research and planning can go a long way to insure youíll have a safer, more
economical and enjoyable trip. A little preparation will also help to keep your
property safe while youíre traveling. But, who can remember all the little
details when youíre rushing to get away? We can help you find the resources you
need for planning and remind you of all those little details so you can relax
and enjoy your travels.
section, we have included a checklist that you can print to help you keep track
of your planning efforts. This checklist is a suggested timeline you can use to
guide your research, planning and other preparations.
Start looking for special deals and
other discounts for which you may qualify.
Do some research on the area
youíll be visiting and on how youíll be getting there. IT is especially
important to start your research early if you are planning on traveling to
Check the valid dates on your passport
if you are planning on leaving the country.
Take care of medical and dental
checkups and vaccinations if necessary.
After consulting your physician,
consider starting an exercise program to prepare your body for the extra
exertion youíll experience while traveling.
Watch the weather, so youíll know what
to expect and can pack accordingly.
Check with your credit card company
for available spending amount; ask your bank for an increase if needed. Donít
forget about the deposits that will be charged and leave some room on the card
Check the valid dates on your credit
card to make sure they will remain valid while youíre traveling.
Notify the Credit Card Company that
youíll be traveling, so they will expect charges from your destination.
Purchase automatic light timers to
switch on and off in the evening.
Check your driverís license to make
sure it will remain valid while youíre traveling.
Check cameras, purchase new batteries
if necessary, and film.
Make an arrangement with a neighbor,
friend or relative to check your home periodically.
Reconfirm all your reservations.
Get travelerís checks from the bank.
Make arrangements to purchase some
foreign currency if you are traveling abroad.
Check your insurance for expiration
dates and coverage for your automobile, home and the valuables that youíll take
with you, as well as those youíll leave at home.
If traveling by car, get the car
checked and have the oil changed. Donít wait until the last minute, it may take
time to get an appointment and parts may need to be ordered. You also want some
time to drive around town and make sure that whatever they fixed stays fixed.
Put your valuables and jewelry in a
safety deposit box.
If you donít have, or canít get access
to a safety deposit box, you still want to hinder a hurried burglar by hiding
valuable items in your house.
Reduce the amount of fresh items you
buy at the grocery, such as milk, fruit and other perishables youíll need to
throw out before you leave.
Get out the suitcase and start your
Be sure your luggage is marked with
identification on the inside and out.
Start adjusting your sleeping and
eating habits closer to your destinationís time zone to help avoid jetlag.
Make at least two lists of credit card
numbers and travelers check serial numbers.
Make several copies of your passport.
Leave one list at home and keep the other with you in case you lose your
passport. Do not keep the copies on yourself, rather keep a copy in your
suitcase and/or give your traveling companion a copy.
Notify the local police and security
system company to immediately consider any alarms as real. Leave with them the
names of anyone responsible to watch over your house.
Check prescriptions for necessary
refills; bring a list with the drugís generic name listed since the brand names
available can differ in other areas.
Pick up all your items from the dry
Pay bills that will are due while you
Walk around with your packed luggage
to evaluate your comfort with the weight of the luggage.
Move houseplants away from direct
sunlight, water thoroughly and wrap pots with plastic. Most plants can then live
without further watering for two weeks.
Empty the refrigerator of items that
Cancel or hold your newspaper
Fill the car with gas before you pack
the car. Check the fluid levels and tire pressure, since your tire pressure will
effect the ride and gas mileage you get on your trip.
You might want to turn your
refrigerator to its lowest setting.
Set automatic light and radio timers.
Check the bulbs to see if they will last for your entire trip.
Leave shades or drapes as you normally
Plug a cheap radio into a timer so you
can have some noise in the house during part of the day.
Lock all doors and windows including
basement & garage.
Unplug electronic items, such as, your
computer to protect them if you have a storm while youíre gone. Remember to
unhook your phone line from the modem. Unfortunately, you may have to leave it
all hooked up if your computer is your only answering machine. Make sure your
surge protectors are properly installed.
Pack the car inside the garage, with
the door down, so people driving by wonít find out youíre leaving.
Disconnect the garage door. Unplug it
if you can, donít pull the fuse for the garage door until you verify the fuse
isnít hooked up to something that needs to stay on, such as, your refrigerator
or maybe a freezer in the garage.