• Home Or Apartment Preparation

    o Secure Windows, Doors, Garages, Sheds
    o Close All Curtains And Blinds
    o Remove Any Valuable Items From Yard
    o Determine Lights To Leave On Or Set Timer
    o Water Plants In Home And Yard
    o Unplug Microwaves, Toaster, Coffee Machines Or Other Small Appliances
    o Mow And Set Up Lawn Care If Necessary
    o Empty Trash Cans And Put Trash Out For Pickup
    o Wash Dishes
    o Consider Emptying Perishables In Refrigerator
    o Turn Off Or Turn Down Thermostat
    o Consider Turning Off Hot Water Heater
    Pre-Travel Preparation

    o Make Hotel Reservations
    o Make Airline, Bus Or Train Reservations.
    o Buy Event Tickets (Tour Packages, Sports, Theaters, Plays, Festivals)
    o Set Up Car Rental
    o Make An Itinerary. Leave Itinerary, Lodging And Hotel Information With Friends Or Family
    o Travel Agent Info And Trip Cancellation Info
    o Pay Bills That Will Be Due Before You Get Back
    o Stop Mail, Newspaper, Home Deliveries
    o Setup Email That You Can Access From Any PC
    o Set Up Child Care For Children Not Coming
    o Consider Getting A Cash Card, Telephone Calling Card And Travelers Checks. Take Credit Cards
    o Get Passport/Visa If International Travel
    o Get Inoculations Necessary For International Travel
    o Exchange Currency If International Travel
    o Set up Caretaker for Pet(s) or Board them at a Kennel.
    o Inform Local Police
    o Inform Neighbors That You Trust
    o Inform Family Members
    o Leave A House Key With Someone You Trust

    Automobile Preparation

    o Check Tire Pressure On Tires And Spare
    o Check Oil, Coolant And Windshield Fluid
    o Consider Changing Your Oil For Long Trips
    o Consider Check Up By A Professional Mechanic
    o Wash And Vacuum
    o Make Sure You Have Proof Of Insurance
    o Fill Up The Gas Tank. Bring Extra Fluids


    o Pack Luggage, But Not More Than You Can Carry
    o Pack Family Pictures, Especially Your Children’s
    o Include Contact Information In Children’s Luggage.
    o Seasonal Clothing Needs: Consider Whether You Need Winter Wear Or Summer Wear
    o Jackets, Coats, Rain Gear And Umbrellas
    o Swim Suits And Swimming Towels
    o Appropriate Shoes Or Footwear. Sandals, Slippers, Tennis Shoes, Dress Shoes, Boots, Hiking Boots
    o Formal Wear, Belts, Ties
    o Socks, Underwear, Nylons
    o Hats, Caps, Visors, Gloves, Mittens
    o Pajamas, Night Gown, Sweat Pants
    o Baby Items (Diapers, Disposable Bags, Wipes, Powder, Ointments, Creams, Medicines, Bottles, Bottle Cleaners, Formula, Baby Food, Car Seat, Stroller, Blankets, Toys, Pacifiers)
    o Attach Luggage Tags
    o Include Emergency Information
    o First Aid Kit
    o Camera, Camcorder, Film, Tapes, Batteries.
    o Battery Operated Alarm Clock
    o Cell Phone And Cell Phone Charger
    o Laptop Or PDA With Charger And Connectors
    o Personal Identification / Driver’s License
    o Passport/Visa If International Travel
    o Address Books
    o Airline, Train Or Bus Tickets
    o Event Tickets
    o Take Medical Insurance Info Or Insurance Card.
    o Road Maps And Guide Books
    o Language Books For International Travel
    o Books, Magazines, Reading Material, Games, Dice, Playing Cards Or Toys For Children
    o Binoculars For Sightseeing
    o Flashlight, Batteries, Tape
    o Lighter Or Matches
    o Portable Irons, Sewing Kits
    o Laundry Bags, Trash Bags, Small Plastic Bags

    Medications / Lotions / Hygiene

    o Headache Medicine, Pain Relievers, Aspirin
    o Necessary Prescription Pharmaceuticals
    o Cold Medicine, Cough Medicine
    o Glasses, Sun Glasses, Contact Lenses And Solution
    o Indigestion Medications (Tums, Pepto Bismol)
    o Insect Repellent
    o Sunscreen, Skin Burn Lotion, Lip Balm
    o General First Aid Cream
    o Motion Sickness Pills
    o Vitamins
    o Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Dental Floss
    o Combs, Brushes
    o Deodorant, Cologne And Perfume
    o Bar Soap, Hand Soap, Dish Soap, Laundry Soap
    o Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Treatment
    o Shaving Cream And Razors
    o Makeup/ Cosmetic Kits, Mirrors
    o Blow Dryers, Curling Irons, Curlers
    o Feminine Hygiene Items
    o Nail Clippers, Tweezers, Scissors
    o Tissues, Toilet Paper, Towels, Towelettes