The world has so many things to see from amazing landscapes to unique cultures and taking an extended trip is often the best bang for your buck. It’s natural to want to travel and see what is out there, experience different cultures, meet new people, and experience new things in life. It’s human nature to want to travel and explore. We’re not meant to stay in one place for our whole life and just work and pay bills. That’s a recipe for total burnout! If you’re wanting to take an extended vacation, go on a long road trip to visit multiple states at time, or even a couple week hiking trip here are some ways that you can prepare beforehand.

Keep Yourself Safe

One of the things to consider when traveling is your safety. You will be in a new territory, and it’s always best to think about your safety and well-being. You can take things with you like a right whistle, an emergency kit, and a GPS tracker like the air tags from Apple. You can also prepare for the safety of your friends and family. You can do this by researching the country, and even taking a first-aid course, try MyCPR NOW. If you’re traveling alone, make sure you give your itinerary to your family members, so they know where you should be at all times. Check in regularly and tell them if you haven’t checked in by a certain point to give you a call.

Think About Your Home

Make sure your home is being looked after as well. When a house is vacant for a while it’s quite obvious and could attract burglars in the area and into your home. Getting a house sitter allows there to be movement in the house, cars coming and going, lights on and off throughout the time you’re gone. This is also a way to keep your pets taken care of as well as your plants.

Packing Your Bag

When you are packing, you want to make sure you have the essentials. Although, it can be really difficult to not over pack, especially when you plan to be gone a long time. Think about adding a capsule wardrobe with lightweight clothes that can work with many different outfits. This will save you space on over packing. Think about saving space in terms of what you take. As far as shoes, just bring a couple pair. One very comfy pair for walking and one maybe just slightly dressier, but still comfy. Minimize the amount of accessories. I always have a difficult time minimizing my bathroom stuff. Some tips I want to start doing is getting travel size containers of everything possible from deodorant to even make up and hair products.

When traveling for an extended period of time, there is so much to think about. What did I forget?