There are lot of things to prepare before you go on a trip but there are also things that we normally neglect before actually leaving which are very important as well. Check out the list below on the things to remind yourself to do before you go on vacation.
Alert your credit card company.
This is one thing that people usually take for granted. Since bringing too much cash is not recommended when you travel, credit cards are very much recommended for purchases abroad. Not all credit card companies and banks automatically activate your card’s international features due to fraud and other security reasons. It is best to notify your bank about your trip so they don’t reject your credit card purchases abroad. Normally just calling your bank’s customer service phone number will do and they will just mark your account so they don’t accidentally flag your international purchases as a security risk or fraud.
Another thing to consider is if your credit card has enough funds you can use. Take note of this so as not to hassle you on declined charges when you’re abroad.
Contact your cell phone company.
I think a lot of people also miss this important note. If you are going abroad for a long time and do not wish to rack up a considerable amount of phone bills or charges you may want to temporarily disconnect your phone service. Especially if you have a local sim card in your destination country which you can use.
Globe has this feature when you log in to your online account. There is a link to request temporary disconnection of your postpaid line.
Confirm all reservations.
I also forget to do this sometimes but it is also important to check all your reservations before you leave. Print out everything that needs to be printed and email or call your hotel to confirm your booking.
Make advance payments on bills that have due dates during your trip.
Pay all the bills you can pay before you leave. You don’t want disconnected water or electricity when you get back from your trip. Also make sure to pay your credit card bills so you don’t get hit with late charges.
Eat, throw out, or give away any perishable food.
Forgetting to pay the electricity bill is one thing but going back to a fridge full of spoiled food is another. Don’t waste food in your fridge, finish up those you can or give them away before you leave. Saves you time in cleaning your fridge and kitchen when you get back.
Leave an itinerary with a friend or family member.
Your emergency contact should have a copy of your travel plans. Let your parents or friends know about your travel details. Print them a copy of your itinerary, hotel and flight details if you can.
Clean out your wallet.
Sift through your wallet and remove any items you don’t need on your trip. Leave loyalty cards, gift cards, extra credit cards, and any other unnecessary contents at home.
Place a hold on your mail delivery.
This is a smart move if you’re going away for more than a couple days. Alternatively, you could arrange for a neighbor to collect your mail until you get home.
Bring in outdoor furniture.
Don’t leave any outdoor wares (e.g., patio chairs, cushions, pool equipment) unguarded, especially lightweight items that are easy for thieves to steal.
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