5 Useful Pre-travel Habits

by Martin Ita-as
originally published on Inquirer.net


It takes time to learn a habit. While you constantly practice it at first, it feels tedious and you have to be mindful of it each and every time or you’ll forget about it. But once it starts becoming a part of your daily routine, you might find yourself suddenly doing it without even thinking. Travelers can also have certain habits that are important if they want to experience a successful journey.
Practice these activities whenever you travel so that they become helpful, longstanding habits that will stick with your forever:

A Clean Return
Cleaning the house a few days before a big trip may seem like a big hassle, but there are many benefits to it. Cleaning right before a big trip can give you peace of mind knowing that your house is safe, secure and well-kept while you’re away. Don’t forget to unplug unused electronics to avoid short-circuiting. It also feels good returning home to relax in a spruced up home and not having to worry about cleaning a big mess.

Clear the Food
If you aren’t going to be at home for a bit, clear out your fridge or pantry of food. Be sure to properly check out the expiration dates of each item and take care of them according to how close they are to spoiling. If it has passed its freshness date, dispose of it immediately to avoid further spoiling. If it’s good for a few more days, add it to your meals before traveling to avoid wasting it.

Keeping it Together
Keeping all of your most important travel belongings into one compact case is a great way to keep them all close at hand. Your passport, travel ticket, stubs, and ID should all be in reach since you’ll be using them when arriving and leaving your intended destination. If you feel it is safe enough to store it there, you can include your wallet or house keys with them too.

Review the Details
Always review your travel details carefully many days before the actual travel date. You might not see a small mistake or false detail that could potentially throw a wrench into your much-awaited trip. Always check the schedule and airline details beforehand so you can still find some time to correct the mistake before it’s too late.

Clear and Charge
Make it a habit that all your important trip-recording devices (video camera, smartphone, digital camera, etc.) are fully charged and ready for full-day use during the journey. Also, make sure that all the pre-existing pictures and videos on your memory are safely stored on your personal computer or external drive to make sure you won’t have to delete any of those precious photos or videos when you run out of space.

Keep on practicing these good pre-travel habits and learn them by heart! Soon you’ll find that these habits will become second nature to you and that you won’t easily forget to organize and prepare for a trip.