5 Things to Do Before Going on Vacation

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Going on a vacation can be exciting, especially if you are doing it for the very first time. And it is for this very reason you need to make all necessary arrangements lest you find yourself in a fix. You should make it your ultimate goal to always carry out as much research as you need to avoid forgetting something that might be very crucial. Below are 5 things to do before going on vacation.

Make copies of important documents

The last thing you want to happen while you are on vacation is losing your important documents. That said, if you want to be on the safe side, you might want to make as many copies as you can, keeping them in different places. So if your ID, passport or plane ticket is misplaced, then you’ll surely have an easy time getting back home or accessing more funds via the bank.

Notify your family/friends/boss

Informing close people and others who matter before taking a vacation is very important for so many reasons. First, you’ll want to let your boss know you’ll be away. Again, make sure that you are doing this in advance in order to avoid any last minute rushing. As for your close family and friends, a text message or a phone call may suffice. Informing them of your plans will save them worry; it will also ensure they know where to look in the unlikely event you go missing.

Find a pet sitter

Traveling with your pet can be risky and complicated. It is therefore a good idea for you to first and foremost learn the importance of finding a sitter. The sitter will be responsible for your pet and make sure it’s fed and cared for while you’re away.

You may have a friend or family member who can take care of your pet for free. If so, inform them well in advance to avoid any last minute mishaps. The last thing you want is to inconvenience someone you love.

Have enough cash

It’s all fun and games until you run out of cash in a foreign country with no one to turn to. And even more so in a country speaking a completely different language. Therefore, your first order of business should be saving enough money before going on the trip.

Also remember to change your money to the currency that they accept in whatever country that you intend on traveling in. Last but not least, remember to refrain from traveling when you are broke.

Buy insurance

A lot of unexpected things happen during a vacation, some good and some bad. It would therefore be in your best interest to prepare for the worst before hand. The same applies to appliance insurance because you also want to protect your home appliances such as your dishwasher and refrigerator. Be sure to unplug all of your electrical equipment before taking your leave.


Going on vacation is supposed to be fun and exciting. Unfortunately, misfortunes can occur and that’s exactly why you should make the necessary preparations. A great deal of information is available online. So in the event all of the above tips don’t cut it for you, feel free to carry out your own research.

About Kevin Devoto

Kevin Devoto is an avid outdoor enthusiast and freelance writer. He enjoys writing about sustainability, eco friendly behaviors and local travel. He has traveled all over the world but has taken a particular interest in our great National Parks.

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