So you’ve booked your vacation and you’re ready to go, but you’re worried about real-life responsibilities catching up with you while you’re sipping your margarita in a secluded beach in Bali. Wherever you’re headed on your next vacation, make sure you’re all set to take a worry-free and hassle-free vacation with this pre-vacation checklist.
Make a packing checklist
You can do this the old school way and write it out on a notepad, or if you’re more into keeping things digital, through a handy app like PackPoint or TripList.
Aside from the usual items like clothes, shoes, toiletries, make-up and electronics, double check items such as your pocket money (if you’re heading abroad, better if you already have a few bills in the local currency), passport, visa (if necessary), tickets, itinerary, your hotel’s address and contact number, and necessary prescriptions.
Settle all bank-related tasks
Make sure you settle all pending bills before you leave so you won’t incur any late fees. You can also schedule automatic payments if this will be more convenient for you.
If you’re heading abroad, don’t forget to call ahead your bank or credit card provider so you can inform them that you will be going out of country. This is to let them know they should expect international withdrawals or charges, and that they shouldn’t block your cards while you’re out on vacation.
Set your game plan
Take care of any pending and approaching items on your to-do list. If you will be gone for a week, address anything that might be needed during the time you’re out of office. Check your email inbox for anything urgent and clear up your must do’s so your boss or your colleague will have one less reason to call you or text you during your vacation.
You also need to inform your colleagues that you’ll be out of a certain time, so set up a specific contact policy should they need to get in touch with you.
Make copies of important files
Take a photo, scan or photocopy your passport and credit card(s) in case you lose them during your trip. Depending on your preference, you can keep the paper copies stashed in your luggage’s secret compartment or you can keep the scanned copies in your email.
Turn off your notifications
What’s the point of going on vacation if you will be checking your emails and replying to “urgent” messages every hour? Turn off your notifications so you can temporarily disconnect from work and truly enjoy your days off.
If you’re one of the few who have remote jobs or freelancing gigs and you cannot completely unplug from work, pick designated times where you can tackle work while balancing your vacation time. Just like a typical employee, inform your team or your client that you’ll be out for vacation but assure them that you’ll work out a schedule to catch up with any urgent or pending to-do’s while you’re on the road.
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