Trip Preparation Renew passport or obtain passport if needed Gather important documents such as medical, prescriptions, phone numbers, etc. Research location, local event info and guides online. Get detailed maps and directions. Book any hotel, flight, or necessary car rental reservations. Learn about regional attractions and decide how to plan your agenda. Make reservations or buy tickets for any shows or special events. Other Preparation Arrange for immunizations or vaccinations if your destination warrants it. Arrange for Pet sitter or Pet motel. Arrange for childcare if not bringing children. Arrange for post office or neighbor to hold mail and newspaper. Check your auto insurance to see if you're fully covered where you're going. Be sure that you will have enough prescription medicine. Buy extras you might need such as sunscreen, insect repellant, camera batteries etc. Get money and/or traveler's checks. Pay upcoming bills that can't wait. Home Preperation Unplug appliances Remove or store valuables and cash Cut lawn and shrubs Check and secure windows Turn off water on appliances Close and lock all windows and sliding doors. Unplug TV, stereo, small kitchen appliances, etc. Turn off water to external faucets. Set your electrical timer to turn some lights on and off during the evening hours. Check locks for windows, doors, garage. Contact Preperation Put name and destination phone number or destination address in luggage. Record phone numbers for reporting lost or stolen credit cards or debit cards. Record emergency phone numbers to leave with neighbors or relative. Have emergency medical info on hand. Have travelers insurance policy information on hand. Give spare keys for home and auto to family, close friends or neighbor in case of emergency. Essential Items Tickets for travel. Passports/ Identification. Reservation confirmation for all travel plans, hotel bookings and any shows. Vitamins, medication, etc. Contact lenses, lens case, and extra solutions. Hat and sun protection Extra eyeglasses, sunglasses or lens prescription. Umbrella or raingear. Essential Toiletries. Electronics, including Laptop/AC, Camera/batteries, iPod/charger, Cell/charger, USB drives. Keys for home and auto. Reading material such as books and magazines. Entertainment such as toys, games, or puzzles. Travel beverages and snacks.