Your plans are made, tickets purchased, and hotels are reserved. That’s just the beginning of the trip planning process. Depending upon how long you will be gone, you will need to do a few more things before you leave home.
If you have pets, do you have a pet sitter or are they going to a kennel? Do you have a house sitter or someone to look after things? Did you give that person a list with your itinerary and phone numbers? Did you stop your newspaper or is someone going to pick it up out of your driveway or sidewalk?
If you are travelling outside of the US, do you need to get some foreign currency before you leave? Or, do you know where you can get it once you land? Keep in mind, you will pay an exchange rate. Know where those are the highest and avoid those spots.
Did you call your credit card companies to let them know you will be charging in a location other than your home state? This is especially true if leaving the US.
Check to see if your phone works wherever you are travelling. If it is in the US, do you need your earpiece?
Did you check the weather before you packed? Do you need that rain coat or umbrella? Do you have your maps and guidebooks?
Did you make your list…and check it twice? Happy Travelling.