The 5 Things Travelers Always Seem to Forget
Before you set off on your next great travel adventure, it’s important to prepare ahead of time. This isn’t to take the stress out of packing, but to keep your home safe, your bills paid, and more while you’re gone. The last thing you need is to come home and find all your personal property has been stolen, and that you’ve forgotten to pay your insurance (so, you can’t recoup your losses). Unfortunately, it’s a common occurrence that travelers forget to pay bills and set up security. You’re busy with a million other things to do, so let this guide help you remember those things travelers commonly forget.
- Set Your Alarm System
Burglars target vacationers. They case neighborhoods, looking for people who are loading cars with suitcases. They watch your social media posts. To stay safe, tell a trusted neighbor that you’ll be traveling and need them to keep an eye out for suspicious activity. And, don’t forget to set the alarm. Don’t have a burglar alarm system? Get one. If you travel a lot, it’s important to protect your home and belongings while you’re away. It provides peace of mind, and the signs are often the only deterrent would-be robbers need to pass on burglarizing your home.
- Pay Your Bills
As previously stated, your bills can lapse while you’re away if you’re not careful. Imagine producing your credit card only to have it declined… And, only because you forgot to pay the upcoming bill before you left. It helps to schedule auto-pays while you’re gone or to simply pay all your payments in the month before you travel.
- Pack Your Phone Charger
Touristy areas are known to jack up the prices on cheap items, such as phone chargers because they’re commonly forgotten, but a necessary item nonetheless. Don’t let your forgetfulness be exploited for cash. Set a couple alarms on your phone that remind you to pack your charger. This way, if you’re in the middle of something when the alarm goes off, another will go off a while later reminding you again. This almost guarantees you won’t forget to pack your charger.
- Make Copies of Important Documents
Copies of items, such as your passport and state-issued ID, are going to help if you lose these items. Consulates and police departments can use the numbers on these items to help identify you and help you quickly replace the lost or stolen identification. It also helps to have copies of your credit cards, so the numbers can still be referenced. These copies could mean the difference between a lost wallet ruining your vacation, or simply being a small hiccup on your way to scratching another destination off your bucket list.
- Take Out the Trash
The last thing you need is rotting food and garbage stinking up your house while you’re gone. Clean your fridge and trash receptacle before you leave, and make sure to take out the bags when you’re gone. A thorough deep clean before you hit the road is going to ensure a relaxing, happy atmosphere when you return. Coming home to a dirty house has a way of killing the reverie of a beautiful vacation.
So, there you have it: the common things most travelers forget, but not you because you read this list. Make sure to add these to your checklist, and frequently check the list in the days before you go. This is going to ensure you don’t forget this stuff or anything else for that matter.