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Important Items to Check Before Leaving for Vacation

Use this 5-thing checklist before vacation

Whether you opt for a road trip or a journey across the globe, vacations are great for improving mental health and helping you relax. However, before setting out on a trip, there are a few things you should do to ensure that your vacation goes smoothly and your home is in great condition when you return. Here are five things you should check before leaving for vacation.

Enjoying a care-free beach holiday
To relax and enjoy your chosen destination, follow a simple checklist
of items and things to do before you leave, to enjoy your care-free vacation.

1. Contact Your Bank

As you may already know, many banks and credit card companies have implemented strict monitoring systems to flag unusual credit card use and will lock down the accounts in question pending owner verification. That means that if you suddenly use your card in a different state (or country) from where it’s typically used, there’s a good chance that the transaction will be denied, and your card will be locked until you can contact a representative. Avoid this mishap by contacting your bank before you leave for your vacation.

2. Confirm Your Reservations

Have you ever attempted to check into a hotel after a long day of traveling only to discover that your reservation wasn’t confirmed and you have nowhere to sleep? It’s a stressful situation that has the potential to ruin your entire trip. Take some time out of your day (at least two weeks before your trip) and confirm all of your reservations before you leave. This includes lodging, transportation, and entertainment reservations.

3. Check in With Your Phone Carrier

Even if your phone is one that is marketed as a “global” device, there’s a good chance that your current provider won’t automatically cover your service if you’re traveling internationally. In fact, you’ll usually need specific data and service plans for global coverage. Contact your mobile carrier before you leave home to set up the most reasonable plan for your traveling needs.

4. Pay Your Bills in Advance

Don’t assume that you’ll remember to make bill payments on vacation. Most of us will want to tune out the mundane tasks we face in our daily lives while on vacation, and that includes making bill payments. Go ahead and make all necessary payments before you leave, or schedule them in advance, so that you can enjoy a worry-free vacation without getting hit with late fees or disrupted utilities.

5. Check Major Systems and Appliances

The last thing you want to do is leave for a two-week trip and come back home to a puddle surrounding your refrigerator or dishwasher. To avoid this kind of frustration and property damage, closely examine your appliances for leaks before you leave and have a service technician fix them as soon as possible. This might take some time, but it’s the better option compared to the damage that water can do if left alone to settle on your floor for a significant amount of time. In addition to leaks, check and make sure your HVAC system is working (you don’t want it to go out and cause mold to form in your home), your smaller appliances are all unplugged, and nothing seems out of place.

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