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There’s nothing more exciting than planning a getaway, through sometimes it seems there are a thousand and one things to remember to do before you leave. This vacation planning checklist will help you make sure you get to every one of them—we even divided it into four sections for maximum organization:

What to do in advance

Create your travel itinerary

Make reservations and purchase your tickets

  • Research online
  • Consult a travel agent

Purchase emergency medical evacuation coverage and/or travel insurance

Renting a car?

  • Call your auto insurance to check coverage (that or your credit card coverage may be sufficient)

Gather your travel documents

Visit your physician and get whatever shots you may need for your visit

Arrange for boarding or care for your pet

  • Take your pet to the vet for shots, if needed
  • If traveling with your pet, click here for travel tips

Ensure you have enough prescription medication/contact lenses to last the trip

  • Order if needed

Talk with a neighbor about your trip

  • As him/her to keep an eye on things
  • Pick up any leaflets, deliveries, etc.

Have any lawn care done

Stock up on any extras you might need, depending on your destination

  • Chargers/converters
  • Passport bag/money belt
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Travel backpacks for the kid

What to do when it’s almost time to leave

  • Stop the newspaper
  • Stop the mail
  • Call your credit card companies to let them know you will be traveling abroad
  • Pay upcoming bills
  • Update your voicemail and email at work with vacation replies
  • Clean out your wallet of non-essential items
  • Create a list of numbers for reporting stolen credit cards, the embassy, car rental office (with address), hotel information and travel agent number and email it to yourself
  • Create a list of emergency numbers to leave with the pet boarding facilities, your neighbors and/or a relative or friend

Right before you leave, don’t forget

  • Reservation confirmation numbers (on your iPhone or a printed copy)
  • Early on-line check-in, print boarding passes
  • Passport
  • Prescription medication
  • Eyeglasses
  • Contact lenses, lens case, extra solution
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Plastic bag for dirty clothes

Before you lock the door behind you

  •  Unplug small kitchen appliances
  •  Turn off all the water to external faucents
  •  Turn off water to washing machine
  •  Set your thermostat
  •  Close and lock all windows

Do you have anything to add to this vacation checklist? What’s the one thing you always forget?

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