10 Must-Does Before You Leave for Disney
Before you leave on vacation there are always so many things to do. Here’s a quick list of the most important things to do before leaving for your Disney vacation.
1: Stop the Mail
This can be done online through usps.com or by visiting your local post office and filling out a form.
2: Arrange Pet Care
Maybe this means getting an automatic fish feeder, hiring a dog walker, having someone visit your house daily to check on your pets, or making arrangements with your local kennel.
3: Pay the Bills
The last thing you want to be doing while enjoying the parks is worrying about whether you paid your electric bill. Even if you have to do it a few days in advance it’s easier to take the time before you leave than to worry about it while you’re away.
4: Organize Paperwork
Whether you want to be digital or have hard copies, it is good to put all of your important papers in one place. You can print everything out and keep it in a folder, or copy-paste everything into one document for easy access.
5: Locate Travel Documents
If you are traveling with children you need birth certificates for them. Make sure you have at least a copy in your carry-on for easy access. If you are TSA pre-check, make sure to have your paperwork for that as well. It never hurts to be prepared. To travel outside the US, you will need your passports, so don’t forget those if you’re cruising.
6: Read Everything Your Travel Agent Sent You
If you are using a travel agent, which we strongly suggest you do. You need to read everything they have sent you so far. Your travel agent is taking the time to create itineraries and plans that are perfect for your family. There is no better way to be prepared than to read all of the literature that they provided for you.
7: Pack Your Suitcase
Everyone has a different process for this, so I won’t go into detail. Take your time, make a list if it helps, and double-check for essentials.
8: Prepare for Departure
If you plan to drive, make sure that your car has been serviced recently and is up for a road trip. If you plan to fly, most airlines allow you to check in 24 hours in advance. Make sure to download the app that corresponds with your airline to help everything run smoothly.
9: Notify Your Credit Card Company
Credit cards have strong security to prevent theft, and you don’t want any of your charges to be declined while you’re away. Take a minute to notify your credit card company of when you’ll be traveling and to where.
10: Prepare the House
Clean the house, wash the sheets, and raise/lower the thermostat. That way you’ll come home to a clean house with fresh sheets. You may also want to notify your security company and/or neighbors of your upcoming departure, just to be safe.