While going for a long trip, one has to worry about many things. These may be, taking care of their pets in their absence, security of the house, checking mails, etc. One can make an endless list of things to be done before and during their absence. Still there are some things that one must take care of before going for a long trip. These to-do things can be classified as following:
Start making travel arrangements including flights, hotel bookings, hospital appointments, etc.
If you already have a passport, check it won’t expire during the trip. If you don’t have one, begin processing now.
Start processing for visa to avoid further problems.
See if you have up-to-date vaccinations and check if the country you are visiting requires you to get vaccinated for certain diseases, as some of the vaccines do take time to begin working.
Look for currency exchange rates to assess your budget and to get a better exchange.
Check for your financial status. If you don’t have much funds in your bank start arranging for the same. Also, confirm your daily spending limits on your ATM cards.
Check the expiry date of your cards, passports, identification cards, etc.
If possible, arrange for somebody to look after your house when you are away. If it is not possible, then arrange for your pets to be boarded in a kennel, stop the newspaper or any other magazines that normally come with mail, arrange for the mail to be held at the post office.
Make arrangements for lawn maintenance including leaf raking, snow removal, watering plants, etc.
Make sure your luggage holders, backpacks, etc., are in good condition, so that they should not create a problem while abroad. Buy some new equipment if you don’t have one in good condition.
Try exposing yourselves to the kind of food you might be having while abroad so as to get used to it.
Make an appointment for your pre-departure physical examination, closer to the date of departure if possible.