The days before a big trip can leave you feeling excited yet impatient for the time you have been longing for. Whether you are heading to Canada to explore nature or check out St. Albert real estate or are going to a tropical island, there are a few important steps you should take before you leave no matter where you’re headed.
Confirm your Reservations
First, you’ll want to double check that all of your reservations are confirmed. Things you may have scheduled that you’ll want to confirm include a place to stay, transportation such as a flight or rental car, restaurant reservations, and any other experiences or services you have planned.
Having a hard copy of your confirmations or keeping a list of confirmation numbers are good to have with you just in case.
Contact your Credit Card Company
If you plan to use your credit card during your travels, notifying your credit card company prior will prevent any payments from being delayed or possibly cancelled. You can contact your credit card company by calling their customer service number or many companies have forms you can fill out online of your travel dates and locations.
Notify your Security System
Contacting your home’s security system provider to notify them of the dates you will be away is never a bad thing. Your security system will then be set to immediately notify the police of any activity at your property. Depending on the area you live in and how long you will be away for, notifying your local police is also suggested. They may be willing to drive by your home a few extra times and will be more alert to any unusual activity.
Prepare your Home
Preparing your home for you to be away for a while doesn’t need to be complicated. You’ll want to focus on these main tasks. Ensure that your refrigerator and pantry is emptied of any foods that can spoil during your vacation to avoid any unpleasant smells on your return. If you have any outdoor furniture that is easy to remove, it’s best you bring those items inside to avoid any theft from occurring.
Lastly, notify your post office that you will be away so that your mail can be placed on hold for that time period.
Manage your Finances
Prior to leaving for vacation it’s important to pay any expected bills that will be owed while you are away. It’s also a good idea to go through your wallet to ensure you have all of your necessary cards and money for the trip while leaving any unneeded items at home safely.
When traveling abroad there are a few things you’ll want to complete in addition to the above steps. Contacting your cell phone provider to ensure you will be able to use your cell phone while traveling is important. Be sure to sign up for the cheapest plan during your travel to avoid any astronomical bills on your return.
When leaving the country, you’ll also want to ensure you have all of the correct documentation you will need to do so, such as an active passport.