Pre-Trip Preparations

Pre-Trip Preparations

Pre-Trip Preparations

Getting Your Affairs in Order First….

There are so many last minute things to worry about before a big trip.  Have you arranged for someone to walk your dog yet?  Will newspapers pile up in front of your house while you’re gone?  Will your lawn become overgrown? 

You could literally sit down and create an endless list of things to worry about in the weeks and days leading up to your “, but we hope that the following list can help streamline your arrangements and remove much of the worry.  If you are traveling with a companion (and you always should), make certain that he or she also reads the following time-line as well. 

5-8 Weeks before Your Trip

  • Make sure that all of your travel arrangements are in order, including “, hospital appointments, and “.

  • Make certain that any applicable ” will still be valid during your medical tourism vacation.  Make sure that you understand any policy restrictions that may apply.

  • If you don’t have a ” already, begin the application process now.

  • If you do have a passport already, make sure that it won’t expire while you are abroad (6 months after your arrival date).

  • Begin the ” for ” that require advanced documentation.

  • Make certain that you understand the types of ” required for your trip.  Some medications take days or weeks to begin working.

  • Begin monitoring currency fluctuations so that you can secure the best exchange rate possible. 

3-4 Weeks before Your Trip

  • Check your finances to make sure that you have sufficient funds in your bank and credit card accounts.  If necessary, ask for spending increases.

  • Make sure you understand any daily spending limits on your ATM and debit cards.

  • Make sure that none of your credit cards or identification cards (driver’s license, passports) will expire while you are abroad.

  • Buy automatic timers for your TV, radio, and lights.

  • Arrange for someone to house-sit while you are away.  This includes checking your mail, walking your pets, watering your plants, and monitoring any suspicious activity. 

  • If a house-sitter is not possible, arrange for all of your mail to be held at the post office.  You’ll also need to temporarily suspend any magazine subscriptions and newspapers that don’t typically come with your normal mail.

  • If a house-sitter is not possible, arrange for your pets to be boarded in a kennel.

  • Make arrangements for lawn maintenance, leaf raking, and snow removal.

  • If you live in a particularly cold region, arrange for someone to start your car every few days so that the engine won’t freeze up.

  • Begin breaking in any equipment and clothing that you’ll be using on your trip.  This is especially important for shoes and backpacks.

  • Begin exposing your body to some of the local cuisine you might encounter during your “. 

  • Arrange for a pre-departure physical examination with your physician or dentist.  Try to secure a time close to your departure date.

 1-2 Weeks before Your Trip

  • Reconfirm all of your “, hospital, and ” by phone and e-mail.

  • Reconfirm any house-sitting arrangements you have made.

  • Begin doing security and safety checks throughout your home.  Make sure that all windows and doors can be locked securely.

  • Make sure that your smoke detector and burglar alarm have sufficient battery power.

  • Begin storing valuables in secure locations.

  • Finish as much last-minute shopping as you can.

  • Begin exchanging money and securing traveler’s checks if you have not already.

  • Make sure that all your travel documents, directions, and itineraries (including contact names and numbers) are translated into the local language of whatever ” you will be visiting.

  • Arranged for any and all relevant ” to be filled well in advance.

 4-7 Days before your Trip

  • Begin “.

  • Make sure you have all of your travel documents (passports, visas, airline tickets, itineraries, reservation confirmations, etc.) in order.  Make sure that you have multiple copies of all of the above, and make sure you have translated versions.

  • Begin reducing the number of perishable items that you buy (milk, fruit, vegetables, etc) since these won’t keep while you are abroad.

  • Begin adjusting your eating and sleeping habits to more closely mirror what you’ll experience when you are abroad.

  • Alert local police and/or your security system company to your upcoming absence.  You’ll also need to alert them to whatever house-sitting arrangements you’ve made.

  • Make ” to and from the airport.

  • Pay bills that will expire in your absence.

The Day Before

  • Do a final check-through of your packing list and travel documents.

  • Do a final reconfirmation with all of your hotel, hospital, and flight reservations.

  • Reconfirm your ” to and from the airport.

  • Move houseplants away from direct sunlight, unless you have arranged a house-sitter.

  • Adjust your refrigerator to the coldest setting possible.

  • Set up the automatic light, TV, and radio timers.  You might consider replacing any old light bulbs that might burn out while you are a way.

Departure Day

  • Turn your air conditioner, water heater, and furnace off or down to the lowest settings.

  • Unplug electronic items that operate on standby mode, like your computer monitor or stereo.

  • Park your car inside the garage and disable the retractable door.

  • Do a final safety check to ensure that all doors and windows are properly secured.

  • Make sure that you are dressed properly for airport “.

  • Make sure that you have easy access to all of your important travel documents.

  • Leave for the airport with plenty of time to spare.  For international flights, ” is a good rule of thumb. 

Bon Voyage!


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