Travelling soon? Check these things off your list

Make sure you read this list of things to do before you travel
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Get the nagging feeling there’s something you’re forgetting as you’re headed out the door?  Not after you read this list of things to do before you travel, you won’t.

Cancel your subscriptions and deliveries

If you plan to be away for a long time it is best to cancel your newspaper and magazine subscriptions for the period you will be away. You do not want to come back to a month’s stack of newspapers waiting outside your door. Besides, it is a useless expenditure. In case, you are expecting something to be delivered while you’re away make sure you inform the sender or the courier company of your absence.

It’s never a bad idea to get an international calling card

Unless you want nothing to do with the world or with technology while you are on a holiday, make sure you have worked out how to stay connected with your family and friends, especially if you are travelling abroad. We suggest you contact your cellular carriers to learn about roaming options and fix on a roaming facility. On the other hand you could opt to buy an international calling card or a temporary international SIM card offered by companies here.


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Out-of-office auto email

If you are out on a vacation, it is most likely you won’t respond to work related emails. But your clients and colleagues are working and they might not know about your absence. It is likely they will continue sending important correspondence and expect a response. Hence, it is essential that you create an out-of-office auto-responder email message before heading out on your holiday.

Make sure your beloved pet’s taken care of while you’re away

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If you have a pet make sure you have ensured their safety and comfort during your days away. Pets, especially dogs go through much anxiety when their human families are away and you must ensure they are well taken care of. If you are away for only a few days you can consider asking a friend or family member to sit for your pet. In case of long vacations you could put your pet in a specialty crèche where they will be well taken care of. Make sure you do enough research before you pick a crèche so that you know your pet is in good hands.

Empty your fridge

If you are planning to take a longish vacation make sure you empty the fridge. Give away the food to people in need rather than wasting it all. Besides, you do not want to return to a refrigerator that smells of days old food.

Rethink gadgets that won’t work

Considering how dependent we are on the gizmo world it is imperative that you check all your gadgets – laptops, phones, cameras and anything else you light be carrying. A malfunctioning gadget can be cause for much torment during your trip. Ensure you have your chargers, extra batteries, memory cards etc., in place. If you are travelling abroad, make sure you have the right adapters suitable for the country you are visiting.

Pay a quick visit to the doctor

It is always best to pay a quick visit to your family physician for a routine checkup before you hit the road. This is not only to make sure that you are fit to travel, it is also essential to know the precautions and safety measure you must take depending on your current health. Get a prescription for all the medicines you must carry with you. A prescription also comes handy in case you run out of or lose a medicine and need to replace it.


Lonely Planet India has produced this article for Opera India. All editorial views are those of Lonely Planet alone and reflect our policy of editorial independence and impartiality.



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AUTHOR'S BIO: Priyadarshini Chatterjee is a freelance journalist/writer and food blogger based in Kolkata. More on: