Imagine you are one week away before your vacation and you feel like there are a million things that still need to be done. From a frequent traveler, that feeling never goes away, but it does get easier. I am the last-minute doer for all things travel related and I know it. However, all my years of last minute scabbling has helped me realized I can live without so many small things. I created this checklist for myself for my last few local and abroad trips helped me not forget things and save time. This list is not in any order of importance but should be done a week before your next vacation.
Laundry-I feel like this a “DUH” point but trust me I have forgotten all about my laundry before several trips. When you are scrambling to find that one shirt or perfect pair of mom jeans, they are probably in your dirty clothes waiting to be washed. Plus, I HATE coming home from a trip to a dirty home so go ahead and wash all your clothes.
Check the Weather-Watch the weather trends for up to TWO weeks before your trip. This gives you an idea of what the weather will be like during the day and night. This will give you a better idea on what to pack for your outings.
Stock up on Hygiene Supplies-Always stock up on your personal hygiene supplies before your trip don’t chance it to buying it when you get there. I have very sensitive skin and use a special soap that is hard to find at drug stores, so I must stock up before I go anywhere. Plus, already having my stuff cuts down on unnecessary trips to store while trying to enjoy my vacation.
Create Packing Checklists- Creating a checklist within a checklist is the most organized shit I think I have ever done in my life. I have a habit of forgetting things that are important like a strapless bra. I know create small individual check list for everything to make sure I have everything; hygiene, underwear, pants, tops, accessories. This helps me remember all things I would forget if I am lastminute packing. If you guys like, I can upload all those checklists in this post just ask in the comments.
Try on your POSSIBLE outfits-Nothing is worst then having a bomb outfit in your head and then trying it on, and it looks horrible! We have all been there but trying on the outfits before you pack them cuts down on that anxiety fit you will have in the morning because you hate your look.
Create a Travel Playlist-The perfect playlist is needed for any trip: road-or-flight trips. I need music to function for every part of my day, getting dressed, walking, riding the bus, dinner and creating a good playlist makes the day flow.
Clean Makeup Brushes- If you wear make-up please make sure you clean your make-up brushes. When I try to do my makeup with dirty make-up brushes, I look like a literal clown. Nothing is worst then trying to take the perfect picture at the top site and hating how you look! Additionally, by preplanning your outfits you have time to see if the outfit is missing something like a belt, necklace, or change of shoes.
Research Top Sites to Visits- When I pick a destination to travel to, I hardly look up every site or popular destination until about a one to two weeks before I leave. Because I do everything at the last minute (one day I will get better) I spend about 20 minutes researching all the possible sites and tours I am interested in. By doing the research ahead of time it will give you an idea of when is the best time to visit the site. For example, the Trevi Fountain in Rome go before or around 8AM. There is usually no one there so you get the place to yourself.
Find Where Your Embassy is Located – Hopefully you will not have an issue with anything abroad, but you still need to know where your home countries Embassy is located just in case. It is as simple as a Google research.
Copy Your Travel Documents- Rule of thumb have 3 copies of your passport, visa, boarding pass and ID card. Put one copy in your carry on, email one copy to yourself, leave one copy at home with your family. I almost lost my passport in Greece in a taxi and I was panicking but thankfully I did not loss it.
Order tickets for museums/sites *skip the line*- Save yourself time and sometimes money by researching and ordering tickers before you leave for sites. Most cities offer a City Pass that gets you into different sites/museums at a discounted price AND allows you to skip the line. Chicago’s bundle pass got me into the Art Institute of Chicago, SkyDeck, and Navy Pier for like $45. By already having your tickets ordered you can usually skip the long wait line.
Check out other ways I saved money in Chicago HERE!
Download all your apps-I cannot stress this enough, download all your apps. Every time I forget to download my apps before any trip, international or domestic, my app store never wants to cooperate. There is nothing worst then being stuck somewhere and you don’t know where you are going because you could not get your GPS working. Also, downloading your Netflix movies before the flight or road trip is a good idea because you need Wi-Fi. If you do not want apps to download for traveling check out my blog,
6 Apps Every Traveler Need
Contact your bank-If you are a person that uses debit or credit cards always contact your bank and tell them your upcoming travel plans. Most banks allow you to add travel plans write on the banking app. I forgot to tell my bank when I went to California and they turned it off for 24 hours luckily, I had cash, but it was very inconvenient. Save yourself the headache always contact your bank.
I hope this list helped you get ready for your next vacation. You can download the PDF checklist below.
Hello travel friends, I'm Kiera Breland. I am 26 years old travel, lifestyle, fashion, travel tip living in South Carolina.