Traveling can be a highly emotional time. And unless you keep a travel checklist, many times you may be trying to remember what to pack, oftentimes at the last minute. Here are things not to forget on your next trip.
If you are a frequent business traveler, you may be exhausted from traveling, and perhaps aggravated or even bored. It’s different when you travel for work and not for pleasure. These emotions can be just as strong as the giddy excitement vacation travelers experience.
Whenever strong emotions are involved, you can make mistakes. Little things are forgotten, left behind, or remain unattended. Many a house has been lost because excited travelers forgot to turn off an open flame on the stove top or to unplug small appliances.
But it doesn’t have to be quite as dramatic to put a damper on your vacation, even if it is some place as exotic as Phuket. Those once in a lifetime vacations are the ones you especially don’t want to ruin because of some little thing you never even thought of until it was too late.
To ensure that your travels go smoothly, be sure to make a checklist.
This will also help you to pack light.
Do this well in advance when emotions are not so high.
That way when emotions are at their most volatile, you will have a note from the steadier version of yourself to get you through the packing.
Things Not to Forget When Traveling Checklist
When you are going on a long trip, you always want to have someone you trust to pick up your mail and newspapers so that your mailbox does not overflow. You also want to ensure thieves don’t have an easy and visible indicator that you are away.
Another reason you need to tend to the mail is that life does not stop just because you are away. There might be important business to tend to and sensitive information that can fall into the wrong hands.
But not everyone has trustworthy neighbors or anyone to ask to help while they’re away.
Halting your mail is not a good solution when there are actionable items that can’t wait for you to get home.
What you need are digital mailbox services that can handle your mail for you while you are away. These services include a real street address where you can forward your mail and packages.
They will scan your unopened mail and notify you of what you have received. From there, you can have them open your mail and scan it so that you can read it when you have time. They can securely shred it, and even deposit checks for you.
A digital mail service provider is like having a good friend take care of your mail for you while you are away, only more reliable and useful.
Local Sim Cards for your Cell Phone
Right now, you have a great smartphone plan for your family’s multiple iPhones from Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, or Sprint.
You might even have some add-ons like options for plenty of high-speed tethering.
All of that goes away the moment you leave the country. If you don’t take care of that before you leave, you will return to a bill worth thousands. The solution is to acquire a local SIM.
The downside is that you will have to use a different phone number. But that can be solved by giving your contacts your Google Voice number which is free.
It is not always easy to find a SIM provider depending on where you are going. Keep a sharp eye out for vending machines that sell something other than sugar water.
Rather than scurrying from place to place to find a provider, cover that detail in advance. Have them mail you your SIM before you leave if at all possible.
This slight inconvenience can save you thousands.
VPN for Privacy and Security
You will never forget your trip to China.
Just remember that you will be behind two great walls.
There is the one that can be seen from space, and the one that blocks you from your favorite content on the Internet.
You’ll want to do some research to learn the policies of the place where you are going. The best way to ensure access to the Internet you are used to is to secure a VPN service before leaving home.
While some VPNs are free, the best ones cost a little money.
What you get in exchange is the ability to access the entire Internet rather than the subset permitted to the locals. You will also have a private and secure connection to the Internet so that you will be free from snooping and worse.
What to remember before your trip
For a great vacation, don’t forget the little things. Those little things include, but are not limited to, mailbox services, a local SIM, and a good VPN. When you can plan ahead on some of things which take advantage of the technologies available today, you will be prepared, no matter where you go and how long you will be away.