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Follow this travel-prep checklist before heading off on vacation this summer

Posted at 1:19 PM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 13:19:59-04

Before we can all get back to vacations and traveling, now is the time to make sure you have everything in order at home.

Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington, Travel Expert and Editor of Travel & Style Magazine, shares everything you should have on hand for your next trip when restrictions are lifted.

Before you book your next trip

This is the perfect time to get all your travel essentials in order. One thing the pandemic showed was that you need to be prepared for ANYTHING. Remember there are some countries that are open to US travel right now, so you can get away for the summer, or travel within America. Either way, you want to make sure you’re all set to go.

Check-in on your insurance

Most travel insurance will not cover COVID-related travel issues now that it is a known risk. But read all the fine print on your insurance, know exactly what you ARE covered for so you can be prepared.

Start a travel emergency fund

One thing the pandemic caused was a lot of confusion about how to get back home when you needed to. And since insurance will be tricky going forward, you want to make sure you have an emergency fund, just in case things go wrong again. Look to at least be able to cover a few extra nights of a hotel or a last-minute flight.

Double up on your copies

Of your passport, ID, health information, policy numbers for insurance, embassy addresses in countries you plan on visiting in the future. Always have a couple of these copies with you and saved in multiple places, just in case an emergency happens. Also make sure you have key contact names, policy numbers, etc. saved on your phone, computer for easy access.

Read all the fine print: On everything, you book going forward. Whether that’s a flight, hotel stay, a cruise, or a rental. COVID has brought about new regulations and rules and you don’t want to get stuck if you need to cancel

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