Have you ever gone on a vacation only to have reached your destination and realize that you have forgotten to pack your medicine? This is a common occurrence amongst many travelers who do not make a travel checklist. A travel checklist is a must for anyone who is planning to travel for whatever reason. There is nothing more frustrating than arriving at your destination and realizing that you have less something very important at home.
A checklist is easy to do and it is best to do it well in advance of your trip. The reason for this is that you will continually add additional items onto your checklist. When you make this type of checklist you should also break it into a variety of categories. For example, you should have a category for important personal items such as medicine, a category for clothes, a category for toiletries, a category for fun and entertainment, and so forth.
Doing a checklist well in advance of your trip will assure you that everything will be packed. This assurance will allow you to enjoy the beginning of your trip and you will not have to worry about forgetting any of your items at home. On the day of your trip as you pack everything on your checklist you can simply cross the item out as you pack thus showing that it is now packed.
Your checklist should also include a “to do list”. The “to do list” will include important things to do such as locking all of the doors and windows in your home, turning off the gas and water, canceling any newspaper and postal deliveries, informing your neighbors that you will not be at home, taking your family pet to a pet shelter, and other important tasks.
Going on a family vacation or on a business trip is a lot more enjoyable when you prepare a checklist for traveling. If you have children you should get them to do their own checklist which will teach them a valuable lesson that they will remember for the rest of their lives. It is amazing to see how many people do not do this type of checklist before traveling. These people inevitably leave something important behind.
Therefore, do yourself a big favor and always incorporate a checklist well in advance of any traveling arrangements. This will be especially important if your destination is to an exotic location for a well-deserved vacation.