Most of us love to dream of exotic destinations and plan our next ‘big’ getaway when in reality we should be making sure we are adequately prepared for unforeseen events. So, before booking that next cruise or theme park visit here are the six essential things you need to check off your list as soon as possible.
Make sure your family members are well enough to travel
Go ahead and schedule that yearly check-up for you and all members of your family so you can get those clean bills of health.
Make sure everyone’s vaccines are up-to-date, as some countries will not allow you entry without proper immunization forms.
Have everyone visits the dentist, to avoid the development of an abscess or other preventable dental emergencies during travel.
Call your health insurance provider and verify the coverage you can expect domestically and internationally.
If you or any member of your family are taking daily medicines, ask your family physician to prescribe an extra month’s supply of the prescribed medications to take with you (in case you run out for any reason.)
Read your electronics’ manuals
Many of us purchase new electronic gear but don’t bother to read the manuals.
If you don’t know the functions of your newly acquired gadgets chances are you won’t know how to use them during your trip, so there’s no time like the present to learn and practice using everything
If you are planning to use an e-reader on the trip, remember to pre-load books you plan on reading ahead of time, as Wi-Fi and 4G signals might be unreliable in the places you visit.
Ensure your coverage is up to date
Consider purchasing renter’s or home insurance to make sure your home and belongings are covered while you are away.
Now might be an opportune time to not only make a detailed list of furniture, electronics, and personal belongings but take pictures or videos to show the insurance in case of theft or other unforeseen damages.
If your home is equipped with an alarm system, call the company and make sure you update your emergency contact information.
Check your travel gear
Since waistlines change and children grow, check everyone’s travel apparel for size, rips or tears, in case you need to buy a substitute.
Purchase seasonal related items you’ll need like ski gear or swimsuits at the end of the season and store them for future trips.
Review your existing cell phone plan
The best way to ensure you don’t accrue unexpected phone charges while away is to contact your mobile carrier and check ahead of time.
If our carrier does not offer a reasonably priced plan, look into switching carrier or purchasing phone cards.
The right credit card can take you places-literally
Look into what reward deals—miles, points, or cash back your credit card is offering and how it measures up against the competition.
If you are thinking of traveling internationally, look for a credit card that charges the least cash advances, ATM withdrawal, and foreign transactions.
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