Family Summer Vacation Planner
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If you're staying at home...
Done? Activity ideas
Invite family and friends to a picnic or barbecue party
Organize a swim party
Organize a camping trip
Go to the zoo
Search the Internet for family crafts and games
Plan hiking trips or nature walks
Go to an art museum, science exhibit, or state fair
Teach your kids to cook or bake
Set up sports activities for your kids (tennis, basketball etc)
Give adult friends a break by offering to look after their kids for a few
hours, and get them to return the favor
If you're going out of town...
Done? Before you go
Arrange for pet care or boarding: be sure pets have required shots, and
boarding facility has your emergency phone number
Hold incoming mail and newspapers, or ask a neighbor to take them in
each day (give the Post Office enough notice to stop delivery)
Give a neighbor a phone number to reach you or a family member in case
Be sure that you will have enough prescription medicine
Pay upcoming bills that can’ wait
Record phone numbers for reporting lost or stolen credit cards or debit
cards and put them in a location other than your purse or wallet
If you plan on being away for an extended period of time let a local police
department know so they can make periodic checks by your home
Mow your lawn just before you leave
As you're leaving...
Turn off AC/Heat
Lock all windows and doors
Remove trash from home
Set timers to turn lights on and off
Update voicemail and e-mail at work with Out of Office messages
Done? Car trip
Remember to have tire pressure, battery, spare tire, oil, coolant and wiper
fluid checked before a long trip
Print trip directions
Bring an insulated bag with ice packs to hold snacks and drinks
Pack small toys, books and games separately and dole them out one at a
time to keep children busy
Bring plenty of supplies to make the journey more comfortable: plastic
trash bags, batteries, hand wipes, paper towels, small pillows etc.
Pack a first aid kit
Check auto insurance policy
Done? Plane trip
Enroll in frequent flyer mileage program
Request in-flight meals for special dietary needs
Purchase or arrange to borrow guidebooks and phrase books for
Ensure passport or visa is current
Check medical insurance policy for coverage of out-of-town needs
Get appropriate innoculations for destination
Put name and destination phone number or destination address in
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