Jun 14, 2015
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How To Planning Vacation With Simple Vacation Preparation Checklist

Vacations do make people happy. It is a chance to take a break from work and enjoy valuable time with family. Vacations are to turn off the telephone, turn off all negative thoughts, relax, and preferably on the beach. But if not proper planning your vacation, it may impact overall vacation trip. Hence, planning your vacation in advance is an important part of preparation.

How To Planning Vacation With Simple Vacation Preparation Checklist

Here is a simple vacation preparation checklist that lets you plan out vacation without stress.

Vacation Preparation Checklist

A Week Before Vacation:-

  • Put a hold on the delivery of your mail, or ask someone to collect it for you (same goes for any packages that might be coming your way)
  • Put a hold on the delivery of your newspapers
  • Arrange pet sitter or kennel stay
  • Pay bills
  • Check toiletry/gear/clothes supply — buy new items as needed
  • Load up on reading material — buy magazines and books, check out books from library, download books on Kindle/iPad
  • Order and pick-up a refill on your medication if it’ll run out while you’re on your trip
  • Let friends and family know about travel itinerary
  • Arrange for a ride to the airport, or reserve a parking spot

A Day Before Vacation:

  • Throw away perishable food items from fridge, as well as any fruit/veggies that might go bad while you’re away
  • Notify company that you’ll be away or set up email away message
  • Get all laundry done (including bed sheets — nothing better than coming home to fresh sheets!)
  • Check-in for flight online and print off boarding passes
  • Print off driving directions (in case your digital map doesn’t work properly)
  • Write down/print off destination addresses
  • Check weather of destination
  • Confirm hotel reservations
  • Confirm rental car reservations
  • Program phone numbers you’ll need into phone
  • Download apps, music, and movies/shows for yourself and the kids
  • Fully charge phone/tablet/laptop
  • Withdraw cash and change it for single dollar bills in case you need to tip shuttle drivers, skycaps, hotel valets, etc.
  • Run the dishwasher
  • Pack everything (minus what you’ll be using on travel day) in your luggage.

Before Departure:

  • Pack dopp kit after getting ready for the day
  • Make sure all doors and windows are shut and locked
  • Make sure the garbage disposable is clear of food scraps
  • Take out last bag of trash to garbage can
  • Wash any dishes you used for breakfast by hand and put away
  • Turn off lights and turn on timer for lights
  • Unplug electronics
  • Water house plants
  • Set thermostat for away temperature
  • Close blinds and curtains
  • Double-check bags/clothing for loose ammunition
  • Double check that you have passport and itinerary packed in carry-on bag

Note: If you have a very early flight, some of these things should be done the night before departure.

Suggested Packing Checklists for Items daily use:

Dopp Kit:

  • Medicine / vitamin
  • Sunglasses
  • Wallet
  • Phone
  • Travel bottle of shampoo
  • Bar of favourite soap
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Shaving supplies: razor, brush, and cream
  • Nail clippers
  • Lip balm
  • Band aids
  • Safety pins
  • Extra pair of contact lenses


  • Itinerary
  • Smartphone power cords and adapter
  • Paperback book/magazines
  • Tablet/laptop and power cords
  • Paper copy of driving directions
  • A change of clean underwear
  • Pens/pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Headphones

Baby/Toddler Bag:

  • Diapers
  • Diaper disposal bags
  • Wipes
  • Snacks
  • Books (way, way more than you might think you’ll need — they’ll go through ‘em quick)
  • Small toys
  • Bottle/cup with built-in straw (sucking will help pop their ears)
  • Benadryl and/or Tylenol (see here for proper dosing)
  • Toddler headphones
  • Tablet with downloaded movies/shows

You may have different experience for you vacation, just leave a comments below.

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