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Get Ready for a Trip: 62 Things to Do Before a Vacation

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Are you finally planning your next vacation? Well done to you, my dear traveler. Are you excited? I'm sure you are.

There are so many things to do before leaving for a holiday, but I don't want you to worry about it. That is why I wrote this article, to help you get ready for the holidays.

As your super-organized traveler, I could not write an article like this one with all the Things to Do Before Leaving for a Vacation, so that you won't forget anything important.

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Some people claim that planning a trip is just as fun as taking one. I think they are right. That feeling of anticipation and endless possibility is hard to beat (or at least it is for me. You guys know how much I love planning, me, and all the checklists I could never live without).

Below you'll find guidance on all those things we must do before leaving home for our next adventure.

Make sure to follow all my advice to reduce your travel anxiety (if, like me, you suffer from it) and avoid forgetting to do anything that could ruin your holiday.

A good checklist is a life/travel saver! So, let me help you prepare for a holiday!

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I organized what to do three months, one month, one week, and 24 hours before your departure, so you'll need to follow it as it is.

If you have less time to plan everything, you can adjust the time frames for the time you have left. Remember that it is never too late to plan a trip! Embark on Your Next Adventure with These Essential Pre-Trip Preparations.

book your accommodation

Book Your Accommodation Today

Book your accommodation as soon as possible if you have already decided on your travel dates. Prices change overnight, and accommodations in tourist places are the first to get fully booked.

I constantly research the best accommodation when I decide on my destination. Check out the best website: Booking and Agoda.

Don't forget to download my FREE PRINTABLE PRE-TRAVEL CHECKLIST; you only need to follow it and tick out what you have already done to understand better what you are still missing do.

Travel Tips: As soon as you book your next adventure, buy good travel insurance in case you need to "unfortunately" delay, extend, or cancel your trip. I recommend VisitorsCoverage for short trips and SafetyWing for trips longer than a month.

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The Complete Pre-Travel Checklist: Important Things to Do Before Leaving for a Vacation

Get Ready for a Trip!

Some Essential Travel Reminders:

choose the right destination for your travel

1. Choose the right destination for your travel:

Do you already know where to go? Not every destination is a good choice in every season of the year. So, having a great vacation is essential, as choosing the best place to visit in the season you decide to travel.

Rome in July? Walking all day under the sun at 40 degrees Celsius is not a good idea unless you love sweating, feel dizzy, and risk heatstroke.

Pssst! Do you need help choosing your next travel destination? Check out 9 Tips to Choose Your Next Dream Destination.

Do some essential research on your travel destination

2. Do some essential research on your travel destination:

Is the destination you chose a safe place to visit? Is there any travel advisor or warning? Remember that your safety is your priority, always!

Type on Google: "government's travel advisories for.." and add your destination name. Always make sure to visit a safe country.

things to do before going on holiday in trieste

There are many questions you need to ask when planning a trip to a foreign country or city:

  • What is the Time Zone?

  • Which is the Currency?

  • Do I need any Vaccination?

  • What are the Voltage and Adaptors?

  • How can I get there?

  • How can I go from the airport to the city center?

  • How can I move around?

  • Is it easy to find ATMs and pay with Credit Cards?

  • Are tap water and food safe?

  • Is it affordable to Eat and Drink out?

  • What is the Tipping Guide?

  • What is the Cost of Travelling?

  • What about Shopping and Souvenirs?

  • Can I visit it as a Solo Woman Traveller?

  • What is the Duty-Free Allowance?

  • Where can I book Buses, Trains and Rent a Car?

  • Is it easy to find free Wifi?

  • Which are the Important Telephone Numbers?

These and many more questions are all answered in the Travel Guide I wrote for each country/city I have visited.

Go to "Destination Page" and see if I have visited your next destination. If I did, you would find an article on the main page of that destination called "How to Plan a Trip to...(that city/country)" where I explain everything you need to know for a superorganized trip.

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3. Check rules, etiquette, and cultural norms:

It is essential to understand and respect other cultures when traveling. Remember that you are the guest in their country, not the opposite.

Always follow their rules and etiquette to show respect and avoid trouble during your holiday.

book your flight for your next adventure

Book Your Cheap Flight Today

If you have already decided where to go on holiday, you should look for the perfect flight deal.

I constantly research the best flight website, Skyscanner.

And remember, If you find a flight at a reasonable price, don't wait for it to go up; book it today!

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4. Covid restrictions and testings:

Unfortunately, with the covid pandemic came many travel restrictions, so make sure you can visit your next travel destination.

Follow the advice you find on the Who Website (keep in mind that these restrictions may change anytime, so always keep an eye on the rules of your destination country and be prepared to follow them).

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things to do 3 months before your holiday

Some things are better to do as soon as we book our travel. Sometimes, the sooner, the better to ensure everything goes smooth, like the cocktails you will drink when on vacation.

things to never forget before a holiday

5. Check the validity of your passport:

Before traveling abroad, make sure your passport is valid and accepted.

  • Many countries accept only passports with a validity of more than six months.

  • Other countries require at least two visa-free pages in your passport to guarantee your entrance into their country.

To ensure your passport is accepted at your destination, check out the country consular website to read all the requirements about the passport.

check the visa requirement before to travel to any country

6. Check your destination Visa requirement:

An essential thing to do when booking a vacation is to check the Visa requirement.

Some countries require you to apply for a Visa for the whole length of your stay, while others are free to visit. It all depends on which passport you hold and which countries allow you to access them freely.

Always check your destination country's website or embassy to ensure enough time to apply for your Visa on the IVisa website, as I always do.

The Visa required might be an e-visa or a visa on arrival that you will have to fill up while on the plane (never forget to carry a pen when traveling; read All the Flight Essentials You Should Bring on a Plane to always have with you all the necessary).

If you apply for a visa upon arrival, have all the required documents. Not every country is the same, but they usually include:

  • Cash payment in their specific currency

  • One or more recent passport photos

  • The application form

  • Confirmation of your accommodation and flight details

Tip: Be careful when searching online for visa requirements. Most of the results on the first searching page are from visa services companies that will charge you a fee to do what you can easily do by yourself for free.

book tours and activities before to leave for a travel

7. Book Tours and other Activities:

Do you want to see as much as you can during your travel?

There are some great websites where to book Tours and Activities:

  • TourRadar: the best website to book one or more tour days and have a travel guide that will tell you everything you need to know about the place you are visiting.

  • Get Your Guide: a website where to book daily tours and other activities (24h in advance free cancelation)

  • Tiqets: the go-to website where to purchase museums and other attractions tickets (24h in advance free cancelation)

what to do before leaving home for a vacation

8. Check Public Transport at your destination:

It doesn't matter if you want to stay around the capital or you choose to explore the whole country. Checking how public transport works is essential to planning the perfect trip.

In some countries, you can easily reach every destination you wish to visit by public transport (like during my tour of the south of Spain), while in others, renting a car would be the best option.

I advise you to search for a good rental car deal on Rentalcars or Discovercars, two of the best car rental websites, where I always rent a car for a very affordable price.

get an international driving license before to leave for a travel

9. Get your international driving license:

If you plan to drive during your travel, don't forget you might need an international driving license.

Every country is different, so check if your driving license is valid in the country you are about to visit.

If you are from the Uk, click here to check the UK Government Website and see if you need an international driving license for the country you visit.


It is just a piece of paper you can get quickly in a few minutes. Here in the Uk, you only need to go to your local post office to get it in less than five minutes.

book a pet sitter before to leave for a travel

10. Book your pets into a kennel/cattery:

If a lovely pet is part of your family, ask your relatives and friends if they can care for them. Maybe someone you know will love to have a pet for a couple of weeks or more.

Otherwise, book pet care to take care of them while abroad.

Research the cell and data plan of your destination

11. Research the cell and data plan of your destination:

I always book accommodation with free Wifi so I can call my parents and friends anytime. In most cities, you can find Wifi in bars, restaurants, and, like in London, at every Tube Station.

The best solution to get all the data you need on holiday is by getting an e-sim card on Airalo. I use it to get data on all my travels, and I love it. It is the travel sim card website with the best at the cheapest prices (and also very easy to use)

 Check the weight requirement of your airline

12. Check the weight requirement of your airline:

Unfortunately, every airline has a different weight requirement (wouldn't it be easier if they could all apply the same ones?). So check out if you can carry a big or small carry-on bag and the checked baggage allowance.

The Coolife Luggage Suitcase PC+ABS Spinner Built-In TSA is an excellent solution for a new suitcase. Some airlines allow you to have a backpack, so I never travel without my MATEIN Travel Laptop Backpack.

Having all your luggage with you is the best way to avoid waiting for your checked baggage once you reach your destination (and avoid lost baggage).

If you plan to travel for a long time, an excellent big suitcase might be what you need (in case you like carrying different outfits for each holiday day). Check out Coolife Luggage Expandable suitcase, which will allow you to take anything you need in style. It also has a beautiful set of three pieces of luggage if you need that extra space.

Plan an itinerary before to leave for your trip

13. Plan an itinerary:

Creating an itinerary is one of the most fun parts of a trip. Never forget to plan and research what to do and see at your destination.

Don't forget to search where and, most importantly, what to eat in the place you are about to visit.

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Our anniversary dinner in Madeira

A thing I like to do in advance is to book some restaurants for dinner. I don't book every place where to have lunch and dinner (that would be too much), but if I find an excellent restaurant where to dine by reserving it in advance, I will make sure to get a table.

There are some restaurants where the waiting list is longer than three months, so never forget to book these places in advance, mainly if traveling during the high season.

Save the address of your embassy at your destination

14. Save the address of your embassy at your destination:

I wish you a wonderful trip with zero troubles, but just in case, check out where your embassy is, save it on your google maps, and write down the address on paper to keep inside your luggage. Just in case!

have a goof travel insurance before to travel

15. Book good travel insurance and print it:

Travel insurance is a must to have when traveling. You cannot travel without one.

Purchasing one a few months earlier will cover your travel even if your flight gets canceled or you must cancel or postpone your trip for some reason.

In case your flight gets delayed, you can use two very good companies to get back some money: AirHelp and Compensair.

Print out all your bookings

16. Print out all your bookings:

By printing out all your bookings, you will always have them with you, even if your phone stops working.

Unfortunately, electronics get stolen, and batteries die. Keep them inside your carry-on luggage to always have them with you.

Tips: place a paper with your name, phone number and address, a copy of your flight and hotel booking inside your checked luggage. In case the airline loses your luggage, they will be able to prove the luggage belongs to you.

A new way to always be able to track your luggage is to place it inside a GPS luggage tracker. It is quite a new way always to know where your luggage is, in case the airline loses it.

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17. Take screenshots of all your bookings and send them to yourself via email:

It is always a good idea to take a screenshot of all your bookings and save them in your Google Photos or Google Drive or send them to yourself via email.

If something happens to your paper copies, you can easily access them from your phone or other devices.

Take a picture of all of your documents is one of the things to do at home before going on holiday

18. Take a picture of all of your documents:

Remember to take a picture of your documents, like your passport, driving license, and credit cards, and email them to yourself.

You can still prove your identity if you lose or someone steals your bag. Tell all your travel mates to do the same.

Just place all your documents on a table and take single pictures of them, passport pages included.

vacation preparation checklist: Arrange how to go from the airport to your accommodation

19. Arrange how to go from the airport to your accommodation:

Researching how to reach your accommodation from the airport is an essential thing to do when planning your trip. There are always multiple ways with different prices.

There is public transport, or if you prefer to book an airport transfer to reach your accommodation as soon as possible, the websites I always use are Kiwitaxi and Holidaytaxi.

Book or plan accordingly to your budget.

preparation for holiday: check what you can bring into a country before your travel

20. Find out what you can bring to your destination:

Always check out which items you cannot bring inside a country. Knowing what you can and cannot carry with you will avoid having an issue with the customs office.

Check the vaccinations needed at your destination

21. Check the vaccinations needed at your destination:

In many countries, you will need to get some vaccines before departure. Some vaccines need only one week to work, while you must take others more than one month in advance.

Research the CDC Travelers' Health Website in advance if you need any. And book an appointment with your doctor to get them.

Don't forget to request a vaccine passport where you will have the list of all the vaccines received from now on.

Check your options for calling home

22. Check your options for calling home:

Calling your family and friends is essential, even just to let them know you are ok and enjoying your trip. Nobody wants Mamma to get worried, right?

During a ten-day Morocco tour, I wanted to be sure to have a way to call home (I was going in the middle of the desert, after all). So I asked my tour guide, and they had a hotspot I could use to text my parents and boyfriend to let them know I was ok.

Otherwise, the best option is to purchase an e-sim card on Airalo to have all the data you need 24h.

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things to do 1 month before your holiday

You are almost there; only one month to your so-waited vacation. Don't worry; the next four weeks will fly fast as the plane you are about to board, and you will have the most fabulous vacation you deserve.

But there are still many things to do before leaving for your next adventure, so keep reading...

Plan to eat whatever you have in your fridge/freezer

23. Plan to eat whatever you have in your fridge/freezer:

Empty your fridge and freezer before going on holiday is an excellent way to avoid returning home and finding plenty of spoiled food.

The electricity might turn off, and you would waste everything inside. Write down everything you have inside your fridge and freezer, and plan to eat everything during the month before your travel.

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24. Register with your government:

Registering with your government is not a requirement for every country, but if your government needs to register nationals traveling abroad, then do it.

Prepay your bills before to leave for a travel

25. Prepay your bills:

It depends on how long you plan to stay away, but just in case, check out when your bill payment is due, and if you can pay everything in advance, please do so.

In case you can quickly pay by mobile, good for you. This will make your life easier when abroad.

26. Check your destination payment methods:

Checking your destination payment methods is a must before traveling.

In some countries, like in Europe, you will quickly pay almost everywhere with your credit/debit card, while in others, you might need to always carry some cash with you.

Withdraw some local cash before your travel

27. Withdraw some local cash:

It doesn't matter if you know you can pay easily everywhere with your credit card at your destination. Always make sure to withdraw some local cash before departure.

In case you need to buy something once you arrive, or pay for your transport to your accommodation. Most of the time, withdrawing money at the airport cash machines is more expensive than in the city center.

take your medicine with you when going on holiday

28. Buy all the medications you need:

Are you under any medication? Or, like me, do you prefer to use medicine you have already tested and know they don't give you any collateral effect?

Always purchase some extra to carry with you, just in case. I never leave for a trip without aspirin, paracetamol, and antihistamines (hay fever, leave me alone, please). I also love to use natural remedies like my dear licorice tablets (to push up my blood pressure when it gets low), motion sickness pills, and others.

29. Learn a few sentences of the local language:

Don't you wish to be able to communicate with the locals in their language? I'm not saying you have to be fluent (in three months, it would be impossible anyway).

If you will learn some local sentences, like good morning, how much does it cost? etc., you will show how much you appreciate their country, and they will be happier to help you if in need.

To learn some basic sentences I always use Duolingo app, it is free and super fun to use!

Get a good packing list to make sure to take everything you need

30. Get a good packing list to make sure to take everything you need:

I cannot pack for a trip without one of my travel packing checklists.

Since I started traveling without my parents in my twenties, I have always loved to write down a complete checklist because I hate to forget to pack something.

Yes, we can buy anything at our destination, but if we already have it at home, why waste money buying another one?

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