In addition to the last minute packing, don’t forget these 11 things the day before your next vacation.
It is the eve of your departure — the day before you leave for that long awaited vacation you’ve been dreaming of for months. But before you embark on your trip, there are a number of important steps that you can take.
Here are 11 items to cross off your to-do list before you head out.
1. Inform your credit card company
To ensure that your credit card works while you’re traveling, your credit card company will need to know to plan your trip. If you’ve waited this long though, you may have to call instead of submitting an online form.
And there is another important thing. “Make sure that you have sufficient funds on your credit card,” said Tammy Levent, CEO of Elite Travel Management Group.
2. Contact your mobile phone company
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3. The height of your home security system operator
“If you leave two weeks or longer, it is a good idea to tell your local police you are away,” Levent said. “If you ask, can this extra is running by your house.”
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4. Confirm all reservations
Double check all your reservations: your flight, hotel, car rental, restaurants, attractions, and other services or experiences that you have planned. You don’t want any surprises at check-in counter.
If you have access to a printer, it is not a bad idea to print out confirmations. If you do not know, write down confirmation numbers and customer service phone numbers) and paper easily accessible in your purse or carry-on.
5. Make advance payments on accounts through data during your trip
Don’t want to get hit with late payments? Make sure that all credit cards, housing costs (e.g., rent, utilities and other monthly bills are paid on time.
6. Check the weather
This may seem obvious, but many travelers forget to do it,” said Levent. Check the weather forecast for your destination and your place of residence, or and when you will return and pick up the appropriate.
7. Food to throw away or give away all perishable foods
The last thing you want is to return to a smelly refrigerator. Also run the dishwasher, take out the trash, and clean the sink to ensure that there is no food in the drain that can rot or attract insects, while you are away.
8. Leave an itinerary with a friend or family member
Your emergency contact must have a copy of your travel plans, Levent advises.
9. The cleaning of your portfolio
Sift through your wallet and remove any items that you do not need on your trip. Let loyalty cards, gift certificates, extra credit cards and all other unnecessary content at home.
10. Place a hold on your mail delivery
This is a smart move if you are going for more than a few days, Levent says. You could also arrange for a neighbour to collect your mail until you get home.
11. Bring in garden furniture
Let there be no outdoor items (e.g., patio chairs, cushions, pool equipment) unattended, especially lightweight items that are easy for thieves to steal.
This article originally appeared on the Travel + Leisure.