What to do before Traveling | 50 things before leaving for Vacation


Have you ever left the house,
driven on to the highway and started thinking: “Did I lock the front door?” “Did I blow the candle out?” “Did the garage door close all the way?” It’s not a good feeling, and it is 10 times worse if you happen
to be on your way to the airport, that’s why I created
a checklist of 50 things to do before leaving for any trip so you can spend less time worrying
and more time enjoying on your next vacation. (Music) One month prior to departure date: Review your passport. You want to make sure the expiry date
is not within six months. It’s also good practice to have
at least six free pages, especially if you’re going
to be getting a new visa stamp. Speaking of visas,
look at the visa requirements. If you need a visa, apply early. Processing times vary and you do not want
to leave this until the last minute. If you haven’t already
booked your flights, do it. Usually flight prices are the lowest
leading up to six weeks before your trip. Once you’ve gotten
closer than that prices start to rise. Also consider booking your first
and second night’s accommodation. You may want to book more than this, but having at least the first
and second night means that you can arrive stress-free, knowing that you’ve a place
to sleep the first night. Review any vaccinations that you need and book an appointment
with your travel clinic. Depending on where you live,
it can take two days to get an appointment or it can take two weeks,
so don’t leave this until the last minute. Order any prescriptions that you have
and make sure you have enough in stock to last you for your trip
and a few extra days just in case. Sometimes you need a doctor’s note
to get additional prescriptions before yours run out. Consider getting a credit card
with no foreign transaction fees. As a Canadian, I use Stack. Not only are there no fees when I go
to withdraw from an ATM abroad, it also gives extra security features: I’m able to track
all of my spending on an app and then freeze the card on demand
if I ever were to lose it. Check the expiry dates of your ID,
your credit card, your debit card… If it’s going to expire while you’re away you’re going to want
to put an order in for it as soon as possible. If there’s any chance
you’ll be driving in the destination, apply for an international
driver’s license. The process is inexpensive,
quick and easy; it’s just a good thing to have. And then buy tickets
to any must-do experiences or attractions at your destination. I didn’t do this the first time
I went to Thailand, and I was completely set on having
an elephant sanctuary experience. I didn’t realize that the elephant
sanctuary in Chiang Mai books out weeks in advance in high season. Let’s fast forward to one week
prior to departure date. Book and buy your travel insurance. Please, don’t travel without insurance,
and do check with your credit card first because you may already be
covered for free. Print, email yourself and send to a friend
all of your confirmations. Often you can show your confirmations
on your phone and that’s fine but, if your phone were to die
or you were to lose it or you couldn’t access the Internet, it’s always good to have
a paper copy with you. By emailing it to yourself
or uploading it to a cloud, you can access your
confirmations from any device regardless of where you are, and then sending it to a friend is just… it’s an extra backup should you need it. I also recommend you share
your full itinerary with a friend or a family member. I love the app Tripit
because it’s completely free to use. I just forward all of my emails of confirmations to plans at Tripit.com and it puts it together
in a nice organized itinerary for me that I can then share the link
with my mother to keep track. If I ever were to go missing,
she would have a starting point of where I am and the contact
information of where I’m staying. Make a photocopy
of your passport and your IDs. By having this copy, you’re not going
to have to be pulling out your passport – which is one of the most
valuable things you are carrying – every time someone asks to see your ID. It’s going to reduce the risk of losing it
and also flagging it around for theft. Check if you can register your trip
with the government. For Canadians and Americans
it’s very simple, it’s free, it takes two minutes, and then it allows the government
to contact you and help you with any messes abroad should they happen. Why not? I have the link below
for Canadians and Americans to register in the description. Review your airline’s luggage restrictions
and also weigh all of your baggage. This is particularly important
if you are flying on a budget airline because they will weigh everything
and they will nickel and dime you if you are one pound over. Baggage fees for checking your bag
at the airport can be well over USD 50. Unlock your phone. I can’t tell you how many times
I’ve been traveling with people and they’ve arrived at the airport, try to get a traveler’s SIM card
in the destination, then realize that their phone was
locked to a specific carrier. So, say you’re with AT&T or Bell,
go to them or go to any phone store, and they can unlock your phone
for you, quickly and cheaply, to allow you to use any SIM card
when you’re traveling abroad. Pay any outstanding bills
and set future bills to be auto paid. It’s not something
you want to be worrying about while you’re away on vacation. You may also want to arrange
for pet-sitting, house-sitting, or just someone to come by
and check on things while you’re away. If you don’t have a friend
or family member to do this, do a quick google search
of your location and house-sitter and you will find plenty of options. Also, arrange to have
your mail either put on hold or picked up by a friend or family member. Head out to the grocery store
and buy some non-perishable snacks for your trip. This is good. Say you were to get stuck
at the airport on a delay, now you’re not having to pay
for expensive, overpriced, kind of crappy airport food. Also buy some non-perishable things
that you can stock the house with for when you get back home. Think oatmeal, coffee, some frozen meals,
that would be a great option. This one is optional but,
while you’re out shopping, maybe pick up a few small gifts that represent your home
country in some way. I bring Canadian branded socks
or maple candies with me and I will leave them with my landlord
or anyone that I make a connection with. It’s fun to have these little
things brought to you from a country that you’ve never been to. Why not? Notify your bank of all
of the destinations that you will be and the dates that you’ll be
traveling in each country. This will help them
not put a hold on your card, which is a total pain
in the butt to have lifted when you try to use an ATM
and suddenly your card is frozen. Notifying them will help reduce
the risk of this happening. However, I notify them
and often my card is still frozen. I still do it, it’s worth trying. See if you can order foreign currency
for your destination country prior to leaving home. This way you have it
with you when you arrive, and also try to get it
in small bills for tips. Whether you get foreign currency or not,
try to carry some USD on you. USD is accepted
almost anywhere in the world and then if you were
to arrive at the airport and you couldn’t withdraw
your money from the ATM or your credit card was frozen
for some reason, you would have a little bit of money
that you could exchange into the local currency
to get you started. Break in any new shoes or clothing
that you bought specifically for the trip. I can’t tell you how many times
I’ve bought new shoes for one trip and then I go to wear them and realize they’re
incredibly uncomfortable. Try wearing them around the house
for the week prior to leaving. Review all of the subscriptions,
memberships and plans. This will depend
on how long you’re traveling to see if it’s worth it but, say you have a gym membership
or a subscription to Spotify that you won’t be using while you’re away, cancel it, put it on hold,
even your phone plan. I save 90% off my phone plan
because I put the plan off and I have them just put it on a hold
for me while I’m traveling. Maybe something that you can do too. Clear up the memory cards
on your camera and on your phone. This way you’re not taking new pictures
and having to go back and delete all of your
other pictures to do so. You’ll also want to backup
all of the photos that you have and all of your information
prior to leaving. The actual device can be replaced,
the information that’s on it can’t. Back it up in a cloud
or put it onto a hard drive before you leave the house. Take an afternoon
to research your destination. I have a whole video
which I’ll link over here and down in the description below. It also comes with a checklist
of all the things that you should research to save yourself time, money,
and stress on your trip. It is now the night before
or the morning of your flight. I have… 18, 18 things that you should do
before you board your plane. I promise I will go through them quickly. Check to make sure
that your flight is on time. Why wait at the airport
if you don’t have to? Also, check for any up-to-date
destination information. Things can change fast. You never know what the weather might do
or if there’s been a natural disaster or if a new travel alert
has been put in place. Review the route
and your transportation options from the airport to the hotel
of your first night of a acommodations. You’re also going to want to pack
within your carry-on an extra set of two days worth of clothes,
your toiletries that you would need, and any medications, in case your checked baggage
were to be lost or delayed at your arrival country. While you’re packing, also considered spreading
some of that USD and foreign currency throughout your carry-on
and throughout your jacket, your pockets,
so it’s not all in one place. Say something were to be stolen
or if you lost, wherever it was, you haven’t lost everything. Wheigh your luggage and then weigh it again, especially for those budget airlines. Tag your luggage. If you already have tags on them, review the information to make sure
that your contact info – your phone number,
your address – hasn’t changed. I also recommend you get
one of the covered luggage tags, the ones that have a little flap on them
that hide your information so you can peel back and you can see but it’s not out on display
while you’re going through the airport. Empty your wallet of any non-essentials
that you don’t need on this trip. Think you a library card, bus pass,
a loyalty card for a local store. Fully charge all of your electronics;
if you have one of those battery packs, make sure that is fully charged as well. Review any apps that you may need
in the country that you’re going to and make sure they’re
downloaded prior to arriving. Think ridesharing apps, like Uber
and Lyft, or Google Maps, Google Translate, XE Currency Converter, and then download
any information from these apps that you may need for offline use. I will download from Google Maps,
few shows from Netflix, some of my favorite podcasts
and playlist from Spotify. Set an autoresponder on your work email so you’re not having to worry
about responding to co-workers while you’re away on your vacation. While you’re at it,
set the house thermostat to be either four degrees
warmer or colder. This way you’re not using extra energy that you are not even enjoying
because you are not in the house. Clean your house quickly but thoroughly. You do not want to come home to a home
that has dishes left in the sink, garbage in the garbage cans, and dirty laundry just sitting there
smelling and waiting for you. Turn off and unplug all electronics – I’ll even do this for the television. Say there was a storm
and lightning struck the house, I don’t want any devices
being fried while I’m away or potentially being a fire hazard. Also, turn off your water
so if there were to be a leak, the whole house is not
going to flood on you. Lock your windows and close your blinds. This won’t help just for privacy
but also, if you live in a hot destination, it’s going to stop the sun
from shining in, heating up your house, causing your thermostat to go on and wasting energy
costing you extra money. Finally, last one, couple
of water bottles in your freezer because you can usually bring solid,
frozen water through airport security, which means you’re not having to pay
for overpriced water at the airport. Now, lock that door,, make sure the garage door
closes all of the way and start worrying about things like
what movies they’ll have on the airplane or how terrible you’ll be
the first time you try surfing, not about your house. I’ve created a printable checklist
that I use every time before I leave the house for a trip and I’ve included it
in the description below for you to download and use for free. If you enjoyed this video,
you will love this one right here on 50 flight hacks
for your most epic flight ever, and this one down here
on 30 carry-on packing hacks. Next week I’ll be sharing my secrets
on the top websites apps and life hacks that I use to save money
to actually afford to take these trips. So, I hope you’ll hit my face
right over here to subscribe and tune in for that one. I think you’ll like it. Hope to see you next week.
Thank you so much for being here. Have a good one. Bye!

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