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Prepare Yourself Before and During Travel

By March 13, 2023July 20th, 2023No Comments

If you want to achieve a smooth, headache-free trip, taking care of essential tasks like researching activities at your destination, managing your finances, and getting your home in order is key. Don’t leave home without accomplishing the following tasks. If you have any questions, contact our office at 413.475.7283 or Complete our online quote form today!

  1. Contact the Kennel and/or House Sitter

Once you have a travel date, your first move should be to contact your pet kennel or house sitter to guarantee availability.

  1. Take Care of “Stop” Order and Advance Payments

Once your travel I booked, you should look into placing “stop” orders on any regularly occurring deliveries or services including postal mail.

  1. Manage Your Cash Flow

If you’re traveling domestically, be sure to hit your own bank before leaving for your trip; that way you won’t arrive short on cash and immediately search for an ATM. If you’re traveling overseas, the most economical option is to visit an ATM as soon as you arrive in your destination and make a withdrawal in the local currency. Call your bank or credit card company and let them know about your travel plans so your card isn’t locked during your trip.

  1. Pack Your Hands-Free Device

Pack your hands-free device in your carry-on bag. Local laws governing cell phone use while driving vary considerably, sometimes from one municipality to the next.

  1. Check the Weather

The weather is the single factor most likely to affect your trip and one of the many things many people take for granted. A weather forecast can guide your packing strategy, and failure to check the weather can result in unprepared and unhappy travelers.

  1. Get Travel Insurance

You never think you need it, until you do. If you’re really worried about the safety of yourself and your gear while you travel, you can relax more if you have some good insurance. Everyone should carry some kind of health and property insurance when traveling. And we are here to help you with that!

Each day during travel brings endless possibility, but that possibility is for both good and bad. You may end up enjoying a day sightseeing in Paris — or getting robbed in Berlin. You may spend an amazing day on the beaches of Thailand — or suffer food poisoning in Costa Rica. But if you’re prepared, you’ll be able to face whatever happens to you during your trip:

  1. Take Multipurpose Gear

Packing multi-use gear ensures you can easily adjust to changing conditions and helps reduce the amount of clothing you need to take.

  1. Carry a Small First Aid Kit

Always carry a small first aid kit with a few essential items to be safe: Tylenol, stomach illness medicine, eyedrops, Band-Aids, scissors, hydrocortisone cream, antibacterial ointment, and a small supply of doctor-approved antibiotics. In case of an emergency, it’s good to have these items handy.

  1. Pack a Small Flashlight

You’d be surprised how many travelers don’t carry one, but a flashlight will prove to be invaluable when you suddenly decide to go caving, when your hike lasts longer than expected and nightfall sets in, or when the electricity goes out unexpectedly, which is not uncommon in a lot of places.

  1. Carry a Reusable Water Bottle (with a Filter)

Carrying a reusable water bottle and filter will not only save you money as a traveler, but it will also prevent tons of single-use plastic from ending up in landfills or the ocean. And yes, should an emergency arise you’ll be prepared.

  1. Make Copies of Your Passport and Important Documents

Keeping copies of your documents can come in handy during an emergency, especially if you lose your originals. If you get robbed or lose your passport, having copies ready for officials can make filing police reports and obtaining new documents much easier.

  1. Carry a List of Emergency Contacts

If something happens to you, having a list of emergency numbers on you will help medical professionals know who to contact.

Encharter Insurance is an independent insurance agent located in Massachusetts. We can provide coverage from many insurance carriers so you receive the travel insurance for your budget and needs! You can reach us at (413) 475-7283 or online at

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