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Making Your Travel Checklist

May 31, 2022 ByRebecca Rodriguez

“Preparation is the key to success before everything else,” Alexander Graham Bell once stated. This is especially true if you want to travel without tension. Little things you do ahead of time might significantly affect your journey. I discovered this the hard way. One of the first steps in planning your trip should be to do some preliminary research. While I can’t guarantee you won’t run into problems, following my pre-travel checklist can help you have a much more enjoyable vacation.

Check for covid-related rules and limits. I wouldn’t say I like that this exists, but here we are. Given the current state of affairs, it becomes sufficient to say that you should verify Covid’s precautions and restrictions for the following. Any reservations you may have made, any attractions you know you’ll be visiting––in addition to the covid information, check to see if they’re open or if their hours or entry regulations have changed. Any unique restaurants you’d like to visit? They may or may not be available, and their hours modified.

The world is at your fingertips, thanks to modern technologies. Why not use it to your advantage, especially if you already have a connection? Search for subway apps, store maps, museum or airport layouts, trip guides, etc. Look for the most suitable local apps depending on your schedule in the app store. It takes very little time, and most of them are free, and you’ll appreciate having the information at your fingertips, so you don’t have to scramble at the last minute.


Afro american woman with curly hair sitting on bed writing list of accessories and travel stuff before going on summer holidays

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Always review your needs two weeks before leaving to avoid overspending at your location. Because of the two-week window, there is plenty of time to order whatever you need and have it transported directly to you. Finally, leaving a comprehensive itinerary with a relative or friend is usually a brilliant idea, especially if you won’t be able to rely on mobile service or travel alone or in a remote place. You want people to know where they can find you if you go missing or, God forbid, become ill or injured and can’t speak for yourself. It’s also essential if there’s a crisis at home and you need to be contacted.