Having your next vacation on the horizon is an exciting experience but failing to properly prepare can end your trip before it even happens. All travelers should add travel insurance to their bookings, but most people stop their preparation there and throw caution to the wind until the day they depart. With around 60% of Americans planning a trip in the next year, ensuring your vacation doesn’t end early should be a top priority:
5 Tips to Prepare for Vacation
1 Make sure your name is on all reservations
One common mistake traveler make is accidentally booking their tickets in a name that is not what is on their identification. For example, people with the most common last names in the United States may go by a different name to add uniqueness to their character, however TSA will not allow you to board a flight if your ticket is not in the name on your ID. Be sure all bookings are in the name of whatever is reflected on your identification documents.
2 Ensure all prescriptions are squared away
If you have medical needs and are planning your vacation, don’t forget to square away any prescriptions prior to leaving. Be aware that some locations won’t have the specific medicine you need, so it’s important to refill any prescriptions before you leave.
3 Be positive you have the right visas if required
Some countries will require visas depending on how long you are staying. However, if you book the wrong visa then you may not be allowed in the country. Research visa rules for the destination you are traveling to in order to see if one is required, and then be sure to actually get the right visa for your travel purpose.
4 Get any shots you may need before leaving
Similar to squaring away any prescription needs, both the United States and other countries may demand that you be vaccinated against certain items before leaving or entering another country. If you don’t do this as requested, you won’t be allowed into the country and you may even have trouble getting back to the United States if you have already left.
5 Always have a backup of your tickets
Finally, the best way to stay prepared for your travels is to always have backup tickets printed. In the modern day, using cell phones for airline or train tickets is extremely common, but if your phone dies and you don’t have a backup then you may be out of luck. Always take the extra time to print out a hardcopy of your boarding pass as opposed to just using your device.
Be prepared for your journey
The last thing any traveler wants is to find out that something has gone wrong with their trip and that they can no longer go. Reduce the risk of this happening by handling all preparation prior to leaving your house on the day of travel. This will reduce both stress and the likelihood of something going wrong on your journey.