You can’t wait to go on your trip, whether it consists of business, pleasure, or both. Unfortunately, you have a million things to do before you set sail. We want to help you take the stress and pressure off. Consider these five things to do before you travel your pre-travel checklist.
The Essentials: Packing And Checking In
Everyone’s pre-travel checklist is different because everyone packs different items and is also traveling by different means (planes, trains, and automobiles). The first step you need to take is to create a list of items you need to pack. Check the local weather so you know what to wear the day you leave and the day you come back as well as the weather you’re about to take on so you know what to pack.
Another essential is, of course, checking in for your flight. You have to do this and you also have to pack. Other essentials come down to each individual person. Create your list and check off items as you go.
Make Sure Your Devices Are Working Properly
Your smartphone is an invaluable travel companion. Not only does it allow you to contact friends, family, and places you plan on visiting, but it also gives you access to boarding passes, tickets, the weather, and anything you want to look up.
If your screen is cracked or your phone isn’t working properly, then we encourage you to receive iPhone repair services in Birmingham or wherever you live (the South Birmingham store is located at 3728 Lorna Road, Birmingham, AL, 35216 and can be reached at 205-402-9592). If you break your phone or another device during your journey, then you’re in luck as other uBreakiFix stores are located outside of the South Birmingham location.
Phones are essential on trips as they allow you to call ride shares and access the internet. If your phone (or another important device) isn’t working properly, then take the time to fix your trusted travel companion before you take flight.
Get Everything In Order
While this step can take place during your pre-travel checklist and packing, this is more related to tasks such as turning off appliances in your home and taking your four-legged friend to winter camp (aka boarding your dog). Depending on how long you’ll be gone, you might have to stop your mail or have someone you trust pick it up. You might even need to stop trash services. Like all things in life, everyone is different and this step is based on the individual.
Live in the Moment, But Do Plan Your Events
Living in the moment is encouraged while on vacation as it will allow you to take in everything and not worry about things you can’t control. Likewise, you can get the most out of your vacation by being spontaneous and leaving your comfort zone.
With that said, you should plan all major events ahead of time. Purchasing your Theatre Tickets before you embark on your journey allows you to pick a time that works best for everyone, not to mention shows sell out. It also allows you to decide on a show everyone wants to see and can save time during your travels.
Preparing mentally can mean different things for different people. The point in preparing mentally is to prepare yourself for every situation and know how to relieve stress when you’re in the moment. As an example, you know the airport lines are going to be busy. Give yourself plenty of time to go through the airport process so you’re not stressed about time.
You might also be visiting family members during a holiday. You know your family, how they act, and how they view your lifestyle, for better or worse. Not everything is going to go according to plan. Be realistic with your expectations, and also plan out responses to questions you know are coming so you can stay level-headed and know what to say.
Above all else, get ready to have some fun. Traveling can be stressful, but if you prepare properly, you’ll be ready for whatever the road throws your way.