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.
|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
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
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.