mind. Unfortunately, it can be the wrong thing to slip your mind that may end up affecting the quality of vacation you have. This is exactly why the first tip is to make a list and refer to that list often. You may even want to divide it into two lists.
One list can be your packing list that you check off as you go, while the other one is your list of “to do” items that you need to get done before you leave. Between these two lists, you’ll stay organized and on task.
Purchase Travel Accident Insurance
When you think of your vacation you think of good times, memorable photo ops, and nothing but smiles but, unfortunately, accidents and even medical emergencies can happen. Because these unexpected events are just that, unexpected, it’s a good idea to purchase travel accident insurance. Travel accident insurance ensures that you won’t have to worry about the medical costs should an accident or medical emergency arise.
Let Your Boss Know If You Will be Reachable or Not
While it would be great to head out on a vacation without a care in the world, unfortunately, not everyone has the kind of job where they can just pick up and leave and be out of touch until they return. This is why it’s important to chat with your boss ahead of time about how you can be reached and how often.
What About Your Mail and Plants?
It seems simple, but if you’re going to be gone for more than a week, you’ll also want to give thought to your mail and plants. You can always contact the U.S. Postal Service to have your mail held if you’ll be gone a long time, or perhaps a neighbor can collect it. That same neighbor can also water your plants, or you can hire a professional house sitter to do it.
Leave Time to Get Your Travel Documents
As the final tip, you will want to make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get any necessary travel documents needed for your holiday. The same can be said for your travel vaccinations.
Each of these tips is designed to keep you organized while you prepare for your trip so that the holiday itself is stress-free and wonderful.