Last Updated on 07/01/2021
Preparing for travel can be stressful. There is often a lot to remember and sometimes the most obvious of tasks will slip your mind. Here is the ultimate pre-travel checklist to make sure you don’t forget any of those important tasks before you travel.
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25+ Things To Do Before You Travel
Make prepping for your next trip a breeze with this ultimate pre-travel checklist. Here are 25+ things you don’t want to forget to do before you travel.
1 Month Before You Travel
There are some parts of travel prep that you can start early. The earlier you start, the less stressful your travel preparations will be before you leave. Here are a couple of things you can do a month or more before you travel to get ready.
Travel insurance is super important. If you haven’t already got travel insurance, now is the time to get it sorted. If you got insurance months ago when you booked your trip, now is the time to check it to make sure you know what is covered and amend the policy if necessary.
Check Home Security
As a homeowner, there are always jobs on your to-do list. Often, getting round to changing that lock or replacing the bulb in your security light is a low priority. Before you travel, it is important to check your home security and make any updates you’ve been putting off!
1 Week Before You Travel
A week or more before you travel, there a few more tasks you can complete to get ready. Here are some jobs you can get ticked off the list in anticipation of your vacation.
Put Mail On Hold
No one wants to come home from a trip and have to fight their way inside through a mountain of mail. Or here in the UK, a stack of ‘red cards of doom’ from missed parcel deliveries. Putting a hold on your mail means your deliveries and held securely until you get home, so that’s one less thing to worry about.
Notify Your Bank
Another task that is well worth doing, is informing your bank of your travels. You don’t want to try and call them from abroad when they have blocked your card! Most banks can be informed online or via a quick phone call without much hassle so it is a worthwhile task!
Many bills are now automated, but if you have any pesky ones hanging around that need paying manually, now is the time to do it. Make sure you check which bills are due and ensure they are all paid before you travel.
Make Copies Of Important Documents
When you travel, you want to make sure you have copies of your important documents such as passport and driver’s license. Make these copies in advance so you’re not scrambling to do it the morning of your travels.
Create (Or Download!) Your Packing Checklist
While you’re thinking about your travel essentials, write a list of everything you need to pack in advance. This will save the last-minute scramble to find everything you need and avoid the risk of missing anything. Alternatively, you can sign up for the Get Lost newsletter and we’ve done all of the hard work for you with our downloadable packing checklist!
If you’re travelling for a couple of weeks or more, make sure you find time to mow the lawn the week before you travel. It’s likely it will need doing again by the time you return, but at least you won’t be coming home to a jungle in your yard!
1 Day Before You Travel
If you have the luxury of time, there are a number of tasks you want to get done the day before you travel. If you’re working right down to the wire, you can spread these over the last few days before your trip to make them easier to manage.
Update Calendar And Set Out Of Office
On your last working day before the trip, update your calendar and set your out of office. To make things easier, these can be prepped a few days in advance in anticipation. Make sure people know you’re taking a break and you won’t be picking up emails!
When you get back from your trip, you’ll have a suitcase full of laundry. Get anything that is hanging around out of the way before you leave, including washing your bedding. Make sure you empty the washer and dryer and put everything away!
Set Lights On A Timer
If you have internal or external lights that can be set on a timer, now is the time to do it. It will give you added peace of mind that your home doesn’t appear empty while you are away.
Empty The Fridge
There is nothing worse than returning home after two weeks to discover a half-used bottle of milk in the fridge! Clear out your perishables before you go and give the fridge a quick clean while you’re at it. You’ll be glad you did when you return from your trip!
Empty The Trash
Now you’ve discarded those perishables, be sure to empty the trash. Moving the items from the fridge to the bin doesn’t really solve the problem so make sure you take the bag out! It’s a good opportunity to empty all of the bins in the house to make sure there’s nothing in them that will smell by the time you get back!
Save on your electricity bill while you’re out of the house by unplugging those electrical items you won’t be using. It’s not like you’re going to be using the TV anyway, so unplug it until you get home.
No one wants to spend the last day before their holiday cleaning, but honestly, future you will thank you! When you get home from your vacation there is no better feeling than coming home to a spotless house. Even if it only lasts a couple of hours until you empty the suitcase!
Do The Dishes
On the note of cleaning, do the dishes. You won’t have to wash up when you get home before you can eat. Plus, they won’t have turned into a science experiment in your absence!
Give Contact Details To A Neighbour
Before you head out, find a neighbour you can trust to keep an eye on things and notify you in the event of an emergency. If you’re lucky, you might be able to convince them to do the bins for you too while you’re away! Be sure to bring them back a small gift to say thanks!
Prepare House/Pet Sitter Instructions
If you’ve got someone coming to look after your house or pets, leave them any instructions they will need. Our cats are divas and will only eat in a certain place, so to save arguments, we need to let the cat sitter know. It just makes life easier for everyone…
Use this opportunity before you travel to charge all of the electronic items you’re traveling with. Camera, tablet, phone…you name it! Your house might look like Blackpool Illuminations with all of the flashing lights, but at least your entertainment won’t die on you mid-flight.
Water House Plants
Make sure to water those house plants before you leave. If you’re leaving for a few weeks (or you’re just really bad at remembering to water the plants like me) you might want to invest in a plant waterer. These genius inventions do the hard work for you while you’re away. They also come in some pretty cute varieties too!
This is your last opportunity to weigh in your case before the airport. To avoid that awkward unpacking at the airport, double-check your case weight and allowance while you’re at home. If you need to lighten the load, now is the time to do it!
In need of suitcase scales? These ones are my favourite!
Set An Alarm…
…or two. I have a paranoia about missing flights. The more alarms set the better in my opinion!
Get A Frozen Meal In
When you get home from the airport after hours on a cramped flight, jetlagged and starving, this is a lifesaver. Trust me.
Day Of Travel
If you’ve prepared everything in advance, the morning of your travel should be a breeze. There are, however, a couple of last-minute tasks you’ll want to do as you head out.
Turn Off Water
Typically, I don’t turn off the water before a trip because our petsitter needs access to it. If you’re away for a while though and are concerned about a plumbing emergency, there’s no harm in turning off the water at the main valve.
Pet/House Sitter Access
If you have a pet or house sitter calling while you are away, make sure they have the access they require. If you do this using a key safe, make sure to put a key in as you head out the door. We use this one from Masterlock.
As you’re leaving the house, be sure to check all of the locks to make sure they’re secure. If you checked they were all working a few weeks ago it’s just a case of making sure everything is locked up. Make sure to check all windows and doors before you leave.
On your way out, turn the thermostat down. There’s no point heating the house (and paying for it) if you’re not going to be in. Likewise, if you have airconditioning, turn this off while you’re on your travels.
25+ Things To Do Before You Travel
So these are my top 25+ things to do before you travel. If you’ve got a trip coming up, be sure to bookmark this page or pin it so you can revisit these tips!
Which of these is your lifesaver? Let’s connect on Instagram and send me a DM with your number one pre-travel chore that you simply don’t want to forget!
Until our next adventure,
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