Are you heading out on a family vacation? While most families know that they should confirm their reservations, check-in to their flights, and pack their bags, there are a few other things that you should make sure you do. Do these things the week before you leave, and you’ll be able to enjoy your family vacation even more.
Things to Do Before You Leave On Vacation
Check those dates
Check the expiration dates on your drivers’ license, passport, credit cards, and any other travel documents you’ll be using. While you can sometimes get on your flight with an expired ID (please don’t risk it), you will not be able to rent a car. Keep in mind that in many states, registries do not let you know in advance when your license is about to expire. Also make sure that all of your reservations – flight, car rental, hotels – are for the dates you expect them to be.
Before you go, pay all of your bills by their due dates. If not, you may be faced with some major late fees. Where possible, also pay bills that are due several days after you return. When you come back from vacation, you may not want, or have time, to pay bills right away. This isn’t particularly fun, but you don’t want to return with a big mess on your hands.
Make Some Advance Calls
Check with your cell phone provider and your bank to see if what texting, data, phone call, and ATM fees will be at your destination (assuming you are traveling oversees). You may want to add an international option to your cell phone account. Also, if you are arriving late at your hotel, give them a call and let them know so they don’t give your hotel room away.
If you are traveling to multiple destinations, you should also let your credit card companies know. Otherwise, they may start declining your card as a security precaution. While you are talking to them, check to see what type of car rental insurance you’ll need if you rent a car. You’ll want to figure out if you need car rental insurance now, not when you are standing at the counter.
Mail and Newspapers
I recommend that you have a neighbor, friend, or house sitter pick up your mail or newspapers, but if that isn’t an option, then make sure they are held so you don’t come home to piles of papers.
Prepare Your House
We have a post filled with tips on things you’ll want to do to prepare your house for your vacation.