With summer almost here, you may have a trip planned for yourself or for your family. Though some of us do well throwing things together at the last minute, most us need time to prepare for everything we want to do while away. To have a successful trip, start planning now to have everything in order; you will be less stressed and more relaxed.
Here are a few tips that may help you start thinking about what you should plan ahead for.
1. Mode Of Transportation – If you’re taking an airplane to your destination, booking early can save you lots of money and can lead to a better selection of departure times (holiday traveling?).
If you’re driving, schedule an appointment for a tune-up before you go. Not only will this help you save gas mileage, but it will also give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your car is running smoothly; a breakdown can seriously ruin your trip.
2. Process Your Paperwork – Your trip will have lots of paperwork associated with it. Printed tickets, passports, insurance information, ID documents, itineraries, destination activity packets – keeping track of these will be important for a successful vacation. Use your planner to list out every document you may need, that way when you are packing you know which papers to grab for.
3. Budget In Advance – Sometimes it seems that vacations force a difficult choice: break your kids hearts by not going on the roller coaster, or break the bank by riding. Get everyone together before the trip starts and research local activities where you’re going. You can balance free activities with expensive activities, and eliminate the worry of a post-vacation budget hangover.
4. Plan What To Leave Behind – Sometimes, the key to enjoying a vacation is knowing what not to take with you. In an increasingly connected world, make sure to take care of your work projects before you go, so you won’t feel pressure to check your work email on the beach.
While some vacations are pet-friendly, for others, you might need to arrange for your pet to stay at home. Making arrangements for a neighbor to pet-sit or dropping your pet off at a pet hotel or vet’s office lets you enjoy your vacation without worrying about Spot.
5. Pack Effectively – Depending on your destination, pack a smaller amount than you think you’ll need. If the worst happens and you’re missing something, you can always purchase it there, and most likely spend less than you would on overweight baggage fees.
Most importantly, remember that planning ahead gives you the freedom to enjoy your trip and relax.