Vacation tips and a packing list…hmmm…I’m all for easier! Yes, the time is now! Summer is officially here according to the calendar. Kids are out of school. Your summer vacation time request has been approved at work. Awwww….vacation!! I can’t wait!! But wait! What are we going to do? Where are we going to go? How much can we afford to spend? What do I need to do or get ahead of time? Packing?? Yikes!!
Vacation Tips For Planning
Yes, as much as we enjoy the idea of a vacation, the time leading up to it can be stressful all on its own. Here are some tips to make your summer vacation plans come off easily and allow you to enjoy the adventure instead of sorting out the itinerary along the way!
Plan The Date Ahead Of Time
Sit down with your spouse, significant other and maybe even other family members to sort out the date that works best for everyone. Know your kids’ schedules as well. Kids camps are popping up all over during the summer, so make sure your vacation is not conflicting for your child’s soccer camp that you’ve already paid for. Put your vacation requests in at work as soon as you are able and find out when you will know when they will be approved. This is one of the first steps (and one of the most important steps) in planning vacation.
The last thing you want after enjoying a vacation is spending the next several months paying for it. Plan to put money aside on a regular basis (every two weeks or once a month as an example) to start saving for that dream vacation. It might even take a few years to save up for it, for a dream holiday, but you will appreciate it all the more when you are paying cash for it and not in debt from it.
Research Vacation Spot
You will want to find out what attractions and amenities are in the area and accommodations available. Is there a long distance between your accommodations and the attractions? What is the cost of living in the area? Are there lots of restaurants in the area and what are they? Do you need a campground? Knowing these things in advance can affect your decision of going there, or adjusting your plans. Check the chamber of commerce for the town or city you are visiting. They can be a wealth of information for what is available in their area.
Check Passport Requirements
If you are leaving your home country to visit another, this is pretty much a necessity these days. Make sure you have one if needed or if the one you have is current.
Purchase Tickets and Make Reservations Ahead
Depending on what your vacation involves, you may need to purchase a vacation package through a travel agent or online booking service. You may need to buy airline tickets, train tickets or some other form of transportation like a rent a car. Always think accommodation as well. With peak vacation happening in the summer months, these types of tickets can quickly sell out. Also, read the fine print and be aware of what the cancellation policy is. Are you taking a pet? Check on transportation charges and pet policies at hotels you are considering.
Purchase Amusement/Attraction Tickets Ahead
Avoid the lineups at the ticket window and get your tickets in advance. Most can be purchased online these days and you can print out or save the reservation through an amusements phone app (where available). It can be as simple as a barcode scan on your phone.
Consider Additional Insurance As Needed
Depending on your circumstances, you may need to purchase such things as trip cancellation insurance, medical insurance or car insurance for rental purposes. Be aware of what your own car and medical insurance covers outside of your area. Again, understand the cancellation policies of your travel tickets to know what their cancellation policies are.
Necessary Vacation Supplies You Might Need
This depends greatly on the type of vacation you are going on. Are you going camping? Maybe you’ll need a tent, sleeping bags, cooking utensils. You get the picture.
Keep things simple. Remember that the more stuff you take, the more you need to lug around with you! What kind of transportation will you be using? How much storage space is available there? Can I do laundry if needed? Now I know laundry might be the last thing you want to think about on vacation, but if you are going for a couple of weeks, it’ll help reduce how much you need to bring. These are useful things to consider when deciding what to pack.
Download Your Free Vacation Packing List
Using a packing list can take the guesswork out of what you need for your vacation. Setting this up in the week before you head out can remind you to pick up
Take The Guesswork Out Of Travel
Vacations are special. They don’t come around that often and are meant to be fun. Some pre-trip planning, where you cover your bases, can eliminate some problems you may encounter on your trip. I hope you find these vacation tips and packing list helpful. Be prepared in advance, and be prepared to have fun when the time arrives-with few worries. That’s what vacations are about anyway!
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