Vacation Checklist: One Month Till Travel Time

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I have always been good about being prepared when it comes to taking a big trip. In fact, I'm usually that annoyingly organized person that everyone is happy to have with them, but also slightly hates because they packed for vacation two-weeks in advance. 

Okay, I've never packed two weeks in advance. Three days, maybe. 

Anyway, at the end of next month I'll be packing up and flying first class to Daytona, Florida for four days followed by five days in Cancun, Mexico. And no, I didn't suddenly come into a ton of money but we had a flight voucher that had to be used by the end of August. So basically I'm flying first class for the greater good of the airlines, I wouldn't want them to lose any money on an unused ticket voucher (haha, yeah right). 

It's been awhile since my last trip and I feel like this one would sneak up on me if I let it so I'm going to make this little checklist not only for myself, but for you as well. If you're going on a trip anytime soon, don't let it get the best of you. Start planning early so you have less to stress about when the time comes. 

Here's what you'll need to do one month in advance of a big trip: 

1. (If you haven't already) make sure all of your flights are booked, as well as your hotel reservations. Print out all of your confirmation numbers and have them handy just in case. 

2. If you're going out of the country you hopefully already have your passport, or you're waiting for it to arrive. Keep it in a safe place, but make sure it's easily accessible. If you forget your passport when you're headed to the airport, you will probably cry (speaking from experience here) and nobody wants you to be sad. 

3. Ask for the time off of work. The sooner you can give them the dates of your travel, the better. Don't mess up a good thing at work by springing it on them two weeks in advance that you'll be gone for 10 days. Give them the time to find coverage for you, or you might not come home to a job. 

4. Research the weather for the place and time of year that you're visiting. Obviously you won't find specifics a month in advance, but it will definitely help you to start buying clothes for your trip. 

5. Speaking of buying clothes, start doing that early. You don't want to be rushing around the day before you leave to find outfits for your trip. Start ordering bikinis online if you're going somewhere tropical. If you're headed to a colder climate look for those leggings and sweaters ahead of time. 

6. Start researching things you absolutely want to do at your destination. Some places required advanced reservations for activities so make sure you're all mapped out on the things you don't want to miss out on. Last time I was in Mexico I swam with dolphins and released sea turtles into the ocean, this time I think you'll mostly find me lounging on a beach chair with a drink in my hand, not a lot of planning necessary for that one. 

7. Save up some money! If you're going to need spending money for your trip, research the average amount that people bring with them wherever you're going. Find out the general price range of meals and drinks there, and save save save. It's so much more fun going on a trip when you know you can be comfortable about your money. *side story - when Daniel and I first got married someone gave us a trip to Disneyworld. We went with less then $200 dollars (because we didn't have much more then that at the time) and spent it all. We came back with close to no money and still another few days before pay day. Can you say, ramen noodles for dinner? It definitely wasn't our smartest decision but we learned from it and now you can learn from us. Save up that spending money! 

How far in advance do you start planning your vacation time? What tips would you add? 

2 comments

  1. I am all about making checklists for trips, it just makes life so much easier in the long run.

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  2. Such a great list! The girls and I are driving home over Labor Day weekend and I've already got lists started in preparation for that. I'm a planner... if I don't plan I am stressing out hardcore.

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