2 months before vacation travel check list

Your Essential 2 Months Before Vacation Checklist

Updated Post February 29, 2024 // Original post February 21, 2015

So, you’ve got that awesome trip coming up, huh? I’m beyond excited for you! But hey, before you get lost in daydreams of sandy beaches or bustling city streets, let’s make sure you’ve got everything sorted, okay? Here’s our ultimate pre-vacay checklist:

1. Lock in those dates and accommodation plans

First things first, let’s make sure your dates are set in stone and your accommodations are good to go. Double-check those flight or travel bookings, and don’t forget to confirm your hotel or Airbnb spot. You don’t want any last-minute surprises messing with your plans!

Realistically, you already did this as time is definitely ticking away with those loooong passport renewal wait times. But double check the expiration date and make sure it’s good to go for at least six months after your trip. Ain’t nobody got time for passport drama! And while you’re at it, scope out any visa requirements for your destination.

3. Create a safety net with travel insurance

Okay, so I know insurance talk can be a snooze, but trust me, it’s worth it. If you haven’t already, look into snagging some travel insurance. It’s like a safety net for all those “just in case” moments, from canceled flights to lost luggage. If you’re unsure of some personal life things like job loss or family health, consider cancel for any reason travel insurance which will protect you before you get on that plane. And while you’re in the safety zone, check out our tips to stay safe while traveling!

4. Plan you dream activities

Time to play tourist! What’s on your must-see list for this trip? Whether it’s checking out local hot spots or diving into adventure activities, let’s get that itinerary cooking. Oh, and if there’s any must-book tours or experiences, lock those in now!

5. Give your bank the heads up

Before you jet off, shoot your bank and credit card company a quick heads up about your travel plans. No one wants their card flagged for suspicious activity while they’re sipping margaritas on the beach, right? Plus, it’s a good time to scope out any pesky fees for using your cards abroad. Bonus: apply for a credit card that doesn’t charge you international conversion fees.

6. Fur baby and home sweet home

Got pets? Let’s make sure they’re covered while you’re away. Whether it’s booking a pet sitter or bribing your bestie with snacks to house sit, make sure your furry pals are in good hands. And don’t forget about home security! It’s always a good idea to have someone keeping an eye on things such as watering plants and getting your mail while you’re off adventuring.

7. Packing party time

Okay, let’s tackle the packing beast together. Start making your list of essentials, from travel docs to sunscreen. Take a peek at the weather and plan your outfits accordingly. Pro tip: Roll, don’t fold! And remember, less is more. You want to enjoy your trip, not be bogged down by luggage.

8. Health check-up

Before you jet off, it’s a good idea to check out any health advisories or vaccination requirements for your destination with the CDC. Ain’t nobody got time for getting sick on vacay! Schedule any necessary shots or appointments ahead of time so you can focus on having fun, not sniffles.

9. Stay in the loop

Keep your finger on the pulse of your trip by signing up for travel alerts and notifications with the US Department of State – Travel. We don’t want any unexpected delays or changes throwing a wrench in your plans. Stay in the know, stay stress-free!

10. Spread the Word

Last but not least, let your squad know what’s up! (But definitely not on social media, for your home and personal safety, save those posts for your return!)
Share your itinerary and contact info with a trusted friend or family member. It’s always good to have someone looking out for you, even when you’re off on your epic adventure.

🌴✈️🌎 And that’s a wrap, my friend! With this checklist in hand, you’re ready to rock your vacay like a pro. So go ahead, pack your bags, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! I’ll be here counting down the days ’til you’re off on your next big adventure. Safe travels, and don’t forget to hit us up for an awesome travel map once you return!

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