Vacation Preparations: 11 Ways to Make Your Summer Holiday Perfect

UPDATED: October 29, 2018

A vacation, especially a family vacation, needs some thorough thinking and planning if you want everything to go according to your wishes. The fact is that you can’t possibly predict every unpleasant situation that might be waiting you for you around the corner – like stepping into a puddle for example – but that doesn’t mean you can’t try. If you have already paid good money for it, you should do your best so that things can go smoothly.

Therefore, you should follow an extensive list where each task included covers a different area of your – well – luggage, and that way, you’ll find it very difficult to miss a thing, so check it out.

Start in Time

This being more of a precondition than part of your luggage, it can be kind of difficult to do if you’re already in the middle of your preparation. However, if you’re still trying to decide where to go and when, my sincere suggestion is to select a date that’s not too close. This way, you’ll have enough time to do everything and set off to a summer adventure with no worries.

Select a Destination

Other than selecting a distant date, you should also pick out a not-so-close destination as far as I’m concerned. If you’re far away from home, that means you’ll be practically forced to learn about other cultures and unknown traditions of people from the other side of the world – which is always fun. Also, you should learn about how travel agency management software works, so you can have a clear insight into what’s going on behind your travel contract.

Vacation Preparations

Check Out the Weather

Before you even make a payment, consult your travel agent about the usual weather during that particular time of year, so you don’t end up spending over a week in your hotel room (which you probably overpaid). Considering the fact that most travel agents work for commissions and their earnings are based on the number of signed contract, you should probably double check that weather info you receive.

Documents First

It’s very funny, actually – the only thing you can’t travel without and the only thing you actually need is your passport and your insurance documents and those are the two very things a large percentage of people leave on their nightstand just before they get out of their home with their suitcases. So – have a personal bag that’s for those necessities only, carry it with you at all times and you’ll be just fine.

Do Some Packing

Obviously, you should do your packing according to the usual temperatures of your desired destination. My suggestion is to always wear a couple of warmer garments; if the cold cloud arrives, you don’t have to freeze and give too much money for a simple sweater just because you don’t really know where to shop.

Don’t Forget to Pack Medicine

Although this is something you definitely don’t want to think about, I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s always better to be prepared. The fact is that you may have an unexpected reaction to the tropical climate and end up getting sunburned or actually ill, so you’ll want to have a first aid kid at your fingertips. You won’t have to wonder around a foreign town searching for a certain piece of medicine.

Make a List

The most effective way that will enable you not to forget anything and not to lose anything while you’re on your vacation is to make lists because they will help you keep track of all your items.

Travel Stuff

Other than the previously mentioned documents, you’ll need something to do while you’re traveling. If you’re not much of a reader, you should bring your tablet or laptop perhaps, and have fun watching movies, catching up with your leftover work or simply listening to music.


If you’re anything like me, you feel like you’re starving to death the minute you set off, which is why you should stock up on groceries. My advice is to pack a bit extra in case your flight gets delayed or if anything other unexpected happens.


Other than your luggage, make sure you have some spare clothes with you, because it might get cold or you – once again, if you’re anything like me – might spill something. A spare shirt and a light jacket will do.

Foreign Phrases

It doesn’t really matter where you’re going; it’s a nice sign of respect to learn a couple of useful phrases of that certain language. Besides, you’ll find it easier to get around and that language will seem closer and simpler to pick up.

Explore & Discover

You set off to an adventure so you should stay open-minded and allow yourself to be explorative and friendly. Don’t limit yourself from trying new things like exotic foods and unfamiliar drinks. The best time I had every time I traveled was when I socialized with the locals – they will show you the best spots and you can always ask them where to get certain necessities without paying too much money for them.

Use Your Smartphone

You should definitely use your smartphone as your guide. You can download various maps, apps and google those places you want to visit. You can check whether they are worth your while or not. If you’re traveling to another continent, make sure to take a universal plug with you, so you don’t run out of battery before you even get there.

Ask Your Neighbors for Help

And, the very last thing is to remember to have a neighbor or a friend to take care of your plants and/or pets if you have any in time, so that you can be sure your homey creatures won’t miss anything while you’re recharging your batteries and getting a nice bronze tan.

Although it may seem like too much, this really isn’t a lot of stuff to have in mind and they won’t be at all heavy when packed and ready. One last piece of advice – allow yourself to be lazy and do nothing but stare at the blue horizon, because that’s one image that will keep you going during those long autumn days in the office.

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