Your Ultimate To-Do List Before A Trip Away

4 essential tips you need to know!

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When you are planning a vacation to get away from the stress of your job and the responsibilities of home life for a few days, there are some things you need to remember beforehand. You want your trip to go smoothly and have the best time in the world, seeing new things, relaxing, and having new experiences, so getting the following things done in good time and to a high standard will ensure that you avoid any potential disappointments.

Here are four tips to help you choose where to go, where to stay and what you need to pack, including what to do before you leave the house!

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1. Your Destination Destiny

To have a great vacation, one of the most important things you need to decide is where you are going to visit. For some help on how to choose a great location, you need to answer some of these questions to narrow down where is best for you.

  • What is your budget? Can you afford to travel abroad or would a vacation on home soil be better?
  • What do you want to get out of your vacation? For some, relaxation is top of the bill whereas others are ardent thrill seekers, what about you?
  • Where have you been before? Like many people, you probably only get to go on vacation once a year at the most, so do you want to revisit somewhere you love or get out into the unknown and see somewhere new?

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2. Sort Out Your Accommodation

Where you stay can make or break a holiday because a dodgy hotel can turn paradise into hell. One option to consider is a holiday rental property, such as those found through, which can offer you some more privacy and a touch more luxury to upgrade your time away.

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3. Don’t Forget The Essentials

Packing is something you either love or loathe, but the one thing that is for sure is that you will forget something you need! When getting ready to jet off, people tend to focus on bringing their nicest outfits and make-up, forgetting to pack a toothbrush, so here is a quick checklist of the basics to help you avoid this fate:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • Glasses and/or contact lenses
  • Cellphone and charger
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Spare underwear
  • Spare socks

When packing, a good idea is to get rolling luggage to make it easy to travel with and a compartment organizer inside your luggage to hold various items so it is easy to navigate and find your belongings when you need them.

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4. What To Do Before Leaving The House

When the time finally arrives to pack your bags and leave daily life behind, there are two top tips to remember to ensure every trip back home goes smoothly.

  1. Invest in a lighting timer, which will control your light coming in the evening and off during the day. The great thing about doing this is that it helps to deter burglars as they assume you’re at home.
  2. Freeze a mug of water into ice and place it upright in your freezer with a penny on the surface. When you get back from your trip, if the penny has sunk into the ice, you know your freezer turned off for a while, and the food needs to be thrown out.

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