Pre-Holiday Checklist

Here’s an easy travel checklist to follow while preparing to depart on your next holiday!

While booking

  • 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.

After booking

  • 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.

2 months

  • Ensure you have any vaccinations you may need, along with any required paperwork.

1 month

  • 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).

2 weeks

  • 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.

1 week

  • 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.

1 day prior

  • 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!

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