Going on vacation - a well-planned vacation can help you relax before,
during and after your trip year after year. Hereís how to make it
1. Start planning in January for a trip in July.
Procrastination will be your enemy when planning a trip. What do you
need to do? Well, hereís a checklist of some things you might want to
- Pet sitter or kennel (call to schedule as soon as possible)
- Babysitter (if itís a romantic getaway, plan to let family
know youíll need them as soon as possible).
- Get maps for the area youíll be visiting. This is especially
important if youíre renting a car.
- Make hotel, rental car and airfare reservations as soon as
possible. Your rates will be cheaper and youíll be able to reserve a
- You should try to get your passport at least 3 months prior
2. Call or check out the hotel online ahead of time.
You can see what amenities are offered and if thereís a pool, hot tub,
exercise facilities, etc., youíll be prepared by bringing the
clothing and making the most of your vacation. Some places offer a
mini fridge, coffee maker and/or microwave in your room, maybe youíll want
bring your favorite coffee, or a bag of microwave popcorn for those
late night movies.
3. Use a list for packing and keep it in your luggage.
Sit down and make a master packing list on your computer. Once it's
saved, if you lose your paper copy, you can just print out another. I
usually put shampoos and other things that could spill in my suitcase in
gallon ziploc bags to prevent liquid from ruining my luggage. It also
helps if you group like items together. You can simply grab one ziploc
bag and youíll have everything you need for the shower, another for
4. You might want to tote along an empty suitcase or tote.
Itís great for all those items that you buy and donít have room in your
suitcase for on the way home.
5. Plan out your trip if youíre going somewhere where thereís a
lot to do.
Go online and research or get a visitors pack from the County where you
are visiting. Find out when the zoo hours are and plan your day
accordingly. If you donít like to schedule out your vacation, at least put
down the places that you would like to visit, phone numbers, admission
fees, and hours of operation. This way youíll be free to do what you
want when it suits your schedule.
6. Take along a garbage bag for dirty clothes.
It separates the dirty from the clean in your suitcase.
7. Make sure you make a copy of all phone numbers and contact
info for relatives or friends.
If someone should have to contact you in an emergency they will have
the information to reach you.
8. Clean before you go.
Clean your home, do your laundry, have a pan of lasagna in the freezer
and straighten up before you go. Youíll be glad to come home knowing
that you can throw in a quick, delicious dinner and youíre home is
clean. Youíre going to have enough unpacking and laundry to do after you
9. Listen to a good book.
Visit your local library for books on tape or buy one at the bookstore.
You can listen with your walkman in the car or relaxing by the pool.
Sure beats trying to strain your neck to read and keeping the sun out of
your eyes at the same time.
10. Remember to plan something you really want to do.
Letís face it. Sometimes we go on vacation and plan it for everyone in
our family, but ourselves. Go get a massage, facial or a manicure and
take a few moments just for yourself. If you donít normally do this,
itís a real treat and it will probably be the one thing youíll think
about a lot after your vacation. Whatís a vacation for anyway.
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Her 11 years of secretarial work for law offices and the court system
-- as well as her experience as a stay-at-home mother -- have taught
Tammy the value of good organizing skills from the client's point of view.
She has honed her problem-solving, time management, and paper
management abilities in the real world -- and now shares these talents with her
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