A family vacation can be the highlight of the summer (or the year) where many memories are made. Family bonding is at the top of the list of priorities, as well as a long, and sometimes daunting, checklist of things to take care of before you go.
We hope the following list will help you organize your family vacation and make it easier to plan and prepare so you can concentrate on fun, knowing you have everything covered. Happy Travels!
Family Vacation Checklist
1. Create a calendar. Use Google Calendar, or your preferred calendar method, to set up a family vacation calendar. Google calendars can be shared with people so everyone can see it. Plus, your house or dog sitter can also see it.
2. Double check your itinerary. Check all reservations for lodging, transportation, tours, etc. Make sure all reservations are for the correct dates.
3. Make a list of all of your reservation confirmation numbers and contact information. This is especially important if you are using any AirBnB locations, as each host has different preferences as to how they would like to be contacted.
4. Purchase an Emergency Medical Plan. For less than the cost of a plane ticket your entire family can be covered in case of an medical emergency like illness or injury. Your health insurance does not work the same once you are more than 150 miles from home. You will want a say in where you are treated and by whom. An emergency plan will airlift you home to your own doctors.
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5. Select your seats and meals on the plane as early as you can. This will ensure that your family will be able to sit by each other–pretty important if you have young children.
6. Set a Travel Budget. Have a family meeting before hand about all the things you want to do and see on your family vacation and the costs for everything. Then set a budget and decide together what things are priorities so you can stick to your budget. This is a great way to teach kids about budgeting and priority setting too!
7. Create a folder for all travel documents. This should include copies of passports, reservations, lists of medications, maps you may need for destinations. This will come in handy if your phone dies, or you lose your phone (YIKES!)
8. Get a vacation data plan for your phone. This is especially important if you are traveling overseas. Check with your phone provider and make sure you have a good data plan so you won’t run out of data or be charged ridiculous prices for data overseas. Many people choose to use burner phones when they travel abroad for this reason.
9. Arrange for pet care and house care. Confirm pet care for your furbabies and/or house sitting if you choose to go that route. Confirm in advance that everything is all set.
10. Pay all of your bills before you go. Take care of all of your regular bills before you go, and those that will be due while you are gone. Set up automatic payments if you can.
11. Inform your bank of your family vacation. Let your bank know of your travel plans so they won’t suspect unusual activity or purchases on your account. You don’t want your debit card locked because you are using it in Spain and your bank was just trying to protect your money.
We wish you and your family a safe and memorable family vacation.