The initial planning for a trip is fun…for most people. You’ve got your itinerary, passport, tickets, checked the weather, have your guide maps and a packing plan. And then the panic sets in!
I once rushed out the door for the airport and remembered I had not arranged a sitter for my cat. Lesson learned, I needed yet another list, so that my A type personality could keep track. Here are some of the areas I find to make travelling less stressful. The essential is always to Plan Plan Plan! Start long before your trip and have a list ready (you can find these readily available on line and adapt).
- I keep four small kits ready packed and always stocked with my essentials, including one for medications, first aid stuff, toiletries and make-up. When I return from a trip I keep out the items which need replenishing and purchase refills when I do my shopping – on sale – to avoid tourist rates at tuck shops.
- Keeping clothes and shoes clean and in good repair means they are always ready for packing, without thinking about buttons, broken heals or stains.
- Make sure mail, parcels, newspapers etc. are collected regularly – a sure sign no one is home. Lawn and gardens should be tidy and garbage away from the curb.
- Arrange for watering of plants and care of any pets – even goldfish need some love. I have a separate list for the care of my pets so the house sitter keeps their routine consistent. Plus having someone stay or at least check in daily keeps your house insurance active. Did you know your home may not be insured if left vacant for more than three days?
- Inform your bank when and where you are travelling (this can be done online) so that there are no banking issues while away.
- Register with the government safe travel website (for Canadians at travelgc.ca/register) which makes embassies aware of your location in case of an emergency or disaster. Share your itinerary with a close relative or friend.
- Power up and back up all your devices and ensure all your technology is in working order.
- If you’re driving to the airport or on a road trip, ensure your car is fueled and in good working order. Time for an oil check? Better do before you leave.
- Know where you are going once you get to the airport, train station or hotel… where to park and which terminal.
Travelling can be stressful so the less you have to think about the more you can relax and enjoy the journey!