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Planning an Alaska Vacation Part 5

Written by: Posted on: February 21, 2017 at 12:00AMPosted in: Main Topic

Part 5 Packing and Preparing to Depart

Save money for your trip. The further in advance you plan your trip, the more time you will have to save for it.

  • Know how much you will need for each aspect of the trip—transportation, housing, food, tips, activities, and all associated fees—and then plan extra for unexpected expenses.
  • For expensive or special trips, consider asking family and friends to chip in to your travel fund in lieu of gifts for holidays or birthdays.


Write a list of things you need to pack. Well in advance of your trip, start a list of what you will need to take with you. Keep the list out and add to it anytime you think of something else.

  • Think about things that you use every day that you will absolutely need while you are away.
  • Be sure to include or even pre-pack very important things, like medications. Be sure to fill any necessary medical prescriptions before leaving for vacation.
  • Be sure you know about the weather of your vacation spot so that you can dress appropriately while you are there. You may want to pack a few layers to allow for unusual weather.
  • Search online for vacation checklists. There are helpful resources that guide you in packing for different circumstances.
  • If you are flying, be aware that many airlines charge customers per bag, so packing light will save you money. In addition to limits to the number of bags, most airlines limit the weight of each bag and will charge exorbitant fees for overweight bags.
  • Regardless of your mode of travel, consider packing a first aid kit, snacks, and entertainment for the travel time. Car trips and air travel both involve long periods of potential boredom, so consider bringing along games or activities for the travelers, especially if you are traveling with children.


Make a plan for your pets. If you have pets, you will need to be sure they are cared for in a safe environment while you are away.

  • If you are driving, you may be able to bring your pet(s) with you. Be sure you know the pet policy of the hotel you’re going to stay at before you get there. Some may charge a deposit or restrict dog breeds.
  • Boarding your pet at a vet or a kennel may be an option. Be sure you know about the pickup and drop-off times so you can retrieve your pet appropriately upon your return.
  • Hiring a pet sitter to come to your home may be the best option for animals who do not adapt well to new environments. If you have dogs, be sure that the pet sitter has been to your house (several times if possible) while you are home so that the dogs understand that the person is allowed to be in the house.


Stop Deliveries

  • Put a hold on mail and newspaper deliveries. Contact your local newspaper office and ask them to hold your delivery until your return.
  • Put a hold on your mail. You can do it in person or online.

Let family or friends know where you’ll be so they don’t worry about you.

(My husband’s family was very worried about his grandmother when they didn’t hear for her for some time. They didn’t know what had happened to her until she called them from Israel. Although it made for a good story, they could have been saved a lot of worry and stress if she had thought to let someone know ahead of time.)

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