Preparing for a Long Term Vacation – FREE Printable Checklist

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Long term vacation preparation check list

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How to Prepare for a Long Term Vacation

After the excitement of planning our first long term vacation wore off, the realization that we would need to perform “double” of our “adult duties” prior to leaving set in. We have never been gone for more than 14 days. Prior vacation planning consisted of paying a few extra bills, and worrying about any other issues when we got back. After doing a little internet research, and contacting our insurance company and utilities, we learned a few important tips when planning to leave on an extended vacation.  

  • If you are going to be gone longer than 30 days many auto insurance companies will allow you to put your car in “storage.”  If your car will remain parked in your garage, or possibly in a covered parking garage, the company will note this and decrease your monthly bill accordingly. We saved almost $200 off our car insurance by notifying the insurance company of non-use during the time we will be gone.
  • On the flip side, some home insurance carriers will decrease your theft/damage coverage if no one will be “living” in your house for longer than 30 days. Make sure to check your property insurance coverage and make appropriate arrangements for a friend or professional house sitter to watch your home if necessary for insurance purposes.
  • Call your credit card company and inform them of your travel plans to ensure your card will not be blocked for “unusual activity.” This is also a good time to verify car rental or travel insurance that may be included with your card. Some credit cards will not insure car rentals longer than 15 days.  Renting a new car after 15 days (signing a new contract), or switching to a different credit card that includes insurance after 15 days is a possible way around this issue. Verify all options with your Credit Card company.
  • Contact your health insurance carrier and verify coverage at your destination(s). Some health insurance plans provide lower coverage world wide and some have no coverage outside of their home area. It is important to know your coverage ahead of time and purchase supplemental travel insurance if necessary. Especially if you are traveling with children.  Many travel medical insurance plans include trip insurance and will insure children for no additional cost (with the purchase of an adult plan). Check your plan details for pre-existing condition coverage waivers and ensure your planned travel activities are covered. 

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The United States Postal Service will hold mail for up to 30 days and deliver it to your house on a specified date. If longer than 30 days, they will bundle and ship mail to a pre-arranged location on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Preparing for a long term vacation is a little more stressful than we had imagined. But hopefully, our research and hard work will pay off to ensure a care free travel experience!

Long Term Travel Preparation

Don’t let this be YOU! Careful planning will lead to a better Vacation experience!

  Downloadable/Printable Long Term Travel Preparation Check List:

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23 thoughts on “Preparing for a Long Term Vacation – FREE Printable Checklist

  1. Michele

    The credit card notice is vital, I have found companies are very diligent in noticing unusual behaviors and unusual usage patterns. Several times my card was blocked while traveling so I always call now.

    Good tip about the car insurance- I never thought of that!

  2. JcCee Watkins Barney

    Great tips! I was not aware of the credit card block until I was going through the drive thru at the bank and the teller and I were talking about where we were going for vacation and she let me know that I need to let them to know so they will not block my card for unusual activity out of town. I didn’t know about the insurance. Thanks for sharing. I pinned this for future reference.

  3. karyl henry

    These are great tips! I haven’t done a really lengthy trip in about 25 years. But even for shorter trips, calling the credit card company is a good idea. I’ve gotten flagged for “unusual activity” before; thankfully it was a quick and easy process to fix it. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hortense

    Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found a sea
    shell and gave it tto my 4 year old daughtedr and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside annd it pinched her ear.
    Shee never wants too go back! LoL I know this is totally
    off topic but I had too tell someone!

  5. Winederlusting

    This is great! Something I’ll want to keep on my refrigerator. I’m always scrambling the morning before a long trip, a checklist like this will definitely take a load off the mind.

    -Greig

  6. Marta

    Excellent tips! We rarely travel for longer than two or three weeks but even when we did, we never thought about doing anything different and I can see how silly we’ve been. I am going to print out this list and use it next time we travel

    1. Allison Post author

      Thanks! I listed the house sitter option which may be required by some insurance companies. The timers on the lights are a great idea – especially if you don’t use a sitter or friend to watch your house. Thanks for the additional tips.

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