Spring break is approaching fast and if you’re like most people in North America, you’re so over Polar Vortexes. In a few weeks thousands of people will be getting out of Dodge and hitting warmer climates. The question is, how many of them will be totally prepared ahead of time? Reduce your stress now with these ten things to do before you travel at spring break!
Check Your Passports!
I’ve heard countless stories of people who were surprised to find out that their passport was expired the day before they traveled! Life is busy and this is a task we can often forget until we need it. So before you read another thing on this list go check your passports. Now.
This seems like a no-brainer but there are people who take the chance and go away with no insurance. It’s just not worth it. Odds are good you won’t need it but if you do you’ll be sorry. My mother ended up in the hospital once in Cozumel. Her bill was a staggering $24,000. Thank heavens for travel insurance.
I can’t stress this one enough. If you’re family is into exploring, or is hitting a theme park then take care of this task before you go so you’re not dealing with blisters and cries of “my feet are sore” the first day. You can find my favourite pair of walking shoes here along with a few other essential travel companions.
If your house is pet-free then you can arrange for a neighbour to check in a couple of times while you’re away. If you have a pet though, you may want to consider having a live-in for the week. We find the kennel very stressful for our dog so we always have someone come stay with her. This way I have someone in my house the entire time we’re gone and my dog is happy to have someone here to snuggle with. Win-win.
How’s your luggage?
Luggage can get pretty beat up the more you travel. Check that all pull handles work, wheels spin and zippers zip. If any of these things don’t work, now you have time to shop it out instead of paying through the nose when you’re in a panic.
Photocopies of Important Docs
If it’s in your wallet or your purse, then that means it’s important. So what happens if it got lost or stolen? Would you even know where to begin? Take photocopies of your Passports, credit cards, medical insurance, bank card, Drivers License and give it to someone you trust when you’re away. If you lose anything, you’ll only need to make a phone call to know where to begin. Make sure you collect these photocopies when you get home and shred them.
Are your Prescriptions Up to Date?
Make sure you have enough of your prescription medication on hand to get you through your entire week with some extra to spare. Delays can happen, so make sure you don’t get left high and dry without important meds.
You can definitely exchange money at the airport in the country you’re visiting, but you’ll save yourself a lot of time if you hit your own bank ahead of time. This is especially helpful if there will a language barrier for you in the country you’re traveling to.
It’s also good to find out ahead of time what currency is readily accepted. Some countries have their own money but prefer to deal with American.
Get Your Cell Phone Ready
I’ve heard rumours of people who can put their phone away for a week and not look at it. I am not one of those people. If you’re like me make sure your data roaming is shut off before you get on the plane so you’re not hit with nasty roaming charges when you get home. This is a good time to also check your kids phones. Also, add a package for long distance calls, texting and data useage before you leave the country.
Make Sure Clothes Fit
The funny thing about kids is that they never stop growing!! Since you see them everyday though the changes are more subtle to you. Ready for a shocker? Go grab a pair of their shorts from last July and see if they still fit them. Odds are you’re going to need to do some shopping. You many also want to check your clothes too since we’re still in the post-Christmas period. Thankfully, spring and summer clothes are easy to find at places like Old Navy and The Loft carrying what you need now!
So hopefully you know where you’re going now that you have all these things taken care of! If however you need a little travel inspiration then check out this wish list of spring break ideas over at Taking the Kids!