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Your Last-Minute Travel Checklist

Things to do before you go.

Make arrangements for your home, if you haven't already done so.

Have a friend, family member or trusted neighbor check on your house, take care of pets, water your house plants, take out the trash, get the mail and newspaper.

WHN Tip: Don't cancel your newspaper or wait to take out the trash until you get home. You want your house to look lived in!

Reconfirm all your reservations.

Hotel Reconfirmed/Date/Person Spoke With:______________________________

Car Rental Reconfirmed/Date/Person Spoke With:_________________________

Train Reservations Reconfirmed/Date/Person Spoke With:___________________

Other Reservations Reconfirmed/Date/Person Spoke With:__________________

Reevaluate itinerary.

Make any necessary changes and leave at least one copy with a friend, family member or trusted neighbor.

Check the weather for your destination(s). Take out or add items to your luggage, if necessary. Worried about driving through certain weather hazards?

WHN Tip: Read our articles Driving in the Winter and Driving in the Rain for quick driving tips.

You can also check out real-time traffic conditions and road closures.

Inside Your Home

Empty the refrigerator of items that might spoil - dairy, meat, and produce – and adjust the temperature to a lower setting.

Unplug kitchen and household appliances and shut water off to dishwasher and clothes washer.

WHN Tip: Consider shutting off water to toilets and outside faucets, too!

Unplug electronic items - TV's, radios, phones, and your computer to protect them if you have a storm while you're gone. Alternatively, make sure your surge protectors are properly installed.

Turn water heater down to the lowest setting.

Turn your air conditioner up in summer to protect pets, electronics, and other items.

Turn your heat down or off in spring or fall.

Set automatic light and radio timers.

Leave shades or drapes as you normally do. This will make your house look lived-in.

Put your valuables and jewelry in a safety deposit box or safe.

WHN Tip: If you don't have safe or safety deposit box, put your jewelry in a nondescript cardboard box in your closet. Why? Thieves won't think to look there.

Empty trash cans

Lock all doors and windows including basement and garage.

Garage/Exterior

Bring in any mail or newspapers.

Pick up any toys, tools, objects, ladders, etc. that might be in your yard.

Departing

Do a quick car maintenance before heading out on the road – check your oil and gas levels; check headlights, turn signals, brake lights, inside lights; test your brakes, horn, windshield wipers, etc.

Double-check for driver's license, auto insurance card, money, medicine and all bags.

Double-check all locked doors and windows.

GeneralCarry-On Luggage Make It All Fit

It IS possible to get what you need for a week's trip or less into a carry-on bag.

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Helpful Tips for Hotel Stays

Staying in a hotel, motel, hostel or B&B on your next vacation? Here are a few handy tips…

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Keeping Your Home Safe While You Travel

Here are some smart "insider tips" from industry professionals and everyday travelers we interviewed that cover the preparation of your home while you are on vacation.

 Read More
Travel Insurance What You Need to Know

Travel insurance is like other insurance: it reimburses you if the unexpected occurs. Talk to your insurance agent about what areas are covered under your current homeowners (or other insurance) policy before purchasing travel insurance.

 Read More
Your Last-Minute Travel Checklist

Things to do before you go.

 Read More