Smart Travel Checklist: How to Prepare Before a Trip

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What could be worse than forgetting important things before a trip? Sometimes, for some travelers, this could mean adventure but most of the time this is an inconvenience.

So how do you ensure not to forget anything before your trip? Below are smart and simple tips that can make your life easy as a traveler, whether you are traveling on a budget or luxury.


A month before:

1. Get a visa if required

2. Book a hotel

3. Create a travel itinerary


A week before:

1. Notify your insurance company

2. Call your bank or credit card provider

3. Download city maps

4. Familiarize yourself with the subway and public transport system

5. Study local laws and regulations

6. Research festivals and events on while you are there

7. Start packing your suitcase


A day before:

1. Write down emergency numbers of the embassy, contact numbers of family members and even work phone numbers

2. Check weather conditions and updates

3. Upload copies of your documents to the cloud or save in your emails such as identification, passport and ticket itinerary

4. Call hotel for transfer arrangement

5. Ready your travel adapter plug and electronic chargers

6. Charge your phone and camera

7. Exchange foreign currency


Before leaving, check you have:

1. Tickets (keep electronic and printed copies)

2. Passport (insert paper bill in your passport holder in case of emergency)

3. House keys

4. Local cash money

5. Phone


It’s always better to be ready than be sorry. Prepare a travel checklist and make sure to check them all before leaving home.

Happy travels! 🙂

21 Replies to “Smart Travel Checklist: How to Prepare Before a Trip”

  1. I think it is definitely a smart idea to do your research ahead of time. It’s better to be prepared before you leave.

  2. We are preparing to do some traveling so really glad I came across your post. Will keep and refer back to it to make sure we have everything in order. So far looks like we are doing okay getting ready for our trip.

  3. YES always have the emergency embassy number handy in event of an emergency. Also register your trip with your govt site so that if a natural disaster happens they can locate you.

  4. This is a great checklist! We travel quite a bit and I know we always forget something. I need a checklist like this just so that I don’t forget anything.

  5. Great checklist! This can help a lot for travelling preperations! You’ll never forget a item you need!

  6. I love how your checklist is also broken down by timeline so you aren’t swamped with to do’s right before your trip. Such a thoughtful and complete list…now I want to hop on a plane and GO!

  7. My husband and I travel a lot .. and I’m so glad I ran across your post! I never make lists .. and that’s probably why I’m always forgetting things. Next time I’m going to print this off and surprise him with my organization!

  8. This is a very informative post. I love how you broke down your tips as far back as a month before the trip. I will print this and pin it on my reminder board at home. We’re going on a trip in July and this article was really helpful in our planning.

  9. This is a great list, I am all for being prepared! We do a lot of traveling in the summer, and with my family of 5 a lot of the planning still falls onto my shoulders. Staying organized is key!

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