Here’s an easy travel checklist to follow while preparing to depart on your next holiday!
Make double and triple sure your passport and other forms of ID are valid for your entire trip. Be aware that some countries require 6 months until expiry before they’ll allow you to enter the country.
There may also be need for a tourist visa, which can sometimes be purchased on arrival (usually with cash), but it depends on the country. Check with your travel agent about this if you’re unsure.
Download the MTA app, which your agent can pre-load with your itinerary and any booking information you may want to have on hand for your trip. Double-check that everything is correct, including names, birthdays, and travel dates.
Ask your travel agent if there are any immunisation requirements for the places you’re visiting.
Have you booked your travel insurance? This is essential in case your plans change or disaster strikes. Talk to your travel agent about travel insurance.
Ensure you have any vaccinations you may need, along with any required paperwork.
If you take any medication, make sure you have enough to last your entire trip, plus extra in case of a travel delay.
Visit your cell phone provider to arrange for an overseas data plan (if available), or for your data to be turned off while you’re gone (so you don’t rack up a huge bill on accident).
Call or visit the post office and have them hold your mail, or arrange for a responsible neighbour to pick it up.
Make sure family and friends have a copy of your travel itinerary and emergency contact information. You may want to provide this to your neighbours if you know them, or leave a copy on your refrigerator.
Make copies of your ID and credit cards. Consider leaving these with a trusted friend, and uploading to Google Drive in case you need to access them while abroad.
Program emergency numbers into your cell phone. This includes the Hale Travel emergency number, MTA’s emergency line, and the phone number for your travel insurance.
Notify your bank of your travel dates and locations.
Schedule any bill payments to come out of your account automatically while you’re gone. Ensure your account balance is enough to cover this for the entire trip.
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Clean out your refrigerator, empty the dishwasher, and take out the trash. No one likes coming home to a smelly house!
Unplug unnecessary appliances and electronics, such as computers, toasters, etc.
If you’re concerned about theft, arrange to have someone stop by once in a while, or put your lights on a timer
If you have a safe, lock up your valuables before you leave.
And finally, have a great trip!
Leave on your holiday with peace of mind
At Hale Travel & Events, we pride ourselves on quality customer service. We’re here to help, 24/7. If you run into an issue while traveling, contact us and we’ll get you sorted ASAP!