A yearly travel check can make all of your trips that much easier for the rest of the year. A yearly travel check in January is the perfect time to ensure that all of your luggage is in order as well as make sure your passports, insurance, and the like are ready for your next big trip, whether that’s a business conference or a family cruise.
Yearly Travel Check – Cover Your Bases
There are a few things you’re going to want to make sure are in order during your yearly travel check. By going over all of these things, you’ll be good to go on all your trips, and you’ll save a ton of time.
First things first, if you’re considering any international travel, make sure your passports are in order. The last thing you want to do is get to the airport or the cruise ship with an expired passport. Check your passports for their expiration dates and renew them if needed. Even finding out the week before your trip that your passport expired can be a total pain in the neck as I discovered once right before I was leaving for a conference. So plan ahead.
You’ll want to make sure you’re up to date on all your insurance. In addition to your normal insurance, you’ll want to research travel insurance as well. Travel insurance will ensure that the expense of your trip is covered should you have to cancel for any covered reason.
Don’t forget your luggage when doing your yearly travel check. Make sure your luggage is in good working order. Check the zippers, wheels, handles, and any other parts that might wear due to use. If your luggage isn’t in good working order, just replace it. Don’t try to get just one more year out of it.
If you’re planning on taking a road trip, your travel check should include a good once over on the car. Be sure that the engine is in good working order, making sure there are no leaks in the system. Leaks can be anything from an oil leak to what I like to call “an engine smell” in the car. You’ll be spending a lot of time in your car if you’re taking a driving trip so a good top to bottom checkup is essential.
Plan Ahead with the School
Part of your travel check list should include sharing your travel plans with your child’s school if your trip falls during the school year. Give the school plenty of time to work with you and ask about how to get your child’s work so they can make it up when you return from your trip.
A Yearly Travel Checklist Makes it All Easier
If you conduct a thorough yearly travel checklist, all of your trips for the year will be so much easier. It’s the best way to alleviate at least some of the pressure associated with travel. Give it a try. I think you’ll find that a travel checklist makes the entire travel process easier.