Get Organized For Family Travel and you'll enjoy the trip more than you ever thought possible!
Preparing yourselves and your home for a vacation does not have to be a huge, stressful undertaking. First you need to break it down into several smaller do-able tasks.
Before you start making plans, you might what to check out The Travel Secrets Guide which can help you to learn where and how to save money on your trip.
Now for the "do-able tasks!
What's a Pre-Checklist? It's the first list you make by writing down anything you think you will need in no particular order. You will then take this list, set up categories and transfer everything from your Pre-Checklist under the appropriate category.
Below are some category ideas to help you get organized for family travel. Add and remove as necessary.
What To Pack -See Packing Checklists
What to Buy
What To do Before Leaving
Clothes To Bring
Keep your Pre-Checklist handy for a few days and add to it as you think of things. Then be sure you have transferred everything to a category.
Ideally we would all like to travel light but most of us find this rather challenging, especially when travelling with children. There are also the "unknowns" such as the weather, how dressy a restaurant is and what ammenities are provided.
The good news is that setting up a checklist will help you stay organized and also help keep you from over-packing.
The following ideas of things to do, buy and consider are not necessary for all trips. Please read it and take from it only what is appropriate for your type of trip.
If you're going out of the country, you'll need to allow sufficient time to get birth certificates, passports, immunizations and necessary legal documents in order. I recommend approximately 2-3 months before a trip.
If you are flying, confirm your reservations as much time ahead as possible. Also arrange for car rentals and hotels.
Do you want/need:
Do you have Maps? A good Guide Book?
Re-confirm airline, bus, train reservations and try to get seating assignments.
If traveling by car, decide what maintenance should be done and schedule an appointment. Do you need:
Locate any home security/automation devices you will use. These might include light timers, alarm systems and motion detectors. Make sure you know how to use them so you aren't trying to take care of this at the last minute.
Decide how you will pay for things:
*Check with your bank to make sure there are ATM's where you are going
Check your camera equipment. Make sure you have:
Wash all clothes you might be taking
Divide your shopping lists into:
Give keys and detailed instructions to house/pet sitter/neighbor. Also provide:
Walk through the house and:
Do some of all of these and get organized for family travel!