Travel checklists are essential for planning a trip. Travel involves a lot of preparation work, from booking air tickets to packing luggage, from arranging a taxi to finding a caregiver to pets. I used to feel that no matter how well prepared I thought I was, I always forgot something, such as a toothbrush, a phone charger, or my sunglasses.
I often ended up having to shop for those items in the destination city. It was quite a waste of time and money. While I blamed myself for being forgetful, I realized the importance of using checklists for my travel preparation. Just as we need a shopping list for groceries, we cannot expect we always remember all the necessities that should be packed in and all the essential things that need to be done before we leave home.
I am sharing with you three travel checklists I’ve created for travel reservation/preparation, packing the luggage, and home preparation before leaving for the trip.
1. Travel checklist for Reservation and Preparation
I use this list to make sure I have made all the necessary reservations, including airline/train/bus, hotel, car rental, taxi, etc. I also use it to write down travel details, such as things to do during travel, emergency contacts for various issues, etc.
2. Travel Packing Checklist
This checklist includes essential items that I may need to pack in my travel bag so that I won’t forget anything important. This list is not intended to be exhaustive. Depending on the season, destination, and people you are traveling with (e.g., baby, elderly adults), items need to be added or removed.
3. Home Checklist before Traveling
I want to my trip to be stress-free. Before leaving home, I always use this checklist to do my home preparation. Knowing that all these necessary steps have been taken gives me a relief and saves me from a potential headache when I am away from home.
The better you plan and prepare your trip, the more relaxing and pleasant your travel experience will be. Use these three travel checklists to gain peace of mind and to save time and money.