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Planning your vacation? A checklist
Tanya Munshi
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December 07, 2007

Planning a trip with family and friends is exciting. You look forward to the break, no housework -- just pure relaxation and merriment. For a break it doesn't really matter whether it's visiting a new place or an old favourite. The idea is, a trip has to leave you rejuvenated. However, it can get quite frustrating when you reach the destination and find that you've forgotten your sweater or to inform your friend to collect a package on your behalf. To prevent such calamities here are some handy tips.

Begin with a checklist of all the things you need to carry. We always tend to think that the packing will be done in no time. But certain things can go amiss. Like a toothbrush or a comb.

Carrying an extra pair of clothes and under garments, apart from the normal set is a good idea. What if you get drenched in the rain while on a trek? Wearing sneakers or walking shoes are always best, whether you're traveling by bus, train or airplane. Keep the fancy shoes for a dinner in a restaurant, not for long travel hours.

First-aid kit
Packing a first-aid kit with band-aids, antiseptic cream, cotton wool, painkillers is a must. Don't forget medicines for an upset tummy, headache, car sickness and indigestion. Carrying a diary with all emergency numbers is a wise thing to do. This will save time in hunting for the number when you need it. Keeping a stock of some dry food items such as wafers, chocolates, cookies is also recommended.

Inform a neighbour, friend or relative
Give them all the details of where you're going as well as phone numbers. Should there by an emergency you will be contacted immediately. Carry a travel iron, a couple of clothes hangers, as well as a small packet of washing powder with you during your travel. Always carry some sunscreen, a pair sunglasses, cleansing lotion, foot cream, talcum powder and a good deodorant.

Glass bottles or perfumes
Avoid glass bottles, perfumes and creams as far as possible. Seal all bottles of shampoos, lotions etc with cello tape or with play clay, which you can remove and reuse. This will prevent any potentially disastrous spills or leakages.

Avoid carrying too much jewellery, cash and other valuables, unless required. Passport and currency should always be kept in your coat jacket or waist pouch. Never let it out of your sight! Keep the number of your hotel, friend or relative handy. You may need to call up the place in case you're lost. The best thing to do would be to take directions to the place before hand, this would save a lot of time and effort.

Before leaving home
Ensure no food items are left open. Everything should be secured well inside cabinets, air-tight containers or in the refrigerator. All the lights and fans should be switched off. Ensure no leaking taps. Doors and windows of your house are secured. The dustbins in your kitchen and other rooms have been cleared. All your jewellery and valuables are deposited in a bank locker.

Final checklist

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