The Comprehensive Pre-Travel Checklist
60 Points Checklist Before You Head For The Airport
At LeanPac®, we are all about prep, prep, prep! What’s more important than a travel-packing checklist? A pre-travel checklist! Nothing is more important to achieve a drama-less and smooth trip than good foundation processes to start things right!
Its never too soon to start making travel plans, so once you’ve chosen your dates and got the time off work its time to put your money where your mouth is and start booking flights! Once you’ve made the purchase, you can start deriving micro-moments of joy from the trip planning!
The lean team have got together and come up with an ultimate pre-travel checklist of EVERYTHING we can think of so that you don’t have to. Just run through the list to pick and choose your basics and use that as a foundation checklist to add-to as and when required. Tailor it! But not from scratch!
We suggest spreading out the activities so as not to overload yourself. Earlier investigations and actions are recommended to give yourself time if you need to e.g. apply for international driving license or wait for a prescription to be filled.
Click here to download the list to work from!
Check if visas are required, apply immediately if necessary
Check passports/visas are valid, renew immediately where required
Check travel warnings for any thing you should be aware of when planning activities
If driving, check whether an international driving license is required
Get up to date with all medical requirements, vaccinations & refill prescriptions
2-4 Weeks Pre-Travel
Read up on travel destinations & start a travel calendar of activities
Make key reservations/bookings well in advance, especially during peak season, for accommodations, car hire and any other “must-dos” like restaurants, major sights, and local guides etc.
Investigate & buy travel insurance
Investigate best payment method & currencies rate and whom to buy from
Confirm& check all fine prints of all hotel reservations
Confirm all is in order with car hire
Confirm all is in order with flights
Check the country’s entrance/exit fees and make sure you have cash in hand for that
Buy currencies/travellers cheques/cash cards
Create or update instructions & info manual for house/pet sitters e.g. plumber contacts details with insurance policy numbers etc.
Update packing checklist to suit upcoming travels
Arrange for pet relief, house sitter, plant care
Arrange for all bills to be paid while you are away
Make shopping list where necessary e.g. pet food for when you are away or sun cream for while you are away
Consider and coordinate pick up or transportation between destinations and locations e.g. from airport to hotel etc.
Check luggage restrictions and fees, where required e.g. golf, diving equipment
Book appointment(s) at the salon to get hair/nails/beauty treatment
1 Week Pre-Travel
Arrange/book car parking if getting to airport by car
Pre-book taxi/transportation to and from airport
Start using everything available in your fridge before you leave to avoid waste
Stop subscriptions e.g. newspaper, mthly beer club etc.
Make a list of valuables that you’re bringing with serial number or/& photos
Notify home security system company
Notify credit card/banks of travel
Check local customs in terms of acceptable/unacceptable dress and activities
Check weather forecast to help plan clothes choices and activities
1-2 Days To D-Day
Make a record of all serial numbers if carrying traveller’s cheques
Get hard/soft copies of all important documents
Set up "out of office"
Check-in flights 24/48hrs in advance or when allowed
Print/save boarding pass/e-ticket
Download media (e.g. podcasts, music, e-books, articles) in appropriate gadget or duplicates e.g. podcast on both mobile AND laptop (for use when plane lifting off or landing)
Make sure all on shopping list are bought
Make sure all gadgets are in order and fixed where necessary e.g. recharge all batteries, cables intact etc.
Check that all toiletries are in order and replenished
Activate your phone’s global capabilities if required and confirm costs of using phone abroad and the terms and conditions
Do laundry/dry clean 1-2 days before departure and make sure all that you are bringing with you are clean
Record all tv shows
Clear answering machines
Set-up "out of office" email response
Store valuables in safe or hideaways
Transition normal wallet to travel wallet or just remove unnecessary stuff & extra credits card from wallet
Empty rubbish bin
All heaters/air-conditions switched to appropriate... ?
All switches that is supposed to be off ARE off
Set timer for lights/alarms etc.
Unplug electronics where appropriate
Lock all windows and doors
Instructions manual laid out for house/pet sitters
Check gas stoves are off
All fridge/freezers are dealt with (fresh food discarded & doors tightly shut)
All doors locked (sheds/back door/garden door etc)
"Extra" keys are where they should be and relevant persons are informed
Passports, tickets, keys…
Close doors, doors locked
If driving, take note of parking location so you know where to find your car when you return