Many of us will be traveling this summer after no or limited travel for the last 2.5 years so a bit of planning will be needed.  I’ve personally taken this opportunity to update my pre-travel checklist i.e., the list of things I do before leaving for a trip.  I’m happy to share it with you here.

 

WHEN BOOKING THE TRIP:
  • Book air tickets / car rental / accommodation etc
  • Check passport validity
  • Check visa requirements
  • Check covid testing requirements

 

TWO WEEKS BEFORE:
  • Arrange pet care
  • Arrange plants/garden care
  • Inform neighbour and/or friend you’ll be away
  • Go through your packing list and customise it based on your destination
  • Make a list of items you need to buy before your trip, including medicine / first aid kit, and those to buy when you reach your destination
  • Buy the items you need to buy before your trip
  • Arrange transport from/to airport/train station

 

ONE WEEK BEFORE:
  • Give spare keys to a neighbour or friend
  • Ask neighbour or friend to collect your mail while you’re away
  • Save all traveling documents, including passports, itinerary, car rental, accommodation bookings, vaccination certificates etc. on the cloud (or print them if you prefer to have a hard copy)
  • Save important phone numbers on your phone
  • Withdraw/change money
  • Pay your bills
  • Consume perishable food
  • Cook and freeze one or two meals for your return
  • Wash and put away laundry
  • Clean your home
  • Start packing based on your packing list

 

THE DAY BEFORE OR THE DAY ITSELF:
  • Do online check-in (and print boarding pass if you prefer to have a hard copy)
  • Set automatic out of office message
  • Give or throw away perishable food
  • Charge electronic devices: phone / tablet / laptop etc.
  • Water plants
  • Finish packing
  • Bring toilets seat cover down
  • Empty garbage bins
  • Unplug electrical items / Switch off plugs
  • Lock doors and windows

 

Save your pre-travel checklist so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel for your next trip.  Having a digital version that you can update over the years will save you a lot of time.  Adding checkboxes that you can tick as you complete your pre-travel checklist will keep you on track.  I personally use Evernote for all my lists.  I have a notebook (category) named travel where I keep my pre-travel checklist, my packing list, notes about the trip, a list of sightseeing activities in Singapore, etc.

 

Happy travels if you are traveling too!  If you have a bit of time, tell me what else you would add to your pre-travel checklist. 

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