A checklist before you leave your home:
- Have post office hold mail or someone picking up your mail
- Stop deliveries, newspaper
- Leave house key and trip itinerary with a friend/family member/neighbor
- Arrange care for pets, lawn and plants
- Set-up a timed lighting system
- Empty refrigerator
- Unplug appliances
- Turn down thermostat
- Turn off water heater
- Lock off all doors and windows
- Store valuables in a safe place
- Pre-pay bills (if possible)
- Advise home alarm company of absence
- Reconfirm with airlines
Besides from all the checklists I gave you, I wanted to add some personal tips to make your travel easier.
- I always take some items to pamper myself during a long flight. I take body lotion or hand cream in my carry-on (in a zip lock bag), because the air is always dry in the airplane. And take soft socks with me, so I can take of my shoes and have comfortable feet.
- I usually put in my carry-on: my PJ’s, a pair of underwear and an outfit to wear. Trust me if your bags are delayed, you’ll be happy you can sleep, change your underwear and put on a nice outfit the next day!!! (Been there, done that 🙂
- If I go to a sunny place, I always bring my bikini and sarong in my carry-on, than I can always go for a swim right away without needing my checked luggage. And a sarong can be used for a lot of things: over a bikini as a dress, a blanket, a scarf…
- I take a blanket or scarf with me, in case I get cold. You normally get one on the plane. But it’s nice to have your personal one. It makes it cozier! A pashima is also great! You can use it during your travel to wear as a nice scarf on top of your outfit.
- If you wear contact lenses, like I do, bring a small bottle of lens fluid in your carry-on (but remember the rules on liquids)
- Extra luggage locks, because the TSA locks, everyone with TSA lock keys can open these. Bring a separate pair to use in the hotels.
- An extra bag or expandable suitcase. I know myself by now. I always see nice souvenirs I want to buy!
- Put luggage tags in- and outside your bag. In case the outside tag comes off and your luggage gets lost, it’s easier to find the owner.
- Check with your airline how many pieces of luggage are permitted. Usually it’s one carry-on, a purse and a jacket. Laptop is also permitted. Most people combine purse and carry-on or laptop and carry-on, because otherwise your hands are so full! The checked luggage is also different for each airline, recently they changed a lot and sometimes ask for extra fees, so check your airlines website.