So you have a big vacation coming up in a few weeks. Exciting! The only issue is – you completely forgot to prepare for it. What!? I have to prepare for a vacation? Hell yes honey! You won’t be sipping piña coladas and soaking in sunshine stress-free without a little prep work.
1. Get That Work Under Control
Beginning filling in others, or even handing off work and projects to prepare for the time you are away. You have one week to go until your blissful vacation, so this is the time to really hammer home lose ends and work your butt off. Work is so much easier when you know there is a rainbow at the end. If you don’t, expect to return from vacation in an even more depressed state, as you look at the pile of work you need to catch up on. If you work and prepare properly, you can largely minimize this.
2. Get A Check-up At The Doctor
If you are traveling internationally (or even if you are not) make sure to check in with your doctor a few weeks before departure. You want to make sure you are up to date on your shots, and any other special requirements you may need to travel. Get that body healthy and top shape!
3. Hold Your Mail
Have USPS hold your mail while you travel. https://holdmail.usps.com/holdmail/ Or if you have a friendly neighbor, maybe you can have them pick it up for you. Whatever you do, tell someone!
4. Call Your Credit Card Company
Make sure to call your credit card companies and let them know you are traveling. Your credit card company will decide to shut down your card for fraud at the WORST time – so make sure you give them an advanced notice.
5. Give Contact Info To Your Friends/Family
Make sure your friends and family have the contact info, flights numbers, and travel details for where you will be going. Make sure they have everything they need to help you out in a crunch.
6. Make Copies Of Important Paperwork
Make sure you have copies of passport, driver’s licenses, etc. and numbers for credit cards, insurance, etc. before departure. If you happen to lose one of these documents while traveling, a backup will be a lifesaver. There are too many horrible stories of those losing their passports, and the total mess that ensues. Don’t be that person! Credit card/insurance numbers will come also come in handy to if you need to make a change or inquiry in a pinch.