Vacation Planning Checklist

Jan 5, 2016 | Add to Cozi, Blog

Mandi Ehman is a wife and homeschooling mom of four spunky girls. She’s also the founder of Life…Your Way, where she helps her readers sort through all of the information and opinions that are thrown at them each day to make the best decisions for their families on everything from organizing and decorating to success and motherhood.


Have you started planning your summer vacation yet? Now is a good time to think about what you’d like to do before it’s too late to find accommodations or tickets for the places you’d really like to go!

Not to mention that pre-planning helps prevent (some of) the rushing around to get it all done during the couple days before any family trip.

Try using a vacation checklist as you plan and prepare. And most importantly, try not to stress about the “perfect” vacation but rather just make the most of the time you have with your family!


Vacation Planning Checklist

  • List your top 3 choices with pros and cons of each
  • Research package deals
  • Find accommodations that meet your needs
  • Create a budget
  • Book accommodations
  • Book airline tickets, reserve rental cars, etc
  • Purchase tickets for any events or attractions
  • Request time off work
  • Arrange for a house or pet sitter
  • Put a hold on mail/newspaper delivery
  • Pay bills that will be due during your time away
  • Record your vacation dates
  • Reschedule appointments and activities that conflict with your vacation
  • Make a loose schedule of activities for the trip
  • Supplies and gear for your destination
  • Gift for your hosts if you’re staying in someone’s home
  • Gifts for friends and neighbors who take of your house, lawn, or pets

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