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4 Ways to Prepare for Your Next Family Vacation

Family vacations should be a time to relax and leave the stress of everyday life behind. There are steps that can be taken to help you prepare for your family vacation and ensure that the trip is a time to unwind and enjoy the company of those you’re with – not deal with stress from unexpected sources.

  1. One of the first and most important things to do is make certain that the important documentation you will need while on vacation is up to date and correct. If you’ll be traveling out of the country, be sure to have a valid copy of birth certificates and/or passports for your family members on hand. One quick way to mess up vacation plans is to learn that any of your personal identification documents  have expired at the airport, car rental office, or just about anywhere hours away from home. Purchasing your family’s most important documents doesn’t have to be a huge inconvenience. You can order these vital documents online and make the process quick and secure.
  2. Medication needs to be checked on too. Most doctors will be cooperative and allow people to get their refills early if medication is expected to run out halfway through the vacation. An out-of-towner can waste a lot of time in a pharmacy trying to take care of the medication issue as well as the insurance issues if the medication is allowed to lapse while on the road. It is also wise to fill prescriptions for those “I hope I don’t need them, but what if” meds, like epi-pens or emergency inhalers. Better to plan ahead than spend the night in the emergency room after a bee sting.
  3. Cell phone plans need to be examined to ensure the plan covers the areas you’ll visit. Roaming charges and other extended charges may come into play when a phone is used away from the usage area the phone was purchased. The cell phone provider can tell you if that is the case with the cell package you have. Pre-loaded phones or phone cards can prevent those unexpected charges, or reduced cell phone usage while on the trip can help prevent the sticker shock of using a cell phone in an area that isn’t covered under your normal plan.
  4. Take care of your mail and newspaper delivery. Thieves are on the lookout for stacked up mail or newspapers which indicate that people are gone. Stolen mail can turn from being an inconvenience to identity theft if the stolen mail includes credit card bills or solicitations from new credit card companies. Either have mail and newspapers stop being delivered while you’re gone, or have a neighbor pick them up every day.

Vacations are a great way to reconnect and make new memories that will last a lifetime. With a little planning, the stress of the vacation can be reduced and more time can be spent having fun instead of dealing with problems.

 

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