The team here at Getaways For Girls has assembled our short
and simple "bare essential" set of items for our
Packing Checklist and Pre-Travel Tips so you can start planning
your pre-travel arrangements at a more leisurely pace than
headache and panic the night before you leave. Remember to
travel light, chances are that if you don't use a particular
item at home you probably wont use it touring either.
to do before you leave home:
General Home Preparation:
plants before leaving home or arrange for a neighbor to care
for them while you're away.
any appliances sensitive to power surges, such as computers,
microwaves, and television sets.
thermostat up or down to match the temperature of the season.
home delivery services (mail, newspaper, milk, diapers, and
so on) or arrange to have item picked
up by a neighbor.
for pet care at a kennel or in your home.
lawn if necessary.
windows and doors securely and remove any keys hidden outside
that you'll be away and how they can reach you in an emergency.
telephone answering machine. You may want to change the message
on your answering machine
at work to let your business contacts know you
are out of town.
and a radio on timers. Turn up the radio loud enough to be
blinds and curtains.
to turn off LPG cylinder.
food in your freezer to prevent running to the grocery store
as soon as you return home.
perishable items from your refrigerator.
all waste baskets.
garbage disposal to eliminate the possibility of unpleasant
dishes. (You'll be sorry when you come back if you forget
Your Car Ready:
your spare tire and jack to ensure they are both in working
oil level; tire pressure and coolant level.
cleaner fluid bottle.
first aid kit into the trunk.
a medical check-up before the trip. Ask your doctor about
necessary vaccinations, and have any
medical procedures done before you go.
any personal identification so that it contains current information
cash, change, and traveler's checks at the bank.
your foreign currency from Bon Vivant Travel.
telephone calling card and take it with you.
and send in your tax return form if you will be out of town
at the deadline.
an absentee voter form if you will be out of town at election
friends where they can write to you at your vacation or out-of-town
rent and other bills. If you'll be gone for an extended period
of time, arrange for a friend or relative
to pay the bills.
that you're not packing so that you'll have a clean set of
clothes at home when you return
from your trip.
in new shoes to prevent blisters.
"fun bag" for each child and include games, books,
toys, a tape player with headphones, and snacks.
postcard stamps and take with you.
address labels of people to send postcards to. It's much lighter
to carry a sheet of labels than your
One, Pre-Travel Tips - Things To Do:
insurance and read the fine print.
if a travel insurance issue occurs i.e. contact comp gets
card dates are valid and ample funds.
credit and limit details of your credit cards for relevant
card works with and what to do if you have carded or ATM trouble.
your PIN numbers.
phone roaming enabled, available, and costs.
is valid for travel dates.
up to date.
functions, and memory has sufficient storage capacity.
is sound and lockable.
prescription requirements and reserves.
insurance medical assistance instructions.
insurance details and policy number.
card numbers and lost card numbers.
Phone Company contact numbers.
Computer, Camcorder serial numbers.
home phone numbers.
and airline tickets.
and list of all things going into your baggage.
NOTE: Email yourself copies or
photos of these documents so they can be retrieved later if
travel insurance, ESSENTIAL.
a walk daily to get ready for your adventure.
someone to take care of pets.
for mail to be collected or held at your post office.
a copy of documents with someone at home.
identification to your baggage inside and out.
baggage id tags.
suitable baggage locks.
your primary shoes are sound.
any regular deliveries like newspapers.
perishables from your fridge.
all electricals and computers before you leave.
Two, Packing - Essential Things To Take:
sturdy day pack or bag to carry Camera, Reading material,
Phrase book, Water, Snacks, Sundry
wallet for receipts
Army type knife with- Tweezers, Corkscrew, Scissors, Bottle
NOTE: all utensils
must be checked through in baggage.
glue (why not)
tie cloths line
plastic bags for wet/leaking items
phone and charger
and Camcorder, with media and charger
reliable shoes for activities