Checklist for International business Travel
When I leave and come back from a work trip, I have a routine that usually involves opening all the mail (Sara only opens stuff if she’s particularly interested), emptying my suitcase, sorting dirty laundry and identifying what I need to get done in the next day. The most important thing for me to do is to get out of “travel mode” and back into “home mode.”
When I have back to back trips that keep me home for less than a day, it involves errand after errand and me trying to include Sara and Austin so I can be with my family. We all have our routines when we come back. I enjoy sitting on the couch with Sara and watching something on TV…it starts my routine at home. Coming back is always a treat, but my routine when I leave is much different when headed out alone versus when Sara comes with me.
Solo departures for me include packing, making sure bills are paid, errands are done and a proper goodbye to my family. I don’t turn off appliances, unplug surge protectors, or prepare our home for any change; Sara and Austin are there.
When we travel together for more than a day or two I use a checklist that has been cobbled together after many trips and forgetting to do a few things. Keep in mind, this is for a couple with no children and a 70 pound dog (Maybe the preparations for a child aren’t too far off from a dog) … but if you have any additions to things that you do when preparing to leave your home, please share in the comments. The first couple of things I do a few days before we leave:
- Don’t order anything online 2-3 days prior to departure (unless it is arriving overnight).
- Plan meals around what is in the fridge/on the counter.
- Drop off/pick up dry cleaning.
- Make sure Austin is confirmed to stay with our friend.
- Let neighbors and two friends know we’re out of town and where we’re going. Also make sure at least one of them has keys to our house.