Heading off on a family vacation is always exciting. But
prepping to go can require a long to-do list. That includes:
1. Prepping financially. Have you called
the credit card company to tell them you're headed to Italy? If
not, you could get a nasty surprise when your credit card purchase
is refused because the company figures the card has been stolen.
And then you'll waste precious time and money trying to get it
worked out so you can finish your vacation.
2. Prepping the homefront. This step includes
all of those details like putting a vacation stop on the newspaper
and mail delivery, hiring a pet sitter, asking the neighbors to
keep an eye on things and putting a penny in the freezer. (It will help
you know if you lost power while you were away.)
3. Emptying the fridge. Toss anything that's
perishable or will expire before you return. There's nothing like
the smell of sour milk and spoiled food to ruin the glow of a great
4. Getting mobile. Make a copy of your
passport, drivers license, credit cards and other important
documents, scan and email them to yourself. That way, if something
is lost, a copy is as close as the nearest Internet cafe.
5. Planning for contingencies. There could be a
hurricane. A ash cloud could shut down European air travel. It
might rain. How prepared do you need to be for any of those
vacation possibilities? Depending on the answer, you might need to
consider buying anything from travel insurance to a stock of rain
ponchos from the Dollar Store.
Cindy Richards is a veteran travel writer and the editor of
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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