Vacation Checklist



Before you leave...

  • Make your air reservations as soon as possible, if you are flying.
  • If driving, use an online map service to calculate your route.Arrange for pet care or boarding. If boarding, be sure your pets 
  • have any necessary shots / vaccinations.  
  • Arrange to have the lawn cut.
  • Ask a neighbor or friend to keep an eye on things and to pick up 
  • any dropped off advertisements or leaflets, etc., left at your door 
  • or on your driveway. 
  • Be sure that you will have enough prescription medicine. 
  • Order if required.
  • Planning to rent a car? Check your auto insurance to see if you 
  • are fully covered where you're going. You may not need that 
  • supplemental insurance offered by the rental company. 
  • Stop the mail and newspaper. 
  • Update voice mail at work with absence notification.
  • Update e-mail at work with auto reply absence notification. 
  • Pay upcoming bills that can’t wait.
  • Get money and/or traveler's checks.  
  • Put name and destination phone number or destination address 
  • in luggage. Don't put the address of your vacant home. 
  • Record phone numbers for reporting lost or stolen credit cards or 
  • debit cards and put them in a location other than your purse or wallet. 
  • Record emergency phone numbers to leave with neighbors, 
  • relatives, or pet boarding facility.
  • Close and lock all windows.
  • Unplug small appliances such as your toaster, can opener, 
  • coffee maker, and television.
  • Turn off water to external faucets.
  • Turn off water to washing machine.
  • Adjust air-conditioning or heat. 

Don't forget to bring...

  • Prescription medicine. 
  • Contact lenses, lens case, and extra solutions. 
  • Extra eyeglasses or lens prescription. 
  • Umbrella or rain gear. 
  • Camera and batteries.
  • Sunscreen and bug spray.
  • Entertainment for the kids or yourself during travel time.
  • Some good books to read and games to play.