Traveling can be a very daunting thing for people. As much as it’s often for leisure, the preparation and planning that is required to travel can be overwhelming. We all know that feeling like we’ve forgotten something but are not sure what. It’s a terrible feeling. That feeling actually comes from the stress of travel and having to remember one thing after the other! Luckily, the internet exists for articles like this to be published to help simplify this often-crazy process.
For one thing, who would have thought that something like health testing would be in the mix for the most common things that are forgotten while preparing to travel? This is 2022, however, and nothing seems too crazy to us anymore. So, as you start your travel preparations, here’s a list of things that you need to remember not to forget!
Make Copies Of Important Documents
This is something that’s not very high on most people’s radar, but it should be! Having a hard copy of documents like your passport, ID, credit card, and visa is essential in the event that one of these documents gets stolen or misplaced. It’s also a good idea to email these copies to yourself before you travel, too.
Check Your Passport
A very simple yet very damning thing if your passport has expired. There are disaster stories of people being turned away at the check-in desk because their passports have run out and they didn't know. This is important to check well in advance as renewing it can take some time.
Check The Weather
It’s easy to forget that you’re going to another climate. The horrible thing is not having the right clothes to suit that climate, though! If you check what the weather is going to be like at your destination beforehand, you’ll be able to decide on what to pack and whether you'll need scarves or sunhats, and you'll be set to enjoy a lovely trip to wherever it is you're going. Don't get caught up in all the planning, and forget one of the most important things to have when you're traveling – comfort.
Check What Shots You May Need
This largely depends on where you’re going, but it’s quite surprising how often this is not on anybody's radar when preparing for their travels. The last thing you want is to contract something on your travels that you could have been protected against, like Polio, Rabies, or even Yellow Fever. Don't leave this until the last minute; check the risks present at your destination and sort it out sooner rather than later!
Pay Your Bills
You’d hate to come home after a relaxing trip to multiple calls and emails from companies that haven’t been able to bill you because there was no money in your account as it’s all been spent on holiday. Or return to accounts that haven’t yet received payment from you because you forgot to do it before you left! This is easy to avoid. Don’t leave your bills and debit orders until the last minute; it’s best to get on top of them before they get on top of you.
Clean Out Your Fridge
You would equally hate coming home to rotting food and off milk that’s been in your fridge the whole time you’ve been away. The contents of your fridge may not be high on your radar while you prepare to travel (and hopefully remember the above points). However, cleaning out your fridge of perishables and items that have a shelf-life is one of the unsung hero jobs of ‘I really wish I did that before I left.’ Give that milk away if you’re not going to finish it, have a party to clear out all the opened hummus, and take an extra fruit with you to work to make sure that your fridge is well-rid of those foodstuffs that will stink up your home!
Close The Windows & The Curtains
Nothing is worse than realizing you left your bedroom window open while sitting on a plane on your way to enjoying your three weeks in paradise. Wait, what might be worse is remembering you’ve also left your bedroom curtains wide open, and you didn’t make your bed. That’s the stuff of nightmares. A suggestion would be to assign somebody (even if it’s yourself) the job of doing a once-over on the house to make sure all the windows and curtains are closed before you leave for the airport. That way, you can enjoy your holiday with zero stress and no sudden, nightmarish realizations.
Don't forget to take some time to enjoy the journey! As long as you remember the things that are really necessary, such as your loved ones, your friends, and the pleasure you share with them, you will have nothing to worry about.