Heading away on well-deserved Spring break travels this year? A Spring break vacation is a great way to celebrate the season and finally say goodbye to the winter blues. Since the perfect Spring break may require some planning, a checklist of ‘to-do’ items will help you get going and say ‘bon voyage’ in no time. Whether you’re heading off to a Caribbean Island or just your closest beach, here are some simple ways to get organized for your Spring break travel adventure:
Spring Break Travel Tip: Make a Copy of the Main Pages of Your Passport
You’ll need this whenever you’re traveling abroad, and is very helpful when you’re getting through customs. Just keep this copy in a separate bag or purse so you have it in case of any problems with your original passport.
Spring Break Travel Tip: Keep Copies of Immunizations
You may need immunizations for Spring break trips to Mexico, the Middle East, and other places that pose a health risk. Make sure you get these taken care of well before your trip, and keep copies of all immunizations in your possession throughout your trip.
Spring Break Travel Tip: Set up Mail and E-mail Forwarding
If your Spring break travels are going to be for a week or more (lucky you!), you may want to forward your mail, newspaper subscriptions, and magazines to another place. This is a protective measure for your home or apartment – an overflowing mailbox and stacks of newspapers at the door are clear indicators that nobody’s home – so consider forwarding your mail to another location temporarily. Set up your e-mail inbox to deliver outgoing messages of your vacation as well – this delivers your ‘out of office’ message easily and efficiently so you don’t have to send out a mass e-mail about your Spring break trip everyone in your address book.
Spring Break Travel Tip: Review Your Insurance Coverage
Make sure your health insurance is flexible to cover any expenses you may incur while you’re on your Spring break vacation, and find out what is – and isn’t – covered if you’re traveling overseas. Some health insurance providers provide ‘temporary’ extended coverage for periods of traveling, and this is perfect for Spring break traveling of 1-2 weeks or more.
Spring Break Travel Tip: Pack Light and Organize Your Luggage
Avoid the temptation to just throw everything you think you need into 2-3 suitcases. Think efficiently and organize your luggage to hold just the minimum; aim for just one carryon and one suitcase maximum, and pack only for the activities and events you’ll be participating in.
Spring Break Travel Tip: Locate at Least 5-6 Currency Conversion Venues
Making sure you have enough money on hand during your Spring break travels can be a challenge, so find out where you can convert currency and transfer or wire money with ease. All it takes is a quick phone call to your hotel or vacation home, and you can find a few spots that will make life easier.
Spring Break Travel Tip: Double Check Your Reservations
Make sure you have confirmation codes of all bookings for your Spring break trip- this includes airlines, hotels, and even dinner reservations – so you don’t have any surprises along the way. The easiest way to do this is to mark up a calendar with all the dates and times of arrival, then just check off each one after you get your confirmation.
Spring Break Travel Tip: Create an Emergency Contact List
Send out a copy of your Spring break travel itinerary to a close friend or neighbor so they know your flight numbers and hotel information firsthand. This can prevent delays in case of emergency, and will make it simple to contact you if there are any problems or emergencies to handle at home. Make sure you take along your own emergency contact list for anybody you may need to reach during your Spring break vacation as well – you may not always have access to the internet or even a Yellowpages if you’re heading off to a remote location.
Get your trip off on the right track with these Spring break organizing tips, and enjoy the peace of mind of a well-planned vacation!